Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on January 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama insisted four years ago that the nation must make “hard decisions” to preserve entitlement programs.

But on Monday, the “hard choices” he spoke of on health care and the deficit came with a major caveat: He’s not willing to give up much

The president has never precisely defined what hard choices he would be willing to make on Medicare and Social Security. It’s not even clear what he would do if he had the power to remake the programs on his own, without worrying about opposition from Republicans or Democrats.

And though Obama has talked about shared sacrifice from both parties, he has not gotten to the point in deficit negotiations at which he’s had to pressure rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers to cross their red line on the sacred issues, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did with his own party in raising taxes.

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There was a make-believe quality to President Obama’s second inaugural address, as if all that is required to solve serious problems are the intelligence to produce proper policies and the political grit to get them approved. Perish the thought that there are deep conflicts among the things that Americans want, or the possibility that some problems lack easy, obvious and inexpensive remedies. This isn’t the vision Obama was peddling…

Excluding [entitlement] programs from even modest budget cuts — as Obama seems inclined to do — imposes huge costs on the young. Their taxes will rise, big deficits will persist or spending cuts will be concentrated on other programs more important to the working population (for starters, grants to state and local governments). There’s no honest way around these conflicts, but Obama pretended they don’t exist…

The job of the president is not merely to inspire. It is first and foremost to inform — to help people see the world as it is, not as they wish it to be — and then to craft policies based on that understanding. Barack Obama is so confident of his rhetorical powers that he violates such self-restraint. In his speech, he casually mentioned “hard choices” but didn’t say what they are; he offhandedly acknowledged that combatting climate change will be “long” but didn’t say why. His make-believe assumptions sound good but will have a short shelf life.

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“It doesn’t matter what mode the president is in. It doesn’t matter what mode the Republican Party is in. There’s a power greater than both of them. It’s called math, and the math is going to consume us.”

So said Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn on “Morning Joe” this week while discussing the president’s inaugural address. As the president and his opponents prepare to scrap over social issues in circular debates that will produce far more heat than light, the possibility of an economic meltdown in America grows exponentially in these uncertain days because of the president’s aversion to arithmetic…

Mr. Obama should call Tom Coburn to the White House today to begin planning how to pay down the debt, balance the budget and save Medicare. He should but he won’t. Instead, Barack Obama will keep playing to his base, blaming his opponents and doing everything in his power to avoid making the tough decisions required to fix this problem.

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In one perfunctory paragraph, he referred to American skepticism of central authority, to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured by government, and to the country’s insistence on hard work and personal responsibility — before moving on to the unfinished social-justice agenda at vastly greater length.

In describing these ambitions, many of which I support, he conveyed no sense of the dilemmas they will require Washington to confront. It was as though the need, say, to preserve Medicare in exactly its present form is a self-evident moral truth, admitting of no legitimate countervailing argument or principled compromise.

Obama repeatedly jabbed Republicans, reminding them who just won the election (the derisive reference to “takers” leapt out at me). That’s fine, I suppose, but almost half the country voted for the other party’s candidate, and they’re U.S. citizens, too. A little generosity to the losers wouldn’t have cost Obama anything, but he offered none.

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What hard choices? He doesn’t tell us. And how do we control health care costs? Not with structural reforms to Medicare, but judging from his signature domestic policy accomplishment, greater involvement of the state.

Strikingly, Obama’s allusions to the nation’s asphyxiating debt and the entitlement programs driving it accounted for just 94 words of the 2,142 he spoke in his second inaugural – less than five percent of the speech. (Obama’s section on climate change was twice as long.) Both times the president spoke of entitlements and deficits, Obama defended the programs but gave no hint at the steps he would take to address the rising debt…

The lack of attention to the debt from Obama was not an oversight. It’s simply not a priority. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half during his first term. He hasn’t even pretended to do so. When the commission he appointed to look at debt and deficits reported its findings, he ignored them. And when the president’s top adviser, David Axelrod, was asked last summer about Obama’s second term priorities, he listed six separate issues – the economy, education, investment in research/manufacturing, trade, energy, and immigration. He did not mention debt or deficits.

