Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on March 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws

A White House official would not comment on the timing of more presidential travel, but said people should expect to see Obama travel outside DC to bolster his insistence that gun control measures “deserve a vote” in Congress.

Obama will have help. Over the coming two-week congressional recess, representatives of the Brady Campaign and Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns tell BuzzFeed they’re gearing up for major campaigns aimed at ginning up votes for gun control over recess. That includes grassroots lobbying of members while they’re home and other efforts.

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[T]hree months later, the NRA has regained its footing, rallying gun owners and lawmakers against new gun controls in a fierce lobbying effort that appears to be paying dividends on Capitol Hill…

“[NRA CEO] Wayne LaPierre made terrible mistakes early on. They took two very bad spills,” Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University, said Friday in a phone interview. “But they quickly recovered and they assumed their usual position of dominance…

A Democratic strategist familiar with the issue … [argued] that the more controversial elements of Obama’s gun-control wish-list —particularly the assault weapons ban — were never expected to pass Congress.

By pushing hard for that ban, the strategist said, Democrats were simply negotiating from the left, always with the idea they could cash in that chip to get the universal background checks that stand at the core of their effort to keep violent people from buying guns.

“For once, the Democrats actually did things in a smart way. Instead of starting by giving in, they started by asking for more,” the strategist said. “You could call it a momentum change, but this was always the way this was going to play out.”

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $12 million on a television ad campaign meant to pressure senators into backing gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.

The national campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns will target states whose senators are on the fence, according to the New York Post…

“These ads bring the voices of Americans — who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks — into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence,” Bloomberg said in a statement issued by the group he co-founded in 2006.

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The N.R.A. plans to roll out its own lobbying campaign, using print and broadcast advertising to reach lawmakers during the recess. But its leaders said that their investment was unlikely to rival the intensity of Mr. Bloomberg’s spending, to be carried out through Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group he co-founded.

“Can we match Mayor Bloomberg dollar for dollar?” asked Chris W. Cox, the group’s chief lobbyist. “No one can. We don’t have to.”

He predicted that voters and senators would resist a message from an out-of-state magnate who is associated with government limits on soda and salt.

“What he is going to find out is that Americans don’t want to be told by some elitist billionaire what they can eat, drink and they damn well don’t want to be told how, when and where they can protect their families,” Mr. Cox said.

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So, why aren’t the polling numbers on gun control swaying more members of Congress? Many of the poll numbers don’t capture the nuances of public opinion. For example, there is a significant difference in the level of passion of voters on the two sides of the issue. While members of the National Rifle Association or conservative gun owners home in on this issue, gun-control proponents may not register that sort of excitement.

The level of voter passion may also depend on where the respondents live. In January, there were 44 gun homicides in Chicago. In 2011, there were only 40 gun homicides in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined. The political pressure for members of Congress from those states is much less than it would be for a senator from Illinois. In fact, Sens. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk, a Republican, both from Illinois, are two of the lawmakers who have come out strongly for some of these gun-control laws.

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, the director of social policy and politics for Third Way, said her group has conducted polling in some of these states where gun violence isn’t a major issue. When they asked if they thought policies would be effective in reducing crime, most respondents said it wouldn’t. When asked if legislation was addressing a problem in their community or somewhere far away, most respondents went with the latter. The support for gun-control policies then is “really high but shallow,” Hatalsky said.

“People will support this and they think it’s a good idea, but they don’t feel super deeply about it,” Hatalsky said. “They’re not convinced that it will necessarily work and that it will work to change their own lives.”

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“I don’t think there’s ever been an issue where the public has spoken so clearly where Congress hasn’t eventually understood and done the right thing,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding: “I think we are going to win this. Celebrating in advance isn’t the right thing to do. We’ve got to go out — we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Bloomberg acknowledged that the assault weapons ban faces an uncertain future, though, because the public isn’t as united on that issue…

“I don’t think we should give up on the assault weapons ban,” Bloomberg said. “But clearly it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people. I don’t know that that reflects the NRA’s power. It may be just that people have different views about assault weapons than they do about background checks.”

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As I’ve said before, we may not be able to prevent every act of violence in this country. But together, we have an obligation to try. We have an obligation to do what we can.

Right now, we have a real chance to reduce gun violence in America, and prevent the very worst violence. We have a unique opportunity to reaffirm our tradition of responsible gun ownership, and also do more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or people with a severe mental illness.

