Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on February 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie warned Congress Saturday that sequestration, the $1.2 trillion deficit reduction set to take effect March 1, would pose a threat to institutional health of Pearl Harbor, the Oahu-based headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet that Abercrombie called “the most extensive on the planet in terms of its responsibilities and consequences on the sea and in the air.”…

“At Pearl Harbor right now, which I hope everybody can understand symbolizes what happens when you’re not prepared,” said Abercrombie, “we’ll be laying off 19,000 people.” (Bruce Coppa, the governor’s chief of staff, later clarified to a group of reporters that 19,000 people would have their employment reduced by four days a month, but not be altogether laid off.)

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You would think by this time that the urbane sophisticates in the news media would be totally hip to the “Washington Monument” strategy, whereby the Park Service closes the most popular attractions first in the event of budget constraints. It’s the oldest bureaucratic trick in the book, and a mark of how far the corruption of our republic has proceeded: if the spenders don’t get their way, they’ll cut back first on the most essential services for which we presume to pay our first tax dollars. Talk about an offer you can’t refuse: the government intends to hold the people hostage to its insatiable rapacity.

Will Americans really fall for threats of delayed air traffic control, longer TSA lines, cancelled food safety inspections, and reruns of “Who’s The Boss” on PBS? (Okay, I made that last one up, but it equals the absurdity of the others.) Of course, what this reveals is one more bit of evidence conservatives have long recognized: the mainstream media are in on the game, and will side with the Washington big government Establishment every time over the interests of the people.

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[E]ven for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases in defense spending that will happen even with the various spending caps and sequestration cuts that are currently law. Table 1-5 (Outlays) on page 30 outlines projected defense spending in the coming decade. For 2014, the figure is $593 billion. For 2015, it is $597 billion. For 2016, $611 billion. For 2017, $619 billion. For 2018, $628 billion. For 2019, $648 billion. For 2020, $663 billion. For 2021, $679 billion. For 2022, $702 billion. And for 2023, $714 billion.

In other words, defense spending will increase in every year, even with sequestration cuts.

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Some Democrats are uneasy with the prospect of a drawn-out impasse. “I know that there is some common wisdom out there that people are going to have to see the effects for a while before they can deal” on a replacement for the budget cuts, said Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), whose state has large numbers of federal workers and defense companies. “I just don’t believe in that kind of governing.”

The Democrats’ strategy carries risks for the party. It’s unclear how the public will react to the budget cuts, and Democrats could find that people aren’t as inconvenienced as they predicted. That could undercut their position in negotiations with the GOP and, potentially, build an appetite for additional cuts to spending that Democrats will oppose…

“It interrupts [Obama's] ability to frame up the positive agenda that he proposed to the country in the State of the Union,” said John Podesta, who co-chaired the president’s transition team after the 2008 election. “You get distracted from all the things that you want to do, because you’re back in the scrum” of a daily battle over the budget cuts.

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“Too often with this White House, the solution to any challenge is ramping up campaign-style events,” says National Journal’s Charlie Cook. “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” We’re seeing that again as the president’s sequester inches closer: lots of campaign rallies and rhetoric, no solutions.

You see, the House of Representatives passed legislation – twice (last May and again in December) – to replace President Obama’s sequester with smarter, responsible spending cuts and reforms. Senate Democrats haven’t passed a thing. But instead of urging Senate Democrats to take action, the president seems more interested in campaigning (and blaming Republicans for his mess)

Underlying all of this is the fact that the president’s budget is late (again) and his Democratic-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in nearly four years.

As Speaker Boehner wrote in the Wall Street Journal this week, “Mr. President, we agree that your sequester is bad policy. What spending are you willing to cut to replace it?” We’re still waiting to hear.

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The Administration’s biggest gamble is the decision to start to play the sky-is-falling card, talking about all the negative effects the cuts are going to have on the real lives of real people. If somehow that gambit forces a last-minute deal from Republicans, the Obamans will have hit on a brilliant move. However, if the cuts kick in, and the country and the economy get moody, the chief executive is going to have a hard time rhetorically shutting down the gloom-and-doom storyline, and avoiding the blame and the spillover effects.

Republicans are all excited about Bob Woodward’s latest attempt to set the record straight on the President’s responsibility for giving America the sequester it has before it. The White House courted this trouble by trying to rewrite history a bit too much in seeming to disavow parenthood of this unthinkable beast. Watch to see if the administration completely caves on this battle or keeps trying to work the fringes.

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The sequester’s critics correctly say it is not the most intelligent way to prune government; priorities among programs should be set. But such critics are utopians if they are waiting for the arrival of intelligent government. The real choice today is between bigger or smaller unintelligent government.

Obama, who believes government spends money more constructively than do those who earn it, warns that the sequester’s budgetary nicks, amounting to one-half of 1 percent of gross domestic product, will derail the economy. A similar jeremiad was heard in 1943 when economist Paul Samuelson, whose Keynesian assumptions have trickled down to Obama, said postwar cuts in government would mean “the greatest period of unemployment and industrial dislocation which any economy has ever faced.”

