Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on January 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s the deficit-reduction package that doesn’t reduce the deficit. It’s the debt-ceiling deal that doesn’t touch the debt ceiling (and doesn’t cut debt). It’s the long-term entitlement negotiation that—after nearly three years of wheedling—does not delay, let alone stave off, a Baby Boomer retirement bomb currently on pace to swallow half of federal outlays by 2030.

Say this for the fiscal cliff-avoidance bill that passed on New Year’s Day—it is a near-perfect expression of Washington’s grotesque devolution since Bill Clinton left office. Not only have a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses combined to jack up spending from $1.8 trillion in Clinton’s last year (a bit more than $2.3 trillion in today’s dollars) to a baseline level of $3.6 trillion and above, but the process for arriving at these hideous figures has degenerated into a series of endless, man-made, deadline negotiations in lieu of actual budgeting…

It’s hard to remember now, but one of the president’s biggest and most effective selling propositions in 2008 was that he and the world-weary Democratic majority would finally bring some adult supervision to a Republican-led budgetary process that took to heart then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s maxim that “deficits don’t matter.” “We will maintain fiscal responsibility, so that we do not mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt,” the 2008 Democratic Party Platform promised. The president’s first budget was actually titled A New Era of Fiscal Responsibility.

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“If this is how we end the 112th Congress, it will disappoint every member of the class,” said freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., as he munched on Cheetos and walking alone after a GOP conference meeting on Tuesday. “This is exactly what we came to change, problems like this.… We came here to make big bold changes, and at the end of the day, for whatever reason, we frittered away most of the energy that sent us to here in 2010.”…

“It’s going to be awful,” Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said about coming to grips with the reality that the GOP couldn’t stop the tax increases. “There’s no easy way out of this, no pleasant way out of this, but how else are we going to learn from our mistakes? One of our mistakes was entering into sequestration. We gave a $1.2 trillion debt-ceiling increase for $1.2 trillion in cuts, and we aren’t even getting those cuts.”

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The worst part of the fiscal cliff deal isn’t the specifics — though they do stink. It’s being reminded again how utterly detached Washington is from reality.

The question, now that we’ve finally hiked taxes on the rich (and doesn’t everyone feel better knowing that life is that much fairer?), is: How are we going to continue paying for the government we’ve been promised? As it turns out, raising tax rates on the “wealthy,” the most pressing issue of the Obama Age, amounts to a mere $62 billion of new revenue a year…

How can we expect any useful policy to emerge from manufactured crisis, anyway? Nearly every decision made during Obama’s presidency has been conducted under the canopy of catastrophe. The result is hastily assembled legislation that is larded up with goodies. It’s no accident.

And a newly elected Congress will be immediately submerged into another round of “negotiations,” this time centered on the debt ceiling (which we’ve already hit). Failure to surrender to the president’s demands allows the media to portray Republicans as the ones pushing the nation into default/over cliffs/etc. Low-information voters will soon be informed by Democrats that the debt ceiling, rather than debt, is the villain.

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Unfortunately, Obama has been playing a waiting game on fiscal issues ever since he became president. He didn’t formulate a plan for long-term solvency partly because he didn’t want to give up the political weapon of Social Security before the 2012 election; he didn’t fully embrace the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan for the same reason. “Too early,” said his aides. He didn’t talk honestly about the deficit problem during the campaign, either. And although Obama finally offered in last month’s discussions with Boehner to revise the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security, he retreated after the Plan B debacle.

Let’s assume it was tactically smart for Obama to play politics with the deficit issue through the campaign. Having won, Obama should quickly have taken the high ground and urged the fiscal reforms that every thoughtful member of his team knows are necessary. Instead, he chose the small-bore approach of continuing to focus almost entirely on his campaign pledge that tax rates had to go up for the wealthiest Americans. Okay, he got that. Now what?

