Quotes of the day

posted at 11:04 pm on October 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

The expected force of the superstorm, combined with its timing and the growing importance of early voting in battleground states, had the potential to affect the outcome like no other weather event in U.S. presidential election history.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Allan J. Lichtman, a professor of history at American University in Washington…

“I don’t have a clue what this will do,” said Charlie Black, a Romney adviser. “Neither does anyone else.”

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My advice to everyone is to hold your breath, say a prayer for everyone affected or donate to the recovery, wait as patiently as you can, and ignore any polls until this weekend at the earliest. Up until Sandy hit the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, this extremely tight race had been roughly stagnant for two weeks. Mitt Romney had a slight advantage in the national popular vote, and Obama had a slight advantage in the Electoral College. (A split between the popular vote and Electoral College I spoke about as a possibility in a column in June.) That is the last signal we had as of Monday a.m.

Sandy could turn this race in a way none of us anticipated. A few months ago, I said that there would be five events in October that would determine who was going to get elected: three presidential debates, one vice-presidential debate, and an unexpected event. I never anticipated the unexpected moment would be a historic hurricane hitting the most populous regions of the country. Just shows you there are some things in life we can’t predict or control—an important life lesson and political lesson. No we wait and see what the result of all this will be.

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But Romney has one big advantage: He is free of the risk the president bears in failing, or even appearing to fail, to pull the levers of government to effectively respond to the expected devastation. And he has little choice but to limit his campaigning…

Romney appears to have learned a valuable lesson from Obama’s approach to the optics of how a campaign reacts to real-world crises: Sometimes in politics, less is more.

In September 2008, the financial crisis provided a perfect metaphor for Obama’s team, which had sought to portray its relatively young and indisputably inexperienced candidate as the steady, presidential hand and McCain as unpredictable. McCain made that contrast easy: He suspended his campaign, temporarily pulled out of a debate and raced back to Washington to pass the TARP bill. Only it didn’t work out that way. Many Americans hated the Wall Street bailout, most House Republicans defected from McCain and the bill was defeated on the House floor — before it was brought up a second time and passed.

McCain’s over-the-top response to the financial crisis was the opposite of George W. Bush’s too-little, too-late reaction to Hurricane Katrina, which, though it did not strike in the midst of an election, did more damage to Bush’s image than any other domestic issue during his presidency. At times since then, Republicans have shown extra sensitivity to natural disasters, abbreviating both their 2008 and 2012 national conventions because of hurricanes.

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It’s as simple as this: If the storm knocks out your power, you can’t watch TV.

Both campaigns are planning to spend tens of millions of dollars on a final assault of campaign commercials. But Sandy could knock those plans off the air in such battleground states as Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and the lean Obama-state of Pennsylvania, which are all in the storm’s path. And while it won’t get a direct hit, battleground Ohio will also feel the wrath of Sandy.

“In areas without power and thus without either TV advertising or TV news, the race is likely to be frozen in place,” said Elizabeth Wilner, vice president at Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast and national cable TV.

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Imagine a scenario in which Romney edges Obama by 100,000 in Ohio, 30,000 in Iowa, 15,000 in New Hampshire, and 50,000 in Virginia. That’s 41 electoral votes with a microscopic edge of 195,000 votes in four states. That 195,000 would be slightly more than a third of the average Democratic margin since 2000 in New Jersey and one-tenth of the average Democratic winning margin in California.

Here’s where Sandy comes in and could make a profound difference in terms of the popular vote and electoral vote…

Storm-diminished turnouts in [Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York] could cost Obama tens of thousands of popular votes. It could also cost him 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania. The implications are obvious in Virginia as well, but that state was always going to be close and the margin of victory understood to be narrow. There are ways Obama can win without Virginia but not many without Pennsylvania.

The chance of a Romney popular-vote victory and Obama Electoral College victory were always statistically and mathematically remote. The chances of the opposite occurring were always easier for me to see. And Sandy may alter that terrain in ways that prove more harmful to Obama than Romney.

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Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to change the “first Tuesday in November” date for the presidential election. But as of Tuesday morning, there had been no serious discussion of moving the date of Election Day by the top leaders in the Republican-led House or the Democratic-led Senate, according to senior congressional aides. A spokesman for the House Committee on Administration did say that the committee “is closely monitoring the impacted states.”

