Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House plan so far is pretty much according to the Fireman First principle, the idea first promulgated by Washington Monthly founder Charles Peters: that a bureaucracy when faced with cuts will tout its most popular program. Hence a mayor faced with a budget shortfall says he’ll have to “cut firemen first” as opposed to “restructure munipcal bond sales first.”…

But we don’t really know how much the cuts will affect everyday life. The markets are yawning right now, but will they in a month? Or three months? What happens if there really is faulty meat inspection or a plane crash—things that could have happened even with full funding but which will be easy to blame on sequestration? Who’ll get blamed?

Democrats I spoke with think the Republicans will eventually come around just as they did in January when the Bush tax cuts expired and they signed on to new legislation that raised rates on families earning more than $450,000. Republicans, of course, insist that they’ve already given and that this time, without a cudgel like the expiration of tax cuts the president would not renew, they’re in no mood to cave. Neither side is budging because both sides think they can prevail. As with World War I, when Europe stumbled into war, no one’s really thought through what the world could look like a month from now.

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With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated to shrinking the size of government are now more dominant than the bloc committed foremost to a robust national defense, particularly in the House…

“Fiscal questions trump defense in a way they never would have after 9/11,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma. “But the war in Iraq is over. Troops are coming home from Afghanistan, and we want to secure the cuts.”…

A sizable number of Republicans, including many senators, are incensed by the cuts about to fall on the Pentagon, totaling $43 billion for the 2013 fiscal year. Because the Defense Department will have only seven months to put them into effect and because military personnel are protected, military training, weapons acquisition and maintenance stand to be cut by 13 percent.

President Ronald Reagan’s push in the 1980s for tax cuts and domestic spending restraint were accompanied by a huge military buildup. “There’s no way the party of Ronald Reagan should be accepting these cuts,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who has privately sought some compromise on tax loopholes.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday urged lawmakers to call the president’s “bluff” and empower the White House to make targeted spending cuts to avoid sequestration.

“They should find an alternative, they should do their job and why not empower the president and his administration. Give them the authority within their budgets to make those changes so they don’t have to do some of the things they are talking about,” said Walker on “Fox & Friends.”…

Call the bluff and let them go forward in doing it, there’s got to be a better way, it’s not about avoiding cuts, it’s not about tax increases it’s about cutting true waste, fraud and abuse,” said Walker.

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Here are three questions for folks wetting their pants about the sequester:

1. Under what sort math do you figure that cutting $44 billion or $85 billion from a total tab of $3.6 trillion is anything more than a rounding error? Half of the cuts are slated for defense spending, which has grown massively over the past decade-plus. Do you really think that the military can’t cope?

2. Do you really believe that the sequester cuts will tank a $16 trillion economy? And if so, what’s the multiplier on that? GDP is counted in such a way that most government spending automatically gets counted as increasing the amount of economic activity (the same doesn’t hold for private spending, where different conditions hold). Do you at least agree in theory that government spending has been cut in the past without ruining the economy (and if you don’t, why not)?

3. When will conditions be right to actually cut spending? There’s a raft of anti-sequester people – such as Barack Obama – who pay lip service to the idea that government spending (especially government deficit spending) needs to stop or be reduced at some point in the future. But like St. Augustine in his partying period, they don’t want to get straight just yet. So when might that be? If we can’t afford to cut a tiny fraction of current spending now – after a year-plus of knowing this was coming and a major punting on the original deadline – when might we?

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BROOKS: So let me reject what the Republicans are doing. I have more ambivalent feelings about what the White House is doing. But the Republicans are doing the worst of all possible worlds. This was designed to be stupid; it magnificently achieves that.

The Democrats – or the Republicans are in a position politically where they have to show the country they’re [not] mindless anti-government fanatics, they can separate good government policies from bad government policies. This is a piece of mindless anti-government fanaticism, which doesn’t separate the good from the bad. It just cuts.

