Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Nicolas Sarkozy’s defeat in the French presidential election makes him the ninth European leader to be booted out since the region’s debt crisis began…

Sarkozy joins a long list of victims of the crisis, which began with subprime mortgages in the U.S. before causing government yields to diverge across Europe. Leaders in Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Netherlands were elbowed out from their posts…

Sarkozy campaigned in 2007 promising to create jobs and boost purchasing power. The fallout from the financial crisis hit France through 2008, driving the unemployment rate from a 30-year low of 7.5 percent in early 2008 to almost 10 percent at the end of 2011.

***

Hollande inherits an economy that’s a driver of the European Union but is deep in debt. He wants more government stimulus, and more government spending in general, despite concerns in the markets that France needs to urgently trim its huge debt…

Hollande intends to modify one of Sarkozy’s key reforms, over the retirement age, to allow some people to retire at 60 instead of 62. He also plans to increase spending in a range of sectors and wants to ease France off its dependence on nuclear energy. He favors legalizing euthanasia and gay marriage…

“We’re going to call France the new Greece,” said Laetitia Barone, 19. “Hollande is now very dangerous.”

***

Wealthy French people are looking to London as a refuge from fresh taxes on high earners pledged by candidates in the country’s presidential elections.

The “soak the rich” rhetoric that has punctuated the presidential campaign has prompted a sharp rise in the numbers weighing a move across the Channel, according to London-based wealth managers, lawyers and property agents specialising in French clients…

Mr Blanc says some French clients were even contemplating acquiring British or other nationality in order to safeguard assets from fears that France could move to collect more tax from citizens overseas. “A lot of people are extremely worried,” he said.

***

Hollande’s election could have a major impact on the future course of the European Union. Hollande has said he would seek to renegotiate the painstakingly agreed fiscal pact in order to include a component to ensure growth — a demand that has ruffled feathers in Berlin. According to a report in the French daily Le Figaro, Hollande plans to hold a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday night…

Hollande’s political platforms were radical compared to Sarkozy’s, but they also helped him to score points with voters. One proposal is to tax any earnings over €1 million at a rate of 75 percent… Hollande also said he would withdraw all French soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of the year if elected.

***

The crowd, many too young to remember Mitterrand’s triumph, spilled onto the steps of the Bastille Opera House – a modernist legacy of the Mitterrand era – clutching flags emblazoned with the Socialist logo of a clenched fist around a rose.

Some activists brandishing Communist Party flags and pink and purple balloons clambered up the base of a column erected on the site of the Bastille prison stormed during the 1789 French revolution…

In a flashback to the days after Mitterrand’s victory, when older conservatives feared France would turn Communist and lined up to withdraw their savings from banks, [a Hollande supporter] added: “I only hope the markets don’t attack us tomorrow.”

***

But Hollande’s ideas could be put to a concrete test very quickly — like, on Monday — by the financial markets that Hollande described during the campaign as “the enemy.” The elections in Greece, which also took place today, may make the markets even more jittery and speculators more aggressive. And France is going to have to borrow about €180 billion ($240 billion) before the end of the year. Under Sarkozy it already lost its AAA credit rating. If borrowing rates start to climb dramatically the hope of clawing out of the slump will fade very quickly.

So Hollande’s first move is to try to find a way to come to terms with Merkel, or persuade her to come to terms with him.

***

“Markets will not attack France right away,” said Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “But there is a risk that if Mr. Hollande does not act early on, France will become the next sick man of Europe.”…

But many economists are skeptical that France will be able to move toward greater openness, especially in its rigid labor markets. High social charges that companies pay to help finance France’s generous welfare system, combined with lengthy hiring and firing processes, deter employers from adding significant numbers of new jobs…

What is more, while French labor unions have shrunk in membership over the years, they still wield outsize influence that employers say can paralyze companies that need to shed jobs or cut other expenses to adapt to worsening economic conditions.

***

Despite fears that he will pursue a “dangerous” economic policy featuring a return to Keynesian tax-and-spend practices, Hollande and his campaign team have told the Germans that this has been ruled out. “We can’t do Keynesianism twice in 10 years,” Michel Sapin, the former finance minister who wrote Hollande’s economic programme, told senior German diplomats, according to a confidential note obtained by the Guardian.

