Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney not only surprised the political world late Friday night, but he has become a different candidate for president over night.

He is suddenly someone willing to take a risk, someone offering specifics instead of generalities, and someone willing to sell his own agenda to the voters instead of trying to bash his way into the Oval Office. And by embracing Ryan, and the controversial policy heft he brings to the ticket, Romney is now a serious candidate who has displayed true leadership — the willingness to do something politically dangerous because he believes it is the right thing to do…

Romney has shown now he doesn’t plan to try and win by default. He has chosen the best person, likely the only person, who can convince an anxious electorate of the need to swallow some dreadful medicine. If Ryan can’t do it, then it’s likely nobody can.

***

Many close aides had been lobbying for the low-risk, non-objectionable Pawlenty, arguing that the two could run as outsiders, taking on Washington…

Instead, Romney went for one of the most prominent faces in Washington. “Do no harm,” the campaign’s longtime philosophy about choosing a ticket mate, had suddenly become: “Let’s take a chance.” For several weeks, top aides had seen that Romney was learning toward bold over safe.

“Chemistry, seriousness, bigness,” said one of Romney’s closest advisers, when asked what sealed the deal for Ryan. “Win with a mandate to fix what needed to be fixed.”

***

Romney is rolling the dice on a bet that voters crave “substance” — in this case, a deep debate about the deficit and entitlement cuts that Romney himself has mostly dodged up to this point…

For the GOP’s conservative base, Ryan’s entry holds the tantalizing promise of elevating Romney’s game, inciting a debate on the familiar and friendly battlefield of the tea party-dominated 2010 midterms.

The 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman “knows the game — he knows math — he knows exactly what the country needs,” said Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator from Wyoming Obama tapped to co-chair his deficit commission.

“There will be an adult conversation, therefore the children will throw emotion, fear, guilt, and racism on him,” he added. “They will bomb him, bomb him, shell him coastline and bunker, and he will survive. He has facts. He uses math. He’s damn good. He’s excellent.

***

Three years ago, the Tea Party movement emerged as a way of protesting Mr. Obama’s health care legislation. Members followed up with a wave of political victories in the 2010 midterm elections that gave the movement a strong — if not always organized and coherent — voice in the Congress.

Now, Mr. Ryan’s place on the national ticket testifies to the staying power of the Tea Party ideology and provides a single person around which the movement can coalesce. When he delivers his remarks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month, Mr. Ryan will be speaking for the Tea Party as much as anyone else…

[E]very movement needs someone to help it focus. For the Tea Party, Mr. Ryan appears to be that man.

***

Romney embraced Ryan after the sociopathic — indifferent to the truth — ad for Barack Obama that is meretricious about every important particular of the death from cancer of the wife of steelworker Joe Soptic. Obama’s desperate flailing about to justify four more years has sunk into such unhinged smarminess that Romney may have concluded: There is nothing Obama won’t say about me, because he has nothing to say for himself, so I will chose a running mate whose seriousness about large problems and ideas underscores what the president has become — silly and small…

When Ryan said in Norfolk, “We won’t replace our Founding principles, we will reapply them,” he effectively challenged Obama to say what Obama believes, which is: Madison was an extremist in enunciating the principles of limited government — the enumeration and separation of powers. And Jefferson was an extremist in asserting that government exists not to grant rights but to “secure” natural rights that pre-exist government.

Romney’s selection of a running mate was, in method and outcome, presidential. It underscores how little in the last four years merits that adjective.

***

Beneath Messina’s distortions lies a real and important debate. Is our welfare state basically healthy, just in need of a few tweaks to restore its fiscal health? Democrats believe, or claim to believe, that if we just raised taxes on the rich and let experts redirect Medicare spending, we could keep the open- ended entitlement programs on which we have come to rely.

Republicans, on the other hand, tend to think that our entitlement programs are structurally flawed in a way that neither tax increases nor better management can solve. Republicans do not want to abolish these entitlements. Their view is that they should be limited, and made to work with rather than against markets.

