Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on January 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Conservative ideas work. Numerous states are demonstrating that low taxes, right-to-work laws, school choice, energy development and other common-sense policies improve the lives of everyone. Conversely, progressive central planning has failed throughout history and is still failing today…

One lesson I learned in marketing is that, for consumers and voters, perception is reality.

November’s election results and exit polls suggest that a majority of Americans agree that government does too much yet still voted for more of it. The election taught conservatives that we can no longer entrust political parties to carry our message.

We must take our case to the people ourselves, and we must start where all good marketing starts: with research. Conservative policies have proved their worth time and time again. If we’re not communicating in a way that makes that clear, we are doing a disservice to our fellow citizens. We need to test the market and our message to communicate more effectively.

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DeMint’s opinion piece represents a broader sentiment within the conservative movement, that its establishment leaders simply lack the ability to point a way out of the political wilderness.

The rise of taxman (or, more accurately, anti-taxman) Grover Norquist and the ongoing power of radio talker Rush Limbaugh affirm that the power center of the GOP increasingly rests outside of its elected leaders. (That shrinking of establishment power was never more evident than when Speaker John Boehner was unable to find enough votes for his “Plan B” that would have exempted all but those making $1 million or more from a tax increase.)…

The weakening of political parties is a long-term process — driven by the growth of the Internet and its capacity/influence as an organizing and fundraising tool. But, the fissure within the Republican party between its party leadership and its base (and those figures tied to the base) has accelerated that movement.

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Fact No. 1 is to realize a political party isn’t a church nor a cult but a mechanism to get diverse people who share some things in common to work toward a common position of power that none could achieve on their own. Fact No. 2 is that unless you can convert your principles into actual policies, standing upon them does no one a favor. If you believe in your principles but can’t convert others, you are not an asset. If you antagonize them, you and your principles are a real liability, and perhaps you should shut the hell up.

Fact No. 2 is that because no coalition big enough to win power can ever be pure or completely united, and no pure wing or segment can be big enough to win or rule on its own, it is in everyone’s interest to cherish the mavericks. Each party needs members who vote with them sometimes. Conservatives dreamed of the day they could rid themselves of the Snowes, Lugars and Castles; that day has come, and they and their party are weaker than ever. Many conservatives would kill now to have those seats back.

Sometime soon, before the debt ceiling crisis writes a thrilling new chapter, Republicans should sit down together and try to agree on four things: to name the shared goals that they want to move forward; to decide what to do to in a practical manner (in the real world, not an imagined alternative); to find their best spokesmen, and have him (or her) speak for them all; and to remember exactly who their real enemies are — who, in the real world, are not themselves.

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If you are conservative you are skeptical of concentrated power. You know the bullying and bossism it can lead to. Republicans should go to the populist right on the issue of bank breakup. Too big to fail is too big to continue. The megabanks have too much power in Washington and too much weight within the financial system. People think the GOP is for the bankers. The GOP should upend this assumption. In this case good policy is good politics.

If you are a conservative you’re supposed to be for just treatment of the individual over the demands of concentrated elites. Every individual in America making $400,000 a year or more just got a tax hike that was a blow to the gut. Regular working people are seeing their payroll deductions increase. But private-equity partners who make billions enjoy more favorable tax treatment. Their income is treated for tax purposes as a capital gain, so they’re taxed at far lower rates. This is called the carried interest exemption, and everybody knows it’s a big con.

The Republican Party should come out against it in a big way. Let the real rich pay the same percentage the not-actually-rich-but-formally-declared-rich are paying. If the Republicans did this they’d actually be joining the winning side, because carried interest will not survive the new era. If congressional Republicans care about their party they’ll want it to get credit for fairness, as opposed to the usual blame for being lackeys of the rich.

Republicans make too much of order and discipline. Sometimes a little anarchy is a good thing, a little disorder a sign of creativity and independence of thought.

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The GOP should spend 2013 rebuilding an agenda based on a defense of family. It should couple that with an aggressive attack on cronyism, pivoting the GOP as the outsiders’ party…

The Republicans must have serious tax reform ideas. Those ideas should start with a much flatter tax with far fewer deductions. Those deductions should favor married couples with kids making it easier for one spouse to stay home through high deductions for a household with one earner. But likewise, the Republicans should consider in a two income household of joint filers, the second income earner should pay less tax on that income.

