Quotes of the day

posted at 8:15 pm on July 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

The assumption of natural rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by the following proposition: “first comes rights, then comes government.” According to this view: (1) the rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but preexist its formation; (2) The protection of these rights is the first duty of government; and (3) Even after government is formed, these rights provide a standard by which its performance is measured and, in extreme cases, its systemic failure to protect rights — or its systematice violation of rights — can justify its alteration or abolition; (4) At least some of these rights are so fundamental that they are “inalienable,” meaning they are so intimately connected to one’s nature as a human being that they cannot be transferred to another even if one consents to do so. This is powerful stuff.

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By 1776, the Atlantic Ocean had become what one historian has called “an information highway” across which poured books, magazines, newspapers and copies of the debates in Parliament. The latter were read by John Adams, George Washington, Robert Morris and other politically minded men. They concluded that the British were planning to tax the Americans into the kind of humiliation that Great Britain had inflicted on Ireland.

As eight years of war engulfed the continent, not a few of the rebels saw that the Revolution was a spiritual enterprise that would never really end. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Pennsylvanian who signed the Declaration of Independence, wrote that the war was only the first step in the Revolution’s destiny to transform America and the world.

History confirmed his intuition. In the next hundred years, other nations and peoples would issue 200 similar declarations.

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But then came the late 1960s, and over the next two decades American individualism was fully unleashed. A kind of tacit grand bargain was forged between the counterculture and the establishment, between the forever-young and the moneyed.

Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses. But capitalists in return would be unshackled as well, free to indulge their own animal spirits with fewer and fewer fetters in the forms of regulation, taxes or social opprobrium.

“Do your own thing” is not so different than “every man for himself.” If it feels good, do it, whether that means smoking weed and watching porn and never wearing a necktie, retiring at 50 with a six-figure public pension and refusing modest gun regulation, or moving your factories overseas and letting commercial banks become financial speculators. The self-absorbed “Me” Decade, having expanded during the ’80s and ’90s from personal life to encompass the political economy, will soon be the “Me” Half-Century.

People on the political right have blamed the late ’60s for what they loathe about contemporary life — anything-goes sexuality, cultural coarseness, multiculturalism. And people on the left buy into that, seeing only the ’60s legacies of freedom that they define as progress. But what the left and right respectively love and hate are mostly flip sides of the same libertarian coin minted around 1967. Thanks to the ’60s, we are all shamelessly selfish.

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Little by little, the home of the brave and the land of the free has become a nation of rent-seeking dependents clamoring for their share of state largess. Even before the latest entitlement blowout called Obamacare, we crossed the line where more than half of Americans receive some kind of assistance from the government every month, paid for by the fewer than half that still pay income taxes. As we move into the future and the number of dependents grows while the taxpayer pool shrinks, we call the result social justice rather than its old name: theft.

Our forefathers shed blood rather than render unto King George. Yet today we madly mortgage our nation’s future to foreign powers, piling debt upon debt without limit or thought as to how it will be repaid. These debts ensnare our children and grandchildren even as we stop having them, confident in the knowledge that the government will take care of us in our old age, so why bother with the trouble and expense?

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

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Via Mediaite.


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Oh, and he’s a fine audio technician too. ; )

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

drank a few cervesas this pm…feeling good Lewis

cmsinaz on July 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

..looking good, Billy Rae!

The War Planner on July 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Seems like the word “tax” isn’t powerful enough when being used in the context of Obamacare. “Tax” is part of plain, everyday, common language. This is not a plain, everyday, common sort of tax. This is a tax meant to coerce and manipulate behavior. It needs an adjective or seven.

lynncgb on July 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

For thr record, Allah shoots all the videos too.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Yeah, in his PJ’s with kitty at his side…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I explained it to minnesoter a week ago, but by the time I saw his or her confusion hours had passed so I don’t know he/she saw my explanation. Cindy Munford did it again last night.

That’s about all we can do I guess.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Sherman makes me laugh. I like that. Odd considering my heritage.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I have a few acres that I am not using..
Was thinkin’ of growing wheat…
Nothing bad should come of that…

Electrongod on July 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM

That’s about all we can do I guess.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Certainly we can do more. Allah is also a rocket scientist.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Electrongod, have you thought about tobacco?

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Happy 4th everybody!

I just got back from watching the fireworks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Steam hot waiting for it to start. Was worth the wait. Great crowd of good people singing God Bless America before the show.