“Hollande is aware that right at the start of his term in office, he will have to spell out hard truths to the French,” says the eight-page memo from the German embassy in Paris to Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin. Hollande has vowed to launch his reform programme as soon as he takes office on 15 May, prioritising a rise in taxes for the wealthiest and curbing the state deficit…

“It is absolutely essential to generate growth but this can only be accomplished by supply-side measures and is no longer possible through state spending programmes,” the Hollande team told the German diplomats.

***

The United States needs France. Yes, that sounds like a joke, but France is the only country capable of leading Europe politically. However close a relationship with Germany that the United States requires, once beyond the realm of economic survival, the point of diminishing returns is quickly reached. Simply put, the United States cannot do anything of political consequence solely through a partnership with Germany. But with a real, live European-style socialist in Paris, U.S. President Barack Obama will face a Hobson’s choice: work closely with Hollande and incur the wrath of Republicans, or distance himself from Hollande and squander yet another opportunity to ensure that Europe’s future is as fully as possible in the hands of its greatest power…

The bigger picture, however, is that American life is made substantially more difficult by Hollande’s inevitable and foreshadowed refusal to lead Europe and make Europe a leading force in the world. The political inspiration that only France can provide Europe will have to be played once again by a United States that is historically tired of playing that role. A U.S. Treasury spokesperson has already declared that the United States has no intention of supplying more money to the IMF to substitute for an adequate eurozone firewall. America’s traditional desire not to squander its energies on managing European problems is poised to return with full force, and not just within a single major political party. A weak France led by a colorless holdover from a defunct past is not just bad news for France, no matter how frustrated voters have become with Sarkozy. It’s awful news for the United States and for any U.S. president obliged to figure out how to help Europe out of its current morass by doing anything other than writing checks.

***

By an irony of history, the electors have chosen a second Socialist president at the moment when the acceleration of the deconstruction of the welfare state is the only option.

While the agenda of the new term has not really been the subject of discussion, it involves a profound reform of the French social model.

Since the emergence of an absolute monarchy in the 16th century, France has been dominated by the idea of an omnipotent state. In France social crises take place when the state can no longer function because people does not know how operate in its absence.

The Left is taking on a momentous burden as it dismantles a social model designed to be irreplaceable.

***

Mr Hollande claimed that many voters in Europe would greet his election with relief.

‘Europe is watching us, austerity can no longer be the only option,’ he said…

He says he ‘dislikes the rich’ and has singled out ‘the world of finance’ as his principal enemy. Douglas McWilliams, of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, said that this ‘could be the week that starts the euro break-up’.


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On the topic of idiot leftists, I can’t figure out how Warren Butthead so publicly “gave away” over $30 billion with such fanfare (allegedly to his buddy, Gates’ ridiculous charity) and yet ol’ Warren still turns up on the lists of richest people with $45 billion, as if that $30 billion never went anywhere.

It’s a riddle.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

In order to solve the entitlement problem you expand medicare to everyone,

libfreeordie on May 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Dumbass… solving the entitlement problem by handing out more entitlements is like solving violent crime by handing out assault rifles to mexican drug smug… oh, wait…

Alberta_Patriot on May 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Dark Star on May 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Thank you.

So now I am wondering why the hell would the Germans want to be left holding the bag for everyone? There is not a bottomless pit of money in all of Europe. And the French now want to retire at 60 instead of 62 and we might have to raise our retirement age from 67 to ??

Pfffftttttt on all of those socialist wienies. It has finally happened over there. They have RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.

I have to believe that the fudge will hit the fan over there before our November elections and this is not going to help Obama at all.

The silver lining in these stormy clouds.

karenhasfreedom on May 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Good one

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

On the topic of idiot leftists, I can’t figure out how Warren Butthead so publicly “gave away” over $30 billion with such fanfare (allegedly to his buddy, Gates’ ridiculous charity) and yet ol’ Warren still turns up on the lists of richest people with $45 billion, as if that $30 billion never went anywhere.

It’s a riddle.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Isn’t he fighting the IRS tooth and nail over taxes owed? The irony just keeps on growing.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Nice tune but remember they can be this way..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Ah, but don’t you know they hate those with money?

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:23 AM

True, and this is probably more fitting for OWS’ers and the socialists in europe.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Isn’t he fighting the IRS tooth and nail over taxes owed? The irony just keeps on growing.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Yep. A measly billion, which he could personally pay out of the change he keeps in the kitchen drawer.