For Obama, five of those six priorities will mean more spending, bigger government. How will we pay for them?

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What programs are so inadequate that he is willing to see them reformed? Where is he willing to change the means to continue achieving the ends? What hard choices does he have in mind to reduce the deficit and the cost of health care? What does it mean to “reject the belief” that we are forced into a choice between the young and the old when we have massive government programs that compel exactly that choice and yet the president refuses to change them?

In fact, it is precisely the vision laid out in the rest of the president’s speech that has brought us to this difficult moment. Our foremost domestic challenges now almost all have to do with mitigating the enormous damage done to our economic dynamism, our social fabric, and our fiscal prospects by the public exertions most directly attributable to the sort of progressivism Obama laid out. This generation and the next one (at least) will spend their political energies trying to pick up the pieces of the Great Society and to construct alternatives to its foremost achievements that are better suited to the kind of country we are and want to be. And today’s progressives are very poorly suited to that task, because they do not see the problem, and they have a rather peculiar notion of the kind of country we are and want to be.

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An inaugural address is not historically the place for a Sister Souljah moment, as when Bill Clinton in 1992 showed he would not pander to his African-American supporters by denouncing the violent lyrics of a popular singer.

But since Obama was willing to use the inaugural address to criticize the motives and wisdom of his opponents, it was a notable absence that he never turned the spotlight on his own side — are there any issues in which Democrats need to rethink old assumptions or take steps that might run counter to the wishes of their own constituencies?

Obama knows the answer is yes. The inaugural speech noted that “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.” Beyond that one line, however, the speech did nothing to prepare or inspire his own party or the public at large for those choices.

And, for now, the Washington scorecard shows a glaring contradiction: House Speaker John Boehner, who sometimes is mocked by White House officials for being too weak to lead his own party, did cast a vote against GOP orthodoxy this month to raise taxes. Obama has never sought to whip his party behind a vote, much less signed into law, a break from Democratic orthodoxy with his own plan for trimming costly entitlements.

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I also think Obama misunderstands this moment. The Progressive Era, New Deal and Great Society laws were enacted when America was still a young and growing nation. They were enacted in a nation that was vibrant, raw, underinstitutionalized and needed taming.

We are no longer that nation. We are now a mature nation with an aging population. Far from being underinstitutionalized, we are bogged down with a bloated political system, a tangled tax code, a byzantine legal code and a crushing debt…

Reinvigorating a mature nation means using government to give people the tools to compete, but then opening up a wide field so they do so raucously and creatively. It means spending more here but deregulating more there. It means facing the fact that we do have to choose between the current benefits to seniors and investments in our future, and that to pretend we don’t face that choice, as Obama did, is effectively to sacrifice the future to the past.

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[I]t fell to the 45th president-in-waiting to encapsulate the ethos of the age in one deft sound bite: What difference does it make? Hillary Clinton’s instantly famous riposte at the Benghazi hearings is such a perfect distillation that it surely deserves to be the national motto of the United States…

Well, it’s the difference between cool and reality — and, as Hillary’s confident reply appeared to suggest, and the delirious media reception of it confirmed, reality comes a poor second in the Obama era. The presumption of conservatives has always been that one day cold, dull reality would pierce the klieg-light sheen of Obama’s glamour. Indeed, that was the premise of Mitt Romney’s reductive presidential campaign. But, just as Beyoncé will always be way cooler than some no-name operatic soprano or a male voice choir, so Obama will always be cooler than a bunch of squaresville yawneroos boring on about jobs and debt and entitlement reform. Hillary’s cocksure sneer to Senator Johnson of Wisconsin made it explicit. At a basic level, the “difference” is the difference between truth and falsity, but the subtext took it a stage further: No matter what actually happened that night in Benghazi, you poor sad loser Republicans will never succeed in imposing that reality and its consequences on this administration.

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“You know, it just seems like there’s less people pulling the wagon and more people in the wagon, and at some point the wagon is going to break.”


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Flora Duh

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

K9

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

oBama doesn’t need anyone except to throw them under the bus.