The Democratic view has a strong base of support among voters. Even those who share the Republican view, as I do, cannot be sure it will win in the court of public opinion. If Romney and Ryan do prevail in November, it will mean that voters accept the need to modernize the welfare state — and this election will end up having been the most important one since 1980.

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[B]y making this choice, Mitt Romney is declaring war. There will be no evasion, no triangulation, no attempt to mask what is at stake in this election. Instead, Romney and Ryan will directly confront Barack Obama and call him to account for putting us on a ruinous course.

This will alter radically the dynamics of the race. The money spent by Obama trying to demonize Governor Romney will prove to be money entirely wasted. The election is not going to be about Mitt Romney. It is not going to be about the sexual revolution. It is not going to be about Bain Capital. It is going to be about the failed policies of Barack Obama, about their dangerous character, and about the sober, sound alternative the Republicans represent.

This will help the Republicans in Senate and House races immeasurably, for it will give Romney and Ryan coattails — now, without a doubt, the candidates in these other races have something concrete on which to run: repeal Obamacare, pare back the entitlements state, reform our system of taxation, and put our fiscal house in order. No one will doubt the capacity of the Republicans to rule.

I have predicted that Romney will win by a landslide. The choice of Paul Ryan means that Romney has chosen the path that will maximize the significance of his victory and its impact on the races for seats in the House and Senate.

***

“The race is now framed exactly as we want it,” said Kevin Madden, a senior Romney adviser. “Voters are going to judge our current struggling economy and President Obama’s lack of leadership on that issue very harshly, and then look at a Romney-Ryan ticket as an opportunity to take the country in a bold new direction towards a better future.”…

What Mr. Obama found appealing, the notion of a man of ideas willing to make tough choices, is what he now will need to devalue him. While Democrats openly crowed that Mr. Ryan was the choice they had hoped for because of the sharp contrast, they acknowledged he is a young, attractive, well-spoken politician who explains his plan better than his fellow Republicans do. If he makes the issue the national debt that has risen so much under Mr. Obama, rather than his solution for it, Mr. Ryan could pose a serious challenge to the president.

In other words, to put the bull’s-eye on Mr. Ryan’s back, Mr. Obama will first have to get it off his own.

***

“There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,” Romney said.

“What Paul Ryan and I have talked about is saving Medicare, is providing people greater choice in Medicare, making sure it’s there for current seniors. No changes, by the way, for current seniors, or those nearing retirement. But looking for young people down the road and saying, “We’re going to give you a bigger choice.” In America, the nature of this country has been giving people more freedom, more choices. That’s how we make Medicare work down the road.”

***

Via Mediaite.

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When Medicare is cut, these veterans will also be severely affected.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Medicare has already been cut to pay for Obamacare.

chewmeister on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I leave you with this. Awesomeness.

the new aesthetic on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

It’s a butt-hurt uber Palin cultist.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

…so what kind of salve do I use?

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’ve heard Butt Paste is highly effective for Butt-holes.

Sasha List on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

The 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman “knows the game — he knows math — he knows exactly what the country needs,”

Dear Leader knows math much better as he was educated at the very finest universities where he excelled in all the different most important branches of arithmetic: ambition, distraction, falsification and derision with additional courses in Karl Marx and Napoleon Bonaparte, with history washing for extra credit. Always trust Dear Leader Emperor Barack Hussein Louie Hugo Benito Isuzu Obama to keep track of all your numbers.

Cheshire Cat on August 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I’ve heard Butt Paste is highly effective for Butt-holes.

Sasha List on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

O/T: Is anybody watching the closing ceremonies right now?

Its like a prog-rock concert crossed with an avante garde fashion show. This is the silliest spectacle I’ve ever seen. Seriously, wtf is going on here? WHY IS THIS BUZZED-HAIR MADONNA LOOK-ALIKE ON A VIKING SHIP, AND WHY ARE THEY ALL DRESSED LIKE CHARACTERS IN A TIM BURTON VAMPIRE MOVIE???

