Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Taking command of the French 9th army in 1914 as it retreated before the Germans, Marshal Ferdinand Foch uttered his immortals words: “Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I attack.”…

In the Medicare debate, schoolyard rules apply: Punch the bully in the mouth twice as hard.

If Medicare reform could be adjudicated in a roundtable discussion hosted by uberwonk Alice Rivlin over tea and scones at the Brookings Institution, it would be one thing. But the tenor and substance will be set by David Axelrod, whose professional obligation is to be witlessly demagogic and wholly dishonest…

Even if it stays on offense, the Romney campaign is on perilous ground with Medicare. But there is no heading back. There is no cute way out.

***

Many spending hawks in Washington had hoped that Mitt Romney’s selection of leading deficit warrior Paul Ryan as his running mate would open a more candid and sober debate about cutting federal spending.

But the tone of the campaign rhetoric on Medicare — with each party accusing the other of working to destroy the program — has raised concern among longtime deficit-reduction advocates that neither party is preparing the public for what they see as the demographic imperative of curbing Medicare spending…

“Everyone knows that Medicare in its current state is unsustainable. There’s not a serious person out there who argues otherwise,” said Steve Bell, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “And we are now starting to have an emotional, distorted, propagandistic debate about it.”

***

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s new promise to restore the Medicare cuts made by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law could backfire if he’s elected.

The reason: Obama’s cuts also extended the life of Medicare’s giant trust fund, and by repealing them Romney would move the insolvency date of the program closer, toward the end of what would be his first term in office.

Instead of running out of money in 2024, Medicare says its trust fund for inpatient care would go broke in 2016 without the cuts. That could leave a President Romney little political breathing room to finalize his own Medicare plan…

“If you are going to restore (Obama’s cuts), then what it’s going to do is complicate the financial condition of Medicare,” said former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, a fiscal conservative who says government health care programs are too costly.

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Over time, the demographic pressures will intensify. The Social Security trustees project that by 2040 there will be 80 million seniors (one-fifth of the total population) and only about two and a half working-age Americans for each one of them. Ryan is right to recognize that something’s got to give.

But while he has correctly diagnosed a major problem, his plan ignores another central element of the budget equation: The bitter experience of leaders from Ronald Reagan to Newt Gingrich to Barack Obama has demonstrated that it is virtually impossible to sell major changes in entitlement programs without bipartisan support. And Ryan’s blueprint seems almost designed to repel Democrats

Virtually no Democrat would support converting Medicare into a premium-support system if it comes in that wrapping. “If Republicans are not going to let the Bush tax cuts for upper-income taxpayers expire, then any kind of serious entitlement reform is off the table for Democrats,” says the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Steve Bell, former Republican staff director for the Senate Budget Committee.

***

Democrats’ relentless campaigns against Republicans as threatening to “destroy” Social Security and Medicare have succeeded at intimidation — and, curiously, Paul Ryan is proof.

There are two Ryans: what I call the good Ryan and the bad Ryan. Probably more than anyone in Washington, the good Ryan has highlighted long-term deficits’ potential harm to our children and grandchildren. The bad Ryan has fashioned an unrealistic and undesirable budget by trying to accommodate both liberal dogma (don’t cut Social Security and Medicare benefits) and conservative dogma (don’t raise taxes). Any sensible plan must do both…

[T]he elderly would be mainly spared [in Ryan's budget]. Spending on them in 2030 would drop only slightly, estimates the CBO. Despite this, President Obama warns that Republicans “would end Medicare as we know it.” Liberal pundits say Republicans would “kill” Medicare. It is this cynical fear-mongering that poisons debate. One reason Democrats won’t change Social Security and Medicare is that defending them is so politically rewarding. This, as much as Republican tax intransigence, underlies the stalemate.

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Had the president embraced the [Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction] plan, it still likely wouldn’t have passed but it would have provided a new, substantive line of attack. Obama could have, as Clinton did with changes to welfare, stolen the middle ground. Obama instead reverted back to his calls for more stimulus spending, miniature versions of his 2009 program.