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The president did sign a bill yesterday that prevented one middle-class tax hike — the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans — but he makes no mention of the fact that he did absolutely nothing to block the expiration of the payroll-tax holiday, a tax increase on almost 100 percent of Americans (excepting the small number of state- and local-government employees who are enrolled in a different retirement system). And while it doesn’t amount to $2,000 an American, the mean tax increase for the 77 percent of Americans whose overall taxes will be higher than they were in 2012 isn’t far off, adding up to $1,635. Eighty-one percent of the middle quintile of Americans will see their total tax bills rise.

At no point, even when his administration laid out a risible set of demands, everything they wanted from Congress, did the president try to extend the payroll-tax cut. From the very beginning, he knew he was going to sign a policy that would let a tax increase occur for almost all Americans, and today, celebrating having made “the rich pay their fair share,” he simply pretends otherwise. I (and the editors of National Review) happen to agree with the president that “the last thing middle-class families could afford now would be to pay upwards of $2,000 more in taxes this year” — it’s too bad he’s letting almost exactly that happen.

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1. Does Obama and the Democrats’ extension of the Bush income tax rates for 99 percent of taxpayers represent an upper limit on federal revenue? We live in an era of trillion-dollar deficits and hollow insistence that spending isn’t the problem (indeed, barely a day can go by without Paul Krugman or someone like him bleating that the real problem is government spends too little). Now that Obama has ratified a revenue plan, is that the upper limit of income we can reasonably expect the feds to live within? If the GOP can’t make that case, they are even sadder than they look.

2. Will spending finally be a front-burner issue? There is no reason to think that stimulus – or massive government-spending more generally – works to “jump-start” an economy. Indeed, there are many reasons to acknowledge that the opposite is more likely to be true. Now is exactly the moment to be discussing serious year-over-year cuts in spending. Obama is still pushing the line that he believes in a “balanced approach” to budgeting. Late last year, he defined that as $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in new tax revenue. While that ratio is certainly too small (Canada reduced its debt-to-GDP ratio and goosed its economy in the 1990s by cutting $6-$7 for every $1 in revenue), it represents a starting bid in a process that could lead to a smaller government and a bigger economy. If Republicans insist that defense spending not be cut (they’ve flipped out over minor trims to a year or two of defense reductions), they have already lost not just this battle but every fight they’ll be in until they disband as a party. Nor is it any good to say that all cuts will come from poverty programs (however ineffective, inefficient, and counterproductive some of them may be) or from entitlement spending circa 2020 or later.

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Deficit spending once was largely for investments — building infrastructure, winning wars — which benefited future generations, so government borrowing appropriately shared the burden with those generations. Now, however, continuous borrowing burdens future generations in order to finance current consumption. Today’s policy, says DeMuth, erases “the distinction between investing for the future and borrowing from the future.”…

This state cannot be funded by taxing “the rich.” Or even by higher income taxes on the middle class. Income taxes cannot fund the government liberals want, and they dare not seek the consumption and energy taxes their entitlement architecture requires. Hence, although Republicans are complicit, Democrats are ardent in embracing decadent democracy. This consists not just of infantilism — refusing to will the means for the ends one has willed — but also of willing an immoral means: conscripting the wealth of future generations.

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American government has achieved many fine things over the last 60 years or so. It won a world war, reordered the global system, put a man on the moon, and created the Internet. But it has also continued to grow like a giant tumor, especially since World War II. A 2006 study by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis showed only small growth from 1792 until World War II (with a spike during WWI), but then a relentless steady rise since a brief fall-off in war spending in the late 1940s. By 2004, the federal government was spending $7,100 per capita, nearly 55 times more than was spent per capita in the 1910s, the Fed said.

This has had paralyzing effects. The late University of Maryland economist Mancur Olson once described how the accumulation of vested interest groups and bureaucracies in free societies causes a kind of sclerosis. Over decades the system becomes harder to reform; new ideas and a new consensus have more difficulty gaining a foothold. We saw this phenomenon unfold in both the areas of financial reform after the 2008 subprime mortgage disaster and in national security after 9/11. In both cases, the U.S. government probably responded less nimbly now than it did in previous eras because of the accumulation of vested-interest groups…

Sorry, but I think the drama is far from over. The rebellion against the size of government is a true populist movement, and it’s not going away. The debt limit is still the biggest card the tea party has. They’re going to use it.