Delaying the election might be an option given that hard-hit states are likely to be dealing with power outages and flooded locales that could extend well past Nov. 6. And with this presidential race projected to be close electorally, imagine the controversy and lawsuits that would inevitably result because enough back-up generators can’t be found to power electronic voting equipment, or if voters are displaced from home or can’t get to polling places…

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are telling states that the federal government would help them pay to move polling places, or to bring in generators next week to areas without power. But political and legal experts underscore that — even after 9/11, which occurred just before a mayoral election in New York — that the federal government has never put in place any solid plan to deal with such disruptions. “So we are left with the situation where the people who probably most know where we might stand on Election Day are the utility companies,” says Edward Foley, an election law expert at Ohio State University Law School in Columbus.

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All of this chatter about delaying Election Day is ridiculous on every level. First, it’s not going to happen. Despite the chatter, the president has no authority to change Election Day. None. Zip. Nada. Those people who simply assume this is a presidential decision are betraying the degree to which they simply accept the legitimacy of an imperial presidency. Now I understand limitations on presidential power haven’t always curtailed this president. But if he tried to move or delay Election Day, it would be a national scandal and outrage (or at least it should be). The power to set the Election Day lies with the states. You’d have to change a vast patchwork of state laws (all the Constitution requires is that the states deliver their electors in mid-December). Also, Congress has a role to play because it determines, by statute, the timing of elections.

Chuck Todd who knows vastly more about politics than I do, should recall that 9/11 did not delay the New York mayoral race. It delayed the primary — which was scheduled on 9/11. Sandy made landfall eight days before the election — and wasn’t an act of war. If 9/11 is the best precedent for moving the federal election day, there is no precedent for it. And there is none. Sure, some local elections have been delayed for this or that reason. But this country held elections during the Civil War! Even FDR who violated a near-sacred tradition to run for a third term and fourth term, still ran for them.

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Via Breitbart.

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Maybe little libbie will break out the Hillary impression next.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Do you mean: “Ahh don’t feela in no waaaaays taaahr’d.”?

Also, I hear Biden’s going to come out in black-face and sing “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

LOL! I can think of a few… but it depends on what it is that you wish to convey with that greeting!

He doesn’t deserve any attention. He’s a poseur and it’s obvious why he supports Obama. They share the same syndrome.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

It’s your most obvious inability.

Gelsomina on October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

That’s going to leave a mark. Command of the English language indeed.

ShadowsPawn on October 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

wolly4321 on October 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Hope your people are OK.

Christien on October 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Thanks. We lucked out. The electric stayed on for the most part, but the roof leaked. It looks like it is time to replace our 24 year-old roof and get some drywall repaired. Considering other folks in worse shape, I’d say we’re blessed.

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Laura in Maryland:

Sorry for the late response,I got linky tied-up on Gretas Benghazi interviews,

and great to hear that you faired out okay,I’m glad——:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Baby, Baby, Baby – McClinton and Buchanan

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I as you all hate when our sports team’s let us down..It is a bummer for sure..:(

PS..Good evening Sir..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

OOOOooooooooooooooh Sh*t,Bing West,
is saying ALL ASSETS were AVAILABLE!!

Just Wow!!

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Thank you, my Canadian brother.
I was wanting to see that Newt clip.

Also, have you considered becoming a coyote for Americans going into Canada, should Odumbo be re-elected? (I could drive a truck, for a piece of the action.)

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Excellent..Just remember those dreams for tomorrow..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

, the year before I went over myself to hook up the batteries to them poor VCs and kill all dem babies.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Good times. Good times.

//

Solaratov on October 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Good evening, Arnold. It’s great to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Didn’t surf back to the original post, but if I remember correctly, you supposed that our President had a conscience. I can assure you THAT IN THE WAKE OF 9-11-12, WHEN CHRIS STEVENS AND THREE OTHER AMERICANS DIED, EVERY INDICATION IS TO THE CONTRARY, AND I ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO IS INCLINED TO CUT AND PASTE THIS WHERE THEY WILL!!!!

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Cue it up, Dire. Don’t be shy. You know I love that, too. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Is there a fancy word for greetings I can use with little libber?

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Sure. Tero bau ko tauko, gadhaa.

/

Christien on October 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Good point! Well I suppose I really shouldn’t pick on someone as smart as he anyway. He did misspell his nickname when he registered here, so there is that. Jackie is it correct to say as smart as he anyway? ; )

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Where in Md, Laura? (roughly) I grew up in Havre de Grace. And Timonium.

wolly4321 on October 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Bel Air! Where’re you at, now Hon?

blatantblue on October 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Thank you, dear.