Obama let Ryan off the hook. Ryan might have seemed intransigent, but when Obama punted and then offered a budget that ignored the issues, Ryan’s status as a man of big ideas and reason was preserved…

Now, Obama is reaping the unhappy harvest as Ryan crisscrosses the country prosecuting the president’s inaction on debt and deficits. Had Obama done the same to Ryan in the winter of 2010-2011, not only would Ryan not be Romney’s running mate, but Obama could be making a claim on fiscal centrism rather than just launching wave after wave of attacks on his Republican challenger.

***

President Obama’s campaign calls this an achievement. You think raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare is an achievement? Neither do I.

Next time you get your pay stub, take a look at the line that says payroll taxes, FICA. Those payroll taxes that come out of our paychecks are designed for two programs and two programs alone: Medicare and Social Security. But now, because of Obamacare, it’s funding Obamacare as well.

It’s wrong.

***

Via the Corner.


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John the Libertarian on August 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Guess I don’t get your point. All I know is when you lose a dog you’ve cared for and about, you’ve lost someone who won’t put a knife in your back in the middle of the night, my very definition of a friend.

TXUS on August 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Palin supports the Ryan roadmap:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703766704576009322838245628.html

Why I Support the Ryan Roadmap
Let’s not settle for the big-government status quo, which is what the president’s deficit commission offers.

By SARAH PALIN

The publication of the findings of the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was indeed, as the report was titled, “A Moment of Truth.” The report shows we’re much closer to the budgetary breaking point than previously assumed. The Medicare Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2017. As early as 2025, federal revenue will barely be enough to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on our national debt. With spending structurally outpacing revenue, something clearly needs to be done to avert national bankruptcy.

Speaking with WSJ’s Jerry Seib, Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) insisted that the deal between Republicans and the White House on the Bush Tax Cuts was not a second stimulus and that the agreement would promote growth despite adding to the deficit.

The commission itself calculates that, even if all of its recommendations are implemented, the federal budget will continue to balloon—to an estimated $5 trillion in 2020, from an already unprecedented $3.5 trillion today. The commission makes only a limited effort to cut spending below the current trend set by the Obama administration.

Among the few areas of spending it does single out for cuts is defense—the one area where we shouldn’t be cutting corners at a time of war. Worst of all, the commission’s proposals institutionalize the current administration’s new big spending commitments, including ObamaCare. Not only does it leave ObamaCare intact, but its proposals would lead to a public option being introduced by the backdoor, with the chairmen’s report suggesting a second look at a government-run health-care program if costs continue to soar.

It also implicitly endorses the use of “death panel”-like rationing by way of the new Independent Payments Advisory Board—making bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Medicare.

The commission’s recommendations are a disappointment. That doesn’t mean, though, that the commission’s work was a wasted effort. For one thing, it has exposed the large and unsustainable deficits that the Obama administration has created through its reckless “spend now, tax later” policies. It also establishes a clear bipartisan consensus on the need to fundamentally reform our entitlement programs. We need a better plan to build on these conclusions with common-sense reforms to tackle our long-term funding crisis in a sustainable way.

In my view, a better plan is the Roadmap for America’s Future produced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.). The Roadmap offers a reliable path to long-term solvency for our entitlement programs, and it does so by encouraging personal responsibility and independence.

On health care, it would replace ObamaCare with a new system in which people are given greater control over their own health-care spending. It achieves this partly through creating medical savings accounts and a new health-care tax credit—the only tax credit that would be left in a radically simplified new income tax system that people can opt into if they wish.

The Roadmap would also replace our high and anticompetitive corporate income tax with a business consumption tax of just 8.5%. The overall tax burden would be limited to 19% of GDP (compared to 21% under the deficit commission’s proposals). Beyond that, Rep. Ryan proposes fundamental reform of Medicare for those under 55 by turning the current benefit into a voucher with which people can purchase their own care.