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Dude, not even close.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

cozmo:Tell me about it,these pics are breath-taking!:)
======================================================

USS Cole (DDG-67)

Tragedy & Honor

The United States Navy Has Brought Home Its Own

http://www.cargolaw.com/2000nightmare_cole.html

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM


Dear Leader Emperor Barack Hussein Louie Hugo Benito Isuzu Obama

Isuzu is no longer in the United States. Hopefully Obama’s policies will meet the same fate.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I am also looking for a video of the Wisconsin rally. Maybe The Right Scoop will post it soon.

esr1951 on August 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Keep checking out this site.

FreedomsLighthouse

The guy (“Brian in FL”) is awesome at getting video up very quickly. Great site.

aquaviva on August 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Try this link. I’m watching it now. Seems fine:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Mitt-Romney-Paul-Ryan-Hold-Rally-in-Wisconsin/10737432999-1/

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

O/T: Is anybody watching the closing ceremonies right now?

Its like a prog-rock concert crossed with an avante garde fashion show. This is the silliest spectacle I’ve ever seen. Seriously, wtf is going on here? WHY IS THIS BUZZED-HAIR MADONNA LOOK-ALIKE ON A VIKING SHIP, AND WHY ARE THEY ALL DRESSED LIKE CHARACTERS IN A TIM BURTON VAMPIRE MOVIE???

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Thanks for watching it..so I don’t have to. If you’re still watching it.
Got The Hangover on TBS in the background instead.l

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Obama was choomin’ with the yutes in Chicago, according to this excerpt from the Chicago Tribune.

President Barack Obama today criticized the newly minted Republican team of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, telling a hometown crowd the pair is trying to sell an economic plan of “trickle down fairy dust” that doesn’t work.

When talking about Ryan, Obama first said “no, no, no, no” to the boos that came from the crowd of about 1,000 younger supporters at the Bridgeport Art Center.

“My opponent and Congressman Ryan and their allies in Congress, they all believe that if we just get rid of more regulations on big corporations and we give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, it will lead to jobs and prosperity for everybody else,” Obama said.

Obama said what was holding the nation back from a booming recovery was “not the lack of ideas or good plans.”

“What’ holding us back is a brand of Washington politics that says we are not going to compromise no matter what. It’s gridlock and stalemates and dysfunction and it’s an idea propagated by the other side that somehow we’re going to grow this economy from the top down and that if people at the top are doing really, really well, then everyone else is automatically going to benefit,” he said.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

O/T: Is anybody watching the closing ceremonies right now?

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Lawdawg86:

That my friend is TV Water-Boarding,but,I did catch alot
of gymnastics/track,and weight-lifting tho!!:)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Exactly, a collision in one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world versus an attack in port.

If you want something similar, go for the American submarine sinking a Japanese fishing trawler a while back. Both were accidents.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

O/T: Is anybody watching the closing ceremonies right now?

Its like a prog-rock concert crossed with an avante garde fashion show. This is the silliest spectacle I’ve ever seen. Seriously, wtf is going on here? WHY IS THIS BUZZED-HAIR MADONNA LOOK-ALIKE ON A VIKING SHIP, AND WHY ARE THEY ALL DRESSED LIKE CHARACTERS IN A TIM BURTON VAMPIRE MOVIE???

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

That Buzz-haired Madonna was Annie Lennox.

Sasha List on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Alright enough with the chit chat, second shift, you’re up. Here. Make me proud.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

UPDATE from Closing Ceremonies: It looks like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter, who is wearing a very regal hoodie and jeans, is singing ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd while some dude walks on a tightrope above him… good lord wtf

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Massive crowd for R&R in Waukesha today:

Pic: https://mobile.twitter.com/dgjackson/status/234814033419702273?photo=1

Anyone who says the Ryan pick doesn’t put Wisconsin in play is deluding themselves.

