Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on January 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

The Senate proposal will probably include four main elements: border enforcement, employer enforcement, handling the future flow of legal immigration (including temporary agriculture workers and high-skilled engineers) and a pathway to citizenship for those who entered the nation illegally. Mr. Obama’s approach will largely echo his 2011 immigration “blueprint,” which he first outlined in a speech in El Paso, and calls for a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

Though all members of the Senate group agree that some pathway to legal residency must be a part of the final proposal, they are still divided on what exactly that route should be. Republican lawmakers are urging that border security be tied to a pathway to citizenship and other requirements like having those who entered illegally go to the back of the line behind immigrants already waiting to enter the country legally, paying fines and back-taxes, and learning English.

“You’ve got border security, you’ve got employer verification and you’ve got a temporary worker program that addresses the magnet, so those three things have to go together to address operational control over your border,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, one of the senators mapping out the legislation. “Then you go to the next big thing — the 12 million. How do you deal with the 12 million in a firm, fair way, realizing you can’t put them all in jail and they’re not all going to self-deport?”…

“It’s going far better than any of us expected,” Mr. Schumer said in an interview.

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Boehner’s comments suggested action in the House is possible as well. In response to a question, Boehner said it is “time to deal” with changes to immigration law. Republican leaders, long opposed to legal changes that would allow more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to obtain legal residency, are increasingly shifting on the issue. They fear alienating a growing bloc of Latino voters whose opposition could force the party into a permanent minority status.

“There’s a bipartisan group of members who have been meeting for three or four years now,” Boehner told the Ripon Society. “Frankly, I think they basically have an agreement. I’ve not seen the agreement. I don’t know all the pitfalls. But it’s, in my view, the right group of members.”

“My theory was that if these folks could work this out, it’d be a big step in the right direction,” Boehner said, describing the group has one that includes both “hard heads” on the Republican side, as well advocates of immigration reform. “So I would think you’re likely to hear a lot more about immigration reform on the House side soon.”

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The birthrate in this country has fallen below the level necessary to sustain the population at the very time that millions of Americans are leaving the workforce and expecting retirement benefits. The nation needs energetic young workers to spur the economy and support an ever-increasing social-welfare burden.

The only alternatives to increased immigration are mounting debts or reduced social services. A practicable system of work-based immigration for both high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants—a system that will include a path to citizenship—will help us meet workforce needs, prevent exportation of jobs to foreign countries and protect against the exploitation of workers…

Most immigrants come here to secure a better life for themselves and their families. They cherish the values of hard work, faith, family, enterprise and patriotism that have made this country great. Meanwhile, many who were lucky enough to have been born here have grown complacent or even disdainful of these values. America’s immigration system should provide opportunities for people who share the country’s core values to become citizens, thereby strengthening the nation as have countless immigrants have before them.

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In fact the law-and-order argument, as we have pointed out a few times against immigration reform, has always been among the weakest objections. A system with coyote smugglers, forged paperwork, no enforcement and tax evasion is not law and order by any stretch of the imagination. Moreover, if Rubio is on a roll he might want to explain that the pejorative “amnesty” applies only when there is no consequence for failure to follow the law. That is not what Rubio (who envisions a fine, back taxes, possibly community service and no preferential treatment for citizenship) has been proposing — nor has most every other plan out there. That term is a red herring, indicative of a lazy argument…

It is interesting how a seemingly insoluble problem (e.g. weaning the GOP off immigration exclusionism) melts away if the timing, the messenger, the rollout and the substance of a solution are well considered. Just as the “never agree to any tax hike anywhere, anytime” faded with the realization that the GOP couldn’t stick to that without the White House and Senate, so too there is now a pathway for the GOP to rescue itself and address a major issue.

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Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama’s healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers…

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the legalization of undocumented people would benefit hospitals now burdened by uncompensated care.

