Quotes of the day

posted at 8:47 pm on March 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch — and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers. The president still needs to definitively say that the United States will not kill American noncombatants. The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment applies to all Americans; there are no exceptions.

The outpouring of support for my filibuster has been overwhelming and heartening. My office has fielded thousands of calls. Millions have followed this debate on TV, Twitter and Facebook. On Thursday, the White House produced another letter explaining its position on drone strikes. But the administration took too long, and parsed too many words and phrases, to instill confidence in its willingness or ability to protect our liberty.

I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation.

I believe the support I received this past week shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them. And I’m prepared to do just that.

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“Sen. Paul’s 13 hours on the Senate floor won’t have any practical effect on our policy and how we’re going after terrorists on a day-to-day basis,” a senior administration official told Yahoo News on condition of anonymity.

But didn’t Paul wring a letter out of Obama’s top lawyer, Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he effectively promised that Americans who aren’t lining up to take a shot at the Capitol with a grenade launcher (to paraphrase the senator) are safe?

In a word: No…

Holder didn’t use the phrase “actively attacking.” And administration officials privately agreed on Friday that “not engaged in combat” was the key phrase going forward. None of them agreed to define the expression on the record.

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“This has been slowly building, and when something is slowly building like this it’s hard to tell whether what has stayed a slow burn and a simmer will never move past that — and when it will suddenly burst into public view,” said Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman.

“I would say they’re somewhat like stunned bunnies at this point,” said Kenneth Anderson, a law professor at American University and a Hoover Institution fellow…

“There is a little bit of whiplash,” said Miller. “Paul’s position has been pretty clear for a long time, but when I see others joining who had never before voiced any support for a civil liberties position, it’s obviously opportunism and a chance to be on the other side from the administration. That’s what drew them to the floor and onto Twitter.”…

“I do mind our party taking a position completely different than we had with President Bush,” Graham told POLITICO. “I didn’t hear any of these people say anything during the Bush administration. Where were they? I just think it’s politics. I think it’s creating a straw man, creating a situation that doesn’t exist.”

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But the real problem, as Paul made clear, isn’t the use of drones against US citizens on American soil; it is American foreign policy itself, under both this president and his predecessor.

His indictment was radical, sweeping, total, unconditional — and wildly overdrawn. Just to take one example, he said we are living in a state of perpetual and endless war, and used Iraq as an example — Iraq, from which we pulled out entirely in 2011. To listen to Paul, you’d think America was already a police state, and the planet its evil playground.

Yes, many people believe this, but that doesn’t make it true. It wasn’t true under Bush and it’s not true under Obama. Moreover, the logic of Paul’s view is that the United States is the aggressor in the war on Islamist terror rather than a bystander unwillingly drawn into a battle that has not yet been won.

Rand Paul, who turned 50 this year, is one of the most talented politicians of his generation. And one of the most dangerous.

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Yet the irony here is that while Republicans are excited by Paul’s stand, any decision to change the direction of the party’s take on foreign policy would contradict their desire to improve their electability after their defeat last November.

As much as Paul’s stand inspired Republicans and even generated respect from Democrats, they need to remember that most Americans support the drone policy. They may be sick of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they don’t share Paul’s disinterest in fighting the “perpetual war” against Islamists because they know the threat is real. They also know that the idea that the only legitimate fighting is being conducted on battlefields between soldiers is hopelessly outmoded.

Obama won re-election in part by bragging about killing Osama bin Laden and chiding Mitt Romney for his disinterest in the hunt for the arch terrorist. Moreover, if Republicans are foolish enough to follow Paul down the road toward embracing a form of isolationism, they will be branded as the weak party on defense and concede foreign policy as an issue to the Democrats for a generation.

Those who wish to save the GOP from this fate can’t let Paul speak for the party on these issues. But if they are to do it they will have to show at least as much guts as he did this week and avoid sounding, as McCain and Graham did yesterday, like cranky old men telling the kids to get off their lawn.

