Quotes of the day

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

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus deserves credit for launching a reclamation project for his beleaguered party…

But take it from some of those who have been there. The problems outlined in the frank report will not be solved by tweaks to the Republican message or by limiting the number of candidate debates in 2016 or without a potentially bruising internal fight that will pit GOP constituencies and leaders against one another in a debate over ideas and issues.

Democrats have seen this movie. A quarter century ago, the Democrats had lost five of six presidential elections, two by landslide margins in the popular vote…

Based on the Democrats’ history, what Priebus has begun could have a long way to run before Republicans can look to consistent success in presidential races. “You get a change in the party when three things come together — new ideas, a new organizational base and an attractive new standard bearer who understands the ideas and this new orientation in his bones,” Galston said.” It’s not something you learn in a briefing book.”

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Most party chairmen try to avoid the headlines. But in recent weeks, Priebus has adopted a pose of brutal candor, trying to stir up his party with dire predictions and frank language. “Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. Our primary and debate process needed improvement,” he said, diagnosing all that went wrong in last year’s campaign. “There’s no one solution,” Priebus continued. “There’s a long list of them.”…

In Brooklyn, conservative black clergy told Priebus about the harm done by Republican efforts to cleanse voter rolls. In Denver, Hispanic Republicans talked about the pain caused by Mitt Romney’s promise of “self-deportation.” In California, Priebus met with an elected Asian-American Republican who regularly sees 10 Democrats at community events she attends alone. Even the donors were restless. “Look, you are young. You are smart. If you want a job, I’ll give you a job down the hallway,” Priebus remembers a major Republican donor in New York City telling him in December. “But here’s the deal. If you are not going to be big and bold, don’t waste my time. Don’t waste your kids’ time. Don’t waste your wife’s time.”…

Priebus made his proposals at the very moment when the uncompromising guardians of the party’s right wing had gathered outside of Washington to bash the capital’s consultant class–that collection of professional campaign technicians who know winning in presidential elections means keeping the party from veering too far to the right. “Stop listening to the professional politicians and consultants most responsible for those political train wrecks,” warned longtime activist L. Brent Bozell III in a typical turn that garnered huge applause. Other mainstays of social conservatism, like the Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly and Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed, warn that they will fight any effort to change the party’s approach to gay marriage. “If someone tries,” warns Reed, “they’re going to have to get through me.” Says Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council: “Obviously the RNC report was designed to pander to the GOP’s wealthy elites.”

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Further fueling suspicions on the right of an anti-conservative vendetta led by Rove and the R.N.C., Rove and party leaders are working together to develop a high-tech digital platform designed to facilitate voter and donor contact and to replicate the major advances in digital campaigning achieved by the Obama campaign.

More broadly, the alliance between Rove and the R.N.C. does substantiate the view that establishment forces are driving the reform movement within the Republican Party, an establishment that includes much of corporate America, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Bush family and its allies, and the more moderate, traditionalist donor community…

In January, I pointed out that “If the conservative movement continues on its downward trajectory, the American business community, which has the most to lose from Republican failure, will be the key force arguing for moderation.”

That moment has come. The Priebus report and Rove’s Conservative Victory Project together mark a significant escalation in the battle between the center and the right over the soul of the Republican Party.

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Still, these efforts merely clear the decks of some existing objections, not dramatically expand Republican appeal. The 2012 election revealed insufficient GOP enthusiasm among working-class Americans and plummeting support among rising demographic groups, particularly Asians and Latinos. Appealing to these voters will require more than repetition of the Republican economic message circa 1980. They want the reassurance of a modern, functioning safety net and the realistic hope of economic and social mobility. Republicans have yet to effectively address either priority.

This is partly an institutional problem. A smattering of conservative policy experts is working on these issues — conservative alternatives on health and education reform or promoting social capital and family stability. But the major conservative think tanks tend to be driven by ideological and donor priorities. Few conservative institutions operate effectively at the confluence of policy and politics.