I guess it’s a matter of “principal” to ol’ Warren.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Nice tune but remember they can be this way..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Haha. GREAT song. It should be played (in place of Hail to the Chief) each and every time Teh Won enters a room.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

True, and this is probably more fitting for OWS’ers and the socialists in europe.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Perfect. :)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Perfect. :)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Ah, do you think that this was playing at the French voting places?

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Thumbs up!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Ah, do you think that this was playing at the French voting places?

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Absolutely! That played as they entered and voted. This played as they exited. :)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Thumbs up!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

… and all we get from the 0ne and the other socialist is an appeal to class warfare and the working man

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Absolutely! That played as they entered and voted. This played as they exited. :)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

… and all we get from the 0ne and the other socialist is an appeal to class warfare and the working man

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

All in an effort to stifle freedom and free will.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

All in an effort to stifle freedom and free will.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

I was hoping that someone would take the next logical step :)

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Stepping a bit outside our theme, but I chose it because (like communism, socialism, marxism) the second verse is ALWAYS same as the first.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

You are impressing me ..:)

Ps..4Grace isimpressing me as well!..Thanks to both of you!!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

You are impressing me ..:)

Ps..4Grace isimpressing me as well!..Thanks to both of you!!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Whew, for a moment there, I thought I was all alone. LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Stepping a bit outside our theme, but I chose it because (like communism, socialism, marxism) the second verse is ALWAYS same as the first.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Sweeeeeeet!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

:)

Your turn, Dire.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Stepping a bit outside our theme, but I chose it because (like communism, socialism, marxism) the second verse is ALWAYS same as the first.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Continuing with your theme, this would also be fitting.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:08 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Most excellent!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Most excellent!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I guess we drove everyone else off ;-)

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:14 AM

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:07 AM

No..No..No..You are doing very good!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:16 AM

I guess the worldwide lefties are hoping their dreams will finally reach fruition.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 AM

No..No..No..You are doing very good!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:16 AM

maybe considering the time nobody else can do this

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM

I guess we drove everyone else off ;-)

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Wouldn’t be the first time. LOL. I should be in bed, but I’ve got time for a few more…if you’re up for it.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:19 AM

I guess the worldwide lefties are hoping their dreams will finally reach fruition.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 AM

That and they hope this will happen as well.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Wouldn’t be the first time. LOL. I should be in bed, but I’ve got time for a few more…if you’re up for it.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Same here, but yes, I feel cheated that I had to abruptly leave on Friday, and didn’t get to play last night. :)

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Dire, where are you? I’m amazed that you haven’t chimed in.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:22 AM

maybe considering the time nobody else can do this

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Lolz. Caught me off guard. Good one.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Very go rundown, the only thing that I might add, is the fact that when the Euro was created, they new this day would come. In the grand plan, they had hoped that all of the member countries when faced with this crisis, would be willing to fork over their nationality for a single government control agency… well, we are seeing that national pride out weighs unity and giving up the status of ones country.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:07 AM

TY & what you write is very, very true.

Dark Star on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I’m still jammin’ to our Aerosmith!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:25 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Why don’t we turn it up..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:26 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:22 AM

I am trying..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:27 AM

They’re still dreaming!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

TY & what you write is very, very true.

Dark Star on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

The fathers of the Euro knew what they wanted to do, they thought that they could ease Europe into becoming a nation of states, similar to the US, with each country ceding to a single currency. The rules and system that they developed would then force this catastrophe on the members, since they would be unable to devalue their currency. But, as with most central planning, it never quite takes human nature into account, the people just never do what you expect, or want them to. LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Why don’t we turn it up..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Yes! That definitely got my toes tapping. :)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:32 AM

They’re still dreaming!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

and this is what they all want, plus I have to do it for our hall monitor LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:32 AM

and this is what they all want, plus I have to do it for our hall monitor LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:32 AM

HA. Money for nothin’ and contraceptives for free!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Actually, THIS is what they want.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:40 AM

HA. Money for nothin’ and contraceptives for free!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

but unless someone pays for it, we’ll just end up with this.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:41 AM

but unless someone pays for it, we’ll just end up with this.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Amen!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Actually, THIS is what they want.

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:40 AM

very true, and awesome tune, but they will still leave us broke and broken.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:46 AM

Amen!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Ok, well I need some shuteye. Thanks for indulging me 4Grace. HA can now go back to their regular program in progress. :)

Good night Dire… even if you were just lurking :)

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Goodnight, uncommon. Great tunes tonight!