Federal spending did indeed shrink an enormous 40 percent in one year. And the economy boomed…

Today, while Obama prepares a governmental power grab to combat global warming, sensible Americans, tuckered out with apocalypse fatigue, are yawning through the catastrophe du jour, the sequester. They say: Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the hamsters of sequestration.

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Where the sequester debate deviates from the norm is in its dramatis personae. Unlike prior spending debates, the sequester features Republicans attempting to shift the onus for cutting government onto Obama. U.S. Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly referenced “the president’s sequester” while decrying its “harmful cuts.”

What hypocrisy. Obama and Boehner both supported the sequester as an excuse for yet another unsustainable run-up of our nation’s credit limit – which exhausted its latest $2.1 trillion increase last December (after less than seventeen months).

“The debt ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, and regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it,” U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) said recently. “So, you can’t vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the other guy for its existence in law.”…

More to the point it highlights the extent to which leaders of both parties in Washington, D.C. are abandoning taxpayers in order to curry favor with the legacy media and special interest establishment – both of which are dead set against any reduction in the size and scope of government.

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Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? Are they really willing to slash military health care and the border patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies? Are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top?

These are the questions Republicans in Congress need to ask themselves. And I’m hopeful they’ll change their minds. Because the American people have worked too hard for too long to see everything they’ve built undone by partisan recklessness in Washington.

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Via Mediaite.


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Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

thread winner

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Excellent work!!! True Starnesvilles, right out of Rand.

Now, for the closed mines, ruined factories, bankrupt businesses (not to forget all his alternate energy/pay off his buddies boondogle ones).

I love the impeccable regal look, with all the devastation underneath. Excellent, indeed!

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Not as much sexy machinery or daring invasions. Not snarky, but that’s the way it is was. Zeppelins are really cool, but didn’t get much use and don’t film well. Other than Jutland, not much in the way of sea battles. Military aviation was in its infancy and was mostly used for observation and the war that saw the birth of the tank…was almost the tanks swan song.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Both have their merits..I lean toward Rubio..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

I think the last veteran from WW1 died recently, in the last couple of years or so. I wonder how come there haven’t been many movies about it. Certainly, no epics on the scale of Saving Private Ryan or Schindler’s List.

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I think one reason is because WWI was a geopolitical war that really was about territory and power but only differed from previous wars in its scope and the technologies used; it was still kings and Kaisers and who got to rule what lands. WWII was a war against unfettered evil — including Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. It went beyond mere territorial lust and into a whole government centered statist religion. The same could be said of one of the allies — communist Russia, but that was an alliance of convenience for both sides. The Soviet Union’s state as god philosophy was really more in alignment with the governments of the Axis than the rest of the allied countries. The whole flavor of WWII was a fight against those who really did intend to take over the whole world with a particularly virulent form of statism.

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Funny that you bring up Sun Tzu in the context of winning wars. As I was studying about Vietnam, it seemed as if the Viet Cong were definitely reading from his playbook. We underestimated them and their abilities.

Curious, do you think we should’ve even gone into Korea or Vietnam?

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Both have their merits..I lean toward Rubio..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

… and Cruz?

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Curious, do you think we should’ve even gone into Korea or Vietnam?

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

My opinion is that it was important to reign in communism in both those cases; particularly when you look and contrast North and South Korea and look at the expansionist desires of both China and the Soviet Union. However, we should have gone in to completely crush the enemy and win. That’s what we failed to do in both cases, and really failed in Vietnam. The domino theory was proved right and lots of people died in those countries as a result of the communist takeover. Would we have had problems with the Soviet Union & China? Sure, but that’s a different discussion.

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Well, need to sign out for the night. Goodnight everyone.

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

So painful to reflect upon today’s toadies, beginning with the Punk in Chief.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Sure I like Cruz..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Enjoyed it as always..Later..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Curious, do you think we should’ve even gone into Korea or Vietnam?

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

There was so much more at stake in Korea and Vietnam than most people are willing to admit. Various communist elements really were trying to take over the world, one nation at a time. Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Angola, and Afghanistan were the battlefields where WWIII was fought. no it wasn’t fought with nuclear weapons like so many believed that WWIII would be fought. It wasn’t fought with nuclear weapon’s because all three sides that were fighting WWIII wanted to survive WWIII.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Sadly one thing America does not seem to be in short supply of these days, is Useless Marxist imbeciles.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM

One thing I can say for them…their serious about their goals.

I had long ago found it fruitless to discuss apparent creeping Liberalism and what the Commies were maybe up to with Conservatives and moderates…I’d get a blank stare, a wave of the hand as if to say, “Ah, there ain’t no Commies here…America’s the greatest country on earth and always will be.” So basically, one needed to stick to beer, broads and ball games.

