Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on December 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NEVADA): We have been negotiating now for 36 hours or thereabouts. We did have conversations last night that ended late in the evening between staffs. This morning, we have been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friend’s proposal. We have been unable to do that.

I have had a number of conversations with the president, and at this stage we’re not able to make a counteroffer. The Republican leader has told me that — and he’s just said here — that he’s working with the vice president, and he and the vice president, I wish them well.

In the meantime, I will continue to try to come up with something. But at this stage, I don’t have a counteroffer to make. Perhaps as the day wears on, I will be able to. I will say this, I think that the Republican leader has shown absolutely good faith. It’s just that we are apart on some pretty big issues.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s appearance on Meet the Press this morning.

“Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame. The president’s comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party. Needed cuts and reforms that the president agreed to just last year were no longer on the table, as he cited an inability to sell them to Democrats.

“In an effort to get the president to agree to cut spending — which is the problem — I put revenues on the table last year, and I put them on the table again last month. Republicans made every effort to reach the ‘balanced’ deficit agreement that the president promised the American people, while the president has continued to insist on a package skewed dramatically in favor of higher taxes that would destroy jobs. We’ve been reasonable and responsible. The president is the one who has never been able to get to ‘yes.’

“The House has passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and the president has never called for the Senate to act on those bills in any way. He instead has simply allowed the Democratic-controlled Senate to sit on them and lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. I am pleased Senators from both parties are currently working to find a bipartisan solution that can finally pass that chamber. That is the type of leadership America needs, not what they saw from the president this morning.”

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Schumer instead blamed House Republicans for resisting compromise on a final deal.

“There are 50 hard right people in the House who don’t want to compromise. They don’t believe in any revenues, they say compromise is a dirty word. And Speaker [John] Boehner just as recently as last week played their tune,” Schumer said. ”You cannot make a deal if you’re going to let the people who are hardest right and uncompromising dictate what we should do.”

But Kyl rejected Schumer’s suggestion that House Republicans are to blame for the failure to get a deal.

“If the Democrats and Mr. Obama in particular don’t get more seriously into that discussion, they have no standing to complain about the Republicans’ lack of balance,” Kyl said. “This is not just a problem with the House. The House passed legislation that would overt the fiscal cliff, both on the sequestration side and on the tax rate side. They’ve already acted.”

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“In the short term, Republicans are blamed more than Democrats,” Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), the incoming chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, acknowledged. “I think in the long term, the political damage is to the president and to Democrats.”…

But while Baucus and Landrieu have to worry about 2014, there’s a camp of liberals who don’t want Reid to budge at all unless McConnell caves to virtually all Democratic demands. They argue their party could work its will in the new year and have a much stronger hand to rewrite the Tax Code. Liberal Democrats warn that their party base will be furious at a deal they believe gives away too much, either by not raising taxes enough or by caving on spending cuts.

“I just hope the president doesn’t think he has to give away all this stuff,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). “He’s in a much better position after the first of the year than he is now.”…

“We may get some disproportionate blame,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), “but there will be plenty to go around.”

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Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday there are some advantages to going off the so-called fiscal cliff.

“There are a lot of disadvantages. One of the advantages will be that the American people are going to see what the real cost of their government is — the actual real cost — for both the very wealthy. The very, very low will have minimal impact on them; it’s about $200 a year,” Coburn said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Let us pray. Mighty God, have mercy upon us. Because of your unfailing love, because of your great compassion, let us feel your presence today on Capitol Hill as we gather with so much work left undone. Guide our lawmakers with your wisdom. Lord, show them the right thing to do and give them the courage to do it. Be their shelter in the midst of the storm, regardless of how high the waters rise. When they feel exhausted, remind them of the great sufficiency of your grace. Look with favor on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. We pray in your strong name. Amen.

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hawkdriver on December 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Glad you got the help, what a mess. Truth is, our great country is still full of Daves and Keiths, no matter what else goes down. Americans are like that, and country boys (and girls) even more so.

Good luck on your project.

