Quotes of the day

posted at 8:41 pm on April 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

The State Department said Thursday the United States had to take necessary defensive steps in light of North Korea’s escalating threats, but emphasized that it can “change course” if North Korea tames its rhetoric…

Nuland also said that while the U.S. takes North Korea’s “bellicose threats” seriously, the situation on the Korean Peninsula “does not need to get hotter.”

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that the administration would “not be surprised” if North Korea launches another missile as part of its pattern of provocations, amid reports that the regime deployed mid-range missile launchers to its east coast…

He added: “It would fit their current pattern of bellicose, unhelpful, unconstructive rhetoric and actions. We urge them to stop with the provocations.”

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned ally North Korea against war on Friday and described the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula as one of the “gravest risks” for nuclear holocaust since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Saying he spoke as a friend, Castro wrote in Cuban state media that North Korea, led by 30-year-old Kim Jong-un, had shown the world its technical prowess and now it was time to remember its duties to others.

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[A] groundswell of opinion is building within China that the nation should dump its unruly neighbor. A mainland Chinese journalist based in Hong Kong told me recently that her countrymen no longer think of North Korea as a close ally, as this is a “cold war mentality” with which younger people in particular no longer identify.

Deng Yewun, an editor of a Communist party journal, wrote in the Financial Times in late February that China should abandon North Korea. He was later suspended from his job for putting that strong opinion into print. Yet the Chinese government-run media is still not exhibiting much support of Pyongyang.

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Starting today, the Chinese could put an end to the grotesque farce that is the North Korean regime and, together with the United States, usher in the reunification of the Korean peninsula.

Should China’s leaders simply want the North Korean regime to stop launching missiles, after all, they don’t need to play around with sanctions. Nor do the Chinese have to respond to North Korea’s outrageous military threats with a show of air power, as the U.S. military has done. They could just cut off energy supplies or food deliveries to Pyongyang: They are the major supplier of both. And if they wanted real change in a regime that keeps tens of thousands of its people in concentration camps directly modeled on Stalin’s gulag, China could open its 800-mile border with North Korea. The resulting exodus would surely do for North Korea what the collapse of the Berlin Wall did for East Germany.

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Beijing wants Pyongyang to adopt Chinese-style economic reforms, as this would enable North Korea to wean itself off of Chinese support and become more stable. The United States and the rest of the international community would probably find this acceptable, too. So why doesn’t it happen?

Two reasons. First, North Korea is historically wary of Chinese influence, dating back to the inception of the country after World War II. According to Andrew Scobell, a China expert at the RAND Corporation, founding leader Kim Il Sung (Kim Jong Un’s grandfather) actually purged ethnic Korean Communists who studied in China, fearful that they constituted a potential fifth column. And when global Communism cratered following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, North Korea increasingly embraced juche, or self-dependence, as a national ideology. As Scobell notes, “North Korea just isn’t comfortable with China’s dominant role in its economy.”

Secondly, the Kim regime fears that implementing reforms might reduce its grip on political power, even though this hasn’t happened (yet) in China. Pyongyang has experimented with small-scale reforms in the past, but has always stopped well short of abandoning its command-style economic system. Why? Scobell says that “they’re afraid of reforming the regime out of existence.”

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North Korea poses a more credible threat to South Korea and Japan than to the United States. But a threat to those countries is, at least in some respects, a threat to the United States, since we have provided both countries with security guarantees – a commitment reiterated and made explicit recently by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Why is it in U.S. interests to make a threat to them automatically a threat to us that we have to handle?
South Korea has twice as many people as North Korea and an economy that’s 40 times larger. Japan has a population five times that of North Korea and an economy more than 100 times larger.

Both South Korea and Japan have ample resources to provide for their own security, particularly with respect to any conventional threat posed by North Korea.

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Via Gallup:

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Last spring, South Korea announced it was developing new ballistic and cruise missiles, noting that the latter could “fly through Kim Jong Un’s window.” The North Koreans took that statement very, very badly. They interpreted it as a very deliberate threat to decapitate the North Korean leadership and responded with a very vitriolic campaign depicting Lee Myung Bak as a dead rat. Clearly, the South Koreans had found a sensitive spot, which they pushed again a few weeks ago when they released more footage of ballistic and cruise missiles, noting again that window-sized targets were in play. The North Koreans have issued a series of statements that make very clear how serious they take threats to decapitate the North Korean government.