Now, Libtards on the other hand…I’d get really mad, but at least they weren’t afraid to discuss politics and how they thought things should be. They’ve been actively pushing their agenda whenever and wherever they can.

Many (most?) of us on the right on the other hand think they’re too incompetent to take over and ever thing will be back to normal soon. Yeah, that’s a good strategy. If only we can elect enough GOPers all will be well.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Penelope Cruz is a hottie.

SparkPlug on February 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

My opinion is that it was important to reign in communism in both those cases; particularly when you look and contrast North and South Korea and look at the expansionist desires of both China and the Soviet Union. However, we should have gone in to completely crush the enemy and win. That’s what we failed to do in both cases, and really failed in Vietnam. The domino theory was proved right and lots of people died in those countries as a result of the communist takeover. Would we have had problems with the Soviet Union & China? Sure, but that’s a different discussion.

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I see that you’ve already left but sadly this is the same problem we currently have in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We don’t fight to win, instead we have ridiculous ROE’s that keep our troops hands tied behind their backs.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Sure I like Cruz..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Other than Palin, Cruz would be my ideal 2016 candidate.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM

One thing I can say for them…their serious about their goals.

I had long ago found it fruitless to discuss apparent creeping Liberalism and what the Commies were maybe up to with Conservatives and moderates…I’d get a blank stare, a wave of the hand as if to say, “Ah, there ain’t no Commies here…America’s the greatest country on earth and always will be.” So basically, one needed to stick to beer, broads and ball games.

Now, Libtards on the other hand…I’d get really mad, but at least they weren’t afraid to discuss politics and how they thought things should be. They’ve been actively pushing their agenda whenever and wherever they can.

Many (most?) of us on the right on the other hand think they’re too incompetent to take over and ever thing will be back to normal soon. Yeah, that’s a good strategy. If only we can elect enough GOPers all will be well.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

I have written about this subject quiet a bit on my blog. My latest article Why Conservatives, despite being the majority, continue to loose. covers this exact topic.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Curious, do you think we should’ve even gone into Korea or Vietnam?

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Korea yes, Vietnam no.

That being said, neither were fought the same way as WWII, or even WWI.

The Spanish Civil war was precursor to modern warfare and could have taught many lessons.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM

…sure!…look for that clip to be on all the talking head shows…. this very day!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I know. Here is what Breitbart had in addition to a different video clip than Rightscoop. Hopefully, it will get a little more coverage since it was at the National Press Club (below)

(CNSNews.com) – Gun control dates back to laws before and after the Civil War that prohibited or restricted African Americans from owning firearms, a group of black leaders said Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“History is [rife] with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event. 23 Feb 2013, 10:04 AM PDT 117

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/23/Black-Leaders-Direct-Correlation-Between-Gun-Control-And-Black-People-Control

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

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Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

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Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Another great on B…

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

AZfederalist on February 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Could not have done it Korea. Would not do it in Vietnam.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Your analogy is right, but even in losing Vietnam, it gave other countries in the same shape time and desire to straighten up. Socialist dictatorships were pretty much stopped at the tip of Vietnam. Nicaragua was a special case.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

http://youtu.be/7HmC-RgTECE

more appropriate to the oregon thread. There a ton of ranchers and rural folks in OR who will not turn in their weapons. When a coyote is carrying off a newborn lamb an ar15 comes in handy, when you throw out 15 or twenty rounds odds are ol’ wiley will run into a couple or two before the shootin’ stops.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Curious, do you think we should’ve even gone into Korea or Vietnam?

Asian Con on February 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Korea yes, Vietnam no.

That being said, neither were fought the same way as WWII, or even WWI.

The Spanish Civil war was precursor to modern warfare and could have taught many lessons.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Vietnam was just one of the many battlefields of WWIII. A war, which despite the amazing job the Marxist Fifth Column Treasonous Media has done in deceiving the average American isn’t over yet.

WWIII, aka “The Cold War” only called cold because it hasn’t gone nuclear yet, was fought by The United States, the Soviet Union and Marxist Communist China.

When the Soviet Union fell it was analogous to Germany surrendering during WWII. The war wasn’t over just because Germany surrendered, it wasn’t over until Japan also surrendered.

Marxist Communist China is still fighting WWIII, they are fighting with economic and cyber battles and tactics, but they most assuredly are fighting WWIII. The American Marxist Fifth Column Treasonous Media is doing everything they can to ensure that America looses WWIII.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Um, yeah.

For the time being, I am a little more interested in what our president and media are doing to parallel the state of our union with mid 1930′s Spain.

By your own reasoning, there isn’t much we can do about the ongoing WWIII. Lets keep watch for our own Balkinization.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Funny! I find myself wanting to make him full black.

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Bad bmore, no cookie for you.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Um, yeah.

For the time being, I am a little more interested in what our president and media are doing to parallel the state of our union with mid 1930′s Spain.