Ditkaca on July 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I’m not about to leave my air conditioning or refrigerator (beer) to go out and see the rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air tonight. Most of these Midtown fools have no clue what they are celebrating…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Electrongod, have you thought about tobacco?

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

No..I didn’t…
But now that you mentioned it….

Electrongod on July 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

In all honesty, it took me a couple of times of reading the QOTD before I grasped what was going on.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Ditkaca on July 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Nice! Happy Fourth to you. ; )

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

One of the most moving and eloquent expressions I have read today, but Freeza’s closing sentiment/entreaty to these thoughts is equally as moving and eloquent:

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

The entire Forbes article is highly recommended to all.

TXUS on July 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

It’s always been more interesting if you can crack open a cold one while participating…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Here I thought the constant contradictions in these QOTD was what made the conflicted Allah such an Eeoye!

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

In all honesty, it took me a couple of times of reading the QOTD before I grasped what was going on.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Huh, he once said he had been reading it since it was Quote of the Day. So if true, one might presume at some point over the years, he might have noticed.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Certainly we can do more. Allah is also a rocket scientist.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I thought he is a rocket surgeon :P

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

oops Eeyore

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Here I thought the constant contradictions in these QOTD was what made the conflicted Allah such an Eeoye!

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Probably true when you stop and think he has to ruminate over every article he cites…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Here I thought the constant contradictions in these QOTD was what made the conflicted Allah such an Eeoye!

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

He is and always has been, in Kristofferson’s famous words, “a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.”

TXUS on July 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

TXUS on July 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

excellent …

and to all who have served or are currently serving
well done and thank you for your service and sacrifice
I include Police/EMT’s/FF in this as well ….
stay safe and watch your 6.

conservative tarheel on July 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM

What do trolls do on our Independence Day ?

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

What do trolls do on our Independence Day ?

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Get an unpaid vacay day?

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

It’s always been more interesting if you can crack open a cold one while participating…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Oooh, that’s a low blow OC. j/k :-)

Besides it’s almost 11 p.m. here. About time for me to hit the hay. If the danged neighbor would stop with the fireworks.

“Hey you kids, get off my lawn!”

Huh, he once said he had been reading it since it was Quote of the Day. So if true, one might presume at some point over the years, he might have noticed.

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Then I will no longer respond to what I interpreted as his or her misunderstanding.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

What do trolls do on our Independence Day ?

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Hide? Look up the definition of “Independence?” Read Das Kapital?

Who knows?

predator on July 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

What do trolls do on our Independence Day ?

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

…wet the bed!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Hide under their bridges cause their afraid of the rockets red glare preferring of course Dependence to Independence and Totalitarianism to Freedom!

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

“Hey you kids, get off my lawn!”

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Heh…
You sound just like cranky ol’ Otto & Marie Novak, circa 1967…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

They’re shooting them off here too. Gonna be a long night. Maybe I’ll turn all the fans on high and drown them out some. I’m about to go to bed also.

predator on July 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

11 PM Central is the legal cutoff for shooting fireworks here, but I won’t be calling 911 if I hear any after that…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

bed time here too …
it is very still … no one is shooting off anything
which is very strange .. usually folks are raising
all kinds of noise … nothing all night

conservative tarheel on July 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Did it depress anyone else that only one of Luntzs panel of freshman congress critters had the courage to say they were trying to solve problems but the other side would not put forward good faith budgets, ideas or let the bills passed come up for debate, the rest just cowered and blamed it on the most extreme of each party?

Col west was great ISSA not so great and the panel of freshman not encouraging.
Me Eeyore?

ConcealedKerry on July 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Maybe I’ll turn all the fans on high and drown them out some. I’m about to go to bed also.

predator on July 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

11 PM Central is the legal cutoff for shooting fireworks here, but I won’t be calling 911 if I hear any after that

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I won’t either. I’ll just turn on my sprinklers.

LOL

whoops, sorry Sherman. Please don’t tax me.

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

11 PM Central is the legal cutoff for shooting fireworks here, but I won’t be calling 911 if I hear any after that…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Above the front door at my ranch in South Texas, hangs a replica Colt 45 with a sign below saying, “We don’t call 911, ya hear?” One of my hands has suggested, and he’s probably right, that we need to hang below it an equivalent expression, in Spanish, for the illegals that might dare tread on us.

TXUS on July 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Get an unpaid vacay day?