If nothing changes, undocumented immigrants will be a major share of the uninsured, second only to those who are eligible but do not apply for coverage under the healthcare law in 2014, according to the Urban Institute…

“The bottom line is, these people would be contributing toward their own healthcare and not being dependent. They’d be paying taxes. I’d see that as a plus rather than a negative,” he said.

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[Demanding comprehensive reform] is the same argument Jeb’s leftist allies in his amnesty crusade made during their push for Obamacare. Rather than undertake modest, incremental reforms — allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, for instance — the Democrats wanted “comprehensive health-care reform,” and we ended up with a 2,000-page doorstop law that we had to pass to learn what it contains. “Comprehensive immigration reform” might as well be called “Obamigration.”

The authors trot out “The nation needs energetic young workers to spur the economy and support an ever-increasing social-welfare burden.” Uh, immigrants are around twice as likely as the native-born to be poor and use welfare. Among Hispanic immigrants, who represent the lion’s share of the low-skilled workers the op-ed says we need “to support an ever-increasing social-welfare burden,” the majority are on welfare. This isn’t because they’re lazy spongers — fully one-third of immigrant households with a worker present are on welfare. The problem is that a post-industrial, knowledge-based economy doesn’t need additional low-skilled workers. As Milton Friedman famously said, “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.”…

Bush and Bolick end with a fireworks finale of clichés. Immigrants “cherish the values of hard work, faith, family, enterprise and patriotism that have made this country great” and “replenish the American spirit.” While Americans, of course, “have grown complacent or even disdainful of these values.” Immigrants are people like any other, and experience the same temptations and dysfunctions of modernity — illegitimacy, family breakdown, decline of religion, and the rest. Jeb’s objectification of immigrants and antipathy toward the actually-existing American people is repellent but deplorably commonplace among immigration enthusiasts.

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The success of the Republican Party in rural areas, exurbs and in the South has come at a cost. Socially conservative voters will resist changing their spots. When, and if, Republican leaders determine that the demands of these voters for “massive resistance” to abortion, contraception and immigration are futile, they will have to decide whether to cut them loose. No matter what happens, social conservatives are unlikely to become Democrats. It may not be too long before they find themselves with a choice of their own: withdraw from party politics or hold their noses and stick with the Republicans.

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Two senators at the center of negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said on Sunday that a pathway to citizenship is an essential component of a comprehensive reform bill.

“That has to be also part of it,” McCain told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on “This Week” when asked whether a pathway to citizenship would be a component of reform. “There’s a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle including, maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle, that we have to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”…

“I’m very pleased with the progress,” McCain said. “It’s not that much different from what we tried to do in 2007.”

Via R.S. McCain:

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“Sitting in these meetings with three Democrats and three Republicans, working on this immigration issue has been as encouraging as the rules vote on Thursday night,” Durbin said on “Fox News Sunday”, referencing a bipartisan agreement in the Senate last week to tweak the filibuster rules.

“We are trying to work our way through some very difficult issues but we are committed to working on a comprehensive approach to finally in this country have an immigration law we can live with,” he added.

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Axe on January 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM

LOL! I heard you rummaging around looking for that shirt… and there was a trail of cheetos in the oubliette.

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Tired and kinda quiet, but in a good way. You?

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Yes Jackie I am in better spirits, not well yet. I ate!! lol…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Good evening, Tommy! Great to see you.

What a clever idea! Scrumpy is a great innovator, you know. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Thanks, jackie! Hope you are making great progress and are in the flow.

No blockage!

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

This is coming from a casual sports fan, AT BEST. Hate to put a damper on the Super Bowl fever that’s about to come down but, here goes…

A long but, well written article on everybody’s hero Ray Lewis. The guy who’s playing his last game, a week from now. The guy who’s going to get a standing ‘O’, a week from now. The guy who’s getting into the Hall of Fame, five years from now. The guy who’s going to be eternally praised and worshiped, now and forever.

The guy who played a larger part in a double murder, over a decade ago, than his supporters want to admit. Here are some key points from the case to anybody who thinks this is a good guy who should be admired and looked up to.