Democratic reformers in the 1980s and ’90s had the Democratic Leadership Council to help reshape their identity and lay the policy foundations for Bill Clinton’s presidential run. Britain’s Conservative Party has the Centre for Social Justice, which in the past year has produced policy documents on fighting modern slavery, addressing child poverty, breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and strengthening marriage. Where is the Republican equivalent?

Major Republican donors seem perfectly willing to support the presidential races of quixotic candidates. They foot the bill for television attack ads. They seem less interested in funding the revival of ideas and policy that is a prerequisite to reestablishing a GOP majority. It is a strategic failure of the first order.

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The RNC report does not challenge the role of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada in beginning the delegate selection. Perhaps it is not worth the trouble to challenge these states’ anachronistic entitlement; like all entitlements, it is fiercely defended by the beneficiaries. But a reform process that begins by accepting this crucial component of the status quo substantially limits possibilities. By the time these four states have had their say, the field of candidates often has been considerably — and excessively — winnowed, and the outcome is, if not settled, given a trajectory that is difficult to alter.

Supporters of Sen. Rand Paul, or of any other candidate thoroughly unenthralled by the policies and procedures that have resulted in Republicans losing the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, are understandably suspicious of any proposed changes that might tilt the nomination process against the least known and less-lavishly funded candidates. They are especially apt to squint disapprovingly at the RNC’s suggestion of regional primaries…

Anyway, tinkering with the party’s political process is no substitute for improving the party’s political substance. No nominating process featuring an array of candidates as weak and eccentric as the Republicans’ 2012 field would have produced a much better result. So the party must begin whatever 2016 process it devises by fielding better candidates, which should not be so difficult.

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In a democracy, it isn’t enough to move toward the public on issues of your own choosing; you have to show the voters that you’re interested in what they most care about as well. And on health care, education, jobs, you name it, the current G.O.P. is simply not equipped to meet that challenge.

So long as that remains the case, a Republican Party that takes the direction its elites seem to want to chart could easily find itself in an extremely perilous political position. It would have sidelined the concerns of many millions of voters, effectively shutting their views out of the political process, without necessarily gaining the kind of support in the center that would make that sidelining a net plus. There are plenty of social conservatives, evangelical and Catholic and Mormon, who would be happy to have an excuse to vote for centrist Democrats on economics or foreign policy, plenty of working class voters who would see a pro-immigration, pro-amnesty G.O.P. as yet another reason to stay home. For Republicans to thrive despite these losses, they would need to make substantial gains with other cohorts … and again, it’s awfully hard to see that happening so long as the party’s economic policy conversation mostly consists of office-holders attacking the Ryan budget from the right.

Parties need reliable voters before they need anything else. A party elite can rebel against its own base successfully, but only if there’s a bigger base waiting to be built. A G.O.P. that moves to the center on social and economic issues simultaneously might achieve that kind of expansion. But jettisoning cultural conservatives in order to protect an unpopular economic agenda is just as likely to have the opposite effect — losing more in disaffection than it gains through outreach, and consigning G.O.P. elites to exactly the kind of purer-but-smaller, permanent-minority fate that their revolt is intended to escape.

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Let’s begin with what we know to be true. We know that Barack Obama beats John McCain and Mitt Romney. Now, we can take that information — add in demographic data and polling information — and extrapolate that Republicans are in deep trouble.

And maybe they are. On the other hand, is it fair to assume that Obama and Romney are representative of their respective ideologies? Obamaism, absent the charismatic cult of Obama, might not have been nearly as effective. Conservatism, with a better messenger, might have been much more appealing.

What if — instead of Obama versus Romney — the election had been, say, Dennis Kucinich versus Marco Rubio? Would the liberal vision still have looked as compelling in contrast?

This is a question at least worth asking before we upset the apple cart.