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Blues As Blues Can Get – McClinton

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Ignatius must be a complete moron.

Live, real-time cctv feed from the consulate…
Live, real-time video from two Predators orbiting the battle…
TWO highly trained and experienced special operators ON THE GROUND..engaged with the enemy..giving a blow-by-blow account of the battle and the enemy’s movements IN REAL TIME………………..

Intel just doesn’t get any better than that!

Solaratov on October 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM


Absolutely
… but who in the White House or the LSM has the critical thinking capabilities or experience to KNOW the truth of that statement?

Ignatius is being fed the story the White House wants to put forward … slowly

If the rest of the LSM picks it up and supports it, they view it as a “Get out of jail free” card.

Neither the SCOAMF’s administration or the LSM cares that it reeks of cowardice and puts the lie to the “OBL is dead because BHO can make tough calls” talking point …

… they just want the storyline laid to rest before next Tuesday.

PolAgnostic on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

The Rev. Franklin Graham ‘On the Record’

by Greta Van Susteren Posted in: Hurricane Sandy, ON THE RECORD, ON THE RECORD at 10pm, OTR, OTR at 10
Oct 30 2012 – 11:27 PM ET
**************************

Video:(3:56)

http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/video/the-rev-franklin-graham-on-the-record-4/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnewsinsider%2Fgretawire+%28Gretawire%29

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I started my barky farewell countdown at 1,000 days. People at work laughed. With 6 to go, they get it now. Yes,, I have been counting days that long. It feels amazing to be this close.

I don’t like marxists. I know what happens if you fail to vote them out.

wolly4321 on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Yes. ‘…as smart as he..’ would be correct. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Where is he saying this (bing west) ?

gh on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

The good professor is an avowed Marxist, of course he rooting for the destruction of America. He want’s revenge for acts of inhuman cruelty that were never inflicted on him, against people who never engaged in those inhuman acts.

SWalker on October 31, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Then let him move to one of those marxist utopias that he so loves and leave those of us who love freedom and liberty alone.

/had a much longer post put together but autorefresh decided to eat it. Don’t know if Reloader failed me or if I forgot to push the button for this thread.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

One of the panel members on Greta’s show tonight said that they thought someone is going to spill the beans on Benghazi before election day. I hope it is someone with unimpeachable integrity, because the media will try to destroy them.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

sorry if this has already been posted…but Lindsey Graham is one unhappy puppy

http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/video/sen-lindsey-graham-on-the-record-11/

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Where is a Marxist utopia? I have this feeling it really isn’t what they think it is.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Absolutely!

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Thank you, my Canadian brother.
I was wanting to see that Newt clip.

Also, have you considered becoming a coyote for Americans going into Canada, should Odumbo be re-elected? (I could drive a truck, for a piece of the action.)

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

RedCrow:

Lol,coyote,well,we could use a boat across St.Marys River,
then truck,to all points in Canada,haha,hey,I feel more con
fident than,the Mc….Cains Mutiny of 08′!!!!—-:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Stop – Bonamassa

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

/had a much longer post put together but autorefresh decided to eat it. Don’t know if Reloader failed me or if I forgot to push the button for this thread.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

If you are using Firefox, I suggest you get the Lazarus add-on. It will save you from those frustrating times. ;)

SWalker on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Yes. ‘…as smart as he..’ would be correct. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Yep: “…as smart as he (is (smart)).”

PS–Hello B & Jackie

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Is there a fancy word for greetings I can use with little libber?

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I can give you one in French, high-minded enough for him :-)

casse-toi ! :-)

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Good evening, RedCrow! Very good to see you this evening. How have you been? :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Didn’t surf back to the original post, but if I remember correctly, you supposed that our President had a conscience. I can assure you THAT IN THE WAKE OF 9-11-12, WHEN CHRIS STEVENS AND THREE OTHER AMERICANS DIED, EVERY INDICATION IS TO THE CONTRARY, AND I ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO IS INCLINED TO CUT AND PASTE THIS WHERE THEY WILL!!!!

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

You are lazily acting like every dictator or murderer is depraved to the same degree, or that bad people’s consciences kick in at the same time in the same way, which is laughably stupid and ignorant of reality on its face, and if you are unable to discuss what I am saying factually, I’m uninterested in talking about this with you.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

long drive tomorrow. sw WY to nw ND = 750 miles

I’ll be back when my hotspot works.