While the default rule should always be to never use the tax code to encourage or prohibit behavior — it should just be about raising revenue — as long as Washington intends to do that, the Republicans should favor a tax code that rewards two parent nuclear households with multiple children and, through the use of generous deductions, provide incentive for one spouse to stay home. That would not only help reduce the supply of workers in the workforce at a time of decreased demand for workers, but would also ease the burden of the social safety net.

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By all means, Republicans should fight to keep spending as low as possible and block new efforts to expand the reach of government. And they should continue to present a vision for reform in bills that they can pass through the House. Let Obama propose his outrageous budget, and counter with a House-passed budget that actually addresses the nation’s spending problem. Haggle over the numbers and details, attack the Senate for their failure to pass a budget, and then cut the best deal possible. Laying out a governing agenda would give them something to build on if they can retake the Senate in 2014 and gain the presidency in 2016. And it would avoid the spectacle of trying to make the case for small government at a time when financial markets are freaking out because the debt ceiling hasn’t been raised and when there’s no hope of enacting their preferred policies anyway.

Conservatives should recognize that even though they can block key items of the liberal agenda with control of the House, they cannot advance the conservative agenda with Obama as president and Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. With this in mind, it’s short-sighted to advocate a strategy whereby Republicans dig in their heels at every opportunity in exchange for a few crumbs of concessions from Obama, at best. This strategy risks lasting damage to the conservative brand that will prevent real reform.

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Meanwhile, Obama is preparing to prioritize immigration reform on his second-term agenda, a move that would do as much to divide the GOP as it would to score points among Hispanic voters. It would threaten to engulf the GOP in a heated internal debate that would make the fiscal-cliff arguments seem like child’s play. Immigration sparked the beginning of the Republican rebellion from George W. Bush, well before the tea party emerged as a GOP force. And the wave of tea party-aligned freshmen, most representing homogeneous districts, aren’t at all inclined to embrace positions they once railed against. Most Republican strategists believe that, without a jump in support from the growing Hispanic population, the GOP could become a permanent minority party—and immigration reform is the ticket to win them over. But they would acknowledge that quickly adding more Hispanics to the voter rolls could further damage the Republican party’s long-term standing as well. Conservative talker Sean Hannity, the day after the 2012 election, reversed course and came out for some version of comprehensive immigration reform; the next day on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh doubled down on his opposition…

I’ve long been skeptical about the feasibility of a third party, but I’m beginning to entertain the possibility that the GOP could become split apart as these policy debates come to the fore. It was only three years ago that pundits viewed the tea party movement as a legitimate third-party threat in the heat of their activism; instead, activists worked from within to nominate like-minded candidates and press their agenda.

Is it that much of a stretch to believe that, by 2016, the grassroots base will have taken control of the Republican Party, and the establishment will be looking to bolt?

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Conservatives dreamed of the day they could rid themselves of the Snowes, Lugars and Castles; that day has come, and they and their party are weaker than ever. Many conservatives GOPe would kill now to have those seats back.

C’mon.

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Corrected.

Conservatives thank GOD every day they are gone.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Who stole my pants? I woke up wearing a kilt. Scrumpy?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

…bad dream…Barney Frank!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Yo Ken.

Tell everyone that there are fee hot air balloon rides over the glade.

*small print: $179.00 charge for the hot air*

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Moving north of the white mountains.

wolly4321 on January 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Of course you are, homogenistic bigot.

Bishop on January 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

wolly4321 on January 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Looks like a pretty area.

Bmore on January 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Making cheese is a craft which a number of people want to try. These days because of the explosion of information, people want to try making various things, which were previously not made at home. Making cheese is one such experiment. It is similar to what it was about home-brewing of liqueur a few years ago. Since information is available, it is not difficult to make cheese at home any more. It has in fact become as simple as baking bread at home. Cheese, like cottage cheese, can easily be made with the ingredients available in any regular functioning kitchen. However, if you want to make some advanced cheese, you will require additional equipment as well as raw material.

Matt Damon Yall

RAGIN CAJUN on January 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Conservatives dreamed of the day they could rid themselves of the Snowes, Lugars and Castles; that day has come, and they and their party are weaker than ever

Weaker than ever?
How?
The GOPe cost us the Senate and the Presidency very true.