TXUS on December 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I love North Carolina and I love the people as if I were born here with them. Southern Hospitality and charm are real. So are their gigantic hearts. I cannot imagine the mentality of those that seems to need to run people like them down. So many of the liberals here are quick to blame all of our countries woes on their “backward ways”. I’ll take their backward ways any day of the week.

Dave and Keith, thanks from the bottom of my heart.

hawkdriver on December 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

hawkdriver:

That is a touching story,er,event,and it go’s to show you
that there is still goodness on this planet!

And,pulling over,is the right thing to do,and without asking,…
…..start helping!——–:)

canopfor on December 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM

goodbye Redskins

You beat the Cowboys. Nice job but the Cowboys suck. I predict you lose next week.

Slade73 on December 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM

2013!

Welcome…

Lie and deceits..

Blood clots a plenty..

Electrongod on December 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM

lol…Hilarious.

(It’s 2012′s “The Dog Ate My Homework”)

Tim_CA on December 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Good night all. Got to work tomorrow booo!

gophergirl on December 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

The Moon Goddess might appear from the shadows and treat us with a special dance number.

SparkPlug on December 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Dave and Keith, thanks from the bottom of my heart.

hawkdriver on December 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

*raises a glass to Dave, Keith, and the rest of the ‘good guys’*

Midas on December 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Good night gg, and everyone else too. I’m heading out as well.

Have a blessed 2013!

22044 on December 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Well,I guess its settled then,Rural America steps up to the Fire-Arm
Debate!!

Btw,I would love to see how may…”Rurals”,have signed on to this!!

The Associated Press ‏@AP

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack: Rural America ready for national conversation on gun control: http://apne.ws/VR5siV -RD
=======================================================

Dec 30, 9:44 AM EST
Ag secretary sees common ground on gun control
***********************************************

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Newtown school shootings have changed the gun control debate and that

rural America

is ready to be part of a national conversation

that he believes could bring people together.
(More…)
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GUN_CONTROL_VILSACK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-30-09-44-31

canopfor on December 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Later, gg, later “digits.” :D

predator on December 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Mrs HD (not her real name)… That cracks me up.

SparkPlug on December 30, 2012 at 11:44 PM

When will the AxeCott end?

SparkPlug on December 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Good night all. Got to work tomorrow booo!

gophergirl on December 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I’m sorry gophergirl

I can’t help giggling…teehee!

Cowboys suck!

Slade73 on December 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

hawkdriver on December 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Those two men are not uncommon out in the more rural areas of our country. Sometimes there might even be one or two around the more urban areas. The two men that helped you know no other way to comport themselves. It’s the way men are raised in the South. Glad you could recover. Big yellow straps from now on? ; )

Bmore on December 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Keep praying champ.
HotAirLib on December 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I should pray for you too even though I’d rather not.

jawkneemusic on December 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

BMore is right.

SparkPlug on December 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Y’all know how this cliff bs will work out. They’ll come up with some plan that the press will give the dems credit for and we won’t be happy about….and it will solve nothing.

Vince on December 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Otay I’m bugging out,you peeps have a good night,
———————————————————–:)

canopfor on December 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM

2013!

Welcome…

Lie and deceits..

Blood clots a plenty..

Electrongod on December 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM

lol…Hilarious.

(It’s 2012′s “The Dog Ate My Homework”)

Tim_CA on December 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM

And Barack Obama ate my dog… o_O

SWalker on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Cowboys suck!

Slade73 on December 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

lol…how has this managed to hang out there this long unflamed?

Is the Internet broken in TX?

Tim_CA on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Dave and Keith, thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for helping our Brother!!

KCB on December 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM

A few days after a full moon is when sea turtles have a big beach party to lay there eggs and mate.

SparkPlug on December 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM

SWalker on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Set down the guitar and set up your snare.

You need to do your own rimshots…lol.

Tim_CA on December 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM

No, he’s a legal U.S. American.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

But he was born in Johannesburg.

Lanceman on December 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

He’s a legal/naturalized U.S. American, born in Johannisburg :)

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Time to let the dogs out one last time…and head for bed.