On Social Security, as with Medicare, the Roadmap honors our commitments to those who are already receiving benefits by guaranteeing all existing rights to people over the age of 55. Those below that age are offered a choice: They can remain in the traditional government-run system or direct a portion of their payroll taxes to personal accounts, owned by them, managed by the Social Security Administration and guaranteed by the federal government. Under the Roadmap’s proposals, they can pass these savings onto their heirs. The current Medicaid system, the majority of which is paid for by the federal government but administered by the states, would be replaced by a block-grant system that would reward economizing states.

Together these reforms help to secure our entitlement programs for the 21st century. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Roadmap would lead to lower deficits and a much lower federal debt. The CBO estimates that under current spending plans, our federal debt would rise to 87% of GDP by 2020, to 223% by 2040, and to 433% by 2060. Under Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap, the CBO estimates that debt would rise much more slowly, peaking at 99% in 2040 and then dropping back to 77% by 2060.

Put simply: Our country is on the path toward bankruptcy. We must turn around before it’s too late, and the Roadmap offers a clear plan for doing so. But it does more than just fend off disaster. CBO calculations show that the Roadmap would also help create a “much more favorable macroeconomic outlook” for the next half-century. The CBO estimates that under the Roadmap, by 2058 per-person GDP would be around 70% higher than the current trend.

Is Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap perfect? Of course not—no government plan ever is. But it’s the best plan on the table at a time when doing nothing is no longer an option.

Let’s not settle for the big-government status quo, which is what the president’s commission offers. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to make these tough decisions so that they might inherit a prosperous and strong America like the one we were given.

Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican Party vice presidential nominee, is a Fox News contributor.

ChuckTX on August 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I predicted, repeatedly, that when grandma and grandpa find out about this the Obama thugs are done.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM

When Granny comes home with some pills in a plastic bag,
Obama will give her a hearty high five tag,
The Emanuels will cheer, the Kevorkians will shout
The eugenicists they will all turn out

Get ready for the Ezekiel Emanuel Jubilee
He’ll give Herr Obama three times three
And he will feel so happy and gay
When Granny is placed at the funeral home on display

Cheshire Cat on August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM

You certainly are difficult to please.

VorDaj on August 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM

LOL Not really, let me elaborate:

“My goodness! That’s certainly a lot of chitting and chatting from you,” she exclaimed approvingly.

cynccook on August 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM

cynccook on August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Palin:

Is Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap perfect? Of course not—no government plan ever is. But it’s the best plan on the table at a time when doing nothing is no longer an option.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703766704576009322838245628.html

ChuckTX on August 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I think Hotair has been infected. I just got a notice from ESET that a page had to be blocked when I was on HotAir QOTD.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Plus that Oriental news caster keeps talking and I didn’t even hit her play button.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM

VorDaj on August 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM

It’s not easy to be dapper.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

the new aesthetic, so very sorry and so glad that you were granted such good company.

What a date to get the dog too…treasure the good memories.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I don’t even know what that means.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Ryan will speak soon at the largest home for the elderly in FL, with his mom by his side. She’s on Medicare.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

RWM, just fyi, I saw your ‘dedication’ to the big liar. Not worth it so much energy, good lady. I understand the lawyer in you and now it’s done. Let it go. Idiots are not worth a 2nd thought, much fun as it is to swat them. It’s actually more productive to swat flies.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

It’s not easy to be dapper.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Embroider those lapels!
And be the king of the beasts in pastels!
Remember what men are here for
Why we must be dressed to kill
If we have to look like Cleopatra
Then we will!

PercyB on August 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Rep. Ryan looks very comfortable talking to large crowds and presenting the campaigns ideas.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM

I don’t even know what that means.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Good Cindy, in SP’s case, it means his ‘worthless’ tip worked :)

I say this, lovingly, about my aprentice. Is a funny creature, trying to make things lighter around here.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Go here and here (if you’re using FF or Chrome)and add to your Widgets n Bits of your favorite browser.