By your own reasoning, there isn’t much we can do about the ongoing WWIII. Lets keep watch for our own Balkinization.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Actually according to my reasoning, the current Administration is on the Chinese side, Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. And the majority of the Democrat and Republican LEADERSHIP are in on it with the Obamanation Administration.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

It is too early..But I’m sure folks are already putting out “feelers”..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Forgive me if I wait a while longer before going all Alex Jones with you.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

adios: vaya con dios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Forgive me if I wait a while longer before going all Alex Jones with you.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

no worries, most Americans have spent their entire lives being deceived by the Marxist Fifth Column Treasonous Media, it’s not an easy or pleasant thing to wake up from.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Couldn’t resist. One last one for the evening.

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Evening Dire, time to crash. Check out all the photoshops, let me know what you think. Good night Dire. ; )

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Bmore on February 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

You really could have emphasized the eye candy a little more in that last one. Terexs’ and giant excavators are much more interesting than the lightbringer.

cozmo on February 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

I have written about this subject quiet a bit on my blog. My latest article Why Conservatives, despite being the majority, continue to loose. covers this exact topic.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

I read your article and it is great. You were nicer than I would have been. I’m starting to shift my anger (for what little that matters) somewhat away from those who are destroying us to those who sat back and let it happen…through ignorance, complacency, arrogance and the unwillingness to educate themselves beyond what was useful to them for financial gain and entertainment.

This notion of being too busy is/was sheer BS…I have a family to support as well, I enjoy sports and entertainment, but I still take time to explore what is happening beyond my own little kingdom.

Would reading and understanding Marx make one into a Communist? Or would it alert one as to how they think and what their goals are, and be able to point out to those who style themselves as “Marxists” that they themselves don’t understand Socialist theory?

The interesting thing about the Soviet constitution is that it never mattered from beginning to end. The Soviet power structure was a triangle with the Party at one corner, the KGB at another, and the military at the third. Two would conspire against the other, and when the most powerful of that team was threatening to take over, the weaker would shift and ally themselves with their former enemy. Eastasia, Eurasia, Oceania.

The Nazi system was similar, but they took a more bureaucratic and what I consider to be a more central European approach…multiple layers of bureaucracy with overlapping responsibilities and ill-defined boundaries. Service upon service upon service upon service. The leadership was always vying with each other for Hitler’s favor and more power…but could never get all of it.

Now I see that the DOD has set up the “Defense Clandestine Service”. The first thing I thought of was Nazi Germany’s bureaucratic system. I really have no idea what these guys are supposed to do, but I’m sure it doesn’t matter. The point is to make the Federal government so massive and intricate that we can not fully understand who did what where when.

And of course there’s the laws, EOs, regulations, and doing things like setting up NORTHCOM, the FEMA Council of Governers, SOPA and on and on. Raise concerns and many will also…but there’s always the bunch who will tell you not to worry and to take off the tinfoil hats. Good trolls aren’t the obvious ones…the obvious ones serve as cover.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Other than Palin, Cruz would be my ideal 2016 candidate.
LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

My personal opinion is that Palin should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as Cruz.

For me, Cruz is the real deal. He may be the one I’m looking for when it comes to a potential candidate for 2016.

Bravo to Texans for having the good sense to elect him.

bluegill on February 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

(CNSNews.com) – Gun control dates back to laws before and after the Civil War that prohibited or restricted African Americans from owning firearms, a group of black leaders said Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Full Video of this National Press Club Conference is on C-span.

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Black-Leaders-Speak-On-Gun-Control/10737438291/

Conservative African-American leaders spoke out against President Barack Obama’s call for more Gun Control on Friday, some saying the proposed measures have “racist” origins.

“For black Americans, we know that gun control has ultimately been about people control. It sprouts from racist soil; be it after the, or during the infamous Dred Scott case where black man’s humanity was not recognized,” said Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

Harry Alford, the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce, praised the National Rifle Association in his speech at the event.

“The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan,” said Alford.

“They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. God bless you. Many of us probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA.”

These last two paragraphs is something I was never aware of.

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM

My personal opinion is that Romney is undetectable and unelectable and should never be mentioned in the same sentence with other words.

SparkPlug on February 24, 2013 at 2:11 AM

This is how it’s done:

http://youtu.be/jo75WXEuqm8

bluegill on February 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

OK!…which one of you guys farted at exactly 2:08 AM…and then sh!t your pants 4 minutes later?

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 2:19 AM

For me, Cruz is the real deal. He may be the one I’m looking for when it comes to a potential candidate for 2016.