We’ve made progress over the last three months, but we’re not there yet. And in the weeks ahead, I hope Members of Congress will join me in finishing the job – for our communities and, most importantly, for our kids.


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I was actually watching that today.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

If you watch Roots backwards, it has a better ending.

I denounce myself.

Mimzey on March 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

RWM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

And yes, I am aware that libertarians have long agreed with progressives on the problem of the War on Drugs

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Wrong. Prohibition was started by so-called “progressives”.

FloatingRock on March 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

You ever stand on a surfboard in a pool?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Why? Do you think I look like Gidget?

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Going on the list.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Good evening, good peeps.
Rusty Allen on March 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM
…oh!…you’re done screwing with the people on the Nanny thread?…you had one poor poster thinking you were nonpartisans butt buddy!…Hi ya Rusty!
KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM
That became confusing for me. :)
22044 on March 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Sorry. Just trying to point out how rediculous the arguments were becoming.

Rusty Allen on March 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

She started off as Rethuglican. I suspect he became friends with her after her conversion. Cheap turncoat b!tch.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Nothing on the 300k+ protests opposing gay marriage in Paris today on HA.

Just as NBC News has an agenda, HA has an agenda and neither is conservative.

bw222 on March 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Crapped-out completely on finding an argument to pick up, but this was interesting:

Le bump:

h/t INC

Fallon on March 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

http://upstreampolitics.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/la-manif-pour-tous-24-march/

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Speaking of Le, where’s canop4?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Nothing on the 300k+ protests opposing gay marriage in Paris today on HA.

Just as NBC News has an agenda, HA has an agenda and neither is conservative.

bw222 on March 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I read estimates of between 1.2 – 1.4 million.

Mimzey on March 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Sorry. Just trying to point out how rediculous the arguments were becoming.

Rusty Allen on March 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

…that’s why I said you were tongue in cheek…but nonpubic had his tongue elsewhere.

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Speaking of Le, where’s canop4?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

…was on the immigration reform thread…moved his daughter for few days…

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

…was on the immigration reform thread…moved his daughter for few days…

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

OK.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

…he said mortally?…yep!…he’ll be president!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

President Pinocchio: Perpetual Pathological Prevaricator, prevaricating pathologically perpetually.

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

so there goes the Snake Oil Salesman-In-Chief off to campaign again. If he doesn’t hurry up and do something relevant soon his legacy is going to be the worst in history. he’s running pretty short on accomplishments.

scalleywag on March 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Nothing on the 300k+ protests opposing gay marriage in Paris today on HA.

Just as NBC News has an agenda, HA has an agenda and neither is conservative.

bw222 on March 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I read estimates of between 1.2 – 1.4 million.

Mimzey on March 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

http://upstreampolitics.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/la-manif-tugdual-derville.jpg

I’m just a caveman, and your modern world frightens and confuses me. But this isn’t a picture of 300k, surely.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws…

Maybe, as a show of good faith, he could turn over all the drones and all the hollow points he has on American soil.

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Sorry. Just trying to point out how rediculous the arguments were becoming.

Rusty Allen on March 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

My old Aunt Rose used to say, “Skippy, don’t argy with fools. Sometimes folks can’t tell which one is which.”

novaculus on March 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

The deceptive swine retweeted this, but Lennon was killed by a pistol.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

That Sheriff Joe is a winner//..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Maybe he confused her with a corpseman. And this is the man who wants people to fire shotgun blasts through closed doors.

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

This is a good fight for Team Obie..It is a fight they will totally lose..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

The douche on the Bloomberg ads has his finger on the trigger the whole time. Lol! These leftists tyrants aren’t fooling anyone.

jawkneemusic on March 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

rofl..Like I said Sheriff Joe is a winner..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

He’s the 2nd biggest joke of the land.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Oscar Pistorious?

Rusty Allen on March 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Clearly Joe Biden was mortally wounded in the head.

VorDaj on March 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Holy cow, I’m a French Christian. I’ve made about half these arguments myself . . .

This is so embarrassing.

Someone hand me a midget to toss. I always feel better after a good midget toss.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Give Our Love Another Try – Redbone

LOL!

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Someone hand me a midget to toss. I always feel better after a good midget toss.

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM

rofl..We all feel better..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

LOLLOLOL!!! The tiny tyrant has the ratings and comments disabled on his Youtube ads. I saw these ads on a gun blog the other day before they disabled them. It’s was like 20 to 1 against.

jawkneemusic on March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Turn The Page – Seger

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Perpetual campaign

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

thatsafactjack on March 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Very nice relaxing tune for Sunday night..Some of us prefer the fringe..:)

PS..Good evening..:):)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Remember when he said of campaigning ‘Now this is something that I know how to do.’ ?