RickB on January 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Palin thread not in left column yet. Why?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

He’s not willing to give up much…

Just America…

Electrongod on January 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Palin thread not in left column yet. Why?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Well look at all that crap stacked on top of her on the main page…

She’s pinned down pretty good.:)

Electrongod on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Masochist

cozmo on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity,” Obama said. “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

Present!

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

He gave up smoking.

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Electrongod, good point. ; )

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

But on Monday, the “hard choices” he spoke of on health care and the deficit came with a major caveat: He’s not willing to give up much…

WTH?

They are worrying about healthcare when Rove E Wade has killed more people than the Blue Bonnet Plague.

SparkPlug on January 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

And dog meat.

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Palin thread not in left column yet. Why?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Palin 2016!

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

So he’s going to kick the can down to some future administration? Who would have thought?/

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Masochist

cozmo on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Actually I enjoyed myself quite a bit on the Palin thread. It reminded me of old times. Fish jumping right into the boat. True the smell was a bit much. But hey, one has to make a trade off once in a while.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Oh boy… I am gobsmacked!

Howdy folks!! :-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Electrongod on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Too true.

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

So he’s going to kick the can down to some future administration? Who would have thought?/

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Figured he’s just waiting for the unicorn to show up with the golden goose to reside under the money tree he has out back.

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Howdy folks!! :-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Howdy..

Electrongod on January 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Anyone else remember Obowma not running on his record and refusing to state what his plan was for a second term…?

… Yeah, finding out after the fact is pretty cool, isn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on January 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I’ve written up the interview we were discussing on the Palin thread.
Sarah Palin: Leader of the Opposition

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I just have to say this. I don’t care if I agree with every word in his article. Shut up, David Brooks, you horse’s patoot. You helped give us this horror, I hope you go broke.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Oh Airy Fairy dust and skittles…

He doesn’t care what happens so long as his agenda gets done, to hell with everything of importance…

Putz…

*phtooey*

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Be fine by me. She and blue Buddha could team up. Or maybe even Cruz. Palin/Cruz, has a nice ring to it. P.s. Enjoyed your comment on the dinosaur thread. ; )

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Well, I do enjoy the Skittles the unicorn poops out.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Patoot

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Can we just s-e-c-e-d-e already?

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Expensive too. *clink?*

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

cozmo on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

The last couple of pages were pretty much troll-free.

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Can always spot a Mark Steyn column, even by a brief excerpt. LOVE that guy.

Evening, all.

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

We kicked that Joe character’s rhetorical butt.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I love that word.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

President Make-Believe

No Sammy, it’s all too real.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Can we just s-e-c-e-d-e already?

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I’m with you, TxAnn! Let’s get ‘er done.

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Pressing Question Of The Day: Do Juice Boxes Make You Gay?

And, if you don’t drink juice from boxes, don’t you get too smug. According to our favourite conspiracy theorist, the government is also turning people gay through the use of MSG in Kettle Chips and fluoride in spring water.

M2RB: Crazy Like Alex Jones

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Be fine by me. She and blue Buddha could team up. Or maybe even Cruz. Palin/Cruz, has a nice ring to it. P.s. Enjoyed your comment on the dinosaur thread. ; )

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Thanks. Was going on the undermining idea as that seems to be the reason for everything else the man does. ;)

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

We kicked that Joe character’s rhetorical butt.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I saw the end of that. I don’t remember ever seeing him before.

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I don’t come here too often on Saturday night. Its…slow.

Not slow in a psychological way, ya know, not short bus sloow…just…different. No no, not retarded different. You know what I mean.

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Well, I do enjoy the Skittles the unicorn poops out.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

That’s how food stamps will be paid for. The man has a plan.

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Nice job. Shared it on FB.

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Evening, RWM! I read this from an earlier thread. Fantastic…and fantastically sad.

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Caaaaaaaaaarazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeee lady!! lol…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I love that word.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I have always really loved this word. inauspicious
Ed used it in the thread previous to this.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Thanks!