Nelsen on August 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yes, I am watching it too! Thanks to all who have provided the link.

Isn’t it wonderful to watch leaders who are decent, honest, and still optimistic that they can fix this.

It is also amazing to listen to leaders and not feel that I, and the way that I have lived my life, have been vilified and shredded.

esr1951 on August 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

UPDATE from Closing Ceremonies: It looks like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter, who is wearing a very regal hoodie and jeans, is singing ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd while some dude walks on a tightrope above him… good lord wtf

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

The Olympics closing ceremony is like one long acid trip. Russel Brand singing a song from Willy Wonka then I am the Walrus… And, Fat Boy Slim!

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Really, Russell Brand for this? I know Gene Wilder is almost 80 and pretty much retired, but they couldn’t find anybody better than that clod.

Looks like the closing ceremonies are determined to reiterate the opening ceremony themes of British music and WTF.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

is Team R&R really in WI??? what happened to the bus tour? they went from NC to WI? WTF?

ted c on August 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

ted c:

Yup,Mittens by-passed a couple stops,and sorry for the late response
on the USS Porter,I thought for sure it would of hit headlines!:)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

That Buzz-haired Madonna was Annie Lennox.

Sasha List on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Okay. And the Tim Burton vampire viking ships?

And why is Willy Wonka now singing ‘I Am the Walrus’?

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

TV Waterboarding.

Good phrase. Hopefully it’ll make plenty of appearances here at Hot Gas.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Lawdawg86

Loving your Closing Ceremony updates! Keep ‘em coming, please.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

On Twitter just now via Stephen Hayes:

Team Romney just gave heads-up that Paul Ryan will be traveling to central Florida to make the case on Medicare. On offense.

Good! Good! Good!

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

UPDATE from Closing Ceremonies: It looks like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter, who is wearing a very regal hoodie and jeans, is singing ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd while some dude walks on a tightrope above him… good lord wtf

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Alright, definitely not going there now! I refuse to watch the Weasleys’ good name get sullied!

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

@GarrettNBCNews tweeted:

Romney and Ryan shake hands as they part ways. Ryan to Iowa. Romney to FL http://t.co/B0BTCZUi

10 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

https://twitter.com/GarrettNBCNews/status/234823483211788288

11 Hours ago
Romney-Ryan 2012 comes to Charlotte, NC. (As does their labeled NASCAR.) http://t.co/QQnUhLmC

http://politics.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGPuSugkM/2012/08/12/romney-ryan-2012-comes-to-charlotte-nc-as-does-their-labeled-nascar

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Isn’t it wonderful to watch leaders who are decent, honest, and still optimistic that they can fix this.

It is also amazing to listen to leaders and not feel that I, and the way that I have lived my life, have been vilified and shredded.

esr1951 on August 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Indeed it is.

There’s one place I know BO graduated from – the Jeremiah Wright school of public speaking. I’m sick of it. Fed up and can’t listen to it any more.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

O/T: Is anybody watching the closing ceremonies right now?

Its like a prog-rock concert crossed with an avante garde fashion show. This is the silliest spectacle I’ve ever seen. Seriously, wtf is going on here? WHY IS THIS BUZZED-HAIR MADONNA LOOK-ALIKE ON A VIKING SHIP, AND WHY ARE THEY ALL DRESSED LIKE CHARACTERS IN A TIM BURTON VAMPIRE MOVIE???

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

So, that’s why AP dumped the QOTD and ran off. He had to costume up.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

And can I just say that I watched 60 Minutes tonight for the first time in years and — yikes — octagenarian-palooza! I could barely hear the voice-overs for all the dentures clacking around. WTH? Hilarious that they did a piece on unemployment — retire already and give someone else a chance!

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Still waiting for the Spice Girls…

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The U.N. should pass a resolution condemning Britain’s Closing Ceremonies.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

.
The UN probably conceived, and wrote the script for Britain’s closing ceremonies.