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But, it’s also possible that the size of the cuts — a trillion dollars is a ton of money even spread out over the next decade — and the heat of the rhetoric coming from the two parties causes the sort of crisis that forces a decent number of people to pay attention and begin to re-examine (or, more likely examine) the way they think about spending. And, if enough people start paying attention, their politicians — forever a reactive species — could well be emboldened or intimidated into doing something big(ger).

The most basic truth of modern politics is that action happens only in response to crisis. (That may not be the politics we want, but it’s definitely the politics we have.) The sequester may not be that crisis — maybe it’s the debt ceiling fight to come later this summer — but if it is, that’s probably a good thing for people who want things to change in some meaningful way. Short of a crisis, the sort of kick-the-can-ism that has dominated the last decade or more in politics will continue ad infinitum.

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listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

O/T Dan Bongino took on Vincent DeMarco of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence this morning in a debate moderated by Bruce Depuyt with News Talk. You can watch the full debate below:

http://www.therightscoop.com/full-video-dan-bongino-debates-maryland-gun-control-advocate-on-local-news-show/

bluefox on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

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Be careful, she’ll turn you into a Newt…

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

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I thought about that AFTER I hit the “submit comment” button.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAy4zULKFDU

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

FloatingRock on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

OK, gotcha. :)

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Crap! I refreshed the page and lost my poem.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Oh well. It will come again.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

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A White Witch ;-)

I only do good…

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:34 AM

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You’re the “Good Witch of the East“?
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WOW man ….. do that “bubble thing” ! … : )

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Haha. L2G is a newt now. Might take a day to wear off. That’s how long a scrumpy spell will last

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Don’t let it get away!!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

WOW man ….. do that “bubble thing” ! … : )

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

LOL

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Thats a tell tale sign of a jinx coming on.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Bubble thing?

Think druidic… ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Druids_celebrating_at_Stonehenge_(0).png

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Anyway, what’s up??

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Linky broke :-(

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Anyway, what’s up??

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Not much Rusty, did you find your poem?

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Haha. L2G is a newt now. Might take a day to wear off. That’s how long a Scrumpy spell will last

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

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“I got better”, already … she is a good witch !

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Oh well. It will come again.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Get the FireFox addon Lazarus… It really works good…

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Do you like this group? I dated an older guy in college that introduced me to a lot of 60s groups that I would not have otherwise listened to. I really like these guys.

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

I’ll try that.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

No, Scrumps. And I tried it again and it wasn’t the same.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Oh yes! Tho I haven’t listened to them in many a year!

They were a great band :-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

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Bubble thing?

Think druidic… ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Druids_celebrating_at_Stonehenge_(0).png

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

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The “.png” is a problem for the Hotair ‘link system’.

If a person copy and pastes the link onto another tab or window, it’ll take you right there.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Oh I am sorry Rusty…

I bet it was a good one knowing you! :-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Do you see any harm in trying? Even most low-info voters understand what a spending freeze is. The MSM can try to ignore it but word will get out anyway.

The thing is, after all the fear mongering about the “spending cuts” in the sequester, low-info voters will think a spending freeze sounds like a much more moderate, centrist approach. The MSM would be forced to promote the sequester over a spending freeze by explaining how a genuine spending freeze is somehow a “spending cut” by the ruling class’ convoluted logic. While that won’t be news to any of us, it might be to a lot of low-info voters.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

FloatingRock on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

It makes sense, but which pol is even pushing that idea? I would support it…

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Wishing you all a goodnight, good weather and chatting:-)

bluefox on February 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM

I’m outta here ….. see y’all tomorrow.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Oh my lol, I don’t have a clue how to do that!

I am not very savvy when it comes to pc stuff :-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Good night Blue and L2G! God Bless and sleep well!!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

FloatingRock on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I understand what you are saying. I suppose I am just in a jaded state of mind at the moment. One of those days where I just want to scream, “What will it take to get through to these people??”