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

And though Obama has talked about shared sacrifice from both parties, he has not gotten to the point in deficit negotiations at which he’s had to pressure rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers to cross their red line on the sacred issues, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did with his own party in raising taxes.

…and so!…JugEars WON’T!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I eat kettle chips all the time, they make a nice companion for BBQ ribs.

I have been whistling show tunes themes lately, and I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I have been whistling show tunes themes lately, and I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I loved that episode.

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

and I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Aboulomania = pathological indecisiveness

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Axefellow, Axefellow,
please come back,
Twerpy will be here and she needs a THWACK.

SparkPlug on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Scrumpy, are you feeling any better?

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

He is a bit of a flake.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Great minds think alike!

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Palin thread not in left column yet. Why?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Well look at all that crap stacked on top of her on the main page…

She’s pinned down pretty good.:)

Electrongod on January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

..they are sticking with the hot Saxby Chambis thread and like the economy…letting her go over the fiscal cliff…like the establishment is supposed to do!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

INC on January 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Me to either.

The man has a plan.

kim roy on January 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So to speak.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

So words just seem so appropriate. I like that.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Not yet INC… I am floating, or rather my stomach is… day 3 on liquids… I am hungry and irritated…

I have to eat somthing or how will I know?

Tomorrow…

I want chinese!!

Sigh…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

If there are no pictures it didn’t happen.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

So sorry to hear that, Scrumpy! Continued prayers for you & your health, lady!!

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

I drank a juice box an hour ago. How you doin?

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

The Founding Fathers never meant, and they made that very clear in the United States Constitution, for a President, or even a President and a Congress, to have so much dominion over We The People. They never wanted a King, an Emperor, let alone a Caesar, a Pharaoh. Obama is the plague.

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I feel like that Baye(r) chick on the women in the Mil thread…

I could get vicious!! Nasty!!

I could take on all comers!!

I CAN kick butt!

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

On women in combat…

“Does It Really Have To Be That High?” – General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

M2RB: Pat Benatar

Hit me with your best shot…or maybe not…

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

So you have taken to look like this guy?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I’m sorry. I know it’s hard to get enough calories if you’re only on liquid.

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Thank you muchly :-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Great minds think alike!

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

;)

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

SNAP! kinda lol…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Scrumpy is moody and sullen tonight. ;-)

tommy71 on January 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

If Bish looks like that!

Oh my my!! ;-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

He is a bit of a flake.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Just a tad. O_0

I have been whistling show tunes themes lately, and I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Whaaat? No platform shoes with goldfish? lol

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

President Barack Obama insisted four years ago that the nation must make “hard decisions” to preserve entitlement programs.

But on Monday, the “hard choices” he spoke of on health care and the deficit came with a major caveat: He’s not willing to give up much…

No snark. This meant, means, will mean, willom meanin on mean –

“Brace yourselves for the pain. I’m pretending the pain is shared, but really, it’s just you feeling it. But look how I sympathetically grimace and suck air through my teeth. You won’t like this. We’re doing it anyway.”

Translation,

“I’m a self-important d***.”

Axe on January 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

tommy71 on January 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I’ll try not to let it spill over… :-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Any day now archeologists will dig up a time capsule containing heretofore unknown notes of the Founding Fathers where they wrote about how they had no idea what they were even talking about when they wrote the Declaration of Independence, ditto for the United States Constitution, but they fully expected someone with Kenyan and Indonesian roots and an otherwise mysterious background to come forth in 230 years or so and explain to the world what they really meant to say.

Barack Obama truly has an ego the size of a whale and an intellect the size of a plankter.

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Hannity had a special last night called Boomtown. There are several articles at Breitbart on it. It covers D.C. as a Boomtown that’s an uber-wealthy area not because it’s producing wealth as a real business does, but because it’s extracting wealth.

I saw about the last 10 or 15 minutes. It’s was quite good. He’s re-running it tomorrow.

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Just imagine when the FACISTS like Rahm Emanuel start going after the makers of RANCH DRESSING for making people obese!!!

OBAMACare will be the big effin deal that will DOMINATE all discussion in politics.