Bravo to Texans for having the good sense to elect him.

bluegill on February 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

The LSM will indeed become birthers lickety split if his name comes up for POTUS. They’ll cast enough doubt about his “natural born” status (Canada, non-citizen father) that he’ll lose the generals if he even wins the primaries.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 2:23 AM

My personal opinion is that Palin should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as Cruz….

bluegill on February 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

…fish guts!…don’t even get started!
…don’t even go the “we can have differences route!”…if you have a problem with my impatience with your Palin problem…take it up with my A$$!…it is the only thing that gives a crap!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Would reading and understanding Marx make one into a Communist? Or would it alert one as to how they think and what their goals are, and be able to point out to those who style themselves as “Marxists” that they themselves don’t understand Socialist theory?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Reading Marx does not automatically make one a Marxist, as Gen Patton said to Gen Rommel, “I read your book you ba$tard”… Yes, it is very helpful to read Marx to understand what their goals are, how they will attempt to achieve those goals and what they are willing to do to win. Saul Alinsky is another one who laid out in full detail exactly what their tactical strategy for victory was.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

This crap is one of the reasons why I really, if I could, ignore politics altogether. Dumb shite that really doesn’t mean anything to anyone outside the Beltway. But suddenly on CNN a Democrat operative says that Republicans are at fault for Chicago violence because of “Sequester”.

Everything this SOB does completely screws our country – between ignoring laws he doesn’t like, going after the 2nd amendment full force, killing any kind of racial harmony we might have had, etc…etc…etc… Only a Democrat can lie about everything and have no repercussions at all. SOB in Colorado tells women to piss and shit themselves to avoid rape and you hear nothing about it in the media. F all these f’ing people – getting really sick of this shite. Sry for the rant – how the hell do we overcome this?

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

…no reason to apologize…since truth is not a rant!…I am starting to ‘rant’…every chance I get…if someone complains at the pump about how gas shot up so fast…or at work, complains about their take home pay changing…or complains about their health care premiums…or the cost of groceries…etc…my first question is “WHO DID YOU VOTE FOR?…and if I get a certain answer?…the frothing at the mouth starts!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Reading Marx does not automatically make one a Marxist, as Gen Patton said to Gen Rommel, “I read your book you ba$tard”… Yes, it is very helpful to read Marx to understand what their goals are, how they will attempt to achieve those goals and what they are willing to do to win. Saul Alinsky is another one who laid out in full detail exactly what their tactical strategy for victory was.

SWalker on February 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I view Saul Alinsky as being subversive scum. He is the same kind who has brought misery to probably most of the people in the world. No matter how bad their Socialist systems suck, they sit on their thrones not having to want for anything and decree that all is well. They will willingly kill and starve even the innocent-those they say they care about in order to fulfill their sanctimonious, ideological goals.

There is no reason to use Marxism in this country. We have an instrument for righting wrongs and it’s called the U.S. Constitution. But not even the Constitution can automatically abate evil. It takes a moral society to learn from their mistakes and to make things right. But these changes don’t happen overnight and everyone isn’t always going to be pleased. The U.S. was never designed to be a Utopia-the Founding Fathers knew better.

In all fairness to Marx/Engels, I think what they were saying was what they thought would happen at some point in the future. Will Capitalism die out at some point and be replaced by Socialism? Who knows. But if that does happen, then it will happen naturally and not by decree…we’ve seen time and time again that that doesn’t work.

If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Destroying a more efficient system in order to create a less efficient one, though one more suited to the ideologies of an intellectual elite is just stupid. That is social and economic devolution.

So, where Marx screwed up was to allow his ego to get in the way and he became impatient. He helped along the forcing of feudal societies directly into Socialism (namely Russia) and that has been nothing but a bloody disaster.

Just as there are those that use religion as a means to gaining power, the same happens with socio-economics. But who in their right mind would try to take over by using Jeffersonian Democracy as a scam? Not a chance of it working as a means to achieve dictatorship. So, be suspicious of other systems that sound to good to be true, and those who want to monkey with what the Founding Fathers set up.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

I know exactly what you’re talking about. Unfortunately, the stupid is strong with many of my friends. It used to be in the past that people’s politics were their own – something to b.s. with over some beers. Nowadays politics is everything. Shite’s getting pretty acute – not going to be good times ahead. Do what we can to stem the tide, but I suggest everyone get themselves ready for it.

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 3:04 AM

BMore is a very talented and interesting fellow.

SparkPlug on February 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Totally agree and well said. The problem with Progs and the Communists (same thing), is that they think that man is perfectible. Conservatives, at least somewhat religious conservatives, realize that man can never be perfected – and the Constitution was set up to acknowledge that fact. Human nature sucks horribly, and it takes something to temper it. You can’t have utopia on earth because someone will always piss in the punch bowl.

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Now granted, our Constitution allows for people to choose their own path – no religion if that’s what they want. But, religion (Judea-Christian) does give some moral backbone to the people, which is why the Constitution has held up over the time.

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 3:16 AM

BMore is a very talented and interesting fellow.

SparkPlug on February 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

…so is Sparky!…you’re right though!…wish I had 1 % of that talent!…where’s he find those pictures?

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Now granted, our Constitution allows for people to choose their own path – no religion if that’s what they want. But, religion (Judea-Christian) does give some moral backbone to the people, which is why the Constitution has held up over the time.

