Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Mrs. Thatcher’s predecessor as prime minister, the amiable but forgotten Sunny Jim Callaghan, once confided to a friend of mine that he thought Britain’s decline was irreversible and that the government’s job was to manage it as gracefully as possible. By 1979, even this modest aim seemed beyond the capabilities of the British establishment, and the nation turned to a woman who was one of the few even in a supposedly “conservative” party not to subscribe to the Callaghan thesis. She reversed the decline, at home and overseas. The Falklands War, inconsequential in and of itself, had a huge global significance: After Vietnam, the fall of the Shah, Cuban troops in Africa, and Soviet annexation of real estate from Cambodia to Grenada, the British routing of the Argentine junta stunned everyone from the politburo in Moscow to their nickel ’n’ dime clients in the presidential palaces, all of whom had figured the “free world” no longer had any fight in it…

That’s to say, she understood that the biggest threat to any viable future for Britain was a unionized public sector that had awarded itself a lifestyle it wasn’t willing to earn. So she picked a fight with it, and made sure she won. In the pre-Thatcher era, union leaders were household names, mainly because they were responsible for everything your household lacked. Britain’s system of government was summed up in the unlovely phrase “beer and sandwiches at Number Ten” — which meant union grandees showing up at Downing Street to discuss what it would take to persuade them not to go on strike, and being plied with the aforementioned refreshments by a prime minister reduced to the proprietor of a seedy pub, with the Cabinet as his barmaids.

In 1990, when Mrs. Thatcher was evicted from office by her ingrate party’s act of matricide, the difference she’d made was such that in all the political panel discussions on TV that evening no producer thought to invite any union leaders. No one knew their names anymore.

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And she seemed to be having so much fun. That, I think, is what they never forgave her for. Thatcher laughed at them, mocked them, outwitted and out-debated them. That infuriated the Left: Conservatives aren’t supposed to mock, they are supposed to be mocked. They might be allowed to win a few elections, but they could never be allowed to win the argument, much less to scoff at liberals’ public pieties.

Thatcher won, in no small part because she was her own best case. Her confidence, prudence, good humor, and other virtues were those she sought to encourage in her fellow countrymen…

As we celebrate the remarkable life of Margaret Thatcher, it is fitting that we remember the most important aspect of it: She won, and she deserved to win. Those who opposed her and reviled her were on the wrong side of the most important question of their age, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with tyrants, many of them as guilty as those who manned the gulag watchtowers. And even today, when they make their pilgrimages to sit at the feet of Castro or bury Chávez, when they put leftist terrorists on their payrolls, they know: They lost. What they do not know, because they are incapable of understanding the fact, is that they deserved to lose. We should not allow them to pretend that they were on the right side all along.

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She had the smooth, cold surface of a porcelain figurine, but her decisiveness made her the most formidable woman in 20th-century politics and England’s most formidable woman since its greatest sovereign, Elizabeth I. The Argentine junta learned of her decisiveness when it seized the Falklands. The British, too, learned. A Tory MP said, “She cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag.”…

Before Thatcher, Britain’s economic problems often were ascribed to national character and hence were thought immune to remediation. Thatcher thought national character was part of the problem, but that national character is malleable, given bracing economic medicine. Marx’s ghost, hovering over his grave in London’s Highgate Cemetery, must have marveled at this Tory variant of economic determinism…

Like de Gaulle, she was a charismatic conservative nationalist who was properly resistant to what she called the European federalists’ attempts to “suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the center of a European conglomerate.” She left the British this ongoing challenge: “We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain only to see them reimposed at a European level.” As long as her brave heart beat, she knew there are no final victories.

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Feminism has long been associated with talk: combative rhetoric about equal rights, academic analysis of whether men and women are the same or whether women are actually better, that moldy debate over whether it’s possible for women to “have it all,” both career and family. Many a feminist like Germaine Greer or Betty Friedan, and more recently Sheryl Sandberg and Anne Marie Slaughter, has made her mark through writing about gender issues—sometimes to considerable cultural effect, but still more talk. Connotatively, a “feminist” has a chip on her shoulder the size of a two-by-four, never shuts up about “empowerment,” is eternally on the look out for sexist slights, and never considers the possibility that other people might deny her a job or dismiss her opinions because she is personally insufferable. The movement has often obsessed with language, leaving a legacy of awkward “him/her” constructions or faddish but equally sexist Bibles whose God is a “she.” Given the humorless blah-blah-blah the term feminist evokes, it’s little wonder that many young women today avoid the label.

Margaret Thatcher was a real feminist. Not for what she said but for what she did. She did not pursue justice for her gender; women’s rights per se was clearly a low priority for her. She was out for herself and for what she believed in. If we had more feminists like Thatcher, we’d have vastly more women in Parliament and the U.S. Senate, as well as more trees and fewer tedious television talk shows. More “feminists” like Thatcher, the first woman to lead a major Western democracy, and young women would be clamoring to be called one, too.