There were two guys who were stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and the heart. Both of them were stabbed in the heart. Someone from his crew was seen throwing away a bag which, presumably, contained the clothes he was wearing that night. The pictures that were taken of him, wearing those clothes, were destroyed. All the witnesses to the incident were all advised to get an attorney and not say anything before the police got to them. By a PI working for Lewis.

Worst of all, he has never taken any responsibility for his actions, however big or small, on that night. He has never shown an ounce of contrition or remorse to the victims families. He has said that he wouldn’t change a thing from that night because it has shaped the man he is today. WOW! There’s your hero!

It all makes me want to puke! That’s why I’m not a fan of the National Felon’s League!

Asian Con on January 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

I’m fine, thanks. :) Working very hard. Lots to do. :)

I hope you get some rest. It won’t do for you to be tired in the Glade. Pull up a shady tree and some soft, green grass and rest and relax awhile. It’s what the Glade is all about… renewal. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Wonderful! I’m so glad you got to eat and that you’re on the mend. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Midnight. My time is short. If anyone needs to “and another thing” my ass or anything — now, not later. Don’t live your whole life regretting that you didn’t say it. Don’t daydream about might-have-beens into your elder years because I said blue when you damn well knew it was red.

Clutch not the pearls and sour the puss in steaming, fuming silence.

No. Blow the pipe.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Be sure Sparky has the lava lamps, bean bag chair and shag carpet..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

It lives in my office. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I also have my parents’ 1968 full set of Encyclopedia Britannica, some 30 volumes, that I’ve been lugging all over the planet wherever I go. Such great writing. Makes wikipedia look like beggars.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Thank you, John, I wish the same for you. However, let’s be clear that we are writers, and you’re not a physician, as that sounded a trifle… medical. LOL! Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

I’m fine, thanks. :) Working very hard. Lots to do. :)

I hope you get some rest. It won’t do for you to be tired in the Glade. Pull up a shady tree and some soft, green grass and rest and relax awhile. It’s what the Glade is all about… renewal. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

So, do we have a publication schedule? Cause I’m ready to read the book already.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Uh….Axe, k, I guess.

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Just working hard around the house this weekend.. Good kind of tired. Sense of accomplishment. Good for the soul. But I do love the glade….

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Be sure Sparky has the lava lamps, bean bag chair and shag carpet..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

LOL — You know, weirdly, I feel like I don’t even have to ask.

Yes. Yes he does.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

That’s positively uncanny, John! Maybe that’s part of the reason we both became writers. In my case it was World Book Encyclopedia and the Child Craft companion set! I, too, still have them, despite many, many moves over the years. It was a wonderful gift. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Uh….Axe, k, I guess.

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

And weren’t you yawning before I was? :)

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Ditto..My wife has the Childcraft Series and a sh!tload of National Geographic mags..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

LOL! Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Too funny!

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I’m sleeptyping, Axe. Something like sleepwalking. :-)

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

You think Sparky has one of those cool customized vans from the late 70s/early 80s? Teardrop window and a kickass 8 track! And the shag carpet!!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Actually, polishing. First Read said ‘its done’… but I want to let it rest a bit and give it one more shot. Editing is finished, really, just want to be sure. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:13 AM

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

That’s great. I love that kind of tired. Satisfied and relaxed. Its the best. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I was listening to Amy Winehouse earlier. So sad.

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:14 AM

It was a wonderful gift. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Ditto.

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I treasure reference materials written prior to when political correctness started stifling and choking honest scholarly expression.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Rusty, if you are already down, Don’t listen to Winehouse! Listen to the Moon Goddess.

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Oh yes very… you doing ok?

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

So sad.

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Tragic. And yes, Adele reminds me of her every time.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Actually, polishing. First Read said ‘its done’… but I want to let it rest a bit and give it one more shot. Editing is finished, really, just want to be sure. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Are you going to remain anonymous? *scratches head* I’m not sure what you are going to do about public info and such. But, so long as point to the right book one way or another, it’ll do.