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The complaint against many GOP hawks is that they have been rash and too enamored of executive authority. They’ve been too Pollyannaish about the Arab Spring, say their critics. And while defense needs defending, they haven’t been very effective or creative in gaining savings that don’t impair national security. And there in his post-filibuster rant was McCain, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in tow, reaffirming all those perceptions…

It is a mistake for conservative hawks is to view any limitation (constitutional, fiscal, real world) as a threat to their well-meaning effort to maintain U.S. influence in the world. In fact, it is only with respect for some limits on the executive, understanding of fiscal restraints and, most important, an appreciation for whom we are dealing with (friend or foe) that an internationalist foreign policy can be sustained.

At some point McCain begins to hurt more than help that endeavor. If you want to promote pro-life views you better not nominate Richard Mourdock, and if you want to win adherents to a responsible but robust foreign policy. . . well, let’s just say it is better to have a spokesman who doesn’t scare the living daylights out of the public.

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Rand Paul is not moving public opinion on this point or even Republican opinion on this point. Rather, public and Republican opinion on this point has already moved, but is currently being falsified because no one ever wants to admit they’re wrong, and Rand Paul is offering people an opportunity to express their real opinion.

And that could wind up working out badly for the hawks, as McCain expects, because people might just be seduced into just doing a 180 on their Idealism — moving from “we will make any sacrifice to make the world safe for democracy” (a sentiment as noble as it is false) to a new completely-opposite Idealism of pacifism. But in both cases they’re as Idealistic and Noble as they can possibly be. So it’s an attractive thing.

I actually don’t believe in Paulian pacifism and do believe in the need and justification for American intervention on a limited basis and in pursuit of a limited number of objectives.

If McCain also believes that — and of course he does — he would be wise to stop making the choice between the Ron Paul doctrinal peacenikism and the McCain Interventions Incorporated model.

Because McCain will lose, and so will the concept of interventionism itself.

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Two years ago in this space, I noted that the U.S. secretary of education, who doesn’t employ a single teacher, is the only education minister in the developed world with his own SWAT team: He used it to send 15 officers to kick down a door in Stockton, Calif., drag Kenneth Wright out onto the front lawn, and put him in handcuffs for six hours. Erroneously, as it turned out. But it was in connection with his estranged wife’s suspected fraudulent student-loan application, so you can’t be too careful. That the education bureaucracy of the Brokest Nation in History has its own Seal Team Six is ridiculous and offensive. Yet the citizenry don’t find it so: They accept it…

Do you remember the way it was before the war on terror? Back in the Nineties, everyone was worried about militias and survivalists, who lived in what were invariably described as “compounds,” and not in the Kennedys-at-Hyannisport sense. And every so often one of these compound-dwellers would find himself besieged by a great tide of federal alphabet soup, agents from the DEA, ATF, FBI, and maybe even RRB. There was a guy called Randy Weaver who lost his wife, son, and dog to the guns of federal agents, was charged and acquitted in the murder of a deputy marshal, and wound up getting a multi-million-dollar settlement from the Department of Justice. Before he zipped his lips on grounds of self-incrimination, the man who wounded Weaver and killed his wife, an FBI agent called Lon Horiuchi, testified that he opened fire because he thought the Weavers were about to fire on a surveillance helicopter. When you consider the resources brought to bear against a nobody like Randy Weaver for no rational purpose, is it really so “far-fetched” to foresee the Department of Justice deploying drones to the Ruby Ridges and Wacos of the 2020s?

I mention in my book that government is increasingly comfortable with a view of society as a giant “Panopticon” — the radial prison devised by Jeremy Bentham in 1785, in which the authorities can see everyone and everything. In the Droneworld we have built for the war on terror, we can’t see the forest because we’re busy tracking every spindly sapling. When the same philosophy is applied on the home front, it will not be pretty.

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There has been a major, major shift here. There’s more to it than you can see inside the power structure in Washington, inside the Republican Party. And for McCain now to come call these guys kooks and wackos illustrates exactly what’s wrong.