Adios: Vaya con dios
Fred

jrsrigmvr on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Harford Mall. The old skating rink.

wolly4321 on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

National Guard arrives in flooded Hoboken, New Jersey, to help evacuate residents, deliver supplies – @AP

7 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/national-guard-comes-aid-flooded-hoboken-nj#overlay-context=article/swifts-red-sells-12-million-copies-debut
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RE:
===

At least 20,000 people remain stranded in Hoboken, New Jersey – @NBCNewYork

58 mins ago from http://www.nbcnewyork.com by editor

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I feel more con
fident than,the Mc….Cains Mutiny of 08′!!!!—-:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Lol. I sure hope so.
But, I’ve been on the pessimist train so long, I figure I might as well ride until next Tuesday night.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

One of the panel members on Greta’s show tonight said that they thought someone is going to spill the beans on Benghazi before election day. I hope it is someone with unimpeachable integrity, because the media will try to destroy them.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Glenn Beck seems to have quite a bit of stuff:

http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=213340

gh on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

jrsrigmvr on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Goodnight, Fred! Drive safely and be careful on the road. See you soon!

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

jrsrigmvr on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Be well and safe Fred.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Good deal!..:)

PS..This is a classic imho..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

is there a fancy word for greetings I can use with little libber?

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Besame culo to start and work up from there.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

<blockquote>Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Very cool. I love that tune. Thanks, Dire! :)

It IS a classic.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

And miss seeing his head explode Nov 6?

VorDaj on October 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I suspect it’d be an implosion…you know, skull collapsing into the void.

And on the upside, it’ll be easier to clean!

socalcon on October 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

sorry if this has already been posted…but Lindsey Graham is one unhappy puppy

http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/video/sen-lindsey-graham-on-the-record-11/

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

r keller:The more the merrier,ya,he has a very important position,
and doesn’t like to be dissed by Hopey,a tad sarc on that!

Still waiting for Boltens interview to pop up!:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Should the upcoming election be postponed because of Sandy?

13 %
Yes
54,977 votes

62 %
No
251,887 votes

22 %
Only the states with great damage should vote later
91,995 votes

3 %
Not sure
12,678 votes

http://www.msn.com/

Speakup on October 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Fin.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Always next year. I’ll be there. Cards let me down as well.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Good evening, RedCrow! Very good to see you this evening. How have you been? :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Busy, busy. I know you have been, too. (I catch some of the QOTD stuff in odd minutes of stasis.)

Haven’t been on QOTD in at least a month. Sleeping in tomorrow.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

One of the panel members on Greta’s show tonight said that they thought someone is going to spill the beans on Benghazi before election day. I hope it is someone with unimpeachable integrity, because the media will try to destroy them.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

You would think everyone who wears or has ever worn a uniform in the Service of this Country that has information on Benghazi would be lined up ready to expose Obowma’s act of Treason…

… I hope it is so.

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Part of the “official” reason…plus, the rebels are a lot of AlQuaeda types, same as in Libya.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

That’s why I put rebels in quotes. To me, there are no good guys there, and they are not worth one dime of our money or one American life. I wish we would just stay out of it and let them all kill each other.

I’ve read a lot of those Jack Reacher novels, so I know those “Ambassadors” often double as CIA!

Night Owl on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Good deal!..:)

PS..This is a classic imho..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Dire Straits:Good tune Dire,thanks,:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I’m uninterested in talking about this with you.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

We have something in common. But I will bid you good evening.

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Where is a Marxist utopia? I have this feeling it really isn’t what they think it is.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Why, any place that is socialist or marxist, just ask the marxists in this country, we are to aspire to be like those places.

/s

Frankly, I think LFOD would be perfectly at home in France, formerly Great Britain, or any of the Scandinavian countries. I don’t care which one it picks as long as it ends its marxist infestation of our country.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Pics of the Day: The Barack Obama Business District

ROTFLMAO!!!