Seriously. I’m past ready to read #1.

Ah! Pen name?

Doesn’t matter. Nevermind. Just type.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

You think Sparky has one of those cool customized vans from the late 70s/early 80s? Teardrop window and a kickass 8 track! And the shag carpet!!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Well, I’m only riding in it if it has a waterbed, the faux leopard-skin bedspread, the communal bong, and fuzzy dice.

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Good idea

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:20 AM

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Right on Ken!

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:20 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

National Geo was the standard bearer when we were younger..imho..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

I treasure reference materials written prior to when political correctness started stifling and choking honest scholarly expression.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Ah, absolutely. A little to the side, but more than once I’ve thought something like, “I’d much rather hear what Shakespeare thinks of you.”

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Ha, that’s how I picture it. Houka in the middle with Zep cranking.

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

You think Sparky has one of those cool customized vans from the late 70s/early 80s? Teardrop window and a kickass 8 track! And the shag carpet!!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Well, I’m only riding in it if it has a waterbed, the faux leopard-skin bedspread, the communal bong, and fuzzy dice.

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Perfect song for this!!

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

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Absolutely. I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort collecting books, real books that one holds in one’s hands, written before ‘selective editing’ and ‘political correctness’ stifled independent thought. My library is very important to me.

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

I am, and thank you.

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Well now, I sure didn’t pick a good song then! lol…

But then again? ;-)

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

I’m sleeptyping, Axe. Something like sleepwalking. :-)

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Teach me to do that and I’ll make you rich beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. :)

Well, I’m only riding in it if it has a waterbed . . .

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

In the van?

Hey, would you go for a redneck truck jacuzzi? ‘Cause I think I can hook that up! :)

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

the jug at the beginning is too funny!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Sorry I’m late. I got a gig being Hugh Grants stunt man for his new picture because of the resemblance, so they said. So I;m practicing on the trampoline in case I have to jump.

Anyhow I guess I should mention I was the stunt man for Sean Connery and Charlton Heston also. I almost got part of my brain removed on the Planet of the Apes but that happened to the stunt man for that other character. Poor chap.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Redneck truck Jacuzzi.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

If her daddy’s rich…

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Bwaaah. I have a moon bean bag chair not a bean bag chair.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Ok some Zep!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3HemKGDavw

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Made me laugh! :)

Knowing Spark, it also has an ‘auto pilot’… so he can entertain while its moving. LOL!

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Ah! Pen name?

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I agree with jackie a million percent about maintaining anonymity. That said, when the day comes, she can invite a few trusted souls to a proxy gmail account or somesuch.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

You think Sparky has one of those cool customized vans from the late 70s/early 80s? Teardrop window and a kickass 8 track! And the shag carpet!!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Well, I’m only riding in it if it has a waterbed, the faux leopard-skin bedspread, the communal bong, and fuzzy dice.

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I forgot. It also has to have the low-rider Centerline rims and the pom-pom fringe around the windshield or I’m not getting in it. Period. I have a reputation to uphold!

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Anyone ate any moon beans yet? Who has a green thumb? Axefellow?

Maybe he should plant them and Scrumpy and I can water them with our Fire Hose.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

THAT!! Will work great on a hot sunny Okie day!! Lol…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

It’s still pretty darned good. They’ve maintained their brand well over the years.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Bwaaah. My fuzzy dice work better that the Magic 8 Ball.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Redneck truck Jacuzzi.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Never misunderestimate the pure genius of the redneck!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Sorry I’m late. I got a gig being Hugh Grants stunt man for his new picture because of the resemblance, so they said. So I’m practicing on the trampoline in case I have to jump.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

That . . . juxtaposition of thoughts . . . should not be possible . . . in an orderly Universe.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You should see them! Moon Bean plants are all ghostly and light…

They will soon be ready…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Kinda high maintenance. Just sayin’

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

For planting…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

In my case it was World Book Encyclopedia and the Child Craft companion set! I, too, still have them, despite many, many moves over the years. It was a wonderful gift. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Oh did I dearly love my Child Craft set as a wee little one. read every single word in every single volume dozens of times. then came across a set of them a few years ago… Was I ever stunned at how, well, childish they were. Sigh…. (of course, I was also the geek kid in jr and sr high school who read the Dictionary just for fun… ) o_O

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I made a small clearing so they could have lots of moonlight to help them grow…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

I feel that way about the Hardy boys.