But here’s the substance of this. There is a fear among McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others who favor an interventionist foreign policy. Think of the neocons. Think of going into Iraq and not just securing Iraq, but building a democracy. Nation building, if you will. Think of the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the people on our side who thought, “Wow, this is wonderful. This is the outbreak of American democracy,” when it wasn’t. It was the exact opposite. Rand Paul, they’re asking themselves, is he his father’s son or is he on his own here? They’re worried that he’s his father’s son. They’re worried that Rand Paul is an isolationist. They’re worried that Rand Paul’s diatribe on drones really means that Rand Paul wants to bring the military home and not use it unless we’re attacked. He doesn’t like it being used in an intervention. This is what they fear. And as he succeeds in making a connection with the American people, they are worried, the neocons are worried that they are being undermined by this.

I’ll tell you why. Rand Paul made a connection with the American people. These other people do not. He made a connection. Therefore, he has the ability to influence and motivate people. I’m telling you what their fears are. They thought that Ron Paul was absolute nutcase, wacko. That’s why they’re calling Rand Paul a wacko, ’cause that’s what they thought of Ron Paul. Libertarian, fruitcake, nutcase, isolationist, shut down the US military, speak positively about Islamists, all this kind of stuff. They are afraid that’s who Rand Paul is, and they’re afraid that what Rand Paul was doing with this filibuster was not just speaking out against the use of drones on American citizens on American soil. They’re afraid that Rand Paul is actually setting the stage for building up public support to stop the interventionist usage of American military might and foreign policy all over the world. It’s a fear that they’ve got.

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thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I was watching your dance trance moves and got faint from all the euphoric delight.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Unusual Tango

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Jackie:

Here’s exactly what she (DiFi) said in context: “The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.”

Unfortunately the VA is all over this!

They are in the process of placing restrictions on Veterans…

I am sure vets orgs are all over this!!

Sorry I misplaced the link…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

If you faint I’ll catch you, Spark. Don’t worry. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

can_con on March 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

El Rushbo had a field day with that “stupid” comment..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Back in the 1980s I think the Japanese government officials used to have to go through metal detectors to protect them from each other.

There was a politicians’ rumble in Madrid or Rome a year or two ago.

Now if we could get Nanzi Pelosi to wrestle Barbara Mikulski…. but they’d both be in the Red corner…

viking01 on March 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I am watching Robot Wars on Syfy… It’s good!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

El Rushbo had a field day with that “stupid” comment..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Sorry I missed it, I bet it was a riot. I can hear his devilish laughing in my head though.

can_con on March 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

SWalker wants to borrow a pixel from Dave.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

viking01 on March 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Eck, and they probably wouldn’t even hurt each other. Just flail around air punching.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Good evening, Spritely One. :) The link I posted had the quote and, yes, vets organizations are mobilizing to protect the rights of our veterans. Feinstein is a symptom of a greater problem exhibited by the left. They seek to remove guns from our society, and they are willing to marginalize and malign veterans in order to do so. This willingness to malign those who serve the interests of this nation in the Armed Services is a recurring echo… a sentiment often expressed from the left.

I think that this is going to be detrimental to the left and their cause du jour in the long run. In the short term we need to pressure our congress members to protect veterans and their rights under the Constitution. Who, if not veterans, has earned them?

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Magic 8 Ball hates it when machines fight. He gets all blinky when they interface though.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

But spending is also related to tax cuts,” said Pelosi. Tax cuts are spending. Tax expenditures, they are called. Subsidies for big oil, subsidies to send jobs overseas, breaks to send jobs overseas, breaks for corporate jets. They are called tax expenditures. Spending money on tax breaks.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-tax-cuts-are-spending

Wall. Head. Again.

TITLE I SEC. 104. LIMITATION ON PERCENTAGE DEPLETION ALLOWANCE FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS.