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 3:16 AM

True. Judeo-Christian principles were certainly infused into our Constitution. The Founding Fathers were wise in not overdoing it and making sure that other religions (and atheism) could exist here as well. The main thing is that one of the reasons people came here was to avoid persecution for their beliefs, so naturally were not about persecuting others for theirs.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Agreed. Freedom of thought (religious or non) is key to all the advances we’ve made over the past few centuries – persecution for different beliefs is unacceptable in our culture (which is a damn good thing). I just worry a bit because it seems like many people don’t have a kind of moral compass nowadays, whether that be because of a lack of religion or not. I don’t know if our Constitution can survive an amoral culture – just a thought.

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Agreed. Freedom of thought (religious or non) is key to all the advances we’ve made over the past few centuries – persecution for different beliefs is unacceptable in our culture (which is a damn good thing). I just worry a bit because it seems like many people don’t have a kind of moral compass nowadays, whether that be because of a lack of religion or not. I don’t know if our Constitution can survive an amoral culture – just a thought.

specialkayel on February 24, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Well, the French Revolutionaries apparently tried to worship Reason alone. Doesn’t seem that worked out too well for them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 24, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Top of the morning to all of you. :-)

tommy71 on February 24, 2013 at 6:50 AM

You would think by this time that the urbane sophisticates in the news media would be totally hip to the “Washington Monument” strategy, whereby the Park Service closes the most popular attractions first in the event of budget constraints. It’s the oldest bureaucratic trick in the book, and a mark of how far the corruption of our republic has proceeded: if the spenders don’t get their way, they’ll cut back first on the most essential services for which we presume to pay our first tax dollars. Talk about an offer you can’t refuse: the government intends to hold the people hostage to its insatiable rapacity.

The way sequestration is set up there is no allowance for targeted cuts. Without targeted cuts its possible to gut the most needed items(high profile budget items) of each govt. budget.This is only done if you refuse to negotiate with Congress and are truly inclined to destroy your opponent at any cost when you don’t get your way as is obama.
Representative Cantor has Obama’s number and as usual it zero.

Cantor’s list did also assert that the federal government authorized some $115 billion in improper payments in 2011.

The sequester requires agencies to make across-the-board cuts and does not allow them the flexibility to make targeted cuts. Congress and the White House would have to agree on a bill to replace the sequester if they want to make the cuts more targeted.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/284213-cantor-obama-offering-false-choices-on-sequester#ixzz2LokHqytw

rodguy911 on February 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Looks like most of the peeps are sleeping in. Theres nothing quite like a Sunday. :-)

tommy71 on February 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM

morning tommy71! i’m on my second cup of coffee.

renalin on February 24, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Mornin, renalin. I’m on my first cup of tea. :-)

tommy71 on February 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

morning tommy and renalin….coffee perking now

:)

cmsinaz on February 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

My compliments for an interesting QOTD, gentlemen.

Cleombrotus on February 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

just really irritating of the hypocrisy of this president….one year he says, he’ll veto any bill that abolishes the sequester and now is blaming the gop for killing jobs and not passing a new bill with the lsm helping him out…

i know a broken record…

cmsinaz on February 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Obama, the DEms as a whole, and the MSM tell so many lies and contradictions I’m amazed any of them can keep it all straight.

Liam on February 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

About that whole Constitution thing, and America. We’re on the edge of a slippery slope. “Tim Tebow, Barack Obama, and Me”. My take.

kingsjester on February 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

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we may hate the sin, but we love the sinner. sorry to see Tebow step back. unfortunately if you are a christian and express your beliefs, you are instantly made a pariah.

renalin on February 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

we may hate the sin, but we love the sinner.

renalin on February 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Well that is a good thing or there would be no one to love
and know one would love you.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

no*

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

just really irritating of the hypocrisy of this president….one year he says, he’ll veto any bill that abolishes the sequester and now is blaming the gop for killing jobs and not passing a new bill with the lsm helping him out…

i know a broken record…

cmsinaz on February 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Yep-he can be so bold because we have no media, just a propaganda machine who worships at his alter and the GOP who is mute.

At the last Palin rally I went to-Entertainment Tonight was there.
Set up in the middle. Along with Hannity and Hasslebeck from the View.
Palin straight up attacked the media in her speech,regarding their hypocrisy -the entire crowd turned to the Entertainment Tonight’s stage and started booing and yelling-the entire arena at once..for minuets..Palin paused. Of course they clipped that out…as well as a large banner hanging from a lady up on the 2nd tier over Plain-which read..”Hillary sent me” ..as well as Hillary supporters outside saying another dem for Palin.

The rallies I went to (1st time in my life) and what I witnessed vs. what I saw reported on the lsm showed me 1st hand what they were all about. I will never forget the repulsion I felt..and still do to this day about the media. Was a big wake up call for me, as I didnt watch much news and when I did it was the alphabet channels.
How I ended up at HA actually-and other sites.