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Blocs of “natural Democrats” have become natural Republicans before. Indeed, in at least one instance, it happened with shocking rapidity. As I noted last time, in the 1960s, droves of white Democrat ethnics—Italians, Eastern Europeans, the Irish—started voting Republican in a backlash against the Democrats’ continued embrace of civil rights in the wake of a failed open housing bill and the urban riots. Only an eye-blink earlier, they had been considered the soul of the New Deal coalition…

Part of the fantasy certain pro-reform Republicans like to broadcast about Hispanics, family-oriented, churchgoing traditionalists, is that they are somehow natural conservatives, just waiting for the Republicans to slough off the skin of bigotry before they can embrace Reaganism en masse just like every other ordinary God-fearing American. Liberals intelligently respond by pointing to polling demonstrating that if anything, Hispanics are more liberal than voters in general on all sorts of issues—for instance, 75 percent of Hispanics prefer “a bigger government providing more services” rather than “a smaller government providing fewer services,” compared to 41 percent for the general population. But what if they start becoming “Italian”? That is to say, what if Hispanics, less hobbled by official discrimination, follow the pattern of other immigrant groups before them, become increasingly upwardly mobile—and become increasingly identified, by themselves and others, as “white.” Is it not reasonable to assume that they might become more Republican? That would certainly be the historical precedent: more and more immigrant groups (excluding, of course, African-Americans), becoming “white.”

The very existence of a more immigrant-friendly Republican Party, meanwhile, might do much to assuage the sort of mainstream, moderate white voters who identify themselves by their tolerance (many of them quite conservative on economic issues) that it is now “safe” to vote Republican.

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I recently asked a smart veteran Republican pollster what his party could do to turn things around in the near future. His response what refreshingly honest: Nothing. The Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up

Since the GOP brand is damaged, it has little credibility with certain voters. And because politics is invariably in the eye of the beholder, voters who don’t even consider listening to the GOP will have to become receptive to Republican arguments before they are willing to consider voting for Republican candidates.

But that isn’t likely to happen until those voters grow disillusioned with the Democrats. That disillusionment could come next week, next year or in 10 years, depending on events and circumstances. But voters won’t listen to the recalibrated Republican message — or even new GOP messengers — until they are looking for something new.

With Republicans increasingly split on policy and strategy — hardly a recipe for political success in 2014 or 2016 — GOP grass-roots activists, party leaders and “outside” groups still need to find a compelling case for swing voters and weak Democrats to reassess their assumptions about the two parties. For now, only the president and congressional Democrats can give them that.

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Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Don’t worry about getting it together… just scribble down whatever feels right to you. It’s enough to begin. Oh… and double space it, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:29 AM

They are called kerfuffles, not gondolas.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

LoLz..Good point..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Axe was the stay poofed harsh mellow man but now he has been unbanned unless he is a harsh fellow.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Lolz. Great word play and imagery there.

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Hey, how come when I click on your name, I get pictures of hot chics legs sticking out of cars;)

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Wuzzzzz up Jackie?
Sat night and the owls are here.

Where has nightowl been?
I havent been around but I use to see her.
Few peeps I miss.

Grace..we need MontanaMmmm to play some Slayer..lmao

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Queensryche – Empire

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Grace..we need MontanaMmmm to play some Slayer..lmao

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

For sure! I adore Montana. I’m not around enough lately to know if she is around.

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:29 AM

From the treasure chest..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Damn. everybody’s here. We’re short a Hawk and a Bishop . . . where’s Bluegill?

What happen anyway? An orderly leave the keys in the door? :)

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Good evening, B9! Great to see you. :)

A lot of people have been AWOL from the QOTD. I’m only guessing, but I think some just needed a break from politics for awhile. I’m hoping that they are all doing well. :)

I’m sorry to hear that you’re in pain this evening (morning).

I’ve been working late… and, like Axefellow… I’m pacing the floor with a new project.

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

For sure! I adore Montana. I’m not around enough lately to know if she is around.