Paying for it, getting around it, enforcing it, bankrupting and intimidating companies and those that don’t comply…..it’s the PANDORAS BOX of Progressive control of our lives.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

@ Bishop, Ohhhhhhhhh Arrrrrrrrrrrr me hearty… ;-)

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Hit me with your best shot…or maybe not…

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

O! Wait! Wait 10 minutes! BRB

Axe on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I hope you feel better Scrumpy!

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Ha! plankter, singular for plankton!

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

PappyD61 on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

You ain’t lying…

sheesh…

I dread it…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I’m sorry. I know it’s hard to get enough calories if you’re only on liquid.

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Not really. A case of beer has 3,600 plus calories.

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Obama knows what he believes.

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

“It doesn’t matter what mode the president is in. It doesn’t matter what mode the Republican Party is in. There’s a power greater than both of them. It’s called math, and the math is going to consume us.”

These guys just aren’t getting paid enough. Crap most all of us have known this for a while now. We should get their raise.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

SNAP! kinda lol…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

You know, I’m kind of debating on who is the bigger nut: Alex Nutter Jones, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, or the US military, which seems to be thinking that we can fight wars under some sort of new Geneva Convention that requires enemies, whether state actors or terrorist groups, to have weigh-ins prior to the “rumble in the jungle or cave or whatever” and equivalent poundage/strength requirements for their combatants.

US military to AQIM: You must field your female jihadis on X day in Y place because we will be fielding women, who could NOT meet the strength requirements.

A return to the Marquess of Queensberry rules would make more sense.

The military – and especially with regard to ground combat – is no place for affirmative action.

Pathetic.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Oh I am trying to Ken, not eating isn’t helping!!

I dunno if I am better or not? Can’t tell til I eat…

I am ravenous!

I may ‘break’ before the nights’ out…

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Anyone else remember Obowma not running on his record and refusing to state what his plan was for a second term…?

… Yeah, finding out after the fact is pretty cool, isn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on January 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Sure would have been vewy nice to have Mr. Romney point that out.

Hey Bluegill, you never extrapolated last night on how Mitt just kicked the snot out of chillbilly with his ninja skills.

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Eat some kettle chips.

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Obama knows what he believes.

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much about producing energy
Don’t know much about an economics book
Don’t know much about the constitutional law I took

But I do know that I would love imposing Marxism on you
And I know that if you would just love Lenin too
What a wonderful socialist country this would be

La ta ta ta ta ta ta
(History)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
(Producing energy)
La ta ta ta ta ta ta
(Economics book)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
(Constitutional law I took)

But I do know that I would love imposing Marxism on you
And I know that if you would just love Lenin too
What a wonderful socialist country this would be

Cheshire Cat on January 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Implicitly so…

There is an end to this ‘means’ and it isn’t gonna be pretty…

What the hell are liberals thinking?

Right.

They don’t.

They EMOTE

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Obama is trying to build a legacy. He doesn’t care a damn about debt, entitlements or spending. He doesn’t care about the democratic party either. Hes turned hard left now. Elected, so accountable to no one. Hes doing this cos he wants to be remembered as the best modern day democratic President evah. And no, he doesn’t care about the other half of the citizenry. From now on, its all about building legacy.

tommy71 on January 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Lotta good folks thinking about you.

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I bought a puffy pirate shirt today….O_O

Bishop on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

If there are no pictures it didn’t happen.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Bishop (not his real name) is in WitSec and pictures of him are not allowed.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Yet there’s another tradition, no less vital to the flourishing of the American project. This is the principle of individual liberty and limited government, of personal responsibility, the private sphere and reward for merit.

Not exactly at the top of 0′s agenda now is it?

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Don’t think I hadn’t thought of that!! I had…

Can’t… Life sucks!!

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Cheshire Cat on January 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Very, VERY nice. Spot on!

4Grace on January 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

VorDaj on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

That’s if you’re not restricted on the type of liquid!

INC on January 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

KCB on January 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Yes!!

And I am humbled by all your thoughts and prayers

Thank you all so much!! {{HUGS}}

Scrumpy on January 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Cheshire Cat on January 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

; )

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

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