(a) In General- Section 613A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

`(f) Application With Respect to Major Integrated Oil Companies- In the case of any taxable year in which the taxpayer is a MAJOR INTEGRATED OIL COMPANY (as defined in section 167(h)(5)(B)), the allowance for percentage depletion SHALL BE ZERO.’
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54815.html

“I’m a supporter of the President’s. I’m concerned that he’s going to lose credibility on this oil and gas issue because HE’S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH entirely. What he is saying is that you need to eliminate four billion dollars worth of tax breaks for major oil companies because major oil companies have obscene profits. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THAT ONE OF THE BIG TAX BREAKS HE’S CITING – INTANGIBLE DRILLING COSTS – EXCUSE ME – PERCENTAGE DEPLETION – WAS REPEALED BY CONGRESS, EXCUSE ME, IN 1975, 36 YEARS AGO, AS IT AFFECTS MAJOR OIL COMPANIES. The only ones that get percentage depletion anymore are domestic independents who drill most of the wells in the United States and employ four million people.”

- Former Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX)

http://www.examiner.com/political-transcripts-in-national/dallas-rep-frost-s-truth-to-obama-big-oil-subsidies-were-repealed-36-yrs-ago

Also, they do not get tax credits. The oil and gas industry gets the same deductions as do other industries: Cost-of-doing-business deductions.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Where is Schad and his brain?

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I was watching your dance trance moves and got faint from all the euphoric delight.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Disco Aria Caliente!

♫♪ Gimme that night fever, night fever
We know how to show it ♪♫

viking01 on March 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Exactly that, you are so eloquently ‘spoken’…

I know many vets here who are highly upset with this!

The left isn’t gonna know what hit them…

Once vets realise they are being targeted, they will rise up.

Where I live is an Army town, it’s not gonna go over easy!

More power to the Vets!!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Dave’s not here.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Good evening, Dire. It’s always a pleasure to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Thanks again for digging up the truth!!

You are amazing :-)

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

By your moniker, I trust you are a connoisseur of six string beauty.

And since it it well past my bedtime, I will leave you all (RWM, Scrumpy, Sparklug, thatsafackjack, et al) with a melodious masterpiece. Perfect for late nites and blue mornings.

Adieu!

Tom Verlaine: Spiritual (1992)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cieHpti8FQQ

can_con on March 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I’m here. My brain is tired.

Good Evening to all.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

So long as 0 believes he can ‘pull the wool’ over americans eyes, he will.

Even when he is cornered, he still doesn’t back down!

Courts or no courts decisions against him and what he does, he defies them…

I am appalled at his lack of abiding by the law.

What’s right is wrong…

Time for a severe upheaval…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Loved the little back and forth over alu min ium!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

We missed you! I’ve been doing Gone With The Wind phonics for the last 2 days in dealing with Senator Scarlett Graham O’Hara.

“It ain’t fittin’… it ain’t fittin’. It jes’ ain’t fittin’… It ain’t fittin’ dat uh passel of mealy-mouthed, Tea Party brats dun take ovah duh fluh ovh da Sunnate. As God is Senator Scarlett’s witness, ifs shes gats toos lys, cheets, steelums, or kilz, she ain’t nevah gonna be upstaged agin ‘cuz it dus gone makes her pea-green wid da envee!”

It was nice going home.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

can_con on March 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Thank you can_con! God Bless and sleep well!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Lol! good for you!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:52 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Picture yourself..1983 in a smoke filled bar drinking a cold beer and shooting pool and then someone goes over to the jukebox and puts in a couple of quarters and this comes out..:)

PS..Isn’t it cool..:):)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Lol!

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

See y’all tomorrow, puppies say it’s time to go to bed.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Oh my, robots are bleeding hydraulic fluids all over the place!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

God Bless Cindy and sleep well! Good night!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Good Night Cindy, Sweet Dreams.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm dreamy…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

This is the first evening in quite sometime that I have just kicked back and used the iPad thingy to read the threads. I see now what HA is fixin to do. Me no likely. Down twinkles.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Bmore & Scrumpy, lol

I don’t think I’ve got “senate” right, but the it’s not in the movie and I can’t bear to listened to that fool from SC any longer.