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Now, the real test is coming for Republicans. For too long they have pretended that they were the party of small government simply based on their unwillingness to raise tax rates. Unfortunately, they have failed to recognize that as a lawmaker you won’t qualify as a small-government advocate if you increase spending like a drunken sailor, vote for, sugar tariffs, farm subsidies, SBA loans, Export-Import Bank reauthorization, and refuse any reduction in defense spending at the end of two wars. Big government and low tax rates are an unsustainable combination that seems to always lead to bad policy outcomes.

In fact, as Milton Friedman reminded us, the long-term cost of government is better measured by spending rather than current tax rates. So with the tax issue out of the way, we will see if they are willing to fight for smaller government, and hence for spending restraints. The good news is that we won’t have long to wait. We will see if they fight to avoid sequestration or if they are willing to go forward with the reduction of spending growth that it would impose. We will see if they are willing to demand some true and credible entitlement reform in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, or better yet, for extending the CR to avoid a government shutdown.

So let the spending cuts begin!

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President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control…

“Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do it in a balanced way that doesnt put all the burden on seniors or students or middle class burdens but also asks the wealthiest Americans to contribute and pay their fair share.”

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equanimous on January 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

AHA!!!

Solaratov on January 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Oh, poop.

Solaratov on January 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I refuse to negotiate one on one with any of yaz!

I will, however, have a brewski.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Instead, he chose the small-bore approach of continuing to focus almost entirely on his campaign pledge that tax rates had to go up for the wealthiest Americans. Okay, he got that. Now what?

Exactly. This is why I said not to oppose him. We could have gotten to “Now what?” a lot sooner.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

“We will maintain fiscal responsibility, so that we do not mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt,” the 2008 Democratic Party Platform promised. The president’s first budget was actually titled A New Era of Fiscal Responsibility.

“The problem is that the way Bush has done it in the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion from the first 42 presidents. No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome. So we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic.”

- Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, 3 July 2008

“The problem is that the way Obama has done it in the last 1,437 days is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $10,628,881,485,510.23 from the first 43 presidents. No. 44 added $5,710,983,151,721.98 by his lonesome. So we now have over $16,337,860,200,635.06 of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $52,794.96 for every man, woman, and child.

If President Obama called President George W Bush irresponsible and unpatriotic for presiding over a $4,901,104,747,205.59 increase in the national debt over 8 years, then what does he think we should call him for spending $5,710,983,151,721.98 in less than 4 years?

Irresponsible and unpatriotic’ sound too mild in comparison; perhaps, “treasonous” might be a more apt description of Mr Obama’s spending.”

- Resist We Much, 26 December 2012

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I will, however, have a brewski.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Would you like some Cheetos or corn fritters with your beverage?

Fallon on January 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I asked you this on the other thread:

Who gets the “wheelie” ticket? The donkey or the cart driver? Better yet, which one gets to share a cell for a year with Blago in Illinois for the third one?

lol

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Of course, after 21 January, Obama can go back to his standard “these massive deficits I inherited”…and the people will not only believe him, but applaud him.

And, as a bonus, Obama can say straight-faced that were it not for the Republicans, these deficits would never have happened.

coldwarrior on January 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Would you like some Cheetos or corn fritters with your beverage?

Fallon on January 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Why thank you…but I’ve already lain out the tapas (i.e. doritos)

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Hmmmmm….

ADP Adapts Payroll System for Fiscal Cliff Deal

Roseland, N.J. (January 2, 2013)

By Michael Cohn
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Payroll services giant ADP said Wednesday that it has been monitoring the fiscal cliff deal and has been in constant contact with the Internal Revenue Service regarding the changes in tax rates.