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

I saw her a couple times in the last month.
yeah, she is a character.
I swear-that still makes me LOL.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:36 AM

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Green baby, green, nothin but wasted green. ; )

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:34 AM

A treasure, indeed, Dire! Well played. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Who can forget the train ride..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

They are called kerfuffles, not gondolas.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

I thought the kerfuffle was the frilly border you put on your gondola.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Yeah, I think we all do when we look back, though my senior year I went short hair, well I am sure you can figure why considering what I do now, but my guess is you are Mrs MarshFox(LilaMunro) and my age, matter of fact her and I are exactly a year apart, great time those days!

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

I’m living,eating,breathing- Obama Effing Care-enough said.
The pain pills don’t work on that. The constant pain in my a$$.

glad your well and still working.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Good Girl Don’t…

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Yeah, wasted green, heck we could use that money to at least send a mission to Mars, be a lot more productive then what their using it for now:)

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Queensryche – Empire

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:33 AM

:)

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:41 AM

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Best days of my life! Life was good. :)
I am 40 in 2 months. We must be close in age.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:41 AM

Good Girl Don’t…

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Whaaat?

The Knack-My Sharona

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

I think of you often, working with the new quagmire of regulations and rules, and having to deal with clients as they begin to understand just what Obamacare is doing to them. It can’t be any fun.

I was hoping that you’d have time to get out to do some diving and get some more of those spectacular photos, or maybe spend some time relaxing and fishing. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Well, time to try and get back to sleep.
Thx guys. :)
Someone is always here
in the middle of the night.

God Bless!
Night.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:43 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Goodnight, B9. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Who can forget the train ride..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Excellent! Wow, that movie is a blast from the past.

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:44 AM

night b9!

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM

I will send Jackie my short science fiction story.

It’s about two robots named B9 and Grace who write comments on blogs and everyone thinks they are real people until this guy Spark who is the main character blows the lid off their ruse.

But then it turns our Spark was really the robot but didn’t know that SWalker had programmed him to think he was a person.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Whaaat?

The Knack-My Sharona

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

LOL

a) I’m a bit tired, so I left off the s. Girlssssss
b) I almost played Sharona, but I listened to it a couple of days ago, so…But, it’s such a catchy tune. :)

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Now I know I’m very tired, because that made perfect sense, SP. :)

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Yeah…it is HELL…and it is just starting.

I cant afford any dive trips and my health isnt up to it either
but have been fishing. Just bought 2 new boards-ready to hit the waves.
Latest catch- Yellow Fin Tuna and Red Snapper.
A few Sea Bass, Grouper (enviro’s banned it..but since when do I listen? lol
AmberJack-which we get smoked for dips and such..
Mahi- The are running early.
This summer- a lot of Mahi. They are my fave to catch.
They are gorgeous. The minuet they come out of the water-after that they loose their brilliant color.
We had the port cook our fish fresh a few weeks ago.
Was splendid.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:41 AM

We are, but I will tell you that the best days are yet to come, trust me, I know it doesn’t seem like it but their coming. I told Mrs MarshFox(LilaMunro) not to throw the miniskirts away, we have been hauling them around all this time, they’ll come back in style, besides she was so beautiful in them:)

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

I like the premise, Spark, but I’m afraid you’re far too human, a fully formed character, for anyone to believe that you’re a robot… and particularly one that was not fully self aware. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Well that’s only because you pay attention to definitions. Some people shun definitions in favor of more fluid semantics that can sometimes drip between the cracks of reality.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Dokken – Tooth and Nail

1. Correct computer dancing is required. A. You may not listen to Tooth and Nail if you have a medical condition that keeps you from banging your hair. B. The only exception to this rule is if you agree to air-guitar either a) the part or b) the other part. You’ll know the two different parts because one is like whabababababab and the other one is guitarier.

As with everything in the 80s rule book, nothing applies to hotties.

Alternate selection without rules: Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

I gotta get some zzzz’s. My apologies for not even exchanging a “good evening: with some of you!

Bmore, Jackie, tom dc and others: Hope all is well with you!