Personally i HIGHLY recommend using both WITH Firefox instead of IE or Chrome…FF is a hell of a lot more stable than IE, and doesn’t have the 1984 tactics that the Google seems to be using more of…

but again thats just me…:o)

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

VorDaj on August 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM PercyB on August 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sharp+dressed+man&view=detail&mid=FC23EFC09CF45A3D7CA1FC23EFC09CF45A3D7CA1&first=0&qpvt=sharp+dressed+man

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

I use FF and am generally satisfied with it for viewing Hot Gas.

As well as other sites.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Ryan will speak soon at the largest home for the elderly in FL, with his mom by his side. She’s on Medicare.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Where? Will he be near the Villages? I wouldn’t call that a home for the elderly (LOL) but it’s close and I would like to support a visit.

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Where? Will he be near the Villages? I wouldn’t call that a home for the elderly (LOL) but it’s close and I would like to support a visit.

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Not only near……at The Villages.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Plus that Oriental news caster keeps talking and I didn’t even hit her play button.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Not using your iPad this evening?

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM

An article by Michael Gerson just posted on RCP:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/17/obamas_betrayal_115134.html

WASHINGTON — In the innocent, bygone days of February, President Obama told NBC News that the campaign would get negative against him, but provided this assurance: “I think that you will be able to see how we conduct ourselves in the campaign. I think it will be consistent with how I conducted myself in 2008 and hopefully how I have conducted myself as president of the United States.”

Not since Gary Hart urged reporters to follow him around because “they’d be very bored” has an assurance been more of an indictment. The Obama campaign has targeted and intimidated Republican donors on an Internet enemies list. It has engaged in the juvenile mockery of Mitt Romney’s singing. It has suggested, without evidence, that Romney may have committed the felony of falsifying FEC documents. It has speculated, without proof, that Romney has avoided paying taxes. When Joe Biden engages in racially charged hyperbole, he is awkwardly but accurately reflecting the spirit of the 2012 Obama campaign.

But the most vivid accusation (made by a closely associated PAC and embraced by the campaign itself) is that Romney’s ruthless business practices were responsible for the closing of a firm, the loss of a couple’s health insurance, and thus the death of a woman from cancer. Except that Romney wasn’t connected to the closing of the firm, the woman continued to have health insurance from another source, and her cancer was diagnosed five years after the plant shut down.

Which represents the crossing of an ethical line. If the conduct of the Obama campaign team were universalized, candidates would no longer require any evidence to accuse one another of complicity in a death. To accept this as a new political norm would be to define defamation down.

Obama’s defenders assure us that everyone does it. But not everyone does this. It is one thing to exploit a misstatement; another to exploit a tragedy. It is one thing to mischaracterize a federal waiver; another to accuse an opponent of being the Angel of Death.

For the Obama campaign, this is not an aberration; it is a culmination. The demonization of Romney is a main element of its strategy, pursued by Obama’s closest associates and former employees, not by loosely affiliated partisan groups. Deniability is not even remotely plausible but it doesn’t remotely matter. Even when exposed, the Obama campaign never retracts, never apologizes — convinced that the news cycle will quickly erase inconvenient memories.

It seems to be working, at least for the moment. Obama’s recent polling gains are mainly explainable by Romney’s rising negatives, particularly among independents. Even as political journalists point out distortions by the Obama campaign, they tend to praise its boldness, coordination and momentum. And each new controversy succeeds in distracting attention from Obama’s economic stewardship.

There is, however, some collateral damage. Obama increased the turnout of young voters in 2008 by more than 2 million over the previous election. But the level of trust by young people in public institutions, including the presidency, has been declining. Youth interest in politics has waned. Some of this is a function of understandable economic discontent. But apart from the most partisan, what young voters have had their sights and spirits lifted by the current campaign? Having introduced a generation to political idealism, Obama seems intent on taking it back.

Ronald Reagan expressed distrust of government while paradoxically improving its image and standing. Obama has placed boundless faith in government while trust in public institutions has declined to all-time lows. It is the legacy of Obama’s liberalism: expanding the state while helping discredit the political process.

The Obama campaign is veering toward antinomianism. Since it regards its own motives as pure, it feels it can dispense with the normal rules of accuracy, civility and decency. So we get the political methods of Spiro Agnew combined with the moral self-regard of Woodrow Wilson. It is not an attractive mixture.