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Loving your Closing Ceremony updates! Keep ‘em coming, please.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Thanks. Right now JJ is singing a song with the refrain “Its Not About the Money” while a caravan of Rolls-Royce’s circle the stadium. I think this is British humor.

Also, surprisingly, British rappers are less articulate than America’s.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Alright enough with the chit chat, second shift, you’re up. Here. Make me proud.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

…oh gawd no!…he’s 35…he’s depressed…his meds are f’d up…he’s lost his job and is back in mom’s basement…he isn’t going to vote…and I want him to fall in love with freeturdordie so they can post on a thread together and watch all Hot Air records fall… never to be broken again!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Exactly, a collision in one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world versus an attack in port.

If you want something similar, go for the American submarine sinking a Japanese fishing trawler a while back. Both were accidents.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

cozmo:

Oh I remember the Submarine,and yes,both are accidents,I sure
wish,someone would of opened up with .50 on the boat,full of
explosives tho,but,easy to say now!:)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

So, that’s why AP dumped the QOTD and ran off. He had to costume up.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

LOL. Did anyone see him on the TV?

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Obama was choomin’ with the yutes in Chicago, according to this excerpt from the Chicago Tribune.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Is that the event where only half the room was full? Do you have a link to the article?

JPeterman on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Ugh, they just wheeled out John Lennon’s mummified corpse onto the Olympic field and used a stick to make his arm wave to the crowd.

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

TV Waterboarding.

Good phrase. Hopefully it’ll make plenty of appearances here at Hot Gas.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

22044:Lol:)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

How convenient that CBS edited this out of the interview they showed on 60 Minutes tonight.

Romney answered critics who say Ryan’s Medicare plan will hurt the ticket’s chances, especially in Florida.

“There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,” Romney said.

“What Paul Ryan and I have talked about is saving Medicare, is providing people greater choice in Medicare, making sure it’s there for current seniors. No changes, by the way, for current seniors, or those nearing retirement. But looking for young people down the road and saying, “We’re going to give you a bigger choice.” In America, the nature of this country has been giving people more freedom, more choices. That’s how we make Medicare work down the road.”

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. That have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late ’90s.”

View the edited section here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57491634/60-minutes-romney-ryan-answer-critics-of-medicare-position/

bass turds

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Closing Ceremonies: NBC announcers a few minutes ago: “A few of our viewers at home may be wondering why there is a giant octopus in the center of the stadium.”

… amongst other things, yes.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

And can I just say that I watched 60 Minutes tonight for the first time in years and — yikes — octagenarian-palooza! I could barely hear the voice-overs for all the dentures clacking around. WTH? Hilarious that they did a piece on unemployment — retire already and give someone else a chance!

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Heh. Didn’t see the irony. Good observation.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Ugh,a mis-fire,try this again!

Romney and Ryan shake hands as they part ways. Ryan to Iowa. Romney to FL http://instagr.am/p/OP_LPwK8HV/

https://twitter.com/GarrettNBCNews/status/234823483211788288

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Closing Ceremonies update: Announcers: “When we come back, it is the Spice Girls Reunion! That is next!”

This, will be comedy gold.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Now there is a giant paper-mache rotted tooth circling the track to celebrate British dentistry.

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Looks like we’re going to have another 200+ comment headline thread..

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Closing Ceremonies update: Announcers: “When we come back, it is the Spice Girls Reunion! That is next!”

This, will be comedy gold.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

David Beckham SHH. His stock’s going down…

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Okay, I just saw on Twitter that Kate Bush was a no show. Worse yet, the tweet was from Little Boots, who was watching this instead of performing there like she belongs. No Little Boots means yet another sadly incomplete look at British music… yet another missed opportunity to showcase the best of the UK.