Your around my age…growing up you walked through the check out line at the store seeing the trash mags the enquirer,The globe ect..baby with 3 heads from Mars…Ya know.
And it took the Enquirer to break the John Edwards story?
How close that man came to being this countries VP and POTUS…
I have concluded the lsm is our enemy and one of our biggest threats.Whatever they report on(or ignore)..I do not believe as they have lost all credibility and show it continuously on the daily.

I loath them.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

My personal opinion is that Palin should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as Cruz.

For me, Cruz is the real deal. He may be the one I’m looking for when it comes to a potential candidate for 2016.

Bravo to Texans for having the good sense to elect him.

bluegill on February 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

My personal opinion is that you are a Palin hating RINO troll. I could care less what you think along with the overwhelming majority of hotair.

No one likes you here, just go over to the daily kos or huffington post where you’d fit in much better.

And for the record Palin played a major role in helping Cruz get elected as he acknowledges himself.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Bmore…great job!
You and RWM sure can rock it.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

And has Allahpundit lost the last of the remnants of his mind?
Republicans are going to hurt children? Right out of a NY Times stance. OK, let’s just cave. Hey AP, anything else you can do to misdirect away from the most corrupt and nastiest presdient in American history? Get off your ass and go out and start buyimg lunches for all those starving kids.
A mind makes distinctions, you’ve lost yours.

arand on February 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The rallies I went to (1st time in my life) and what I witnessed vs. what I saw reported on the lsm showed me 1st hand what they were all about. I will never forget the repulsion I felt..and still do to this day about the media. Was a big wake up call for me, as I didnt watch much news and when I did it was the alphabet channels.
How I ended up at HA actually-and other sites.

Your around my age…growing up you walked through the check out line at the store seeing the trash mags the enquirer,The globe ect..baby with 3 heads from Mars…Ya know.
And it took the Enquirer to break the John Edwards story?
How close that man came to being this countries VP and POTUS…
I have concluded the lsm is our enemy and one of our biggest threats.Whatever they report on(or ignore)..I do not believe as they have lost all credibility and show it continuously on the daily.

I loath them.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I’m jealous in that I never got to attend a Palin rally. I was going to check one out in Boston a few years ago but my daughter got sick that day (she’s fine now).

I agree 100% on the despicable media. That’s exactly why we need someone like Palin to fight them. Newt maybe would’ve been the best choice in hindsight given his ability to fight them and call them on their BS. ROmney was a complete wimp (what a surprise I know)!

Even Foxnews is controlled by RINO’s and the establishment. Hannity is even too mainstream for me.

I listen to Beck’s radio show on occasion. I wish I could get the Blaze but I have Direct TV. I’ve called them many times to pickup the Blaze. I hope others do the same for Direct TV and cable as this is the kind of network that could make a difference. No establishment hacks dictating what is said like at Foxnews. The Blaze has a good mix of libertarians and conservatives– like Andrew Wilkow who’s great.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

So bluegill is now on the Cruz bandwagon? I assume that his education at both Princeton and Harvard Law was the instrumental.

Cindy Munford on February 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

arand on February 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

What, specifically, did Allah say that gave you this impression?

Cindy Munford on February 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I was lucky in the fact that they came here (Fl) over and over in my area.
So I had the opportunity several times. I went to 3.
Will always be memorable-for many reasons.

I attended none for Juan.

The campaign was ran horribly and very disorganized/chaotic. Another thing I witnessed. Team Zero was a well oiled machine. It was embarrassing.
Thought the RNC would have learned something this last time around..no.

I like Beck at times..went to his book signing here a couple years ago.

“The Blaze has a good mix of libertarians and conservatives”

My liking.

I agree with you as well. Fox news too. Bill O and the others..hurl. I only turn it on if I have to pick one station for something.
I admire Palin but her spots on Fox I caught..Blah.
I’d watch Beck and The Judge sometimes before he exited.
I have no use for Fox either.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I was lucky in the fact that they came here (Fl) over and over in my area.
So I had the opportunity several times. I went to 3.
Will always be memorable-for many reasons.

I attended none for Juan.

The campaign was ran horribly and very disorganized/chaotic. Another thing I witnessed. Team Zero was a well oiled machine. It was embarrassing.
Thought the RNC would have learned something this last time around..no.

I like Beck at times..went to his book signing here a couple years ago.

“The Blaze has a good mix of libertarians and conservatives”

My liking.

I agree with you as well. Fox news too. Bill O and the others..hurl. I only turn it on if I have to pick one station for something.
I admire Palin but her spots on Fox I caught..Blah.
I’d watch Beck and The Judge sometimes before he exited.
I have no use for Fox either.

bazil9 on February 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I could cite numerous examples of what a disaster the RNC and especially the McLame campaign was but I know I’m preaching to the choir — still burns me that he threatened to sue the NC GOP for running Rev. Wright ads!!