I have to tell you that Mammy and Big Sam are my two favourite characters in GWTW…especially Mammy. Hattie McDaniel did the best **eyeroll** in history.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Don’t leave us hanging! Tell us what’s going on, pretty please :-D

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

http://youtu.be/pau8Zf7srlU

dazed

fred

jrsrigmvr on March 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Hunny chil’ yous doin’ a real fiiine job wid dat accent!

Yeah loved the ‘eye roll’… lol…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I’ve noted several seemingly disparate elements coming together on the left that give the distinct impression that there are many of a certain age who are trying desperately to rekindle those moments of their youth…the late 60-mid 1970′s. A deep seated disdain for the military and those who have served is part of their DNA.

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Colorado Senate Democrat Majority Leader Morse kills SB-196 his own ILLEGAL attempt to ban wrongly-defined “assault weapons.”

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

BREAKING: Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, lays over SB 196, his own liability for guns bill.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Very cool, Dire. I’ve not heard that in some time. Thanks for cuing it up… and for setting the scene. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

More ads. Pop up right margin. Page load blockers. Ads play before the page loads. I never see any of this crap when I’m on the machines. Which reminds me. I need to stroll over to Abine and see if they got the blocker done for this iPad thingy.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

right, and approx. zero people know any of this. The megaphones are owned by the Left and Rs like McCain are scared to death.

instapundit had a post tonight:

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: Students Required to Lobby for Nanny Statism. “George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf thinks he’s saving the world with his activism on behalf of numerous causes. He is now teaching (although that doesn’t really seem to be the right word) an undergrad course in which students will have to lobby in favor of the kinds of nanny-state intervention he likes.” The funny thing is, I got a press release from Banzhaf the other day, bragging about this. Here it is.

so, natch, i look up this guy. Quite the rad law prof. very proud of his students shakedown of McDonalds for 12M. And, he founded ASH

which is a virulent anti-smoking outfit. the smoke-free movement is moving right along…NZ wants to be smoke free by 2025. Rabid prohibitionists. Rabid anti-obesity activists. Rabid lawyers looking for big $$$$$…and crickets from the media.

i mean, a normal person would be a little creeped out by designing a future where no one smokes, no one is overweight, no oil, no coal, no nukes…etc. etc. etc.

these are not normal people…and i don’t mean that in a good way

r keller on March 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Hi Jackie – Boeckel was invited to attend the Chavez funeral and only declined “because he had some arm intervention”. Other than that “they are cool and this is a great moment to engage them”.

Carter leads the pack of fools. Still, they have destroyed the land.

Hannity just wrapped up a special on Benghaziand M. Crowley said that “Obama aids the progress of the muzzie brotherhood”…or words to that effect. I’ve been saying it for years. It’s all in front of our eyes and the media are complicit.

Here’s hoping that RP keeps exposing him, no matter how late the hour in the nation.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Man this is havoc On the page reload. Sometimes I’m getting a message that says. Cannot load page invalid address. WTH?

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Jackie, concurrent writing :)

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Hmmmmmmmmm not seeing any of that on me laptop, not yet… Thanks!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

can_con on March 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Goodnight, can_con. Sleep well. Thanks for the tune. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Nite Canada

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

No idea – they must be after you for all that photoshopping :)

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

r keller on March 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

No they are not… when does the cloning start for perfection?

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Nice..Very good movie with the same name..:)

PS..You just got to keep living..L..I..V..I..N..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

My manners are lacking.

Good evening Schad and Dire!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

No Abine yet. I get three message each reload, saying, not a valid page. Cannot load. You hit okay it loads the same message over. It also apparently renders the page non. Modifiable, I.e. I can ‘t reduce or enlarge the page. Stuck on tiny type.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

LOL! We are moving along the same lines of thought. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Lol! Probably. I think they are rearranging things behind the curtain until show time. New site, new ads, new commenting section.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Hey all, and especially one of you.

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Sorry Schadenfreude, should have been a ? At the end not a .