Then again, I don’t know that I’d want her good name associated with this weirdness. I actually very much enjoyed this Olympics overall, but because of the great athletics. The presentation was beyond odd. Those doing NBC’s coverage didn’t help.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

We were late for a Cubs game today because of Obama’s fundraising trip to Chicago. (I know, not a big loss, well the Cubs did lose, but anyway…) A question, if individuals can only donate $5,000…

Obama’s $5,000 donation represents the legal maximum an individual can donate to a candidate’s presidential campaign committee. Individuals can also give up $30,800 per year to a political party under federal election guidelines; but so far Obama has not cut a check for the DNC.

Obama’s fundraising day in Chicago opens with a “small roundtable” for which guests paid $40,000 per ticket

Obama later hosts a fundraiser at his house in Hyde Park. Another purpose of this particular event is to celebrate the president’s birthday, which was Aug. 4. Tickets for this one cost $40,000 per person.

What’s going on?

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

bass turds

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Flora Duh:

Typical,btw,if you missed the Rally,in Wisconsin,heres the linky!:)

VIDEO:(41:06)

http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Mitt-Romney-Paul-Ryan-Hold-Rally-in-Wisconsin/10737432999-1/

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Ah, the Spice Girls… LOL

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

The presentation was beyond odd. Those doing NBC’s coverage didn’t help.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Its not their fault, this is baffling.

Oh no, Oasis is on now singing Wonder Wall. Hopefully Thom Yorke will drop out of a helicopter dressed as the queen and knock him off stage.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Great Britain on acid. The only way to describe this disaster. Thanks to Lawdawg86, I’ve turned it on to see the Spice Girls – train wreck, and all that. I really wish I hadn’t.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Ah, the Spice Girls… LOL

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Dare I post a link? :)

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Well… someone has to say it…

After all these years, and Beckham having 4 kids…

… aren’t they really …

OLD SPICE GIRLS by now?

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Dare I post a link? :)

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Yes!

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bumper sticker from another thread. There are places online where you can make them if the R2 team doesn’t. I don’t want to link the place I made this one, not sure about the HA policy on linking sites that sell stuff, so just to be safe I wont.

Making them is kinda fun, I just don’t want any stickers on my new Raptor.

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Noel Gallagher should have run onstage and started a scuffle with Liam. Oh, kids were huge Spice Girls and Oasis fans… LOL

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Thanks. Saw the rally. Loved where Romney shamed that heckler and told the boy king to get his campaign out of the gutter.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Dare I post a link? :)

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Please!

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I am looking over my shoulder even as I type this. *whispers* We may have dodged a bullet. Fingers crossed.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

If there was any kind of mood to this thing, it could be described as “LSD and ecstasy at a rave hosted by Andy Warhol.” And Oasis just killed the mood.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

The presentation was beyond odd. Those doing NBC’s coverage didn’t help.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Its not their fault, this is baffling.

Oh no, Oasis is on now singing Wonder Wall. Hopefully Thom Yorke will drop out of a helicopter dressed as the queen and knock him off stage.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Well, I meant NBC’s coverage throughout the whole games. I agree that nobody could make heads or tails of tonight’s stuff. I’m not buying that “it’s a British thing,” either. This is odd in ways beyond culture shock.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Making them is kinda fun, I just don’t want any stickers on my new Raptor.

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I like that better than the offcial ribbon “R” omney ones.

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Announcers: “We’re back in London, and we’re now starting the ‘comedic’ part of the show.”

… … …

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ask & ye shall receive!

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Love In An Elevator

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Anyone who says the Ryan pick doesn’t put Wisconsin in play is deluding themselves.

Nelsen on August 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Gov. Walker has called it the cheesehead revolution. I love it.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Always look on the bright side of life… *whistle*

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Closing ceremonies not very good…. a few hits but a lit of misses

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

@MittRomney Unbelievable crowd in WI tonight. Great to be with @PaulRyanVP for his homecoming http://t.co/kqwMGkOp #RomneyRyan2012

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

As usual there is a tune to go with that.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Okay, pretty sure this part of the ceremony is racist. Oh, not being done by conservatives? Nevermind, then.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Gov. Walker has called it the cheesehead revolution. I love it.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

RCP, that aggregator of ridiculous biased polls, moved WI back to Toss-Up yesterday.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Closing ceremonies not very good…. a few hits but a lit of misses

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Really bad…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Well, I meant NBC’s coverage throughout the whole games. I agree that nobody could make heads or tails of tonight’s stuff. I’m not buying that “it’s a British thing,” either. This is odd in ways beyond culture shock.