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bloomy-takes-aim-guns-meet-press-article-1.1297779

speaking of bloomy, doesn’t this pix look like putin

and he thinks that’s a cool pix? scary indeed

r keller on March 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Indeed, Jackie. He’s an eternal embarrassment.

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Gypsy Song

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM

A toast

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Good evening, my friend.:)

Excellent tune. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Hi Jackie – the lady died yesterday, at 99. She sang at the Met. Opera for over 20 years, was half Norwegian, half Jewish, but very American.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Vyacheslav Grokhovsky – Gypsy Rhapsody

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

A great loss, indeed, Schadenfreude.

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

For those of you that were here last evening, you know I was finishing up on a piece on hot air balloons. The finished piece is here. Yes that is the entire staff from here at your very own HOTAIR® On the higher resolution version they are very easy to see and recognize. When I finished that, I did this one. It just makes me laugh. ; )

Bmore on March 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

And so ends another pants free weekend at cozmos.

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Good evening, Dire. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

You did like my “fringe” tune??..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

In our last episode we leaned that Dire and Dave were twin brothers separated at birth. The real plot twist occurred just before the commercial break where the hospital had inadvertently mixed up the birth certificates.

At their whole lives Dire was Dave and Dave was Dire. But the plot thickens. To get even with Dire, Dave stole Dire’s identity. So now Dave is Dave.

Then to get even with Dave, Dire stole Dave’s identity. So Dire is now Dire except Dire stole Dave’s identity after Dave had stolen Dire’s. So now Dire is really Dave only Dire thinks he is Dire.

That’s where we leave off for the next episode.

Stay tuned.

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Improvising

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Obama always attaches the formal religious title “Prophet” onto Mohammad’s name. You can even hear the capital “P” when he pronounces it! It’s sickening. It’s like listening to the ruler of Egypt or Saudi Arabia speak! Obama never puts “Lord” in front of the name Jesus. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him attach the title “Christ”, either. I’ve always heard him just say–very blandly, with no emotion behind it–”Jesus”.

No one who isn’t a Muslim regards Mohammed as being a prophet. If they use that title in front of Mo’s name while not being Muslim, they’re unthinking idiots. They’re claiming he was a prophet, while ignoring all of his prophecy. They’re claiming that the word prophecy has no meaning–that you can refer to someone as being a prophet without believing he did anything prophetic.

Obama has demonstrated in more ways than I could detail and footnote in several hours that he is contemptuous and ashamed of Christianity, while being filled with pride and protectiveness towards Islam. It ENRAGES me that ever since a small group of Muslims turned 3000 Americans into air pollution, many of the surviving Americans who WEREN”T murdered that day immediately bowed their knees to Islam, and have done nothing but coddle it, defend it, and allow it to gain a protected status in our nation above both Christianity and Judaism.

I have talked with many people ages 18-25ish about religion since 9/11. American kids typically LEAP to the defense of Islam, showering it with praise, fiercely protective of it just like Obama. And these same kids then turn into vicious, bigoted vipers when Christianity is mentioned. They always bring up the Crusades, claiming Christians attacked and massacred innocent Muslims, and tried to steal their lands. The same lands in which both Judaism and Christianity were born, which were filled with Christians and Jews, temples and churches, before Mohammad’s minions came along five centuries later, killing, raping, and / or enslaving them while the rest fled for their lives!

Scott Freitas

VorDaj on March 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Yes, I did! :) Sorry to be so late replying. I’ve been guarding your rum. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

And as the world turns, the days of our lives play out, toward the edge of night, during the secret storm. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

And as the world turns, the days of our lives play out, toward the edge of night, during the secret storm. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Hilarious. You will have to give each episode a funny name. We will have to work as a team since you can write and I can’t. Ill make the popcorn. (:

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Good luck..:):)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

VorDaj on March 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

And hardly any media reported it. Plus he gave 200 million to Jordan. His brothers must be paid off.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I knew you’d be rooting for me on this one! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Dave?

Dave??

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

SparkPlug on March 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Au contraire mon fraire! You’re doing very well writing this one! I’m enjoying it very much! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws…

Oh goody, I can’t wait. We just don’t see enough of Generalissimo Obama out there on that campaign trail. Will this be a part of his “charm offensive,” or will he revert to his usual pit viper self?