Goodnight and God bless! Have an awesome Palm Sunday. :)

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Now I know I’m very tired, because that made perfect sense, SP. :)

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

lol..it did? My perks are not allowing me to see the brilliance.
Good to see you Grace! been a long time with us both on together.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

You make my mouth water with your description of the fresh fish… and I’m filled with envy of your wonderful fishing trips, too. I can almost see that beautiful blue and green water. You’re a lucky woman. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

Bmore, Jackie, tom dc and [less important people]

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Whatevs.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Goodnight, 4Grace. Sleep well, and you have a wonderful Palm Sunday, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

You are right MG. I’ll have to cook up another story about a beautiful moon Goddess who lives in the glade and has many encounters with the spritely Scrumpy who flies around on a magic broom while Axe poofs around on company time.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:56 AM

MarshFox on March 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

I hope your right. :)
It wasnt just the music but my memories attached.
She is a lucky lady..you obviously adore her adore her.
Very nice to see. Made me smile.
Be well Marsh-and God Bless you and keep you safe
for return.

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Okay..I couldnt get off..
Hitting the bed!
later all!

bazil9 on March 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Nite nite B9.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Enter friend..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 2:59 AM

4Grace on March 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Enjoyed it..Later..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Now that works! :) But do be certain not to leave out our Peace Officer. I think that particular character adds a great deal to the story…in fact… I think he’s indispensable. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

LOL!!! Hellfire Axe, its bad when I get a good night and am not really even here. ; ) So anyway, I loaded the balloon up on the contest site. We’ll see how legal goes on it.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

If you promise enough idiots enough freebies and goodies they’ll vote against basic economic reality and elect incompetent imbeciles who will destroy the country while smiling and lying.

If the GOP can’t make that kind of suicidal folly clear to a majority and fight it openly and vigorously, the lying pimps of perks will continue to sucker enough dolts to keep in power and continue eroding and ruining the country.

profitsbeard on March 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

I don’t think it needs a moon.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

I know you’re not really here… but good evening, anyway… and I think it’s a very good thing that you’re doing the wonderful artwork in light of Mrs. Bmore’s not being there to keep you company. It should keep you out of trouble. Did you eat well today? :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:03 AM

In the last chapter there is a other plot twist. Dire finally meets Dave and it turns out that Dave is his long lost twin brother who was separated a birth because he was not there.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Maybe I should let Allah pilot the US flag balloon.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:04 AM

That’s very interesting, and should also provide an emotional element, as well.

Is Dave a pirate, too?

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone

I don’t think it needs a moon.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Nah. Let it be finished. You kill good stuff “finishing” — you know.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Yes, it is keeping me occupied. The lack of honey do’s and what not. No I have not eaten, I forgot. I will eat something right now. ; ) Thank you for reminding me Jackie. : )

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

On the other hand… sometimes a little reflection…and polishing… is an opportunity for perfection. :)

However, I agree that, in this rare instance ( being the Moon Goddess and all), that the moon may be extraneous.

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:09 AM

lol

*cough*

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Is Dave a pirate, too?

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Yeah. Makes sense. Now here is the kicker. There was a mix up at the hospital and their birth certificates were switched. So Dave is really Dire and Dire is really Dave.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

I’m glad I mentioned it, as well, then…although I didn’t wish to sound like a nag… and yes… now would be a great time. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Yeah. Makes sense. Now here is the kicker. There was a mix up at the hospital and their birth certificates were switched. So Dave is really Dire and Dire is really Dave.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

I’m confused. Who’s the robot?

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

There, if you look real close you can see Allah piloting the US flag balloon. He is wearing a red shirt.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:17 AM

I think that Alaska, aka, Sarah balloon needs to move just a wee bit.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:19 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Are you sure you don’t write for the industry, Spark? A shocker like that would be a great TV series season end episode… to be sure that people tuned back in to find out what happened when Dire learned he was really Dave!

It could also either be a mini series, or it could be a film with built in sequel potential. :)

How does this sound? Dire Dave, by Glade Productions.

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Yes, it is keeping me occupied. The lack of honey do’s and what not. No I have not eaten, I forgot. I will eat something right now. ; ) Thank you for reminding me Jackie. : )

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

There’s an idea. I’m totally going to go put the hurt on a peanut butter sandwich. It’s ok — it will be a rad sandwich. And the hurt will be hurt major.