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Excellent. Jackie says they grow best from the light of a Moon. Good thing your buns are shiny. I thank both of your cheeks for the new crop of healthy moon beans.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Never misunderestimate the pure genius of the redneck!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Well, you know . . . you have a truck, right? And you have a water hose. And you have a little Johnson motor on the John boat, right? You have lots of things, but no hot tub, and just at the moment, you need a hot tub . . . :)

*sigh*

It’s the gift of my people, really.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

I am thinking up a recipe for moon bean pie or moon bean cupcakes…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I’m working on that quandary. It’s a tough one. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Grew up with them. Read them all.

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

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

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Purrfect.

In the van?

Hey, would you go for a redneck truck jacuzzi? ‘Cause I think I can hook that up! :)

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

‘Course in the van. Where’d you grow up – in a convent or something?

Ha, that’s how I picture it. Houka in the middle with Zep cranking.

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

And, when the doors open, it would resemble a Cheech and Chong movie.

Knowing Spark, it also has an ‘auto pilot’… so he can entertain while its moving. LOL!

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Damn right.

Bwaaah. I have a moon bean bag chair not a bean bag chair.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Dude, we weren’t talking about your lawn furniture!

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Kinda high maintenance. Just sayin’

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

LOL

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

My library is very important to me.

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

I love really old books that were handcrafted with old offset printing and leather bound and stitched. I dumped a lot of money into my personal canon of Milton, Chaucer, Homer, etc. I used to hate paperbacks for that reason, but realized some of the old paperbacks are impossible to replace, like all of my Hesse.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

LOL! It’s like returning to a childhood place, and it seems so oddly small. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Kinda high maintenance. Just sayin’

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Bwwaaaahhaaaa!

You just figuring that out????

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:36 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

National Geo was the standard bearer when we were younger..imho..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Sigh, wasn’t it… then I grew up and realized what Marxist liberal douche bags they were. Still some of the best photography on earth though… Just don’t read the crap they write… o_O

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Ok smarty pants.

Q: If the universe were the size of a pea how big is the Glade?
A: The Glade would be the size of a moon bean.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Tigger is trying to tell me it’s bed time I think! Gets in front of my laptop and looks at me and is purring!!

Oh he scared himself today, climbed a pine tree got on a low roof, about 12 ft high, and couldn’t find a way down!

I talked to him and said, what are you doing up there? I then said, silly cat, go to the pine tree and climb down!

He looked at me and with a little guidance, he did just that and jumped from half way down the trunk and beat me home!!

He slept all afternoon…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

(of course, I was also the geek kid in jr and sr high school who read the Dictionary just for fun… ) o_O

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

My mom REFUSED to ever give me the definition of a word. She always made me look it up, and then give her a synonym.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

LOL! It’s like returning to a childhood place, and it seems so oddly small. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Yes, a bit disconcerting when the familiar and cherished are found to be small and quaint rather than the grand a glorious that memory holds them to be.

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

It’s still pretty darned good. They’ve maintained their brand well over the years.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Agreed..:)

Dire Straits on January 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

We talked about this. I will Purchase a hardback copy, and you will autograph. We agreed. I won’t out you. Geez, what would happen if Sparky found out about you! There would be a Dark Blue 1979 Ford Econoline 150 in your driveway in less than 48 hrs!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Me too, read all the mystery files, and the modern case files. Chet and the jalopy.