TarheelBen on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

When I finished that, I did this one. It just makes me laugh. ; )

Bmore on March 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

You must resist the temptation to use your powers for evil. :)

Bah. I dunno. Maybe you are evil. I never really asked. Presumption on my part. I apologize. Anyway, excellent work on the balloon animal sex graphic.

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Hi, Dire. :)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Yes, I did! :) Sorry to be so late replying. I’ve been guarding your rum. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Er. Dude, you need to check your rum.

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Dire, I haven’t heard that Rd Ryder tune for along time.

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Good evening, Nova! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

I’m always cheering for you..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

A classic..imho..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

The blurring of the images of the Muhammad cartoons was the moral equivalent of urinating on the grave of Theo van Gogh. Ironically, his murderers have achieved a “Silent Conquest” of their own. I get a terrible mental image of Obama standing next to Theo van Gogh’s grave, and pronouncing…”The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”

RasThavas on March 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Er. Dude, you need to check your rum.

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

That would probably be a wise move..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Hi Jackie-

How about this one:

40,000 Headmen

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Thank you, Dire… that’s very kind of you. :)

I’m always cheering for you, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

LOL! Did I mention that I’ve got the map to all of the rum caches? Yeah…every last one of them. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Bmore, that’s really cool.

Rusty Allen on March 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Definitely a classic. Did you catch any basketball today? I had to wait until the IU game was over today before I could go fishing.

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Cooolll, Nova! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

TarheelBen on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Let Obie go..He is going to fail miserably..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

That would probably be a wise move..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Moon Goddess looking a little flushed.

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Bach Prelude & Fugue in A minor

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

I haven’t started singing “A Pirate’s Life For Me”… yet. :)

I’ve let my hair down… and slipped into something very comfortable…it’s true. But I deserve it. I worked all day, over 14 hours in all, and I have 18 very good original pages to show for the effort. :)

( okay, if I used paper there would be a huge mound of wadded up pages that weren’t as good on the floor… but that’s one of the great beauties of the digital age… no telltale piles of wadded up paper.lol!)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

This is gorgeous, Nova. I have it playing now. Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Yes I did..Looks like IU is safe..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

LOL! Did I mention that I’ve got the map to all of the rum caches? Yeah…every last one of them. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

That is devious..very devious..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

But I deserve it. I worked all day, over 14 hours in all, and I have 18 very good original pages to show for the effort. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

You think you had a tough day? My team (IU) damn near got knocked out of the tournament. I had to watch the whole game to make sure. Then, a half hour after I dipped my line, it started snowing. It kept snowing the whole time I was out, and it’s still snowing.

But I did bring home six nice keepers, including a 10, an 11, and a 12 that all hit in about a half hour.

I’m just now starting to warm up. Probably the bourbon.

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

I’m a Biggs fan, have been for years. Long ago when living in the city I used to crank up the old Marantz on summer Sunday mornings with the windows open.

One Sunday afternoon my neighbor John told me about his Saturday night of drunken debauchery, followed by drunken dreams of being in a cathedral with a big pipe organ!

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Do You Know What I Mean?

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

A Democratic strategist familiar with the issue … [argued] that the more controversial elements of Obama’s gun-control wish-list —particularly the assault weapons ban — were never expected to pass Congress.

By pushing hard for that ban, the strategist said, Democrats were simply negotiating from the left, always with the idea they could cash in that chip to get the universal background checks that stand at the core of their effort to keep violent people from buying guns.

excerpt: Allahpundit

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They’re playing the “Overton Window” game, which was a suspicion all along.

That last paragraph/sentence/line could use some altering:

By pushing hard for that ban, the strategist said, Democrats were simply negotiating from the left, always with the idea they could cash in that chip to get the universal background checks that stand at the core of their effort to keep violent people from buying guns. eventually totally disarm the sheep … (oops) I mean common citizens.

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You’re giving ‘em waaaaaaay too much credit, Allah’.