See you in the morning.

:)

Solaratov on December 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Schad got a date boundary bishop.

First post in jan 31.

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM

B9

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

jackie

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Oysters.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Blue crab, crab cakes.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Nite Solaratov, and thanks for the smiles, especially that Russian anthem. It was incredibly wity of you to link it.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Honey baked ham.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

SWalker on December 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Set down the guitar and set up your snare.

You need to do your own rimshots…lol.

Tim_CA on December 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Certainly safer than me doing shots of tequila. ;p

SWalker on December 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM

More crab cakes.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM

More oysters.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

burgers and fries, and apple pies

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Tomorrow should be an interesting news cycle, punctuated with massive gunfire at midnight. Every new years south Tucson sounds like WWIII broke out at midnight.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Kabobs. Shrimp, steak.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:17 AM

burgers and fries, and apple pies

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

burgers and fries, and apple pies Oh my… ;)

SWalker on December 31, 2012 at 12:17 AM

bacon wraps and twice-baked taters

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Schad got a date boundary bishop.

First post in jan 31.

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I hope that Bishop won’t shoot me. It was pure luck.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM

beans and rice, and tails of gators

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM

bangers and mash, corned-beef hash

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Tomorrow should be an interesting news cycle…

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Old farts in kindergarten.

In fact kindergartenkids are smarter and better behaved than they are.

They have no meaning, no significance, no principles, no gonads…then they mfg. such last second ‘crises’. I hope they all esplode tomorrow and go straight to Hades.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Tomorrow should be an interesting news cycle, punctuated with massive gunfire at midnight. Every new years south Tucson sounds like WWIII broke out at midnight.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Personally I’m waiting for the guy down the road from me to fire off his M60 Patton 105mm main gun… He usually fires of 2 parade rounds on News Eve.

SWalker on December 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, candies. Cakes are ten layers. Cookies are black walnut. Pies are apple, raspberry, candy roaster, cherry.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Bmore and predator, are you Michael Moores?

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Love twice baked taters. ; )

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I fly to BWI on Feb.1. I’ll be getting me some crabcakes and oysters. Soft crab sandwich if I can find one.

Then I drive 2,310 miles back home to Tucson. Southern route.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Bmore and predator, are you Michael Moores?

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

We hacked into his home computer and found his personal menu.

Hot dogs, mustard, bowls of custard

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Lol! He wishes he could eat as well as I have this Christmas.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Love twice baked taters. ; )

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

+1000

Food to die for, they are.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I fly to BWI on Feb.1. I’ll be getting me some crabcakes and oysters. Soft crab sandwich if I can find one.

Then I drive 2,310 miles back home to Tucson. Southern route.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Wow, that’s a heck of a drive, take you what 4 days?

SWalker on December 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

We hacked into his home computer and found his personal menu.

Hot dogs, mustard, bowls of custard

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Nah, that wasn’t his personal menu. They were his diapers/Depends.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Sorry my mistake the cakes are only eight layers. I just counted them. One by one. : )

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Nuked moose-limbs are actually my favorite food.

Crispy outside, tender inside. *Albeit a bit, shall we say, “gamey.”*

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM

My instinct is that one of the parties…. Reid, McConnell, Boehner or 0bama, wants to go over the cliff.

Reading up on narcissists, I remember reading of the perverse pleasure they take in purposely creating crisis just for the ruckus it causes.

My bet’s on Barry.

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Soft shells are great! No fresh ones this time of year. Frozen is fin by me. Can smell up your Mother in laws kitchen however. Lol!

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Nah, that wasn’t his personal menu. They were his diapers/Depends.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

We have a company here, Champaign Tent and Awning. I think their slogan is, “We make Michael Moore’s diapers.”

I’ll check, but I’m pretty sure that’s right.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

fin=fine

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Prediction:

Hillary’s doctor will order her to avoid all stress due to this clot and the blood-thinners.

This will be used as an excuse for her to indefinitely postpone testilying.

Then 0bama will try to push through his Sec of State and dare the GOP to block him/her… and they will finally cave… without her testilying.