But in 2010 we proved beyond doubt the Conservative message works. We did well in the States and House in 2012 but because the GOPe took it’s message from Mitt the Democrat lite we lost to Odumbo and lost seats in the Senate partially because of sabotage by GOPe of Conservative candidates.

A conservative message will work. We just need to have one and show the GOPe the door once and for all no matter what that means. Even if it means a brand new real Tea Party.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Yet Germany and other northern European nations underperform US southern states on all the measures you listed, yet the citizens of those countries exceed their American peers on literally every measure- from household income, to quality of healthcare, to quality of life as reflected by vacation time and life expectancy.

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I notice you are narrowing down the area where you claim Socialism works to just Northern Europe now that Greece and Spain are crumbling. You can’t keep cutting out parts of Europe for comparison. It’s just not fair. Pretty soon you will be left with a single zip code somewhere in Europe you can claim is better off than we are.

Night Owl on January 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

okay … how do we fix illegal immigration …
something like 12 MILLION illegals here … real world how do we fix it …

1. before we do anything … we have to get control of the boarder ..

2. I support guest worker policies …

3. anyone in prison on felony goes back to where they are from immediately

4. I do not believe you will be able to get all illegals to leave … there will
have to be a realistic path to permeant worker status

5. if they choose to deport … and legally come here they will have citizenship.

what do you guys think.

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Force everyone to eat cheese, the non-eaters get deported.

Bishop on January 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I notice you are narrowing down the area where you claim Socialism works to just Northern Europe now that Greece and Spain are crumbling. You can’t keep cutting out parts of Europe for comparison. It’s just not fair. Pretty soon you will be left with a single zip code somewhere in Europe you can claim is better off than we are.

Night Owl on January 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Well said Night Owl.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM
I notice you are narrowing down the area where you claim Socialism works to just Northern Europe now that Greece and Spain are crumbling. You can’t keep cutting out parts of Europe for comparison. It’s just not fair. Pretty soon you will be left with a single zip code somewhere in Europe you can claim is better off than we are.

Night Owl on January 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

…the penicillin seems to work in slowing the progressive nature of the disease on the lower body parts…but the effectiveness of stopping the rotting occurring in the brain tissue is diminished…I’m afraid at this stage…it is all down hill!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Ask why Conservatism reigned in this country its first 130 amazing years and why we aren’t so amazing now.

And do what it takes to get us back there.

Speakup on January 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Conservatives should recognize that even though they can block key items of the liberal agenda with control of the House, they cannot advance the conservative agenda with Obama as president and Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.

So if all they can do is block, they should block with all of their power. I’m getting tired of all of the politicians arguing over who gets to sit where at the Captain’s table of the Titanic as it’s sinking. Do something positive, even if it’s keeping the other side from doing something negative.

RoadRunner on January 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Sure did not stop Nancy Poloski from getting every thing she wanted when the situation was reversed.

Why is that?

John has no spine is only possible answer him and the rest of the RINOs.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Who stole my pants? I woke up wearing a kilt. Scrumpy?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-X4PoQHn8A

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Conservatives dreamed of the day they could rid themselves of the Snowes, Lugars and Castles; that day has come, and they and their party are weaker than ever. Many conservatives GOPe would kill now to have those seats back.

C’mon.

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Corrected.

Conservatives thank GOD every day they are gone.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Roger that! I’m glad they are gone. At least now, we know exactly where we stand. Don’t regret all the hard work for one second.

indypat on January 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

4. I do not believe you will be able to get all illegals to leave … there will
have to be a realistic path to permeant worker status

conservative tarheel

Ahhh yes, the argument of absolutes. If we can’t get rid of them all, then we have to just accept them all instead, and reward them in the process. Because that’s how we apply the law in every other situation in this country. We haven’t convinced all rapists to stop raping, so apparently that means there should be a realistic path to permanent raping status for those who choose to rape.

xblade on January 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

xblade on January 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

so how do we reward people for self deporting …

what is your plan …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

B9

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Well said Night Owl.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Thank You SparkPlug

…the penicillin seems to work in slowing the progressive nature of the disease on the lower body parts…but the effectiveness of stopping the rotting occurring in the brain tissue is diminished…I’m afraid at this stage…it is all down hill!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

LOL! Syphilis? That would explain a lot.