They don’t have a “well meaning” bone in their body.

listens2glenn on March 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

You did have quite a day. Still, a half a dozen good sized fish is an excellent days fishing. I hope you do warm up soon. When I used to get that cold, a long soak in a really hot bath was the order of the day. :) Of course, some cognac or hot buttered rum, or cocoa with cognac, always helped! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

I haven’t started singing “A Pirate’s Life For Me”… yet. :)

I’ve let my hair down… and slipped into something very comfortable…it’s true. But I deserve it. I worked all day, over 14 hours in all, and I have 18 very good original pages to show for the effort. :)

( okay, if I used paper there would be a huge mound of wadded up pages that weren’t as good on the floor… but that’s one of the great beauties of the digital age… no telltale piles of wadded up paper.lol!)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Cool beans on the 18 pages. Also on the something comfortable, though in real life that probably means some sort of flannel body suit with floppy feet.

. . . Hmm . . . I think I might just about finish this bit tonight . . .

Onward, miscreants! :)

*poof*

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Let Obie go..He is going to fail miserably..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I’m counting on it. ;-)

TarheelBen on March 25, 2013 at 1:36 AM

the universal background checks that stand at the core of their effort to keep violent people from buying guns.

If that was the gun controllers goal, they would be raising Hell over the failure to prosecute thousands of cases every year of felons re-offending by trying to buy guns.

Crime has nothing to do with the gun control agenda. It is all about guns.

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

LOL! :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Starship Trooper

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

“My friend Gaby Giffords was shot and mortally wounded” — Biden, last Friday

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

…he said mortally?…yep!…he’ll be president!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

You don’t need a basic command of the English language to run the executive branch in this joke of a nation. Barky would have said “morally wounded”. And while neither of them would have any idea what the hell they were talking about, Biden’s the one with the brains in that asylum. His 87 IQ outdoes Barky’s 84.

I’d rather have Incitatus in the Oval Office, right now.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

*unpoof*

You’re giving ‘em waaaaaaay too much credit, Allah’.

They don’t have a “well meaning” bone in their body.

listens2glenn on March 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Listens2Glenn, you know those up there are all quotes from other places, right? Your quote is from thehill.com, Mike Lillis. That’s not Allahpundit.

He always puts at least one link in the snip, to the article, and separates the snips with this: ***

Just making sure.

*repoof*

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

It is all about guns.

novaculus on March 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Goodpoint.Very good point..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Let’s get one thing crystal clear. I’m not a fan of any ‘flannel thing with floppy feet’ unless it’s on a person under 3 years of age. And even then I think it should be a personal decision, dependent on the preferences of the person under three years of age in question.

When I said ‘something very comfortable’ I meant my favorite silk pajamas. Most emphatically not some skimpy little bit of frippery that a person might floss their teeth with… something that I hasten to add is NEVER comfortable… but proper, well tailored, silk pajamas. This pair happens to be midnight blue. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Let’s get one thing crystal clear. I’m not a fan of any ‘flannel thing with floppy feet’ unless it’s on a person under 3 years of age. And even then I think it should be a personal decision, dependent on the preferences of the person under three years of age in question.

When I said ‘something very comfortable’ I meant my favorite silk pajamas. Most emphatically not some skimpy little bit of frippery that a person might floss their teeth with… something that I hasten to add is NEVER comfortable… but proper, well tailored, silk pajamas. This pair happens to be midnight blue. :)

thatsafactjack on March 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

. . . yes ma’am. :)

Wow. I haven’t been crystal cleared in a long, long time. :)

Er . . . *repoof*

Axe on March 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Been scouring the world news sites looking at the demonstration in France. The refrain seems to be “We want jobs, not gay marriage.”

Is it any wonder that morality is becoming marginalized and outright mocked and shunned, while fiscal sanity is jettisoned? They said that the character of men in office didn’t matter anymore when the 7-11 clerk witha peculiar eponymous website broke the news about a blue dress.

“Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes; our has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elite. Not Bolshevism…not Nazism…not Fascism…none of these, history will record, was responsible for bringing down the darkness on out civilization, but Liberalism. A solvent rather than a precipitate, a sedative rather than a stimulant, a slough rather than a precipice; blurring the edges of truth, the definition of virtue, the shape of beauty; a cracked bell, a mist, a death wish…”

“a dying civilization…clutches at any novelty in art and literature, ready to accept and then almost at once reject whatever is new, no matter how perverse or abnormal…. We continue to insist that change is progress, self-indulgence is freedom, and novelty is originality. In these circumstances it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Western man has decided to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brings the walls of his own city tumbling down. Having convinced himself that he is too numerous, he labours with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer, thereby delivering himself the sooner into the hands of his enemies. At last having educated himself into imbecility and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keels over, a weary, battered old brontosaurus, and becomes extinct.”

Malcolm Muggeridge.

tom daschle concerned on March 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM

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