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Venison, goose, duck.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM

And here they go!

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Maryland blue crab from the Chesapeake. Best food on earth.

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Red beets, lima beans, corn, turnips and the greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

cane_loader, your piano story was great, the other night.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Hog baked in the ground,

Taters boiled by the pound.

Kegs, kegs, full of beer,

These will bring you New Year’s cheer.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

; )

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I like this one better… more realistic ;-)

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

The Battle of the Fiscal Cliff.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

cane_loader, your piano story was great, the other night.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Thanks!

It was a cool moment for sure. Glad you saw it. The coolest part was later going back to the “Dog and Butterfly” album, listening to the frogs, and realizing that they were recorded right there on that patio – in that same pond :-)

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

5 days. Maybe 6. Gotta stop in LA for some crawdads and frog legs. Chili in El Paso. I want to scope out TX.

But yea, originally it was 4 days until everyone started talking about food. ;)

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

The Battle of the Fiscal Cliff.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Oops. Forgot the linky.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

ut yea, originally it was 4 days until everyone started talking about food. ;)

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Ya better get rollin’ before we start talkin’ about booze. ;)

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Cherrystone clams.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Little nicks.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

cane_loader, your piano story was great, the other night.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

One song in particular that Heart worked out in that room and on that piano was the rough cut of “Mistral Wind.”

I love that band….

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Obama Seizing Sole Authority for US SURRENDER

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

cane_loader-grown collard greens and cane_loader-smoked slaughterhouse-fresh ham hocks boiled down

pineapple upside-down cake

sherried walnuts

suckin da crawfish heads

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Yum!!!

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

suckin da crawfish heads

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Do they smile when you do that? I’ve only eaten their tails, and they seem to really get off on it.
;)

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Eggnog with bourbon.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Jackie, are you there?

KCB on December 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Steamed Clams with butter.

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Tequila with lime.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Chilean Sea Bass.

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Stuffed blackened rockfish.

Dipping a big ol’ hunk of backfin in the fatty “yellow mustard”.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Oops. Forgot the linky.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

”ROFL, now that was good!!!

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Maker’s Mark with MKH.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Stickin the little finger in da crawfish head an lickin da fat.

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Do they smile when you do that? I’ve only eaten their tails, and they seem to really get off on it.
;)

predator on December 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Wetaher’s cold… Just saw my first open crawfish stand of ther season today.

It’s ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Scallops wrapped in bacon.
With a toothpick,, broiled and basted with butter.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Rabbit cacciatore

SparkPlug on December 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Yep … Barky’s just putting the final nails in the coffin of our nation that he hates with every one of his 84 IQ points. And no one is going to stop him. Congress is just going to sit back and write a stern letter (which they’ll quickly retract after Boner tells them that they’re hurting his “negotiating position” for some new stupid deal he wants to make with the devil).

So pathetic. It is national divorce time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Did a quick scan and saw some references to Red Skelton.

Perhaps some of you would enjoy this wonderful piece.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

4Grace on December 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

You from crawdad land, Caneloader?

I lived in Luling LA for a few years. My dad was a bridge engineer. Built the bridge there across the Mississippi. Flatbottom boat days. Swamping it.

I caught coolers full of mudbugs.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Did a quick scan and saw some references to Red Skelton.

Perhaps some of you would enjoy this wonderful piece.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

4Grace on December 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Evenin’ Grace. I’ve watched that a time or two. Proves my point. The man was a patriot to his last breath. A treasure lost.

predator on December 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Shad, flounder, bluefish.

Bmore on December 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

You from crawdad land, Caneloader?

I lived in Luling LA for a few years. My dad was a bridge engineer. Built the bridge there across the Mississippi. Flatbottom boat days. Swamping it.

I caught coolers full of mudbugs.

wolly4321 on December 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Yup, I lives where the eatin’s good. I know the bridge well…..
Nothing like getting out on the water in a flatbottom to cool out the mind :)

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Squirrel fricassee

cane_loader on December 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

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