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

We’ve let them get away with the whole “that’s just British humor” excuse for too long.

That does not explain a man on a bike with helicopter blades getting into a human cannon, and then after being “shot out” being revealed as a Monty Python member, and breaking into singing “Always Look on the Brighter Side of Life.” Which apparently is the British national anthem, because the whole stadium is singing along.

… … … And now a bunch of dudes dressed up like Aladdin are dancing around the Monty Python dude while can only be described as Indian snake-dancing music plays.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

The Brits have just confirmed for the rest of the world that they have absolutely no self-respect.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

OLD SPICE GIRLS by now?

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

thatsafactjack:Here ya go!:)
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VIDEO(4:44)

The iconic girl group reunited for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. What did YOU think of their performance?

The Spice Girls
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brought us back to the ’90s with an unforgettable performance for the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 12. The british quintet group sang their hearts out to their 90s hit songs, ‘Wannabe’ & ‘Spice Up Your Life’ while rocking out, on top five matching, London taxi cabs. The fab five looked so great!
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http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/08/12/spice-girls-olympics-closing-ceremony-2012-london-performing-spice-up-your-life/

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

8.3
1.5

CW on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Now there is a giant paper-mache rotted tooth circling the track to celebrate British dentistry.

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Is it wearing a burqa, first Bishop?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Yup OC

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Black and Blue

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Mr cmsinaz fell asleep during Annie Lennox part

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Agree completely. This is now like a big eff u to everyone else.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The Brits have just confirmed for the rest of the world that they have absolutely no self-respect.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

MustLoveBugs:Its a Bleeding Bloody Shames I tell ya!!
(sarc):)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The Brits have just confirmed for the rest of the world that they have absolutely no self-respect.

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Britain will be invaded by Switzerland tomorrow.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

We’ve let them get away with the whole “that’s just British humor” excuse for too long.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Yeah. I know British humor. British humor is a good friend of mine. This is not British humor.

Too bad Benny Hill and Geoffrey Hughes have passed…

Gingotts on August 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

LOL! No offense… but if I could get that promise that they won’t ever reunite again in writing I’d be grateful! :)

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

As usual there is a tune to go with that.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Of course ;-)

I wondered if that bumper sticker were to sell for donations, would the phrase violate copyrights? /muddywaters

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Canopfor…. spice girls performance will be forgettable…
:)

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

*************************** ALERT *********************************

@DarrellIssa tweeted:

DarrellIssa
We are filing charges against Attorney General Eric Holder tomorrow #fastandfurious

28 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

https://twitter.com/DarrellIssa/status/234826710946832384

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Britain will be invaded by Switzerland tomorrow.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

And the Falklands are now open game.

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

What’s going on?

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Went on a bus trip to Wrigley this past Friday. Gawd they suck. Five errors, one passed ball, and a base-running screw up. Made me proud that I’m not a fan.

predator on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Here is the Chicago Tribune link, JPeterman.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-five-fundraisers-on-tap-for-obama-in-chicago-today-20120812,0,6859587.story

Obama is the only president in my lifetime to celebrate an octave of his birthday celebration. Then again, I think that Clinton pulled the same trick when he turned 60.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I can’t believe I’m being forced to miss Breaking Bad for this.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Oh yeah!

Wolfmoon on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Making the Czech Republic athletes carry out the German athletes on their shoulders while a guy dressed like Chamberlain cried out “Peace in our time!” was really bad form.

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I got ya, canop. ;-)

MustLoveBlogs on August 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

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