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Goodnight, Dire! (if you’re still out there)

:)

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:55 AM

The fathers of the Euro knew what they wanted to do, they thought that they could ease Europe into becoming a nation of states, similar to the US, with each country ceding to a single currency. The rules and system that they developed would then force this catastrophe on the members, since they would be unable to devalue their currency. But, as with most central planning, it never quite takes human nature into account, the people just never do what you expect, or want them to. LOL!

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

100% in agreement. I have to admit, I’m torn on this whole thing because I do have close family members in Athens (my mom’s side of the family). She & I were against the EU from the beginning (not that we had a vote, but we follow what’s going on with more personal interest than a lot of others probably do). I remember when the EU/EURO talk first started, we always said to each other & to our relatives there “This is going to lead to no more Greece! What are the Greeks thinking!” We also always suspected that if that ultimate plan worked out, America was next, and we really didn’t want that (and I’m not even a NWO conspiracy theorist, but the writing is kind of pretty much getting clearer & more scary on the wall, IMO).

So, on the one hand, I’m glad that the Greeks seem to be finally waking up to what they got themselves into, but at the same time why the heck did they allow it to get to this cataclysmic point!?!?! Because right now, all alternatives look pretty dark to me. I don’t want Greece to be gone, absorbed into one “European nation” with an outside (non-Hellenic) governing body, but it is a sad day for me to have 6% of the Greek vote going to KKE (the Communist party) and another 6% going to the Chrysi Avgi (the neo-nazi party) because the people have gotten that dependent on the government jobs, entitlements, etc.

Dark Star on May 7, 2012 at 4:07 AM

If Obama somehow gets re-elected, Hail to the Chief will be replaced…by this little number.

Might even help explain that whole birth certificate and lack of college transcripts kerfluffle, when you think about it.

Brought to you by the Committee to Re-Elect Obama, Randall Flagg, Chairman.

coldwarrior on May 7, 2012 at 4:14 AM

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 3:49 AM

4Grace on May 7, 2012 at 3:51 AM

+ 100… your post were excellent!!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 4:49 AM

coldwarrior on May 7, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Excellent sir..):)

Dire Straits on May 7, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Zero’s campaign strategy

Greyledge Gal on May 7, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Sorry if this has been asked already, but how big a step is it from “legalizing” euthanasia to “mandating” it?

swinia sutki on May 7, 2012 at 6:08 AM

good monday!

socialists unite!

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 6:44 AM

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches. – Margaret Thatcher

My take.

kingsjester on May 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

kingsjester on May 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

*shudder*

good take KJ….

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on May 7, 2012 at 7:05 AM

… and all we get from the 0ne and the other socialist is an appeal to class warfare and the working man

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

From what I’m hearing, folks in S. Florida aren’t finding Debbie ‘Socialist’ Schultz very appealing right now.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says she ‘earned Cadillac’ healthcare coverage

When asked if average Americans should receive the same quality health insurance as that of their elected officials, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a group of South Florida healthcare workers that she “earned” her benefits, implying that her constituents had not.

“Yes, she really said that,” related Dr. Norman Palgon, a Hallandale Beach-based internist who was in attendance at a forum the Congresswoman conducted last year to garner support for ObamaCare. The good doctor was non-too-pleased with what he clearly felt was the congresswoman’s imperious attitude. Source

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:07 AM

And the winner in French Presidential Election is …. dan da ra ran …. THE SOCIALIST!

Whoah! Is that news?

TheAlamos on May 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:07 AM

mrs. let them eat cake…

wow

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Admitting defeat, centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy wished “good luck” to Mr Hollande.

…as he packed his bags and prepared to move to Montreal.

swinia sutki on May 7, 2012 at 7:23 AM

It is imperative that America not follow Europe’s example, this November 6th.

kingsjester on May 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Another good one KJ. But since a large percentage of Americans can’t even point France, Greece and Germany out on a map, I think the odds of them even noticing Europe’s slide into the socialist abyss are slim and none.

mrs. let them eat cake…

wow

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Isn’t she though…Little Debbie is in a lot more ‘trouble’ than I think she realizes. Since I have family who live in S. Florida I keep up on their news. I’m reading a lot of comments from people in her district who are disgruntled that DWS is spending so much time trying to get Obama reelected that she’s ignoring her constituents in FL 22. That’s probably why Karen Harrington is giving her a run for her money.