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Hi Scrumpy!

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Good evening, Rusty. Nice to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Now it’s reloading fine, but black links. Argh!!!

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Howdy Rusty! How goes it?

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Know what I even didn’t say Good evening to Jackie, just jumped right in!

Good evening Jackie… :-)

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Sun spot activity is causing spots to appear on the sun.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I’m sorry for my manners..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Moon mice are nibbling craters…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Good evening, Scrumpy. You can ‘jump right in’ with me anytime you like. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

I thought all lynx were black.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Lynx fly fast!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Good evening Jedi..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Enough of this. Not sure if the tune will work.

Good night all.

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

How rude of me. I forgot to mention that I want to smooch all the hotties.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Goodnight, Bmore. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Bmore on March 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Good night and God Bless! Keep up the good work!!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Tigger is AWOL! It’s raining… he doesn’t like getting wet…

Guess I am up til he comes back…

Bad Kitty!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

For All We Know – Chet Baker

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM

hmmmmmmmm I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM

thatsafactjack on March 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM

God Bless Jackie and sleep well!! A pleasure it is as always!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges?

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Nice to see you too.

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Night, Jackie.

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Chrissy, hi.

Rusty Allen on March 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

In his influential Two Treatises of Civil Government, John Locke concludes that there are four principles fundamental to freedom -

1) Religious tolerance

2) An individual’s right to own property

3) A government based on popular consent

4) The right to rebel when government does not protect life, liberty, and property.

Locke’s ideas help to shape the American Revolution which began when Americans defended their rights.

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Hello Rusty :-)

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

In his Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s, William Blackstone declared that your right to defend yourself was fundamental to your freedom.

How quickly the UK forgot this as they disarmed the populace…

Shame for shame…

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Lolz. Your broom broom is almost ready. I’ll leave the keys in the ignition.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

The English Bill of Rights did not spell out the people’s ‘ancient rights and liberties’, but it is possible to deduce from Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the chronicles of England what they were:

1) The right to free speech
2) The right to obtain justice in court
3) The right to defend yourself and your family
4) The right to travel freely in and out of the country
5) The right to own, sell, transfer, and bequeath property
6) Etc.

Surely there were other ancient rights and liberties, such as the right to marry and raise children.

In the 1680s, Doctor John Locke, who treated the ill, identified four natural rights crucial to the health of a country:

1) We have a right to freedom of conscience.
2) We have a right to own, sell, bequeath and transfer property,
3) Our government must be based on our popular consent.
4) We have the right to rebel when government does not protect our life, liberty, and property.

Eighteenth century Americans adopted Locke’s ideas, and claimed ‘the bright inheritance of English freedom’ as theirs.

(The phrase appears in a letter from New Yorkers to the Mayor of London in 1775.)

Their War of Independence was a gauntlet hurled in the faces of King and Parliament who had refused to recognise the ‘ancient rights and liberties’ of British subjects living abroad. The American Bill of Rights, which came into effect December 15, 1791, protected liberties fought for and defended in Britain over the previous thousand years. They included:

The right to equality before the law
The right to habeas corpus
The right to trial by jury
The right not to bear witness against oneself
The right to petition government for redress of grievances
The right to bear arms and defend yourself from attack
The right to your property and house, free of government searches or seizure—‘your home is your castle’
The freedom to own and sell property
The right to freedom of conscience
The right to freedom of speech.

Later amendments would be added to the U.S. Bill of Rights, and wrongs, such as slavery and the inequality of women, would be righted.

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Ask sponge bob.
adios: vaya con dios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

I love my phone. It’s awesome. It would be even better if it was a little bigger. It’s already big.

Galaxy Note 2.

Hi Grace.

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

SparkPlug on March 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Thank you so much!!

Here are 3 moon beans for all your hard work!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Good night and God Bless Fred!! Sleep well!