I wish Sarah had ran and I’ll always have the greatest respect for her. Maybe she still will someday…who knows?

My parents like the Five but my dad isn’t that into the Tea Party b/c he doesn’t follow things that closely. Eric Bolling is ok and Gutfeld is at times but I really don’t like the Bush puppet in Perino and Andrea Tantaros (who admitted herself as a Boehner fan). I pointed that out to my dad and he said well not everyone is perfect….ummm yeah but that’s a pretty big flaw!

So hopefully the Blaze will really take off and enough people will demand it to appear on Direct TV and cable as well. That’d be my 24/7 network.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

FINALLY!!!!

Everyone needs to watch this short video. I learned something I didn’t know.

Black conservatives: Gun control has ‘racist’ roots

http://www.therightscoop.com/black-conservatives-gun-control-has-racist-roots/

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Thank you for posting this vid and the C-SPAN one!! I have book marked both.

I have learned somthing new.

You can bet I am passing this around to everyone I know!!

Scrumpy on February 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I listen to Beck’s radio show on occasion. I wish I could get the Blaze but I have Direct TV. I’ve called them many times to pickup the Blaze. I hope others do the same for Direct TV and cable as this is the kind of network that could make a difference. No establishment hacks dictating what is said like at Foxnews. The Blaze has a good mix of libertarians and conservatives– like Andrew Wilkow who’s great.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Glad you mentioned this about calling Directv for the Blaze. I had been thinking about calling them, so now I will. You’ve encouraged me:-)

I feel about the MSM as Breitbart did, including Fox. I shut them off the night of the 2012 Election. I watched Boomtown & Dr. Carson when he was on Hannity, but that’s it.

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Just some simple things.

How about some one any one ask the question of:

“Where did the White House get that fine ,I’m just a white guy from your home town filter, they have on the TV camera there in the White House?”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Thank you for posting this vid and the C-SPAN one!! I have book marked both.

I have learned somthing new.

You can bet I am passing this around to everyone I know!!

Scrumpy on February 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I’m hoping many will view it. I watched the entire Press Conference. It was excellent and some hard hitting statements about Obama. They are going to be making other appearances with their message.

I loved the credit they gave the NRA and especially the reasons for it!!

This may be what it takes to wake more black people up; hope so.

Thanks for passing it around too!!

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Glad you mentioned this about calling Directv for the Blaze. I had been thinking about calling them, so now I will. You’ve encouraged me:-)

I feel about the MSM as Breitbart did, including Fox. I shut them off the night of the 2012 Election. I watched Boomtown & Dr. Carson when he was on Hannity, but that’s it.

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

No problem.

I’ll call them again today as well. The first time I called the woman had no clue what I was talking about but a few years ago a different woman had clue about what I was talking about when I said I was cancelling the Sunday Ticket b/c I’m Peyton Manning fan and he’s not playing (in 2011).

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Oh yeah, they hear that! I’ve heard more from Time Warner since I cancelled them last year and went with Directv than I ever did. I like Directv; at least they email their appreciation. Like their free channels too:-)

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Oh yeah, they hear that! I’ve heard more from Time Warner since I cancelled them last year and went with Directv than I ever did. I like Directv; at least they email their appreciation. Like their free channels too:-)

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Except we have 3 inches of snow or so here in NH and now the $@#@ satellite is out! Can’t even watch the DVR for some reason as you apparently need satellite reception to watch stuff already tapped.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Except we have 3 inches of snow or so here in NH and now the $@#@ satellite is out! Can’t even watch the DVR for some reason as you apparently need satellite reception to watch stuff already tapped.

LevinFan on February 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Gee, I wouldn’t think 3″ would cause an outage. I would call them and see about being able to watch the taped shows. Thot I read something that said you could. Hope your phone isn’t out!

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

This is a link that a commenter posted on rightscoop. A lot of common sense on gun control..Goes along with the National Press Conference I posted about earlier on C-span below.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/vn7bkncf1_E

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Black-Leaders-Speak-On-Gun-Control/10737438291/

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

bluefox on February 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

The majority of the folks I sent the c-span video to were thankful I did. They had no idea that many black leaders were in support of the 2nd amendment and against 0′s gun control…

The one other thing that stuck in their minds was the fact that the NRA was formed to give free blacks the same rights under the law to be armed! (Somthing I myself never knew)!

The few liberals I sent it to, only one has commented, not word for word but in essence said the NRA and Jim Crow references were lies being told by conservatives, and that these black leaders are lying.

There you have it!

I hope that this video will go viral, it needs to.

I look forward to hearing more!

Potentia ad populum

Power to the people!

Scrumpy on February 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Tonight’s full moon is even more rounder than the full moons of this past week.

SparkPlug on February 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

cindy mumford, what gave me that impression? What Allah wrote. where and how else? Last para, plain as the nose on your face.
You, I take it, do have a nose on your face.

arand on February 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

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