Wait — that hurt major was from the future. I learned it from Zenon the Zequel. I’m getting my timeline confused.

Bummer. But we’re jake, see pally?

It’s a sandwich what needs eatin’, whether or no, and eat it we will or die on the prairie ‘tween here and there.

O SCRAP! WHERE’S MY PILLS

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Lolz. Well the movie is different from the book. In the book the robot is the narrator and the robot made up the whole story just to make enough money to buy a new compiler for its internal code.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Fantastic. Love it. Who shall we get to play the part of Dave?

Maybe Dire could audition? Lolz.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM

I’m going to fix a ham cheese mushroom omelet.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM

I’m sorry to hear your omelet needed repairs.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 3:27 AM

I’m sorry to hear your omelet needed repairs.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 3:27 AM

lol — that should not have been funny.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:28 AM

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM

I’m not sure. You think he’s right for the role? Maybe we need a casting director. Oh… and speaking of directors… who should be get for the project? Maybe Bmore…he’d be a good director. of course, he’s involved in that whole visual arts project these days. Or Axefellow, although I heard he’s currently attached to some 3D time travel travel flick about peanut butter, or something artsy like that…

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM

That sounds wonderful and nutritious, too. :)

Now I’m hungry…

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:30 AM

I bet bmore is being crushed in this obamaeconomy, so he has had to hang onto his omelet for a long time. Back when Bush was president, the average American could afford more than one omelet. but now more and more people are having to stretch out the lives of their omelets. its a shame too.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Well…he’s got the look… but we’ll have to run it by the casting director… when we get around to hiring one. Say, TDC would make a good casting director… and we know him… and we owe him one for offering to break us out of that oubliette. I wonder how many moon beans it would take to get him to take the job.

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:36 AM

O wow. Zenon the Zequel is on TV right now. I can’t believe it. You know what this means, right?

I’m in harmony with the Universe.

I wonder how many moon beans it would take to get him to take the job.

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:36 AM

I’m thinking one good omelet would do it. :)

And big credits. Total egomaniac.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Well, now I’m inspired major.

*poof*

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:44 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Rotf. Too funny.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Okay, I think the balloon is ready, just a few minor tweaks left.

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 2:20 AM

…that’s a nice break for you!…we see them around here alot…and it is a treat to see the various graphics on the balloons.

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 3:46 AM

whoa whoa whoa? moon beams? you think I’m from planet f****** unicorn? I holiday at candy mountain? besides I can’t afford to procure any more prisms to store them in at the moment. glass prices are sky high. talk about an indecent proposal! I mean I’ll roll around the bed in my bvd’s with cold cash money sticking to my sweajty spare tire, but moon beams!!!???

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:39 AM

LOL!

We’ll have to have someone call his agent. I’m sure there will be some serious negotiations involved… extra cheese…Florentine…or not… moon beans… you know the drill. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:52 AM

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 3:47 AM

LOL! Okay… see THIS is why we have agents… the do all of that behind closed doors so that we don’t have to have those conversations!

And no… not moon beams… moon beans… they are the prized currency of the Glade… worth their weight in … well…moon beans. :)

I’ll have my people call your people… they’ll have lunch. lol!

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:56 AM

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Goodnight, Axefellow. Write well, sleep well, eat well. ( But not necessarily in that order). See you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Fade To Black – Dire Straits

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

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 3:59 AM

nighty tafj

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Where is the blizzard? The major grocers and meteorologists conspired to sell milk and bread the last few days. So where is the big white wet blanket? I just hope it holds off till I get off @0600.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 4:48 AM

new ideas

My gosh–new ideas–that worked so well for the democrats when a Gary Hart ran for president with exactly that as his slogan, till they discovered he was having an affair on his big rich man’s boat.

Though if he only had enough intellegence to manipulate the masses with more messiah-like catch-phrases, like hope and change.