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM

QOTD on a roll. Almost 700 comments. May hit 1000 once the am crowd moves in.

tommy71 on January 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I’m working on that quandary. It’s a tough one. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Well, look, FYI, FWIW, I’m willing to meet you at the police department with Detective Meckleson (I assume that’s what police detectives are named) for background checking and finger printing and whatever it takes, if you go that route. It would so VACUUM to be finally unable to read the thing. Sometimes feels like I wrote it myself over here.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Bwaaah. My fuzzy dice work better that the Magic 8 Ball.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

I hope so. You did say your Magic 8 Ball was on the blink a while back. lol

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Is Juan, a traitor in his ‘service’ during Vietnam still running his mouth?

An 80+ year old turncoat deciding policy.

CorporatePiggy on January 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

That’s positively uncanny, John! Maybe that’s part of the reason we both became writers. In my case it was World Book Encyclopedia and the Child Craft companion set! I, too, still have them, despite many, many moves over the years. It was a wonderful gift. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Young People’s Science Encyclopedia, the one thing my folks let me get by mail order (first volume as free). Read every volume, tried to do the experiments without having to buy anything. Guess that’s one of the reasons I became an engineer. Natural transition for a young geek.

AZfederalist on January 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

God said let there be light.

Then on the second day he made the Glade.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Oh that makes me so sad when I think of my books… had over 250.

Lost them all… flood damage where they were stored a few years back…

Now I have no room for books… read on a kindle, not the same.

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Blah

Rusty Allen on January 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

I am thinking up a recipe for moon bean pie or moon bean cupcakes…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Don’t forget to add some dried kerfuffle flakes.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

There would be a Dark Blue 1979 Ford Econoline 150 in your driveway in less than 48 hrs!

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM

LOL — Man, this is your groove. :) One of them, anyway. A guy is allowed more than one groove.

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Yes. I have a penchant for good, leather bound volumes, too, but I also have a good paperback section. You’re right. Many of them are irreplaceable now. I also have an entire section devoted to literature from university. I saved every single book that I purchased. I still re-read many of them. It’s like a walk with and old friend. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Asian countries have been notoriously closed off throughout history and are still culturally homogenous even with globalism.

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Closed off throughout history? Though there were periods of isolation, they certainly don’t extend over most of history. Culturally homogeneous? Are you considering the two largest Asian countries, China and India when you say that? Both are quite diverse ethnically and culturally.

DarkCurrent on January 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

My mom REFUSED to ever give me the definition of a word. She always made me look it up, and then give her a synonym.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

ROTFLMAO… To this day I am still the only person who I actually know who has a three volume Dictionary set for reference AND a Websters United Dictionary and Encyclopedia (1953 edition no less) within arms reach of my desk.

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:45 AM

I love, enjoy, appreciate, delight in putting synonym on my french toast.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Sigh, wasn’t it… then I grew up and realized what Marxist liberal douche bags they were. Still some of the best photography on earth though… Just don’t read the crap they write… o_O

SWalker on January 28, 2013 at 1:36 AM

… and the maps. Those were awesome.

AZfederalist on January 28, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Late night QOTD is the best. I could try to define why, but I don’t care to. It has heart. Rusty, hang out for some late nights if you can. It will help. And always, always listen to the Moon Goddess.

KCB on January 28, 2013 at 1:46 AM

flood damage where they were stored a few years back…

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:42 AM

You’ve just made a grown man cry.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2013 at 1:46 AM

‘Course in the van. Where’d you grow up – in a convent or something?

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

omg stop making me laugh. it’s bedtime, you libertines.

where’s bluegill?

omg

Axe on January 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Scrumpy on January 28, 2013 at 1:42 AM

That is a rough one, Scrumpy… but at least you still have the literature itself on tap. That’s what’s important. The most beautiful, best, entertaining, informative, and inspiring thoughts that the human mind has ever conceived, all right at your fingertips. Marvelous. :)

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

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