Congress passed fiscal cliff legislation late Tuesday, raising the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent for single taxpayers earning over $400,000 a year and married couples with income over $450,000 a year (see Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Deal). The 2 percentage point payroll tax cut of 2011 and 2012 was not part of the budget deal, so Social Security payroll taxes revert to 6.2 percent in 2013. The IRS issued new withholding tables late Monday that take into account the higher payroll taxes, but it was before the Senate or the House had voted on the fiscal cliff deal, so it does not take into account the tax cut extensions and 39.6 percent tax rate on upper-income earners (see IRS Changes Income Tax Withholding Tables for 2013 to Reflect Expired Tax Cuts). The IRS is likely to modify the tables soon.

ADP said it is ready to assist clients in understanding and addressing any tax law changes that will affect payroll and employment tax administration this year. The company’s payroll services are used for 24 million Americans, or one out of six U.S. workers. ADP noted that it has addressed tax law modifications in a timely manner for more than 60 years.(More….)
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http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/ADP-Adapts-Payroll-System-Fiscal-Cliff-Deal-65209-1.html

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Has to be a nightmare for payroll services.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I was going to let it go unanswered, ’cause I felt like I was posting too much. But it contributed to my Nineteen Eighty-Four meltdown anyway. :) I Carried it, and then Limerick’s “In order to help people change” quote popped me like an oxidized light-bulb filament.

You know, I don’t think most people know half the stuff I’m trying to get at, even when they are interested. :)

Wish we could at least sketch stick pictures . . . I could explain my interpretation of “Lean forward” in about half a dozen lines.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Democrats are ardent in embracing decadent democracy. This consists not just of infantilism — refusing to will the means for the ends one has willed — but also of willing an immoral means: conscripting the wealth of future generations.

52% of Democrats would prefer to saddle their own children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars in debt than change ANY part of Social Security or Medicare. Also, half of Democrats believe that America’s ENTIRE FISCAL PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED BY TAXING THE ‘EVIL RICH.”

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Oops!

David Carter ‏@Carter137

Krauthammer: Robert E. Lee was offered better terms at Appomattox than Obama is offering Republicans http://soc.li/Ua2TrEJ

Video

Krauthammer:

Robert E. Lee was offered better terms at Appomattox than Obama is offering Republicans

Posted by The Right Scoop The Right Scoop on November 29th, 2012
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http://www.therightscoop.com/krauthammer-robert-e-lee-was-offered-better-terms-at-appomattox-than-obama-is-offering-republicans/

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

But who gets Blago? The cart driver or the donkey? lol

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Notice how the slightest mention of the debt ceiling elicits rage from liberals including the one’s recent scolding.

That’s where lightening must strike, freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

How many last chances do you suppose we have left?

Speakup on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Has to be a nightmare for payroll services.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Tim_CA:Oh gawd,you ain’t kidding!:)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

But who gets Blago? The cart driver or the donkey? lol

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Not the poor donkey. :)

Poor donkey.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Evenin’ all…

Lurk mode…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Hey man, if you are reading HA — I’ll buy your donkey.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Lurk mode…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

You’ve picked up too many of my bad habits, Scrump. :)

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Speakup on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

the debt ceiling will forever be raised…

vanitas…

equanimous on January 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

*sip*

A donkey would probably freak the cat out, but so did my new shoes, so what else is new?

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Not the poor donkey. :) Poor donkey.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

That’s what I was thinking…’tho he’d probably be better at making licence plates.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

:-) I can jump in any time and scare folk with my witty repartee!!

LOL!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Evening, Scrumpy!

If you are wondering how the donkey subject came up, it started with:

‘Toon of the Day: The Forgotten Man

Promise. It’s not a “pistol shrimp” story.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Ivestments is the liberal Spending” — Krauthammer

“Obama is the pre-Clintonian tax and spend president”.

Obama can go to Hades and Boehner/McConnell too.