The current situation, then, strikes me as particularly dangerous. The North Koreans have grown used to provoking the South Koreans with relative impunity. 2010 was a very rough year, with the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. The South Koreans are clearly tired of taking a beating at the hands of the North Koreans, although I worry that all this talk of precision strikes is an escapist fantasy. North Korea could easily push South Korea too far, leading the South Koreans to dramatically escalate the situation in a way that would be dangerous and unpredictable. Taking a shot at Kim Jong Un and the rest of the leadership might sound like a good idea over coffee and donuts during a simulation — but South Korea better not miss in real life.

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Let’s say that the North decides to fire its new mobile KN-08 intermediate-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching U.S. bases in Guam. An X-band radar based in Japan detects the launch, cueing missile defenses aboard Japanese and U.S. ships. The U.S.S. Stetham, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with Aegis phased-array radars, fires its SM-3 missiles, which hit and shatter the KN-08 warhead as it begins its final descent. The successful intercept is immediately touted internationally as a victory, but, now desperate for tactical advantage that will allow it to preserve its nuclear and missile programs, the North Korean leadership orders an assault on South Korean patrol vessels and military fortifications built after the 2010 shelling incident.

The regime feels safe in striking out along the maritime boundary because the two sides have repeatedly skirmished in the area in the past 15 years. But President Park, determined to show backbone, dispatches on-alert F-15K fighter aircraft armed with AGM-84E SLAM-Expanded Response air-to-ground missiles to destroy the North Korean installations responsible for the latest assault. For good measure, they also bomb a North Korean mini-submarine pier as belated payback for the sinking of Cheonan. North Korean soldiers and military officers are killed in the attack. Pyongyang vows a merciless response and launches a risky salvo of rockets into downtown Seoul, in hope of shocking the Blue House into seeking an immediate cessation of fighting. But far from ending the tit-for-tat attacks, North Korean actions have now triggered the Second Korean War.

U.S. and ROK Combined Forces Command implements a pre-arranged plan — perhaps using submarine-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles and Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs dropped from a B-2 — to eliminate North Korea’s two major missile launch facilities: Tonghae in the northeast and Sohae in the northwest, both of which are fairly close to the Chinese border. North Korea responds with more rockets and Scud missiles, accompanied by North Korean Central News announcements suggesting that they could be armed with biological agents. China, seeking to restrain all sides, pours troops and materiel across the border to protect its interests and instigates a secret plan to replace Kim Jong Un with a senior general who understands the North’s total dependence on its only ally. The resulting confusion leads to a belief that North Korea, and not just the Kim regime, is collapsing. Meanwhile, the United States quietly embarks on a secret mission to secure North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

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Unless North Korea wants to be annihilated, its leadership has to find a way to climb down from its current wave of provocative rhetoric. But one of the CIA’s former top Pyongyang analysts thinks dictator Kim Jong-un will order a limited strike on South Korea — as a way to actually tamp down hostilities.

“North Korea will launch an attack,” predicts Sue Mi Terry, a Columbia University professor who served as a senior analyst on North Korea at the CIA from 2001 to 2008. The attack won’t be nuclear, she thinks, nor will it be a barrage from the massive amounts of artillery Pyongyang has aimed south.

Instead, Terry believes, “it will be something sneaky and creative and hard to definitively trace back to North Korea to avoid international condemnation and immediate retaliation from Washington or Seoul.” This, she thinks, is what counts as de-escalation in 2013 from the new regime in Pyongyang: a relatively small attack that won’t leave many people dead.

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Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Oh yeah. Since nothing can raise that…

I will have to call.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

New Steyn…

The ‘Vigilance’ Vigilantes

M2RB: ‘Til Tuesday

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Good evening MG.

The spritely-one (psst Scrumpy-doodles) has a blog. We can meet by the pool when the moon rises plan the big blog launch. In other news Guam was formed from an agglomerated blob.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Thanks :-D

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Good evening, Spritely One! I’m so honored that you used the picture that I linked that reminded me so much of you. Congratulations on starting your own blog! :)

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I was off by 1 minute.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Good evening, Spark! I’m delighted that Scrumpy has her own blog now and I think a blog warming party by the pool is definitely in order. What a great idea. :)

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I have to attend to something else this evening so I’ll be in and out of the site… BRB. :)

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Shuffle all you want, but John, I’m only dancing…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VrqCBsbeuc

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Thank you! With the birds singing it sets a tone I think :-D

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

That picture was perfect. Fits Scrumpy to a T.

Love her gossamer wings.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

His weird phase creeps me out more than RWM’s emoticon.

But I can roll with it…

or ride it out…

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Awwwwwwwwww thank you Sparky… :-)

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I rode it out but got blinded by the light!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcWVL4B-4pI

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

So carry on wayward son!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ob_Iwbd8h4

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I’m a little tinpot
Short and stout.
Here is my handle;
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Just tip me over
‘Cause I have no clout.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Ya’ gotta’ take it slow.