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

VI WHAT WAS LEFT OUT AND WHY

Some people might well ask, where is the right to food, to a house, to clothing and health care in Britain’s Constitution? The idea was that if you made government responsible for all these things, rather than adult men and women, you made adults into children, as if your parents were still running your life. You made government very powerful, and powerful governments become bullies. They become tyrannies, if history is anything to go by. Britain’s rights and liberties respect you and your ability to achieve and your willingness to help others.

Many people report that they experience happiness by creating value in the world—by employing people, creating a product or service, helping those who cannot help themselves or raising children, to mention a few examples (University of Chicago’s General Social Survey). Earned success, based on equality of opportunity, hard work, and merit, often leads to satisfaction and happiness.

In contrast, when government controls everything, as it did in Eastern Europe in the 20th century, people feel powerless and depressed. Behind the Iron Curtain, income redistribution was rampant, and the result was that everyone had almost nothing. Whole nations were dark, dirty, poverty-stricken, and lifeless. The people were miserable, particularly when they thought about their children’s futures.

In representing the people, Parliament may need to act—to establish voting rights for all people, for instance. In other cases, Parliament may need to refrain from acting, first because every problem or challenge cannot be solved with a law and second because free people don’t want to live under an all-powerful government. Too many new laws and regulations strangle life. Think of music—to hear the notes, there has to be some silence between them. Too many laws, and life and liberty vanish.

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:48 AM

VII CONCLUSION: KEYS TO SUCCESS

Ancient rights and liberties may seem old hat, but millions of people from all over the world have voted their approval of the constitutions of Britain, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with their feet—by moving here.

Below we look at two successes, which evolved directly out of the rights and freedoms of Britain’s Constitution. You might say that Britain’s Constitution was the key to their success.

The free economy

The free economy is based on a mutual covenant freely entered into—a promise from one person or set of people to provide services or goods and a promise from another person to provide payment. Those who promise falsely and break their covenant are rightly punished by the law and scorned. At its best this free and mutual covenant helps us to prosper.

In the free economy, people are constantly absorbing and generating information, buying and selling, competing, but also working together. Profit motivates us, but empathy moves us. Often we find profit and empathy combine, and we all do better by freely deciding to work together.

There are problems in the free economy, but they are not the fatal problems of a centralized and planned economy. The free economy has produced medical advances, warm houses, inexpensive clothing, and thousands of inventions, including the worldwide web, and made them available.

Creating the free economy required the courage and imagination of many men and women. They had to oppose serfdom and slavery, abolish the African slave trade, and defend fair laws and wages for all people. They had and have to battle monopolies and big government-big business cronyism. They had and have to reduce heavy taxes and tariffs, eliminate corruption and withering regulations, and protect their water, air and earth. Businesses have the challenge of surviving, making a profit, and being fair to their employees. All the people have to defend equality of opportunity and a level playing field.

It is not perfect, but the free economy’s results speak for its virtues. These include the overcoming of tremendous difficulties, such as the widespread dislocation caused by the Industrial Revolution; the achievement of prosperity so great that millions of poor people have entered the middle class; and a dedication to generous responsibility so strong that private individuals created everything from schools and universities to theatres and festivals, hospitals and hospices, societies to help the blind, scholarships for children, the protection of animals from cruelty and the London Eye.

Excerpts from British History:

http://www.britsattheirbest.com/freedom/f_british_constitution.htm

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

And with that I am closing for the night :-)

God Bless everyone!

Good Morning morning crew!

Good Night!

*chug chug chug SWOOSH*

Scrumpy on March 9, 2013 at 1:55 AM

I hate McCain and Graham. Privileged dolts.

pat on March 9, 2013 at 2:05 AM

I find Bill’s attitude of “looking out for the folks” just a bit to close to knowing what’s best for the folks. I get more than enough of that from D.C..

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Well O’Reilly did one good thing this week. He went ballistic against Combs regarding how Obama doesn’t do diddly about anything, include offering any specifics on anything to help balance the budget, other than platitudes and increase revenue. It was quite a rant, he was shouting. Combs was astonished.

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM

500.

steebo77 on March 9, 2013 at 2:58 AM

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