Pelosi is the actual speaker.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I got it :-)…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

How many last chances do you suppose we have left?

Speakup on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

-3.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

We were going to be so enlightened and progressive that we would no longer have to be good.

Ah, yeah, exactly. :)

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/01/killed-on-his-way-to-church-on.html

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

RWM my prayers go out to the Greaves family… so sad… :-(

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Killed On His Way To Church On Christmas Eve, The Latest Victim Of Smug ‘Liberals’

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:01 PM

From your link:

Do our modern non-judgmental police think there is ever a robbery that goes right?

Well, our politicians do. It just happened the other night.

Fallon on January 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM

*************RED ALERT *****************

Illinois Senate panel approves bans on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines – @Suntimes

3 mins ago from blogs.suntimes.com by editor
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http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/01/senate_panel_approves_bans_on_assault_weapons_high-capacity_ammunition_magazines.html

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

RWM, the hypocritical leftards in England…an here, just disgusting.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Howdy! Won’t be here too long tonight. Weird work schedule this week. Tomorrow’s my Monday. Blech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Try dis again,…Another Little Dirty Secret……

St. Louis Fed maps 460 bank failures since 2007
October 1, 2012, 2:18 PM
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The St. Louis Fed decided to celebrate the start of fiscal 2013 by publishing a cool interactive map showing all the U.S. bank failures since 2007.

Since that time 460 U.S. banks have failed, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., with 84 of those, about 18%, occurring in Georgia alone. The FDIC currently insures deposits at just more than 7,200 banks and savings & loans.

The number of bank failures peaked in 2010 when 157 bank were closed but the big ones went under in 2008 and 2009, when 25 banks and 140 banks were closed, respectively.

See the complete interactive map at the St. Louis Fed’s website.

Some of the biggest include:(More)
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http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2012/10/01/st-louis-fed-maps-460-bank-failures-since-2007/

Failed Bank List
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http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

lol…you are just friggin’ full of good cheer tonight!

I’m going to ignore your red alerts until I finish supporting a german brewery…and down another bud-light.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Howdy! Won’t be here too long tonight. Weird work schedule this week. Tomorrow’s my Monday. Blech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:In Spirit only eh!!:)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

In the year 2013, a remarkable coincidence will take place – both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This rare coincidence this year has special meaning.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for insight into the future. The other involves a groundhog.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Promise. It’s not a “pistol shrimp” story.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Thinking about doing an anarchy thing for Sketchbook. I dunno. “Here’s why this seems so cool and why it won’t actually work” being the general idea. You got me going back through Dostoevsky again, and I’ve been rethinking some of the references and allusions. I’m right in the bread-basket for it, but it seems pointless — like trying to convince a Paulbot to stop being a Paulbot.

Just talking. :)

O, and I’m thinking MPPonyland should have Obama’s head and the pony’s head both in the circle, like Obama is leaning over the pony he’s riding, but I haven’t made it work yet. :)

brb. Need sandwich.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Howdy! Won’t be here too long tonight. Weird work schedule this week. Tomorrow’s my Monday. Blech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

THWACK!

now brb.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

lol…you are just friggin’ full of good cheer tonight!

I’m going to ignore your red alerts until I finish supporting a german brewery…and down another bud-light.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Tim_CA:Ya,I do not relish being the messenger of news,
Lol,yup,Beer-goggles brightens the future(sarc):)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Promise. It’s not a “pistol shrimp” story.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

just so you know…I’m developing laser-guided, scallop drones.

See ya at the U.N.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Howdy! Won’t be here too long tonight. Weird work schedule this week. Tomorrow’s my Monday. Blech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

THWACK!

– now brb.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

You poofing THWACKER you… ;p

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Cindy Porter ‏@cdporter

“@LeanneMarriott: #fiscalcliff explained perfectly pic.twitter.com/DJrlK1FJ” Awesome!! Totally understandable now!! Tx!
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https://twitter.com/LeanneMarriott/status/286686335077580800/photo/1

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Howdy! Won’t be here too long tonight. Weird work schedule this week. Tomorrow’s my Monday. Blech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

THWACK!