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Very very nice. Never heard of them cause I wasn’t as old as your friend. :)

How about this? Did not know she sang this until the other day when mrs ziffel made me go to the junk store and I looked through the vinyl albums. Would have bought it but I don’t have a record player anymore.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Goodnight, bluefox. Sleep well!

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

‘Night, L2G.

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Very very nice. Never heard of them cause I wasn’t as old as your friend. :)

How about this? Did not know she sang this until the other day when mrs ziffel made me go to the junk store and I looked through the vinyl albums. Would have bought it but I don’t have a record player anymore.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Hello, arnold! Lolz, yes my friend was much, oh so much older than moi. :)

YES. Ronstadt had some fantastic songs, particularly in her earlier days. Good one!

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Scrumpy, yesterday or the day before you made an excellent post—from the heart about our current political situation. Just wanted to let you know many of us feel the same way.

This current sequester business has got me like WTF Edith? Obama engineers it, it is a terrible idea with no real cuts and now the repubs are worried they might look bad.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Here’s another good one by LR. Sorry, the vid quality is not very great.

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Thank you Arnold!!

Yes, it is a sad and sorry state we find ourselves in and I to very often in unlady like fashion also say WTF! :-O

I am as much at a loss as anyone as to what we can do…

I pray alot…

We all are but one voice each, but that one is many, and if we all pray, it may help!

I do believe in the power of prayer when all else fails…

I have hope that things will change for the better…

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I can help you with that. First you need a wireless dongle to root your cell phone and install android on your sim card after you disable your routers firewall.

That should do it.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

YES. Ronstadt had some fantastic songs, particularly in her earlier days. Good one!

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:08 AM

She was, didn’t realize she had more than a couple I remember from 75-76. Try this.

Now I’m going to sleepy. Hope everything is fine with my Gracie.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

I’m going to sequester all of you.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Now that’s perfect! I shall endeavour to do so!

Did sweeping my broom around you help remove the jinx?

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Well said and Amen, Scrumpy!

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Good night Arnie and sleep good!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Here’s another good one by LR. Sorry, the vid quality is not very great.

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

lol, forgot that one. Goes way back before she went to Sumo wrestle camp.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

You can try!!

I may lasso you ;-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I think so. Now I’m just happy Sparky jinx free again. I owe you 3 moon beans for your services.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Try this.

Now I’m going to sleepy. Hope everything is fine with my Gracie.

arnold ziffel on February 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

That’s a great one! Haven’t heard it in ages.

Yes, all is well on my end, thanks. :)

Goodnight to you, arnold. Sweetest of dreams.

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:23 AM

I’m going to sequester all of you.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

:D

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:25 AM

*munch*

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Now now rusty, don’t make me drone you!

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:28 AM

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

-ies
-kin
-a-bunch

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

I’m going to sequester all of you.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Is that like doing a super double Axe poof and forgetting how to unpoof yourself?

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Now now rusty, don’t make me drone you!

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Holy moley that was funny.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

This whole political thing has me snookered.

I know as humans we are fallable, but seriously, do our elected officials not know their heads from their azzes?

How stupid do they think we are?

I know man has greed in his heart, but looking at things today, with the exception of a very few, are they all that hell-bent on thinking only of themselves?

We have far smarter people who comment here who could do a much better job of running this country.

It boggles my mind that they think and seem to believe that they know what is best for all of us.

There are so many of them, but we do vastly outnumber them…

They are no better than you or I.

For the love of everything that is sacred, please someone many someones wake the heck up and DO THE RIGHT THING!

Our nation is on the verge of tipping over the edge from which there may be no turning back…

To see this great country reduced to a non-entity to see it become a socialist country no different from any anywhere else… saddens me to my core.

America IS the greatest nation on Earth!

Let us strive to get her back…

With God’s help I think we can…

Amen…

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Just what are you munching on eh?