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I feel sorry for them, and their leaders are not them helping either ,
reinforcing their grief over the celebration of white people’s independence day .
I just saw this vile filth :
http://twitchy.com/2012/07/04/shameful-left-celebrates-independence-day-by-slamming-america/

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Is AP really

Gohawgs on July 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Yeah, that was beyond vile and filthy…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM

As for the causes of revolution, we’ve lost sight of them, too. King George III was a champion of laissez-faire compared to the modern cradle-to-grave entitlement state. The swollen capital city named after the man who won our freedom now claims the prize for erecting “a Multitude of new offices” bent on sending out “Swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” If there is a field of endeavor that the federal government does not yet regulate, subsidize, or penalize, just wait. A new law is only a “crisis” away.

Have these new offices been imposed on us by some malevolent force that has undermined the workings of democracy? No. We the people ceaselessly demand new offices at an accelerating rate.

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

Schadenfreude on July 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Gohawgs, Lol!

Bmore on July 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

…one of my family members told me today at our cookout that there were more blacks in prison today, than the number of slaves before emancipation.

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

The steady stream of Mexican music from my neighbor’s party has suddenly given way to Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA and they are all singing along. So I guess all is not lost.

Mark1971 on July 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Roberts is a squish. Romney is a squish. None of this should be a surprise to anyone.

We better figure out how to deal with it.

TitularHead on July 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM

It’s pretty simple what needs to be done:

- get rid of Obama, even if it’s Romney.
- start electing conservatives and watching over each and every one of them and replace if necessary. This will take a couple of cycles to weed out the RINOs, idiots and lifers.
- remain diligent, which is the hardest of all.

It won’t happen overnight and it will mean a lot of work and attention. We cannot be complacent, as that is what has brought us to this point. When people say “we’ll have to hold their feet to the fire” as if that’s a bad thing I know they don’t really get it. We have to do it to ensure compliance.

kim roy on July 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Is AP really…

Gohawgs on July 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

That would explain why AP gets excited over the HumpBot.

SparkPlug on July 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Whenever I try to shoot fireworks I miss.

So I use a shot gun to be sure.

SparkPlug on July 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

…one of my family members told me today at our cookout that there were more blacks in prison today, than the number of slaves before emancipation.

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Being in prison is not even a matter of shame for them anymore, it earns them street creds. This is the demographic that is also the most susceptible to prislam. Their conversion rates are staggering. They are being exploited by Democrats and islam and they don’t even know it !

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

WTF is Paula Deen advertising Nebraska Furniture Mart??? Thought she was the butter queen?

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

(4) At least some of these rights are so fundamental that they are “inalienable,” meaning they are so intimately connected to one’s nature as a human being that they cannot be transferred to another even if one consents to do so.

That construction is awkward.

A right must be unalienable if it is a right. It is a property or an attribute of being human. For it to be a right, you must be born with it and it must die with you. Even if you “gave it up” before you died — it still remains a kind of check-box on your existence. It would be “strange” to die without a right, like dying without a leg. Even if someone does it, it doesn’t mean that two legs aren’t part of humanity.

To “give up a right” means either to voluntarily refrain from exercising it, as a person might if they desired an orderly society, or to change in nature such that the right no longer exists. That’s a can of worms — I’ll stop there. :)

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Flora Duh on July 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

You get your ‘puter up to speed?

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

You get your ‘puter up to speed?

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I believe she went to bed. She had to delete Firefox and reload it and now she is up to speed…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

You get your ‘puter up to speed?

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

…she’s a girl! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

…….ohhhhhhh! ‘puter…not putter…never mind!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The steady stream of Mexican music from my neighbor’s party has suddenly given way to Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA and they are all singing along. So I guess all is not lost.

Mark1971 on July 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Ain’t nothin’ wrong with Mexican (or Texican) music, I actually like it, if it’s not the new Mex-Rap crap. The ranch hands and their chicas like it, too, and nothing wrong with those girls in their bikinis by the pool here at the ranch. We set off the fireworks a little while ago, everyone’s drifting out now, and from what I’ve observed, I’ll have a few happy workers tomorrow … around noon.

TXUS on July 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

…….ohhhhhhh! ‘puter…not putter…never mind!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Note to self. 4th puts KOOLAID into a weird mood. :)

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I believe she went to bed. She had to delete Firefox and reload it and now she is up to speed…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Thanks Omaha. :)

Weird.

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Axe on July 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

*clink*

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

The global warming sun has gone down..
I hear fireworks in the distance…

Time to burn a cool c-note..