– now brb.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

What evs. I just upgraded to my first smart phone, and am trying to figger out out to use the dang thing.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Awesome, the GOP followed through on all their promises to the Tea Party after 2010.

A Pledge To America – Following Through on Our Promises

Read the Bill – A Three Day Waiting Period on all Non-Emergency Legislation
We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.

Promise Fulfilled This promise was fulfilled on January 5, 2011.
All legislative text must be posted online for 3 days prior to voting.

Make It Easier to Cut Spending
By forbidding amendments on spending bills, Democrats denied lawmakers the opportunity to tighten Washington’s belt and slash wasteful and duplicative programs. Structure dictates behavior, so we will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending.

Promise Fulfilled This promise continues to be fulfilled every week on the House floor.

Cutting Spending – Reducing the Size of Government

We will have a responsible, fact-based conversation with the American people about the scale of the fiscal challenges we face, and the urgent action that is required to deal with them. We will curb Washington’s spending habits and promote job creation, bring down the deficit, and build long-term fiscal stability. There is no reason to wait to reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Promise Fulfilled This fulfillment of this promise began immediately after the start of the 112th Congress.

Hold Weekly Votes on Spending Cuts
Earlier [in 2010], House Republicans launched the YouCut initiative to combat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. Over the course of nine weeks, YouCut produced proposals to save taxpayers more than $120 billion. We will continue to hold weekly votes on spending cuts.

Promise Fulfilled This promise continues to be fulfilled every week on the House floor.

sauldalinsky on January 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Nearly every decision made during Obama’s presidency has been conducted under the canopy of catastrophe. The result is hastily assembled legislation that is larded up with goodies. It’s no accident.

This skit by SNL recently really does summarize Obama’s Presidency and his clueless fans so well.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

************** RED ALERT 2 ************************

Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ filmmakers’ CIA access – @THR

4 mins ago from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com by editor
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/zero-dark-thirty-senate-intelligence-407782

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

:-) I can jump in any time and scare folk with my witty repartee!!

LOL!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

You put your left foot in
You put your left foot out
You put your left foot in
And shake it all about

That’s what the Scrumpy is all about.

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

LOL!! Giggle giggle… ;-)

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

01/02/2013
Michael Ramirez Cartoon
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http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/639126-fiscal-cliff-barack-obama-car-uncle-sam

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

What evs. I just upgraded to my first smart phone, and am trying to figger out out to use the dang thing.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

If its a Droid Razr I can tell you it doesn’t shave worth a damn.

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Ha.
Kyocera ‘Rise’.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Video

Krauthammer:

Robert E. Lee was offered better terms at Appomattox than Obama is offering Republicans

Posted by The Right Scoop The Right Scoop on November 29th, 2012
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http://www.therightscoop.com/krauthammer-robert-e-lee-was-offered-better-terms-at-appomattox-than-obama-is-offering-republicans/

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

The disgusting part…Boehner accepted those terms.

Out, out, out.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:33 PM

… a “pistol shrimp” story.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

O.K., having read “pistol shrimp” now several times in comments, whattheheck IS THAT ABOUT?!

HotAir needs a dictionary-section.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

How many last chances do you suppose we have left?

Speakup on January 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

-3.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Somebody with Photochop skills should do a photochop of the Zimbabwe $100 Trillion Dollar Bill and put Obama’s face on it and call it the $100 Trillion Dollar Obama Baloney Bill.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I want one!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

O.K., having read “pistol shrimp” now several times in comments, whattheheck IS THAT ABOUT?!

HotAir needs a dictionary-section.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Good question. I would like to know this myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC6I8iPiHT8

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

… a “pistol shrimp” story.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

O.K., having read “pistol shrimp” now several times in comments, whattheheck IS THAT ABOUT?!