Night Owl on January 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

what is your plan …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I learned all about strategic dismissals at a big corporation..it can be done but wont be.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sparky do you like the song I spun for you …:D

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sparky do you like the song I spun for you …:D

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

grrrrrowl.
U messin’ with my man? ;)

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Good to see you B9!

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Ken! Good to see u too!
Missed u guys.
How goes it?

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

In a couple of days, Sheriff Joe is going to put forth his gun control recommendations to Hussein. And then the fight begins.

tommy71 on January 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Just awful. The GOP is in tatters an civil war and stuff. Sparkky is in a kilt and doesn’t remember last night. Bmore is being led astray with the rest of us. Same.

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

kilt? Lol

tommy71 on January 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

*ahem*

seeing as how I am a very happy hetro male … I have no interest
in your man ….

Sparky found himself in a kilt … and I found a song for him …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

haha!
I knew about the GOP-not the kilt or Mr B-must talk to him about man skirts.
PS-don’t tell sparky about us. ~~

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

i hope you can stick around for a while. We are all going to the Glade later for drinks. And to Glade. It’s a verb too.

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM

K..*backing away, fast like* ;)
If your nice..I have pull with the best HA chicks-I’ll hook ya up.
:)

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

No one even suspects! Cracks me up!

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Conservatives thank GOD every day they are gone.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Correctomundo, Steve.

I was particularly struck by two things in that quote, first her connecting the removal of these creeps to the weakening of the GOP implying cause and effect, and two, the implication that we would kill to have, not those seats, but those people, back. Not to mention that not much was really lost with their being gone.

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

4. I do not believe you will be able to get all illegals to leave … there will
have to be a realistic path to permeant worker status

conservative tarheel

Ahhh yes, the argument of absolutes. If we can’t get rid of them all, then we have to just accept them all instead, and reward them in the process. Because that’s how we apply the law in every other situation in this country. We haven’t convinced all rapists to stop raping, so apparently that means there should be a realistic path to permanent raping status for those who choose to rape.

xblade on January 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Don’t be too hard on the GOPe. After all they hardly ever have the truth on their side so almost always have to do circular or absolute arguments to supposedly support their irrational beliefs.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

K..*backing away, fast like* ;)
If your nice..I have pull with the best HA chicks-I’ll hook ya up.
:)

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

LOL … my wife CinC house .. might object … thank you though ….
I enjoy myself here … while watching Downton Abby ….

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Not in the best of shape and delirious, will stay for a little bit.
Why is it so quiet? odd. glade?
Air freshener? lol

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Revealed: The Massive New Liberal Plan to Remake American Politics

Seven Percent Solution on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

ok … lets see your plan …. and will it work in the real world .. not just in a
fantasy

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Gun control, immigration reform, debt ceiling, sequestration, CRs. Add to that the republican civil war, the opposing pub SuperPACs. And the final touch by dinghy harry with his filibuster reform. Wars all over the place.

tommy71 on January 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Don’t know about the delirious part, but your shape looks fine to me.

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Correctomundo, Steve.

I was particularly struck by two things in that quote, first her connecting the removal of these creeps to the weakening of the GOP implying cause and effect, and two, the implication that we would kill to have, not those seats, but those people, back. Not to mention that not much was really lost with their being gone.

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

They are such hypocrits. They actually endorsed Harry Reid (all GOPe in Nevada) over Sharon Angle. Coons was also endorsed by Castle. Their chosen GOPe candidates lose all the time dozens each cycle then they moan that a few Conservatives lost even though they themselves fought against those Conservatives that lost.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM

tommy71 on January 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

to quote chesty Puller “we are surrounded .. so any direction we attack
there is the enemy. “

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

but your shape looks fine to me.

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Gotta love the Net!
LOL.

How is the job hunt?

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Heh, had the creep (my R choice for Sin) Connie Mack beat out Nelson-he would be helping write the amnesty bill. I enjoyed when he called us nazi’s after AZ law passed.
So..I say to myself..what the hell is the point?
Oh, he is pro-life er something.
Fed up.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Got a bite Thursday. Should find out more after the 22nd. Didn’t do much until after the New Year, so I’m hoping to get some action in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for asking! Why delirious?