Resist We Much on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

priceless :-) where do you find these gems? :-)

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Yes. We missed you around here. I know how it is when work calls, though. Ah, well. We do what we must. C’est le guerre, c’est le vie.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

gh on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I happened to catch a bit of his radio show today and they were taking audio quotes from Obama in pairs and letting the audience vote for which were worse, kind of a final four deal. I know that we have discussed them all before but I was really struck by some of the crazy crap that the man has said. I don’t understand why a pro-Romney PAC doesn’t make them into a commercial.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

I feel more con
fident than,the Mc….Cains Mutiny of 08′!!!!—-:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Lol. I sure hope so.
But, I’ve been on the pessimist train so long, I figure I might as well ride until next Tuesday night.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

RedCrow:Prayers and fingers crossed!:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Glad you like Delbert. He wrote this one about a day or so after we compared stories, while we were imbibing at Billy Bob’s or some other joint in Ft Worth, can’t remember.

TXUS on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Lol. I bookmarked it the last time you posted it.

(Also, I downloaded it with something called D0wnl0ad H3lp3r. A plug-in for FF. It’s pretty cool.)

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Good evening, Arnold. It’s great to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Hello Jackie, I don’t know if you saw it but I gave you a shout out on the McCain/Benghazi thread yesterday.

As I said then you always make great points but yesterday’s was outstanding. I am so mad about those in positions of power not doing the right thing.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

We just need that first domino to topple…….

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

If you are using Firefox, I suggest you get the Lazarus add-on. It will save you from those frustrating times. ;)

SWalker on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Using Chrome; FireFox is a dog running on Linux. I have loaded an add-on called Reloader that is supposed to let me set refresh times, including “never”, but have to set it for each thread. Sometimes I forget, sometimes it doesn’t work. I’ll check for Lazarus under Chrome.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Harford Mall. The old skating rink.

wolly4321 on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I loved the warped floor of the old rink. The occassional down hill fell was kind of cool. Are you still in MD/HaCo?

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

TXUS on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Really? Cool. I was just telling Dire that it’s one of my favorites…but I’ll gladly listen to it again… thanks! :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Did HotAir link InstaGlen interviewing Camille Paglia?

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Good night Jackie, B.!

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Ah, well. We do what we must. C’est le guerre, c’est le vie.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

And, bonas nachos to you, my dear. :)
(Lol. You made me think of Sherman Potter. Though I don’t speak French (pffft!) fluently, I know what you wrote.)

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Good Night Cindy.

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I did miss it, apparently, Arnold,:( I’ve been exceedingly busy recently. I can only stop in just to read an article and post from time to time, until I finally got a little time this evening.

Thank you. You’re very kind. :)

I agree with you, too, about the chain of command and Benghazi. I want a complete INDEPENDENT investigation.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

CUE: The Dragnet Music Opening Theme Song!!!

And,HaHa…………..PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hundreds of people reported receiving strident, unsolicited anti-Obama text messages throughout Tuesday evening – @politico

47 secs ago from http://www.politico.com by editor
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Anti-Obama text ads cause a stir
10/31/12 12:58 AM EDT
**********************

Hundreds of people reported receiving strident, unsolicited anti-Obama text messages throughout Tuesday evening in an unusual spamming incident that had Twitter and Facebook users in an uproar.

“Voting for Obama means voting for same-sex marriage,” one message read. Others included “Obama stole $716 Billion in Medicare. We cant [sic] trust Obama to protect our seniors,” “Obama is using your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and abortions. Is that right” and “VP Biden mocks a fallen Navy Seal during memorial. Our military deserves better.”

Another said: “Obama supports transgender marriage in America. Obamas values are just wrong.”

While several people on social media sites angrily posted that the messages were coming from Republican Mitt Romney, there is no indication that the messages were sanctioned or produced by his campaign. The messages do not carry the customary notations of who approved or paid for political ads.

The messages did not appear to be sent to particularly strategic targets — several hardcore Democrats were among the known recipients, as were children and people in non-battleground regions — but they came from several email addresses, including republicanett.com, votegopett.com, aiccomett.com and informedett.com. That suggests they were sent from the Internet rather than from other phones.

Every domain by POLITICO was masked so Internet users could not trace their origins. It’s not known how many people received these messages.

Among the recipients was the 13-year-old daughter of New York Times congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman, who tweeted, “Hey sms@gopmessage.com, not cool texting my daughter your little hit piece. I’d like you to stop it.” His daughter received the message: “Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong.” Weisman promptly then got into a Twitter feud with a follower who asked if he was also offended by the Obama campaign’s provocative “First Time” ad by Lena Dunham. “Stop looking for false equivalence,” Weisman retorted.

Some Twitter users said they would report it as spam to the FCC, but the legality of this is murky.