HotAir needs a dictionary-section.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

It’s a secret code for the GPS position of Jack’s secret forest Glenn meeting place… Shhhh You didn’t hear that from me…. o_O

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

LOLz.

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

haha. Its a Forest Glade not a Glenn.

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

grab your bug-out bag and head to the safe-house, dammit..

you just blew cover.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I have a Glenn in my Glade ;-)

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

What a frucking idiot is president of the once great land!

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

grab your bug-out bag and head to the safe-house, dammit..

you just blew cover.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Oh frack… I hate it when I do that…. ;p

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

What a frucking idiot is president of the once great land!

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Schadenfreude:Too,ahem,…funny:)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Moon Goddess approaching slowly.

SparkPlug on January 2, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Still here. Damn.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

You poofing THWACKER you… ;p

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Sounds vaguely like a British miscreant of some kind. :)

“That entire family is lost, Catherine. We’ll have none. The grandfather was whipped for buggery. The father was a Jerry.”

“And my love, John?”

“O, that one of nothing but a poofing thwacker. No mistake.”

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I like when you talk. It’s kind of a stream of consciousness thing. I do that a lot, too. As for the Official Seal of My Progressive Little Ponyland, you have to remember that it has to be something fantastical, but “completely realistic” like this:


Welcome To ‘My Progressive Little Ponyland’! It’s Forward! It’s The Future And I Swear It Works!

M2RB would be a medley of Shirley Temple singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” Jefferson Starship’s “White Rabbit,” The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Pink Floyd’s “On The Turning Away,” Coke’s “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony,” etc.

It’s the land of unicorns where teddy bears can marry butterflies and have litters of cupcakes with sprinkles. There is no war because everyone wants the exact same lollipops and rainbows and, if someone doesn’t feel like working for or squanders theirs, the citizens of My Progressive Little Ponyland gleefully give more than half of theirs to the “downtrodden.” Everyone has the same stuff and opinions, but My Progressive Little Ponyland is a bastion of diversity and tolerance – no, that is not a contradiction. There is no sadness, teenage acne, male-patterned baldness, menopause, PMS, enlarged prostates, bloat after meals of renewable fruits, veggies and tofu-meat, impotence, need for “fat jeans,” bad hair days, or dandruff. And, all of this is “free,” biodegradable, emits 0% carbon and recycles unicorn farts, which are the sole power source for everything in My Progressive Little Ponyland, including the eye-plasma televisions upon which you can watch Air Al-Jazeera Ponyland.

lol

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

I have a Glenn in my Glade ;-)

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I’m a city boy.

I have Glade in my bathroom.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Kinda out of date but funny anyhoo:

‘Twas the night before elections

And all through the town

Tempers were flaring

Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe

With a cat in my lap

Had cut off the TV

Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden

There arose such a noise

I peered out of my window

Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet

They wanted my pay

To give to the others

Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money

And quick as a wink

Jumped back on his bandwagon

As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen

Who were pulling his cart

I could tell they were out

To tear my country apart!

‘ On Fannie, on Freddie,

On Biden and Ayers!

On Acorn, On Pelosi’

He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause

And as he flew out of sight

I heard him laugh at the nation

Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think

On this one final note-

IF YOU DON’T WANT SOCIALISM

GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

THE DEADLY PISTOL SHRIMP,FIRES OFF A ROUND……..

**WARNING…..GRAPHIC….VIOLENCE….**

Pistol Shrimp Vaporizes Water with a Punch [HD]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ7Ztmcf0Cc

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM

O.K., having read “pistol shrimp” now several times in comments, whattheheck IS THAT ABOUT?!

HotAir needs a dictionary-section.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

I don’t know what it is about either. It is before my HA time. I, too, have read about it often. Just wanted Scrumpy to know that the donkey story wasn’t a pistol shrimp…whatever the pistol shrimp story was.

lmao

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Get out of the city!! It’s better in the country…

Glades abound!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Good evening my HA friends. Just jumping in.