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

-ies
-kin
-a-bunch

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Ok secret codes eh? Lol…

Or my brain just quit! :-o

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:33 AM

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Happy I could help ;-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Scrumpy Doodles would be a good name for a late night snack.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

How about Resist We Munch. Another good name for a snack.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Tommy said *munch* so I just added some suffixes. No secret codes, just late and my brain is scrambled. :)

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:36 AM

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:36 AM

That was pretty good for an early morning thought!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM

I’m out.

Goodnight!

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:38 AM

That was pretty good for an early morning thought!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Lolz. Goodnight, Scrumpy. :)

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 AM

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Scrumpy Doodles:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:
1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
2
Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
3
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
4
Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5
Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
6
Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
7
Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
8
Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
9
Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
10
Remove from pan immediately.

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 AM

4Grace on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Goodnight hon, sleep well and God Bless!!

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:40 AM

I was munchin on some exotic food. I’m full now. *burp* ;-)

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:41 AM

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 2:41 AM

Like what?

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Oh and BTW I am very happy to have seen that all went well for you yesterday!!

Congrats!!

Hope it works out for you :-)

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Well the midnight hr has come and gone…

I am bewitched with sleep…

Good night Tommy Rusty and Sparky :-)

God Bless!!

*Swoosh*

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 2:47 AM

The morning crew will be here soon. KJ will gives us his take and cmsinaz will tells us what morning joe is doing. B9 will says some funny things.

How is canopfor doing? Hope he is fine and dandy.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Just think soon we begin another day where Zeronomics is an unmitigated failure.

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 4:42 AM

morning HA crew

msdnc not too happy that christie was not invited to cpac, so of course Mika and Joe will be very upset about this and claim the gop is out of touch and not a big tent party, blah blah blah those right wing extremeists have taken over the party and it will doom them…

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 2:59 AM

morning Spark…
spot on as usual :)

*clink* coffee mugs

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 5:43 AM

and mika starts the show off with the christie and cpac show….do we know them or do we know them…74% approval rating in a blue state and you’re blowing it gop…

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Looks like the financial markets are blinking.

kregg on February 26, 2013 at 6:07 AM

and joe with his the ‘gop is out touch living in their echo chamber’

sequester, schmequester, its all about the gop and their right wing anger…

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Looks like the financial markets are blinking reacting to the GOP’s explicit attempts to sabotage the economy by cutting spending in ways that will increase unemployment and lower consumer spending. Since consumer spending is a key indice for the market, no doubt investors are wondering what the heck the GOP is up to.

kregg on February 26, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Fixed that for you.

Oh and to those who say I am “obsessed” with race: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151501972377464&set=a.10151178665787464.502263.266185757463&type=1&theater

libfreeordie on February 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Morning, y’all!
O/T: Atheists Complain About “Extensive Discrimination” to the UN. Christian Martyrs Unavailable for Comment. My take.

kingsjester on February 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Oh and to those who say I am “obsessed” with race: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151501972377464&set=a.10151178665787464.502263.266185757463&type=1&theater
libfreeordie on February 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM

I am someone who thought you sounded obsessed with race. I want to click on that, but I am afraid to click on external links. What does that link direct to? I am assuming you are showing us someone else, perhaps a conservative, who appears to be obsessed with the race? Am I right, or am I wrong?

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 6:54 AM

msdnc not too happy that christie was not invited to cpac, so of course Mika and Joe will be very upset about this and claim the gop is out of touch and not a big tent party, blah blah blah those right wing extremeists have taken over the party and it will doom them…
cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM

You guys called it. The whole thing is so ridiculous.

Anyone else remember the Democrat convention delegates booing Israel? Who is intolerant? Who is extreme?

Honestly, Christie’s future in Republican national politics is over and done with. What he pulled in the last month before the election should disqualify him from being taken seriously by Republicans across the country ever again. The man is a traitor who is more popular among Democrats.