Speaking in Canton, Ohio, a week before the 2008 election, Obama said, “Some of you may be cynical and fed up with politics. A lot of you may be disappointed and even angry with your leaders. You have every right to be. But despite all of this, I ask of you what has been asked of Americans throughout our history. I ask you to believe.”

I am admittedly a sucker for rhetorical idealism. But it can’t be a small thing, a typical thing, a trivial thing, to ask for belief and then betray it.

Copyright 2012, Washington Post Writers Group

PolAgnostic on August 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM

I use FF and am generally satisfied with it for viewing Hot Gas.

As well as other sites.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Hell, i’ve been using the Fox for so long, i can’t even remember what IE was.

The only thing sweeter than a robust stable platform, is one that is 100% FREE.

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoDC7ufRUh0

PercyB on August 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Tell IT Like It Is

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

ESET is my virus software, trojan detector, and malware thingy.

CM,

Don’t worry. It gave me a scary message about blocking a site that something in hot air tried to automatically jump to.

But it only happened once so I overreacted. If my computer comes to grinding halt and I can’t login you will know it happened again since I won’t be here, just like Dave.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

The Obama campaign is veering toward antinomianism. Since it regards its own motives as pure, it feels it can dispense with the normal rules of accuracy, civility and decency.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

BeBe Angienetter Norris
September 11, 2001 – August 16, 2012

the new aesthetic on August 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM

*pours out a little for BeBe*

Good friends are hard to come by; glad you enjoyed and appreciated your buddy, ‘tna’ – I’m sure the feeling was mutual.

Midas on August 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

BeBe Angienetter Norris
September 11, 2001 – August 16, 2012

the new aesthetic on August 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I had a German Shepherd who was the greatest dog ever, and he only lived to be eight. My husband was talking to some lady at work and she told him she had moved but left the dog behind. I don’t know how long he was stuck in that house with no food or water, but my husband went after work, broke into her house and brought him home. He was covered in fleas and ticks and mange and I had to feed him about ten times a day at first, till he could eat correctly. He was MY dog after that. It was twenty years ago and I still cry when I think about him.

Night Owl on August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

PercyB on August 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

That is a very funny combination.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Dave’s not here?

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Hi, I’m finally relaxing poolside. I plan to inflate it tomorrow and by Saturday I will get out the garden hose and fill it up with water. (:

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

That’s right, Obama hates American and hates capitalism. I love how people on the right elevate the debate to such a high level.

bayam on August 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Well, he does. If he thinks socialism is a great thing, he should have been honest about what he was up to and let the American people decide for themselves. But he was a sneaky liar and now he’s going to pay the price for that.

Night Owl on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Good evening, Spark! Mind if I join you?

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Night Owl on August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

My I commend your husband for not punching that b!tch slam in the face.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM

That’s one I haven’t heard in a long time. Sweet!!

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM

When A Man…

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

MyMay I commend your husband for not punching that b!tch slam in the face.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Good evening, Cindy. I’m glad you liked it. Nice to see you this evening!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

No problem. I’m sure you have a nice set of lungs. (:

We can take turns inflating it unless you can bring a bicycle pump.

We can fill it with mountain spring water and Ice and make it into a giant Margarita and then jump in and snorkel.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

lolz. Maybe he is on FaceBook, then I guess he could be here depending.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Try A Little Tenderness

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

The only thing I have found that doesn’t work with Firefox is Adobe. On the off chance I look something up and need Adobe, I just pull it up with IE. Seldom necessary.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Something is up with doggies in heaven, that’s for sure.

I had been crying every single night for over one year after my beloved poodle, “Cocoa” died.

One night I had one of those dreams that are real and Cocoa came to me and, “told” me she way “okay” and to stop crying.

Next day, I called my 14 year-old daughter, who lived on the other side of the country, to tell her of my experience.

She blurts out that Cocoa came to her the night before!
Not in a dream, but she could “feel” Coco’a presence in her bedroom.
Cocoa told her to stop crying.