KCB on January 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Pistol Shrimp are cool.

KCB on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM

HotAir needs a dictionary-section.

Lourdes on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

SparkPlug was once obsessed about Pistol Shrimp. He collected information on them, attempted to get himself elected their King. He even made outfits.

No one is sure exactly why.

One comment after another about pistol shrimp.

He moved on, but “Pistol Shrimp” have remained, now finding their way into bizarre comments that make no sense whatever. It was back before anyone knew he was the kind of person who would make:

“I wonder if camel meal tea has one hump or two?”

– his entire comment. :) Everyone knows now, but now it’s too late.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Psssst ask Sparkplug for an update ;-)

I loves me some pistol shrimp…

When the claw snaps shut, a jet of water shoots out from a socket in the claw at speeds of up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) an hour, generating a low-pressure bubble in its wake. As the pressure stabilizes, the bubble collapses with a loud bang.

The whole process, which was recorded with the use of high-speed cameras and sound equipment, occurs within 300 microseconds.

Now, using a device that counts photons, Lohse and his colleagues recorded a flash of light that occurs when the bubble collapses.

The flashing phenomenon is thought to be similar to sonoluminescence, in which bubbles that are in a liquid driven by a strong sound field emit light. The researchers have dubbed the shrimp activity shrimpoluminescence.

In sonoluminescence, the peak intensity of the emitted light is at a short wavelength. This indicates that the temperature inside the bubble is at least 10,000 degrees Kelvin (18,000 degrees Fahrenheit).

Feisty little tikes!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

I’m a city boy.

I have Glade in my bathroom.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

lol. Do your friends say “Jeezus, who shit a pine tree?”

arnold ziffel on January 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

“I wonder if camel meal tea has one hump or two?”

That is the funniest line I ever heard!!

Scrumpy on January 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Nevermind Gun Control…..idiot Paparazzi’s are a new threat to safety!
(sarc)
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Justin Bieber calls for paparazzi crackdown after death of photographer – @LANow

13 mins ago from latimesblogs.latimes.com by editor

canopfor on January 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Shrimpoluminescence.

Say that fast 5 times!!! lol…

Scrumpy on January 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Where is Solaratov?

Scrumpy on January 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

He even made outfits.

No one is sure exactly why.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

ROTF p!ssing myself.

Link of the week!

Tim_CA on January 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Think Pistol Shrimp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7HL5wYqAbU

Scrumpy on January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

It was back before anyone knew he was the kind of person who would make:

“I wonder if camel meal tea has one hump or two?”

– his entire comment. :) Everyone knows now, but now it’s too late.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

…or before he’d comment something like “I’m going to cry now”…and, contrary to Boehner, get away with it :)

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Feisty little tikes!!

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Scrumpy:

Good Gawd,looks like bottom end Armour is needed,
er,swimming trunks/bikini bottoms,to protect the
Naughty Bits,from Pistol Shrimp Collateral Damage!

Ouch!:)
(snark)

canopfor on January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

“I wonder if camel meal tea has one hump or two?”

That is the funniest line I ever heard!!

Scrumpy on January 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM

hehe.

SparkPlug on January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Well, I think that it is safe to say that the citizens of My Progressive Little Ponyland would BAN the PISTOL shrimp! It might hurt the ANGEL fish and violence is just unacceptable in ANY form. /

(Thanks for the info. Now, I know!)

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Pistol Shrimp are cool.

KCB on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I wuv you man. (:

SparkPlug on January 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Both domestic and foreign policy are so detached from reality, and so self-destructive to the country, that America has become a Mad House worse than that of the Planet of the Apes.

VorDaj on January 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

SparkPlug on January 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

What’s up Sparky!

KCB on January 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Pistol Shrimp are cool.

KCB on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM

KCB:Well,now I have to add those Pistol Shrimps,to my Danger list,
just above the Great White Sharks!(sarc):)

canopfor on January 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

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