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Morning KJ

Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Bluegill, crist part deux

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Morning, y’all!
O/T: Atheists Complain About “Extensive Discrimination” to the UN. Christian Martyrs Unavailable for Comment. My take.
kingsjester on February 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

I don’t like how you always make everything about “we are Christians, there are more of us, this is a Christian country, so deal with it.”

I am not an atheist, but I am fully aware of the fact that they are discriminated against. I have a good friend who talks about this often.

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

kingsjester on February 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM

KJ, but maybe I am wrong. To be honest, I haven’t even read your latest blog yet, but I’m just going by some things I’ve heard from you in the past.

KJ, don’t you think that atheists do face discrimination?

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Read my Blog. I make my point there.

kingsjester on February 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Its a link to a facebook page, there are strict rules about content…

libfreeordie on February 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

BROOKS: So let me reject what the Republicans are doing. I have more ambivalent feelings about what the White House is doing. But the Republicans are doing the worst of all possible worlds. This was designed to be stupid; it magnificently achieves that.

The Democrats – or the Republicans are in a position politically where they have to show the country they’re [not] mindless anti-government fanatics, they can separate good government policies from bad government policies. This is a piece of mindless anti-government fanaticism, which doesn’t separate the good from the bad. It just cuts.

Why Brooksie, have you ever complained on the GROWTH side of government power and spending that those doing it are pro-government growth at any cost, support both good and bad policies and do more of them just to see government grow in size and power while decreasing in efficiency until it can’t do its job?

Basically, aren’t you just complaining that your pro-Statist ideal is being attacked by those wishing miniscule cuts that amount to something like the loss of paper supplies, pens, pencils and other consumables across the entire federal government? If you gots ‘smart cuts’ then come right out and tout them! You keep on being given a platform and all you do is criticize you oxygen thief. There is a great deal of mindlessness in your very own criticism, so why don’t you use that oxygen and actually get your brain cells a work out before they start running out of your ears to get some exercise?

ajacksonian on February 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I am not an atheist, but I am fully aware of the fact that they are discriminated against. I have a good friend who talks about this often.

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Atheists are not discriminated against. They are easily offended. In their world of victimhood, I can’t in anyway express my faith in God because it might a bunch of intolerant non-believers. They whine about tolerance at the same time they are about the most vile intolerant special interest group out there.

An example. Loudon County ended up cancelling any sort of holiday display on the courthouse lawn this year. Why? Because last year, an atheist group decided to mark the season by displaying a crucified Santa Claus. It is one thing to be a non-believer. It is another thing entirely to deliberately mock those who do.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

msdnc not too happy that christie was not invited to cpac, so of course Mika and Joe will be very upset about this and claim the gop is out of touch and not a big tent party, blah blah blah those right wing extremeists have taken over the party and it will doom them…
cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM

The minute that CPAC or the GOP starts taking the advice from MSDNC or the many mental midgets that appear on that network is the minute I change my party affiliation.

This “snubbing” of Christie was a topic on local talk radio this morning. I disagreed with the general idea that Christie should be invited because CPAC should be hearing from all voices. It was also pointed out that this keynote speaker at the GOP convention took on the teachers’ union in NJ. All I can say is that Scott Walker also took on his state’s teachers’ union and won as well. And Scott Walker did not gush over the fact he got some camera time with the rat-eared wonder and give him a de facto endorsement just days before the general election. Christie, as far as I am concerned, is persona non grata. CPAC should feature all points of view but that doesn’t mean the speaker has to be a vile disgusting
Democrat wannabe.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Well said HN

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

libfreeordie on February 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Actually, the markets reacted to the Italian elections yesterday.

Now, how about admitting that you were WRONG?

sentinelrules on February 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I am not an atheist, but I am fully aware of the fact that they are discriminated against. I have a good friend who talks about this often.

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Rephrased Correctly: “Some of my best friends are atherists.”

williamg on February 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Relevently Named Musical Group Of The Year:

“Godspeed, You Black Emperor”

Approprate Song Of The Year By The Same Group”

“The Dead Flag Blues”

williamg on February 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

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