Just last week, the FCC announced it would start taking comments until Nov. 23 on a petition to make Internet-to-phone text messaging declared a form of autodialing. The technology is not covered under the Technology Consumer Protection Act, and many view it as an end-run around the law prohibiting text spam.

Yet, the approach is considered in political consultant circles as much of a loser tactic as — and sounds quite similar to — the scary, hyperbolic robocalls voters often receive in the waning days of an election.

The petition to the FCC was filed by Scott Goodstein, a former Obama 2008 online external director and founder of the digital campaign consultancy Revolution Messaging. He was outraged by the flurry of anti-Obama texts. He calls it “modern-day push-polling.”

“These abuses threaten what is a very promising technology of text messaging for political engagement,” he told POLITICO. “People did not opt in to receive these messages and ultimately end up having to pay the cost of for this unwanted misinformation that appeared on their mobile phone.”
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/83084.html

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Thumbs up friend!!..:):)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

LOL! Remember our conversation from long ago?

Come and tie my shoe.

Bone sure.

Mow de lawn. LOL!

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Opertion Re-Direct Text Counter-Strike has been Launched,
hahahahhahha,ahem,ah,hahhahahhaha!(sarc)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Using Chrome; FireFox is a dog running on Linux. I have loaded an add-on called Reloader that is supposed to let me set refresh times, including “never”, but have to set it for each thread. Sometimes I forget, sometimes it doesn’t work. I’ll check for Lazarus under Chrome.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Have you tried any Firefox versions which have been optimized for Linux?

I wonder if Chrome has anything like “NoScript” which could further help stop page refreshes.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Goodnight, Darlin’ sleep well.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Opertion Re-Direct Text Counter-Strike has been Launched,
hahahahhahha,ahem,ah,hahhahahhaha!(sarc)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Code name: Squirrel!

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Dire Straits, QOTD song. The Wind.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Trouble Ain’t Far Behind – Moore

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

KCB on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Nitey night.

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

… I hope it is so.

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Seven Percent Solution:

It is interesting to note that the Hopey Text Assault,
and your posty tome of (12:58AM),is of a coincidence in
nature!

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm,(I kid):)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Good Night KCB, Sleep Well.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Have you tried any Firefox versions which have been optimized for Linux?

I wonder if Chrome has anything like “NoScript” which could further help stop page refreshes.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

I’m running the Linux version of FireFox. Doesn’t play well with OpenSuse.

I’ll check for NoScript as well.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

C’est le guerre, c’est le vie.

C’est la guerre, c’est la vie.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

C’est la OOPS! lol!

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I think I finally came up with an appropriate greeting for little libbie. It will be easy for me to remember. “How we doin?” I think that’s elegant and classy.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Trouble Ain’t Far Behind – Moore

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

The Gary Moore blues stuff is good, but I much prefer his 80s stuff. The Wild Frontier is one of my top ten favorite albums of all time.

Mark1971 on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Oh….don’t forget….you have to say it Southern.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

It’s far more civil than he deserves, but it is very gracious of you, none the less. :)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Breaking news for Quinnipiac/CBS Poll

Ohio- Obama 50% Romney 45%

Virginia and Florida tied.

http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_21892682/poll-ohios-working-class-may-be-key-obama

HotAirLib on October 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Code name: Squirrel!

Laura in Maryland on October 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Laura in Maryland:

It seems the MSM in NY,have extra free-time tonight,
even,Andrew at BuzzFeed is still up!:)
======================================

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT @fivethirtyeight: Obama up to 77% in tonight’s 538 forecast (from 73%). He got decent polls in OH; model super sensitive to those.

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT @daveweigel: Inbox: “Democrat Blasts White House for Benghazi.” Click the email. The Dem is Pat Caddell. Bit early for Halloween pranks.

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Mark1971 on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

:)

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Mark1971 on October 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Mark1971, How we doin? You gonna play something off that there album?

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Internet-to-phone text messaging declared a form of autodialing. The technology is not covered under the Technology Consumer Protection Act, and many view it as an end-run around the law prohibiting text spam.

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Easy code to write. I’ve written something similar. (Not this, though. :))

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Lol. Too funny.

RedCrow on October 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

HotAirLib on October 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Not unless you sing DAISY first, HAL.

You know the rule.

Follow protocol.

HAL… sing Daisy.

thatsafactjack on October 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Just when the tunes couldn’t possibly get any better round here. Look who shows up, our own shy singer, HAL. Sing it HAL, take it away!

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

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