Tomorrow friends…

Electrongod on July 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

*clink*

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

But before I go..
*clink*

We have a long road ahead of us…

I am already on it…

See ya there..

Electrongod on July 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

The GOP will betray you!..:)

The GOPe will betray you!..for the true cons..:)

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

True dat….

Electrongod on July 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The GOPe will betray you!..for the true cons..:)

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

More accurate. Gratis, friend

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

This is the agency empowered to enforce hellthcare.

Schadenfreude on July 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Rep Joe Wilson said it best , as soon as he heard Hussein speechify about it !

burrata on July 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

*clink*

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

lol — yeah, why not.

*clink*

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Gary Lives! :)

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

i hate to bring up the h/c decision again, but i just read this

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304752/roberts-might-have-switched-because-impasse-over-severability-mario-loyola

which as the title says argues that Roberts felt he had to uphold the bill because the severability issues were too difficult

I heard some time ago that the speculation was that the left pulled the severability clause(s) for that very reason…to thumb their noses at the court to say, here chump…throw out everything or throw out nothing…basically daring them to do it.

Now, the left always has the best academic law professors to spend tons of time figuring out every angle, every nuance for there advantage

so the right was close..but no banana.

i’ve always thought that the left will the vast money supply to the ngos and academics having little to do all day but figure out a way to screw the country, has an advantage

r keller on July 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Rep Joe Wilson said it best , as soon as he heard Hussein speechify about it !

burrata on July 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

“You lie” was the truest thing ever said about Obama.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I will say this, in our neighborhood they are serious about they fireworks. So pretty, they must cost a fortune. It rained just before it got dark, so we didn’t have to worry about dry brush catching on fire.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

A copy of a rare 16th century map known as “the birth certificate of America” has been discovered in Germany.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

The GOP will betray you!..:)

The GOPe will betray you!…:)

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

From :12 to :15

Gohawgs on July 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Who does this sound like to you?

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

This refers to George the Third, King of England, and is from the Declaration of Independence.

gordo on July 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

More accurate. Gratis, friend

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

lolz..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Gohawgs on July 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

lolz..Excellent movie I might add!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

I will say this, in our neighborhood they are serious about they fireworks. So pretty, they must cost a fortune. It rained just before it got dark, so we didn’t have to worry about dry brush catching on fire.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

The most action my tailgate gets — since I turned boring — is when I sit out there watching the sky tonight and on New Years’. Couple really boomy ones this year. They must be new. Flash-bang grenades on a rocket. :)

I liked the others.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Gary Lives! :)

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Dave agrees!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

What do trolls do on our Independence Day ?

burrata on July 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Put fireworks up their butts, and have their friends post the video tho youtube.

novaculus on July 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

They saved the loud ones until fifteen minutes past the curfew. Still not going out in that thick and oppressive air to look…

OmahaConservative on July 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

In keeping with QOTD tradition, and speaking of Germany, I’d like to thank the German people for allowing themselves to be looted in a way that makes Atlas Shrugged look like a political science course title, not a novel. On behalf of much of Europe, thanks for all the hard work!

Re-post:

Germany Calling

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Schadenfreude on July 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

That makes me want to scream. We have to have original documents to get a drivers license and these guys are given numbers that allow them to rob us. We’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Someone had those here also. It had to be more than five of them, really loud and a lite the sky like a huge old fashion flash on a camera. I like the regular kind better. I’d have to run laps around my house to even have a chance to see them all.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I knew about this a few months ago. There were rumors that hundreds of thousands had received refunds, while not paying at all, fraud…now the whistle blower has had enough. I hope it goes out to most taxpayers and the charlatans in gov’t get punished. I hate all of them, including the Rs. There is no oversight.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

The GOP will betray Roberts you!..:)

The GOPe will betray Roberts you!..for the true cons..:)

The Supreme Court has Robertsed you!

Dire Straits on July 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Updated

AZfederalist on July 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

The marine layer (coastal fog) stayed high enough for the fireworks shows to go on. You could look in three different directions from a boulevard near me and see the shows put on by the nearest towns and neighborhoods. And the unofficial display put on by the neighbors down the street. My dog didn’t like the sudden loud noises much, but he loves to run, and we ran a lot faster tonight. It was cool and people were gathered in clusters on the corners and sidewalks, oohing and aahing and applauding and cheering. I don’t think it was all for the sound and fury. Some were reminiscing. People love this country, and when told the truth about her peril, will do what they can to save her. But they must be told.

Back to the fray tomorrow. One of my favorite marches tonight.