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

This is NEW?

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

The Republicans are the stupid party. In my lifetime, they’ve had one leader who had his eye on the ball and that was Newt. They got rid of Newt because he balanced budgets and they wanted to spend. Fine. The thing is that, once Newt was gone, they suddenly thought that Democrat Lite was a good idea and they went with it during the Bush years. They had the power, squandered it, lost the House, lost the Senate and yet the same people think they know why they lost and are doing the same thing.

In 2010, the voters gave the House back to Republicans and voted in more Republicans in the Senate. What did they do with their additional members? Nothing. They squandered any power they had by signing CR’s and not forcing Obama and the Senate to pass a budget. I blame Republicans as much as Democrats on this because they didn’t do what they had to do to force the Senate to move.

It is the Republican establishment that is the big problem and I hope they’re all primaried and voted out next election.

bflat879 on January 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

grrrrrowl.
U messin’ with my man? ;)

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Yippie. B9 is here. I have so much to tell you. But first hugs and kisses and then a hot air ballon ride over the glade. It’s a bumpy ride so I will hold you tight. Scrumpy has been doing a terrible job of getting me to behave. (:

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Right when I was about to hit submit my stupid iPad shut down. I had to Plug it into the cigarette lighter and now it smokes.

I guess that makes sense.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Good..keep your eye on the hook and bite!
I wish u all the luck-and not just a “job” but one that is best and u enjoy.

delirious? haha..(usually am when i get here at night)
Just moved my entire house and business-have a med issue which causes
me pain..so tired to the bone.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

In 2010, the voters gave the House back to Republicans and voted in more Republicans in the Senate. What did they do with their additional members? Nothing. They squandered any power they had by signing CR’s and not forcing Obama and the Senate to pass a budget. I blame Republicans as much as Democrats on this because they didn’t do what they had to do to force the Senate to move.

It is the Republican establishment that is the big problem and I hope they’re all primaried and voted out next election.

bflat879 on January 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Now they swear that 2010 never even happened. They rewrite history and claim that it was not Obama Care that galvanized the base mostly because they forced the author of Obama Care Mitt Romneycare on us as the “GOP” nominee. Mitt did not represent the GOP in any meaningful way. It is time to accept that and force those that enabled a Democrat like Mitt Romney out of the GOP forever.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

It is the Republican establishment that is the big problem and I hope they’re all primaried and voted out next election.

bflat879 on January 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

nailed it …

I am a registered indy … but I usually vote in the Dem primary because
9 times out of 10 only one person is running on the GOP side ..
so I try and get the weakest candidate for them to run against …
now in 08 I voted in the GOP race cuz there were 3 people running for
Gov. so I supported my candidate who lost in the primary …
but in the General .. GOP .. even when they run Mitt .. and Dole .. and McCain …
I hate it .. but I hate the alternative more …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Today was a crummy day. Bad vibes, nothing went right.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

B9 is here. That is a change for the better, no?

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

My darling is in pain. What hurts? I know Health people and muscle people who I could ask for advice. The have helped many with injuries.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Yep. She brings me flan luck.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

My darling is in pain. What hurts? I know Health people and muscle people who I could ask for advice. The have helped many with injuries.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

my wife loves when I rub warm scented oil on her back and shoulders …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

u melt me. (yeah lurkers..hurl)xoxo

You not behaving? Good..why I like u. ;)

On a side note..anyone know what Jews for Jesus is?
Passed a sign today..
I also bought these solar garden lights for my yard-
didn’t light up..why?
Oh..needs a battery that the solar charges(wears out eventually).wtf is that?
eff green crap-getting me electric~
random stuff in my head.
Oh bluegill-where art thou?

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I liked your video, it was funny. Thanks. B9 is nice. She is very protective of me because I am prone to getting into all kinds of trouble with the magistrate and the hotties.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Night Shift

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

my wife loves when I rub warm scented oil on her back and shoulders …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

lol…put on the barry white.

Tim_CA on January 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

be back

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Watch out for Anti-Control. He’s been bishing with his bluegill schtick. It’s pretty good. Don’t get hooked.