There really is a reason.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

And I’ll take the Stairway to Heaven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q7Vr3yQYWQ

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Oh great, now I got a dozen tabs queued up.

It must be 70′s redux.

This summer REO Speedwagon, Styx, Nugent, Heart, Kansas (I think) and Cheap Trick will stop in Dallas for concerts.

Seriously considering revisiting my youth.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

NoKo can threaten anything it wants.

It is basically the cry for help of a suicide.

In this case, just let him try something and get it over with.

Its easier to deal with survivors of a madman than a madman.

ajacksonian on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

How much of our debt do the NOKO’s hold? How much does China hold?

Do we trade with the NOKO’s? How much of our trade is with China?

Right.

Someone has to stomp on this fat cockroach. I nominate the ChiComs.

Cody1991 on April 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Sounds good. :)

PatriotGal2257 on April 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Never saw what others saw with that tune.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Love classic rock!!

So call me the breeze :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsIqEq9OFxE

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Hi, Scrumpy!

Btw, you really should consider marketing the t-shirt.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Listen to it a few times, it’ll come to you :-)

Besides LZ is my all time fav band!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I just signed your guest book, Scrumpy. Looking good!:O

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Hi wolfsDad!

What T-Shirt?

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Stop it! I’ll be up all night.

Southern classic rock.
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Gotta’ slow it down.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

The ‘Hi Scrumpy!’ t-shirt, of course.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Thank you! :-)

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

No wonder I rarely come here on Friday nights, this place turns into “Dusk Till Dawn”.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Slowing it wayyyyyyyyyyy down… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIw09oqsYo

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Scrumpy’s blog has gone viral.

Its trending on google.

Everyone want to know what she is up to.

The Kardashians are old news.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

No wonder I rarely come here on Friday nights, this place turns into “Dusk Till Dawn”.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Be of stout heart (and stay behind RWM), you’ll be fine.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

THAT is sooooooooooooooooo fvcked up!

Thank you for posting…

I am gonna go scream into my pillow… brb…

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Nice photo of you on Scrumpy’s blog. Grrrr.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

I don’t want that kind of exposure!!

I haven’t done anything ….

Oh boy lmao

YOU are so naughty ;-D

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

thatsafactjack on April 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Evening Jackie and hopefully things look up.

Good lady, one should never assume a good/positive premise with Obama, as you noted. I’d add that they could both distract the world from their domestic woes, communicating with each other, then call it quits, and get the “see how great we are, and how reasonable and peace-loving”. The media are enabling both.

Just imagine a president Reagan. The corpulent funny-hands moron wouldn’t ever be seen/heard of.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Inquiring minds want to know…

If the Koreans are floating down in chutes, are we still limited to seven rounds in a mag?

If they nuke DC, can you guys at least pretend to be upset?

IlikedAUH2O on April 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I think I will make me one {hugs} Thanks!! Brilliant idea!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

No wonder I rarely come here on Friday nights, this place turns into “Dusk Till Dawn”.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

More accurate

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The long version, very good.

I like to play this with that.
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And when feeling really weird.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Oh, kind of disappointing that AP didn’t include this piece.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

In last night’s QotD Axe asked you a question; in a follow up he said it was related to the site you quoted, above.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

The Kardashians are old news.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

…their butts couldn’t fit on Scrumpy’s bench!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

…their butts couldn’t fit on Scrumpy’s bench!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Inverted hot air balloons, like Michelle Obama.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

In last night’s QotD Axe asked you a question; in a follow up he said it was related to the site you quoted, above.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Never saw the question.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

lolz. They got too much junk in the trunk.

If they sat on scrumpy’s bench you’d have to spray it to kill the cooties.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Eventually someone here is going to be butchered and turned into a human guitar, soooo I think I’ll mosey on out before I get measured for a whammy bar.

You jive turkeys have a fun night.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Nice photo of you on Scrumpy’s blog. Grrrr.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Thanks. That’s my “happy face.” ;)

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Never saw the question.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Search for the word “atheist”, then follow up from there.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

That might still be better than being taken prisoner by Lil Kim.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM

:-) awesome tunes!!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Page 2 will turn at 10:59 pm

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I think I will make me one {hugs} Thanks!! Brilliant idea!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

*Blushes*

Thanks. That’s my “happy face.” ;)

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

And not without a certain charm.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

No posts found try a different search.