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

fingers crossed that she is ousted in Nov….

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Are we France?

We get the answer on November 6th.

PappyD61 on May 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

You’re right. But, I have to try to inform.

kingsjester on May 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

As time went on, every time I checked, CTD was way higher than Cabela’s, Bass Pro, or Sportsman’s Warehouse. Those folks get my business now.

Yes, I support free market and they were within their right to do that just as I am within my rights to not do business with them now.

AZfederalist on May 7, 2012 at 12:16 AM

good deal … since I don’t have any of those …
well there is a bass pro 2 hours away … I may check them out ….
but until they opened up … had nowhere to go ….
thanks for the heads up …

conservative tarheel on May 7, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Are we France?

We get the answer on November 6th.
PappyD61 on May 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The only question then is: What’s a kid to do if it turns out we are?

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 AM

That’s probably why Karen Harrington is giving her a run for her money.

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Karen Harrington’s campaign is doing a terrible job with their YouTube videos. The campaign videos so far are boring, amateurish (appearing as though they were made with freebie software like Windows Movie Maker), and they fall flat without really landing any solid blows against Debbie. Also, the picture of Harrington on the website’s main page is pretty creepy. Bad first impressions. Hopefully the campaign is more competent in other areas!

bluegill on May 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Bad first impressions.

bluegill on May 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

LOL

Tell ya what gilled one, Karen Harrington has never failed to respond to an inquiry I have asked her. Not ONCE have I ever gotten a response from DWS.

And the fact that you would attempt to belittle DWS’ challenger, goes one step closer in proving that you’re nothing but a Dem operative who is only here to divide and pit Republicans against each other.

#War

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

And the fact that you would attempt to belittle DWS’ challenger, goes one step closer in proving that you’re nothing but a Dem operative who is only here to divide and pit Republicans against each other.

#War

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Relax, would you? Wipe off the face war paint for a second, and take a chill pill.

I’m sure Harrington is a fine candidate (I know nothing about her and I take your word for it), but I think the campaign needs to step it up, at least in terms of those YouTube videos. I have experience in hiring video editing contractors, and I know how little it costs to get something slick produced. The writing/message could have been handled a lot better in the videos, too.

bluegill on May 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Really surprised no one posted this little number for this thread.

Bmore on May 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

How is it stereotyping if you’re actually talking obsessively about guns in this very thread.

He asked questions, and he received answers from people that would actually have “Been There, Done That” as far as firearms goes. Thread is still on topic, if that’s what got the lace in your Huggies all wadded up.

That’d be like me going on and on about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and when someone accused me of being a Whedon nerd I respond with “how dare you! A Whedon nerd?!? Don’t you stereotype me hypocrite!”

libfreeordie on May 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Hey no one will rag on you (Much) for watching BTVS (since i actually liked the show, and it was amusing it its own right), but really, trying to use it to bolster your argument..BTW what was it you were complaining about?

You don’t like guns? Did a gun dump you just before the Junior Prom, and Buffy wouldn’t return your calls? Whats your beef again?

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Here is one for Libfreeordumb.

uncommon sense on May 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Libretardedordie, for inane solutions to anything. Starve them, and soon. Otherwise they’ll destroy you and your families, like leeches do.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Wow I’m suprised my post made it through!

Not due to HA servers, just my ISP decided last nite to take nap time before i was ready… :o(

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Mr Blanc says some French clients were even contemplating acquiring British or other nationality in order to safeguard assets from fears that France could move to collect more tax from citizens overseas. “A lot of people are extremely worried,” he said.

Except that tax-strapped Frenchmen can no longer flee to a Britain run by Margaret Thatcher, as they could during the Mitterrand years.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Sarkozy should have skipped the photo-op with Obama:

Some politicians have “coat tails”….

…but Obama has “coat anchors”!!!

landlines on May 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I have experience in hiring video editing contractors, and I know how little it costs to get something slick produced. The writing/message could have been handled a lot better in the videos, too.

bluegill on May 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Liar.

Bmore on May 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I have never understood why a state or two did not make it official policy of making it really easy for its residents to do well while making it hard to live off of the backs of others.

If I was Governor, that would be my policy.

AndrewsDad on May 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

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