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

On a side note..anyone know what Jews for Jesus is?

I believe they are Jews who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior ..
they still keep all the feast that the Lord gave to Israel ..
but believe that Jesus is the Messiah …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

oh I know B9 is nice .. have talked to her several times ….
someone needs to keep you in line :D

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

. Scrumpy has been doing a terrible job of getting me to behave. (:

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

…OH!…don’t be blaming Scrumpy!
She told you not to take that stuff if you were taking nitrates!
You had a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure…while you were up in the balloon!…and she tries to get you immediate medical help… because YOU HAD THE RARE EVENT lasting more than 4 hours!
…but do you listen?………..noooooooooooooooo!…you had a sudden decrease or loss of hearing….and “only you could pilot the balloon!”…and then you had to show everybody below…in the glade…YOUR EVENT!
…don’t go blaming Scrumpy! Sparky (:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Because the Night

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

OMG yor killing me here … wife is wondering why I am alughing so hard much …. oh my sides … oh oh oh ….

oh you have to stop that …. :D

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I believe they are Jews who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior ..
they still keep all the feast that the Lord gave to Israel ..
but believe that Jesus is the Messiah …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Sounds good to me. I mean Jesus sure celebrated them all the first Moon Day and the Sabbath Days on the seventh day after.

Have seen nothing in the Bible that would have said to stop celebrating these acts of GOD.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Still of the night

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Question: how is the economy?
Answer: it sucks like a Hoover deluxe?

Q: what can you do to thrive in this economic climate
A: bribery and racketeering, drug running and human trafficking remain profitable.

Q: is there and hope for the future.
A: not while Obama and the libtards run the show.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-X4PoQHn8A

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

COPYCAT!!!

“The Drunk Scotsman”

“Under the Kilt”

Anti-Control on January 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

:)

Anti-Control on January 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

true … so we have hope in 14 to keep the house and take the senate …
Bonehead needs to grow a set or get primaried out ….

and the chinless wonder in the senate should just go home …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Yet Germany and other northern European nations underperform US southern states on all the measures you listed, yet the citizens of those countries exceed their American peers on literally every measure- from household income, to quality of healthcare, to quality of life as reflected by vacation time and life expectancy.

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I notice you are narrowing down the area where you claim Socialism works to just Northern Europe now that Greece and Spain are crumbling. You can’t keep cutting out parts of Europe for comparison. It’s just not fair. Pretty soon you will be left with a single zip code somewhere in Europe you can claim is better off than we are.

Night Owl on January 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

It’s interesting that your response is yet another gross oversimplification. Then tell us, based on your simplistic view of the world, why does Germany’s economy bury that of most US states with low tax rates and small government?

Tax rates don’t explain Germany’s success.

It ain’t cause socialism and communism is better than capitalism. It also aint the case that you can just lower taxes and make gov’ment smaller and then jobs magically appear and Joe the Plumbers becomes rich.

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

ROTF. well if you had one for 4 hours wouldn’t you want to show everyone your SparkPlug?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

my wife loves when I rub warm scented oil on her back and shoulders …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

lol…put on the barry white.

Tim_CA on January 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Sing it Barry:

Ohhh…(chick-a) ohh baby baby (chick-a) (chick-a) <—- wah pedal

Uh huh. Nothing like the missus, rose petals, candles, orgy butter and a snifter of koo-vwah-see-aaaay!

viking01 on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

anyway kids … time for bed … have fun … play safe … and see ya later
B9 try to keep sparky in line … use a taser if you need to …

conservative tarheel on January 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM

…We need Sarah Palin (:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Let’s not make this all about Palin, ok? She’s not the center of the conservative political universe, as much as she seems to think she is.

Anti-Control on January 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Night Moves

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Anti-Control on January 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Evening!

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

lol@barry white.

Ken-met Anti C a while ago-cool cat, I know when he throws out the chum bag.

Con Tar-Thx. ;)
I am nice..but depends who u ask..lol

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Q: who screwed the pooch and sent us into the sh!tter?
A: Barack Obama.

Q: who married a stuffed primate from the natural history exhibit?
A: BO

Q: what seditious basterd delights in erecting obstacles to economic recovery?
A: BO

Q: what single factor strangles prosperity for all?
A: high taxes

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

night Mr. C Tar.
sweet dreams with CinC.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

It’s all on topic.