Axe called me AP? I hate have a strong dislike towards cats.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

And not without a certain charm.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I knew you would approve. :D

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Page 2 will turn at 10:59 pm

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

…at least 2 minutes late!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Obama’s Defence Department: Catholicism = Al Qaeda; Evangelical Christianity = Hamas NOT KIDDING!!!

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Obama’s America

Illegal Alien Invaders = Peripatetic Global Citizens

Islamic Terrorists = Nice people who follow their Prophet with all their heart

Conservatives = Domestic terrorists

Libertarians = Domestic terrorists who like to do dope

Capitalists = Greedy people who got rich by enslaving good people

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Wolf is sooooooo cool!!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Do you find this as disgusting as I do?

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Makes me wanna cry… ):

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Do you find this as disgusting as I do?

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

SOP

What I really want to write would get me banned.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

cozmo

@cozmo, are you an atheist?

Axe on April 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

How can cozmo possible be an atheist when he holds such strong religious convictions regarding the evils of wearing pants? O_O

SWalker on April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

hehe. Good one.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Asked because of some interesting questions and debates that arise from that statement down there.

Axe on April 5, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Do you find this as disgusting as I do?

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

…you would think the trial would come first.

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Wolf is sooooooo cool!!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Now that just makes me want to howl! ;)

predator on April 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

What I really want to write would get me banned.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Same here. I detest people who feed on carion.

H/t MG – she used the word, perfectly. It fits Obama on the dead schoolkids and guns, and so much more.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Ah, no, I ain’t atheist.

Though I do have strong thoughts on pants. Especially on weekends.

And this deserves repeating:

In other words, human nature is both flawed and fixed, and hence government is necessary to protect our “natural” rights from one another, but government itself must be limited and checked, so as not to infringe those rights.

And that is why I am a pragmatic libertarian.

Humans, as a race, are not intellectually mature enough for true libertarianism, or communism.

That site should also be visited every day.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Do you find this as disgusting as I do?

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

What did you think it was about? Love?

Cody1991 on April 5, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

It is beyond outrageous. It is utterly contemptible, stupid and ignorant. It looks like it was written by the bloody New York Times and the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which lists the leader of the New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz, as one of the ’30 New Activists Heading Up The Radical Right.’ They cannot even distinguish between religions, denominations and organisations.

Catholicism is a denomination. DoD has condemned more than 1 billion people. Islam is a religion, but it isn’t condemned.

Evangelical Christianity is a type of Christianity found in various denominations, including Catholicism.

The Muslim Brotherhood is neither a religion nor a denomination. It is a religious, political, cultural and economic organisation.

Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Abu Sayyah are internationally-recognised and listed terrorist organisations.

The KKK, Hutaree, and Christian Identity are white supremacist organisations, not religions or denominations.

The Nation of Islam is neither a religion nor a denomination. It is a religious, political, cultural and economic organisation.

Sunni Islam is a denomination. So is Shia Islam, but it is not listed. Why? The Iranians are, primarily, Shia.

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism are sects. They aren’t religions, denominations, terrorist organisations, or religious-political- cultural-economic organisations.

Heads need to roll.

I have some advice for the religious of all faiths in the US…and those that support them. You need to take time off of work, get off of the sofa, and get your asses to Washington. A ‘Million Man March’? Pffft! You need to put so many bodies in DC that there is SRO in Northern Virginia and Maryland. You CANNOT allow this administration to get away with equating you to Al Qaeda and Hamas…and DO NOT BACKDOWN EVEN IF OBAMA APOLOGISES.

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

That site should also be visited every day.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Good exchanges of sound ideas, indeed.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

L.O.V.E.

It’s what we need:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JErVP6xLZwg

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

If any of those 663,00 that dropped out of the workforce need some money and have ammo to sell, I’m buying.

wolly4321 on April 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

It might be a good idea to have a picture of Scrumpys broom leaning against the bench.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I am so angry about this, thanks for sharing…

Yes! We need to DO somthing…since it won’t get any real ‘press’ we each of us must do what we can…

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

We need to do 25 comments in the next 15 minutes.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

We need to do 25 comments in the next 15 minutes.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Get to typin’, I’m drinkin’…and cutting with exacto knives.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I’ll find a broom pic for sweeping out the ‘trash’…

I’ll make a Trash Page… lol…

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

It is beyond outrageous. It is utterly contemptible, stupid and ignorant.
Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Mostly pusillanimous.

For an atheist, you heart doesn’t really seem to be in it.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Excellent post. I agree. Very logical. I’m starting to get depressed. Misery index is rising. Prospects are slim.