Neither of us cried again, ‘cuz we knew Cocoa was safe.
We still miss her and this event was 27 years ago.
We miss all the doggies that came since then.

BeBe is okay. She is in heaven.
I’ve never had this experience again, but wish I could replicate it again to be close to my favorite doggie.
(tears going down my cheek)

Typicalwhitewoman on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Okay… but I don’t have a snorkel… will a straw do?

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Good to see you. You have a knack at coming up with good songs. My mind just goes blank.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Facebook suxs!

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Thanks. I listen to a lot of music while I’m working.

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Let’s Get It On

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:09 AM

I think Hotair has been infected. I just got a notice from ESET that a page had to be blocked when I was on HotAir QOTD.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I’ve had that happen once in a while using IE9.
If a scan with ESET doesn’t find anything, they maybe it was just a fluke.

I received an update on Flash Player today and always install them asap since they most always are security related.

bluefox on August 17, 2012 at 1:11 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPMoAb4y8U

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:11 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

A Straw is just dandy.

Here is my straw.

That’s not me though.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM

bluefox on August 17, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Thanks bluefox.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Made me laugh! I’m so relieved that’s not you, Spark!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

That’s right, Obama hates American and hates capitalism. I love how people on the right elevate the debate to such a high level.

bayam on August 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

See, hanging around has opened your eyes…

Gohawgs on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

The only thing I have found that doesn’t work with Firefox is Adobe. On the off chance I look something up and need Adobe, I just pull it up with IE. Seldom necessary.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

If you mean Adobe Reader, Cindy, try this

100% free, and it has 85% smaller footprint on your registry than Reader…and they also have a portable version for your SneakerDrive.

Definitely a program to keep in your toolkit.

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:07 AM

LOLz. Nuff said.

Me no like FaceBook too.

Never been on it myself. And the stock tanked today cause the bigs got a chance to dump it since 90 days went by.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Gohawgs on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

He loves American alright, just a fundamentally different America. And no one will ever convince me that he approves of capitalism.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Thanks, I’ll do it.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I am more like this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U18VkI0uDxE

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Oh, he approves alright. He, along with Frank Marshall and Bill Ayers, approve of all the benefits afforded them by our capitalistic society even as they spew communism and marxism ideals…

Gohawgs on August 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Now see.. I KNEW that about you, Spark!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Not only near……at The Villages.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM

This week-end? I’m part of the 10% that never gets the word. It’s a short drive.

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Since I’ve Been Loving You

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:20 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I’d laugh but a very good friend bought a rather large amount of that stock on the first day it was offered. His grandchildren (don’t currently exist) might make a buck or two on it.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Biden is a mad hatter. Totally baked in the head. But we all have known this for years.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Thanks, I’ll do it.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Heh. While you’re at it, drop Microsoft Office if you’ve been using it for more than 2 years and upgrade (IMHO) to Open Office.

Also free, its basically a clone for Office, and its compatible with all of Offices file extensions and some of the older lesser known..hell they still support WordStar for Pete’s sake!…lol

I’m surprised they didn’t add the Amiga or Radio Shack TRS-80 to that list…

Oh wait, spoke too soon…. :o)

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Thanks. It actually took much less time than it looks. I knew exactly where the posts were. After that, it was just a matter of colourising.

The jerk deserved it.

But, it is over and I hope he thinks twice before making a similarly asinine move in the future. I am actually more brutally defending others than I am myself.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 1:24 AM

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Saturday! You probably need to leave now!!! Just kidding. If I was home right now, I would try to go.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM

That’s right, Obama hates American and hates capitalism. I love how people on the right elevate the debate to such a high level.

bayam

Sometimes the truth isn’t pretty.

xblade on August 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:24 AM

I don’t know if I’m that brave. The computer I am on at the moment uses Vista of all things. What a mistake! Just to give you a heads up, don’t get to technical about this stuff, I’m still in the “computers are magic” group.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Since I’ve Been Loving You

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand (Album Version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6S9oqJRclo&feature=related

Good song to play while dismembering trolls. That reminds me;

Where is Axe?