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Far from oversight, there seems to be encouragement to defraud the American citizens. I think that gentleman is a bit naive, they may not firing but I think he is getting his first little taste of future living hell. Can you just imagine what our real situation would be if people actually did they jobs?

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:35 AM

True story:

Thirty some years ago when I was working at a Church Camp, we had an exchange-counselor from Great Britain.
By the end of June, he and one of the other female counselors took up a relationship together.
One evening some of the staff were lounging around together, and since it was close to the 4th of July the conversation was along that line of subject.

So help me, somewhere in the middle of this group discussion the girlfriend turns to her British beau and proceeds to inquire as to how they celebrate the 4th of July in England.

I wasn’t personally present at this little “social gathering”, and can’t vouch for his response, but I heard about her inquiry the next day from multiple witnesses.
Yeah, they were embarrassed for her. Or so they claimed.

listens2glenn on July 5, 2012 at 12:37 AM

And a tribute to Vladamir Putin, a great — and obviously not in the least homosexual — I think that should be clear to everyone now — he’s done everything but buy a “not gay” t-shirt — a great leader who insists his people stay in the yellowing pages of history, with his dreams, instead of surviving into the future.

I salute you sir, with another cliche.

lol — who else, who else …

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:33 AM

My puppies were not that thrilled either but oddly enough they did better tonight with the full blown display than the few “practice” rounds some neighbors did last night. It’s really pretty outside right now, mid-70′s nice breeze out of the west and a full moon.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

AZfederalist on July 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Sounds good!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

novaculus on July 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

LOL!!!

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:41 AM

It was cool and people were gathered in clusters on the corners and sidewalks, oohing and aahing and applauding and cheering. I don’t think it was all for the sound and fury. Some were reminiscing. People love this country, and when told the truth about her peril, will do what they can to save her. But they must be told.

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:33 AM

So cool. And loved the march.

So help me, somewhere in the middle of this group discussion the girlfriend turns to her British beau and proceeds to inquire as to how they celebrate the 4th of July in England.

listens2glenn on July 5, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Love that more. :) They should, by Henry.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:45 AM

That makes me want to scream. We have to have original documents to get a drivers license and these guys are given numbers that allow them to rob us. We’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

In CA, if one gets pulled over for speeding/DUI/unsafe driving/driving a stolen car/driving with drugs etc, and the driver starts yapping in spanish that they don’t have ID/DL/registration/insurance , the cops have to let them go and their vehicle canNOT be impounded.
There is a separate law for US citizens and legal residents which gives police/highway patrol the authority to enforce ” public safety” ,
but not on those who speak spanish , even if they may be US citizens, because they are not required to show an ID to let the LEA know who they are .
They are being trained in their churches on how to get out of such situations , by acting like an illegal .

burrata on July 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Cindy, I hope you see this.

I recalled why I hate Google even more.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Egypt. Great job! Your Caliphate is my Caliphate, but you already knew that, didn’t you, you silly geese! :)

*wink*

The future, as you see it for all of us! And best of luck!

***

Heh … international snark tank now mercifully low …

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I’m not Cindy but this doesn’t surprise me in the least…

OmahaConservative on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

They are being trained in their churches on how to get out of such situations , by acting like an illegal .

burrata on July 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM

A protected class = a protected class. You would think the logic of that unity would dawn, but it never seems to.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

New squirrel throw up by Barry/Axelrod and the MSM :

http://news.yahoo.com/axelrod-tweet-burst-hits-romney-bermuda-tax-shelter-194710878–abc-news-politics.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mystery-bermuda-based-company-and-other-undisclosed-romney-assets-hint-of-larger-wealth/2012/07/04/gJQAbU1SMW_story.html

A report that the MSM had swarmed upon , just google how many entries there are since this story was revived today. Apparently that company was first written up by LA Times in 2007 and sank at that time.

bayview on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Cindy, I hope you see this.

I recalled why I hate Google even more.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Just another reason I use Bing as my search engine. I know my few hits don’t make a huge impact, but a few here and there won’t hurt.

Now, maybe going to Google and doing searches on gun related items might be kind of fun. Sort of an internet flash mob for that could be kind of cool.

AZfederalist on July 5, 2012 at 12:56 AM

OmahaConservative on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Hi OC. It’s for all to know. I shared it with Cindy because we were talking last night about alternate engines.

It’s not a surprise but one should boycott them. It’s just one of the bad things they do to ‘free’ people.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2012 at 12:57 AM

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