Economy in shambles. Wages going down, prices going up. Idjits are multiplying.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Cozmo better not cut himself with his exacto knives. Don’t forget he gots no pants on and he’s drinkin.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

It might be a good idea to have a picture of Scrumpys broom leaning against the bench.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

…that’s a job for Bmore…and have Tigger curled up next to her on the bench

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Page 2 will turn at 11:09.

Had to revise because of a slow down in comments brought on by the Guam effect.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Yep. BMore is da man.

I tip Dires fedora.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

For an atheist, you heart doesn’t really seem to be in it.

wolfsDad on April 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Luv, I am a ardent defender of religious liberty. Just because I’m not a believer doesn’t mean I am ambivalent about the matter. Go read any thread on the abortifacient mandate or Hosanah-Tabor to get an idea how fervently I defend the First Amendment.

Excellent post. I agree. Very logical. I’m starting to get depressed. Misery index is rising. Prospects are slim.

Economy in shambles. Wages going down, prices going up. Idjits are multiplying.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Yep. The administration cannot be allowed to get away with it nor can this type of mentality be met with a ‘Meh,’ This is not abortion or SSM…even people of faith can have honest, legitimate, heartfelt disagreements on those topics. This is our government labelling whole denominations as terrorists.

Catholics are the same as Al Qaeda.

Fundamentalist Christians are the same as Hamas.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews are the same as the KKK.

Fundamentalist Mormons are the same as the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is f*cking absurd, ignorant, hateful, and bordering on TREASON in my opinion.

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Obama is worse than Carter. Really scrotched the economy. Plus ObamaCare is train wreck skidding into a ravine full of puppies.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I am gonna go scream into my pillow… brb…

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Scrumpy, I went to your blog. Why you flipping somebody off, or is that come closer arnold?

Second question, why are they calling you or Jackie “MG”? I’m all confused and confiscated or obfuscipated.

arnold ziffel on April 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

If he will, he would be the perfect choice!!

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I have some advice for the religious of all faiths in the US…and those that support them. You need to take time off of work, get off of the sofa, and get your asses to Washington. A ‘Million Man March’? Pffft! You need to put so many bodies in DC that there is SRO in Northern Virginia and Maryland. You CANNOT allow this administration to get away with equating you to Al Qaeda and Hamas…and DO NOT BACKDOWN EVEN IF OBAMA APOLOGISES.

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

This needs a lot more coverage than a single post on HA. Paul Rahe posted another depressing piece at Richocet

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Religious-Liberty-at-George-Washington-University

Many interesting comments followed. Basically, a Catholic priest is being hounded at a Catholic university for speaking incorrectly about gays, etc. And saying the traditional thing about the gay behavior is the sin, not the orientation. Just like adultery is a sin

one commenter posted this

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said it well when he outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms (in the United States and other Western societies) were endangered. After the passage of legislation that enabled Civil Unions in Illinois, his eminence stated:
“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

We Protestant will just sing louder to drown out the sound of the trains, like we’ve done since Roe v. Wade.

Rahe has a dire view of the future of religion in America

r keller on April 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

IRAs are part of Obama’s budget.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Obama is worse than Carter. Really scrotched the economy. Plus ObamaCare is train wreck skidding into a ravine full of puppies.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

That just ain’t right Sparky, what’s next, Holocaust jokes?

arnold ziffel on April 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I am so angry about this, thanks for sharing…

Yes! We need to DO somthing…since it won’t get any real ‘press’ we each of us must do what we can…

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Read a column by Todd Starnes on this subject earlier today.

predator on April 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Gotta go. Keep da faith. We are and have been represented in great numbers, but we’ve been too silent for too long. That must change or all will be lost.

predator on April 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

arnold ziffel on April 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

The word you are searching for is constipated.

cozmo on April 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Second question, why are they calling you or Jackie “MG”?
arnold ziffel on April 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Jackie is the Moon Goddess.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

predator on April 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Thank you I saved it :-)

Scrumpy on April 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

Congratulations on the new blog.

Feature the cat too :)

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

yeah i saw that (did HA even have a headline?)

So, your annuitized income stream can’t be over 200K. If you are a leftist, that’s a start I suppose. Then ratchet it down over the years…and, well, forget to index it. And pretty soon they are very limited savings…and more for uncle sugar.

Annuitization is really something they want…more cash flow to the government. (best of all T-bonds)

r keller on April 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Does anyone like to play darts? How bout bowling? Fuzball?

How bout disc golf? Softball?

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Jackie is the Moon Goddess.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Thank you, I have been pondering that question for days. I don’t have a life. When she was in CA, she used to be.

arnold ziffel on April 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

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