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Gohawgs on August 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I think he’s one of those “good for me but not for thee” people. I think the kids call them the 1%.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Saturday! You probably need to leave now!!! Just kidding. If I was home right now, I would try to go.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM

It’s close and Saturday is great actually. I’m on the West side of I-75 so traffic isn’t a problem. LOL Thanks for the Information

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Someday I will understand why everyone wants that pebble. They all want it don’t they?

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I’m still in the “computers are magic” group.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:27 AM

They are magic. The magic of Roswell. ; )

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I didn’t see a time stated but I bet if you go to the campaign website they will have the specifics.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Thanks, I’ll do it.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Keep an eye out for any unwanted “addons”, like a Toolbar that you may not want:-)

bluefox on August 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

EXCELLENT tune. I don’t know where Axe went. I asked the other night, but B said he takes off sometimes…

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Folks, I think I’m going to have to vote for Obama. Seedless grapes are $.79 lb. this week. It’s like a miracle.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Thanks bluefox.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

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YW. I use ESET on my Desktop. Of course, I have MBAM also(on demand)

bluefox on August 17, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

HERETIC! Don’t even joke like that, Cindy! LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

When I win the lottery I am going to by a Roswell Rhodes and put it in a case on the wall.

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/2607401

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:37 AM

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:36 AM

But it’s .79 a lb and I know I owe it all to The Won!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIwWqYSbzGA

Linkin Park – In The End

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Where? Will he be near the Villages? I wouldn’t call that a home for the elderly (LOL) but it’s close and I would like to support a visit.

whbates on August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

My parents live in the Villages (unfortunately they are not there now and will miss the tour.)

It’s not so much an old folks’ community as it is a self-sustaining pseduo-state. It’s massive and revolves almost entirely around golf. I’d bet it’s 75%+ GOP voting, too.

Dirt McGirt on August 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Want You To Love Me

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Dirt McGirt on August 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM

It is going to be great visuals for a campaign that is suppose to scare the seasoned citizens.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:42 AM

I don’t know if I’m that brave. The computer I am on at the moment uses Vista of all things. What a mistake! Just to give you a heads up, don’t get to technical about this stuff, I’m still in the “computers are magic” group.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:27 AM

LMAO I don’t know about magic, but dangit, they are fun as hell…for me at least…heheh

Don’t fret Cindy, but if your computer is “newer” (less than 3 yrs old) and at least a Dual Core Intel or AMD processor, I would say bite the bullet and get Windows 7 (it has a “Legacy” mode so you can run XP still)

If it’s older than that, you can see if you can “roll back” Vista to XP, you can still count on MS supplying at least 1 more year of Windows Updates before they sunset the OS for good.

Windows 7 is pretty nifty, WAY more friendly (and stable) than Vista…Don’t worry about 8 yet; Windows 7 is more than good enough for most, especially if its the 64 bit version. But if its the standard 32bit, and you pretty much only use the computer to blog and check email, then you should be fine.

BlaxPac on August 17, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Don’t make us come over there and do an intervention, Cindy! You must resist the Unicorn Prince!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Good evening, B!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/2607401

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Objet d’art, I love it, single pick up and all. Not a bad price. You should have it. I will hope you to win. ; )

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Good evening, B!

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Evening Jackie! You keeping everyone in good spirits I trust. The weekend is almost upon us. Any big plans?

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

My I commend your husband for not punching that b!tch slam in the face.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

It got worse. After we took him to the vet and he was well, she said she wanted him back. The vet told us if she tried anything, to let him know and he would have her arrested for animal abuse. That shut her up. I think what he went through shortened his life, but I understand eight years isn’t that bad for a German Shepard.

Night Owl on August 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Look At Little Sister

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Sure, but if you want em with seeds you will have to pay more. That’s where they get you.

SparkPlug on August 17, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Nice to see you, B! Not much by way of plans…work, work, work.

thatsafactjack on August 17, 2012 at 1:51 AM

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