Look Prebius, we have all the ideas we need handed down by our forefathers and Judeo-christian heratige which brought us our rights and freedom or strength. Start returning to our roots and selling that hard and always, instead of compromising it away, or cowering and crying in a corner when the left attacks with their morally corrupt deck of politically carrect weapons–from homophobe to racist, to insensitive, to compromise,to extremists, to whatever.

Do your job; have your answers ready and get in their face for a change.

Don L on March 24, 2013 at 5:19 AM

O/T – “Of Palm Sunday and Two Very Different Entries Into Jerusalem”.
My take.

kingsjester on March 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I left the Republican Party this week, and told them to stop sending me surveys.

disa on March 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The GOP is losing primarily because generations of Americans have been “educated” by Bill Ayers and other small c communists who preceded him and followed him, trained at influential progressive hives like Columbia Teacher’s College, where Social Justice is the supreme ideology. It has reached the tipping point where there are more people indoctrinated into liberalism/Marxism Lite than not.

We must reform education – by changing the curriculum back to the ideas of classic liberalism, of free markets, assimilation, the American Dream. We must demand that American History be taught from k-12 through college, with a tone which celebrates not denigrates America, with an emphasis on a positive study of the Declaration and Constitution, the founders, and so on while tossing Howard Zinn’s history books and the Balkanizing multiculturalist propaganda of gender/race/ethnicity into the dustbin.

Republican governors can take a lead role in this, demanding that their state’s public k-12 schools and colleges require American History from our founding through the 20th century, as well as an renewed emphasis on Western literature/Western Civilization in order to graduate. Anyone who isn’t a left wing ideologue who looks at the curriculum of these alleged institutions of learning should be appalled.

We must educate Americans about the roots of the Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, and take on the lies which have most convinced we are the party of the KKK of Bull Connor and so on. We need to spend money on this, running “did you know” ads in social media, and traditional outlets. In short we have to deprogram the indoctrinated.

Finally, we must take on the gay marriage advocates not just by pushing back against the absurdly unscientific idea that two people of the same sex who cannot create life together is “equal” to heterosexual marriage, but by pointing out the absurdity of activists who make no such demands or on single mothers who, along with their fatherless children, are effectively wards of an ever-expanding, crime-ridden welfare state which is crushing us from within. As to those like Ed Morrissey who say we should “get the state out of the marriage business”, that this can be a state by state decision, or made exclusively the domain of the church, this too is absurd. Just to point out one flaw in these illogical arguments: Will heterosexuals have to marry or be licensed in every state they reside in in order for their marriage to be recognized? Stop the madness.

Buy Danish on March 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie Palin, Bachman, Akin)

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

A first step towards recovery for you would be to stop pretending you’re nonpartisan.

disa on March 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

O/T – “Of Palm Sunday and Two Very Different Entries Into Jerusalem”.
My take.

kingsjester on March 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Nice post. I can tell you spent a lot of time and work on that one.

For those that have eyes to see and ears to hear, a Palm Sunday message from C.H. Spurgeon.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I say we conservatives should go on the attack, and demonstrate that the liberals are the real control freaks in this country. In our day, young people resisted being told what to do, but in 2013 they’re tools of the left.

It’s true that they’ve been marinating in lies all their lives, but at some point, reality will set in (probably when it’s far too late).

disa on March 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Thank you!

kingsjester on March 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

The reasonable Republicans of the party…

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I don’t think that word means what you think it means…

Yeah. Princess Bride was on TV a day ago. I own the video and I still watched it.

True love…

Fallon on March 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Not reasonable Republicans. Vichy Republicans.

kingsjester on March 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I guess the moderates just thought Romney was too much of a far-right firebrand for their tastes.

ddrintn on March 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

More likely that libtards classify themselves as moderate to exit pollsters.

sentinelrules on March 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Maybe it was that gold Etch-a-sketch he made his policies with that caused them to shy away?

Don L on March 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM

…nothing…saw that Rinsed had 299 comments…had to make it 300!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

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