This guy killed himself, perhaps because of the stupid gov’t, perhaps not – find this paragraph, and watch the video. The land is in deep trouble.

This past May, Swartz delivered the keynote address at a conference in Washington, which you can watch below.

He stopped them and they never forgave him.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

It’s interesting that your response is yet another gross oversimplification. Then tell us, based on your simplistic view of the world, why does Germany’s economy bury that of most US states with low tax rates and small government?

Tax rates don’t explain Germany’s success.

It ain’t cause socialism and communism is better than capitalism. It also aint the case that you can just lower taxes and make gov’ment smaller and then jobs magically appear and Joe the Plumbers becomes rich.

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Answer Germans are not Americans in some very important ways.

Germans prefer to hold off marriage until they own their own home. They prefer to pay cash for their automobiles. Germans save far more than Americans. They detest free loaders. This is all changing but for now they are doing fine. This is unlikely to last a generation though due to the very low birth rate.

Steveangell on January 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

ROTF. well if you had one for 4 hours wouldn’t you want to show everyone your SparkPlug?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

…I’d be running down the street showing it to all the neighbors, or in the middle of a busy intersection bragging to all the traffic!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Sparky..I see ur in a good mood now..
did u get my Christmas present? Autographed pic from K Parker?
Said- To: Spark Plug, From: POS.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

bayam on January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

…can’t someone put something in its oats?

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Germans make a damn good car and freaking awesome wheat beer.
Not much fun though and the language sounds like
my garbage disposal.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Germans make a damn good car and freaking awesome wheat beer.
Not much fun though and the language sounds like
my garbage disposal.

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

hrumph…. ;p

SWalker on January 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

You guys aren’t going to start in with all that annoying chit-chat stuff now are you?

SWalker on January 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

SWalker, [w]hy do you have to make HotAir host your nightly chat fests about random songs? You guys can take that elsewhere. You turn this place into a cliquey chat room, turning off a lot of readers in the process.

Optimism is Cowardice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwF9hk8WAac

ninjapirate on January 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

This is fitting for anyone who’d have such a stupid belief

The [S]Walker Brothers – “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”

Anti-Control on January 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Ain’t even done with the Night

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Who stole my pants? I woke up wearing a kilt. Scrumpy?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

As another poster said “Barney Frank.” We still love you little buddy. He likes the bear hair and slipped you a roofie. It wasn’t your fault—-well, you should have been visiting the USS Constitution and not Black Bart’s underground tavern.

arnold ziffel on January 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Anyone got any ideas how to get Axe back?

He did a double super *poof*

The only way to undo that is a double super *unpoof*

But I think he may have forgotten that and is trying in vain to come back by only doing a single super *unpoof*

In other words he is stuck proofed.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

hrumph…. ;p

SWalker on January 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Walker!
Whats up bud?
Sooo..what beer is not hrumpgh in the Walker book?
My fave beer is Julius Etcher..
Belgium wheat beer. Hard to find but rocks.
Tucher is good no? Couple orange or lemon wheels..watch out~

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Haha. Thanks for the gift. I put Kathy Parker on my dart board and have been throwing poison darts at her from my blow gun.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Who stole my pants? I woke up wearing a kilt. Scrumpy?

SparkPlug on January 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

arnold ziffel on January 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Cozmo..he couldn’t find his when the wife got back.
;)

Hi Arnold!

Well hell..everyone showing up now and I am fading.

KEN-u still hangin’?

bazil9 on January 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

If you are conservative you are skeptical of concentrated power. You know the bullying and bossism it can lead to. Republicans should go to the populist right on the issue of bank breakup. Too big to fail is too big to continue. The megabanks have too much power in Washington and too much weight within the financial system. People think the GOP is for the bankers. The GOP should upend this assumption. In this case good policy is good politics.

I agree with Peggy Noonan about corrupt banks but disagree on taxes. Republicans should not concentrate on tweaking the existing income tax regime, instead they should push hard to scrap the corrupt income tax code and replace it with a fair-tax, like Bobby Jindal is proposing in his state.

FloatingRock on January 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Shadows of the Night

KCB on January 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

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