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She was, in that sense, a liberator. She didn’t constantly (or even ever) argue for women’s equality; she just lived it. She didn’t just usher in greater economic freedom; she unwittingly brought with it cultural transformation – because there is nothing more culturally disruptive than individualism and capitalism. Her 1940s values never re-took: the Brits engaged in spending and borrowing binges long after she had left the scene, and what last vestiges of prudery were left in the dust.

Perhaps in future years, her legacy might be better seen as a last, sane defense of the nation-state as the least worst political unit in human civilization. Her deep suspicion of the European project was rooted in memories of the Blitz, but it was also prescient and wise. Without her, it is doubtful the British would have kept their currency and their independence. They would have German financiers going over the budget in Whitehall by now, as they are in Greece and Portugal and Cyprus. She did not therefore only resuscitate economic freedom in Britain, she kept Britain itself free as an independent nation. Neither achievement was inevitable; in fact, each was a function of a single woman’s will-power. To have achieved both makes her easily the greatest 20th century prime minister after Churchill.

He saved Britain from darkness; she finally saw the lights come back on. And like Churchill, it’s hard to imagine any other figure quite having the character, the will-power and the grit to have pulled it off.

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As the Russian newspaper Pravda explained a few years ago, Margaret Thatcher was first called an “Iron Lady,” by the Soviet defense ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, or Red Star, in 1976. Within days, Mrs. Thatcher joked about the slur…

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Via the Daily Caller.


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I like you, too, even though you did rip out one of my eyeballs. :-)

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I better brush up on the facts. I though he ripped out the one from yer lips, well the one from yer Twitter or whatever it is you people do.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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A well ordered society would be one where the State only had a negative action, comparable to that of a rudder a light pressure at the right moment to counteract the first suggestion of any loss of equilibrium.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.
(Margaret Thatcher)
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What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
(Margaret Thatcher)

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher praised the pontiff’s role in toppling communism. Millions owe him their freedom and self-respect. The whole world is inspired by his example, … His life was a long struggle against the lies employed to excuse evil. By combating the falsehoods of communism and proclaiming the true dignity of the individual, his was the moral force behind victory in the Cold War.
(Margaret Thatcher)

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What Britain needs is an iron lady.
(Margaret Thatcher)

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I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
(Margaret Thatcher)

Scrumpy on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I though thought…

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

And she seemed to be having so much fun. That, I think, is what they never forgave her for.

And Andrew Breitbart. And Sarah Palin. The Left hates joy. Always good to remember. If you want to unnerve the Left, don’t simply go after them, but take joy in the battle.

rrpjr on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Hope that epoxy resin glue on the inside doesn’t harm his head.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

I wouldn’t worry about him, he seems to be enjoying the bucket on his head… O_O

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

http://www.therightscoop.com/ann-coulter-pushes-liberal-lie-to-attack-sarah-palin-while-discussing-margaret-thatchers-death/

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Women are their own worst enemy. But then, you won’t see MM pulling that crap.

John the Libertarian on April 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

RIP, Iron Lady. Lady Thatcher was a real heroine…

OmahaConservative on April 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Bmore, please capture that picture of Lady Thatcher from Drudge, top/left. It’s one of the greatest.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

And Andrew Breitbart. And Sarah Palin. The Left hates joy. Always good to remember. If you want to unnerve the Left, don’t simply go after them, but take joy in the battle.

rrpjr on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

“Happy Warriors”

KCB on April 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

the only thing that happened to her, is she has lost the ability to keep the charade going.

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln,

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Ann Coulter used to sleep with Bill Mahar,

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Oh heck – EVERYBODY knows THAT!

Mary Matalin is married to James Carville – and I can’t figure THAT one out, because she’s a wonderful woman! Met her in person at CPAC – and brought her a glass of wine at her request. I don’t even drink the stuff – and I practically tripped over myself getting it. She talked to me and got really close to me and gave me a hug that I got on camera. She is MUUUUCH hotter in person that you would ever believe.

Anyhow – I don’t think Bill Maher explains Coulter in any way other than about the same thing that Carville explains about Mary: they obviously make poor choices in that part of their lives.

I thought Ann was more coherent than that, though – not anymore, if she was. Just Awwwful!

williamg on April 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

KCB on April 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Yep. THATCHER and Palin have many good things in common.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Brit is not an “idiot” – but if he said this, I am troubled!

williamg on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

I suspect Ailes gave walking orders not to use the S word. O’Reilly refuses to use it, too.

John the Libertarian on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

can’t wait for someone to give fox competition. I bet Alies turns right the day after.

As far as hume if he can’t even bring himself to name the enemy of WE the people what the hell good is he.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Coulter and FNC are both frauds and dim-witted conservatives keep both laughing all the way to the bank.

bw222 on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Hume said tonight that “Obama is not a socialist”. I agree, but I think he’s left of socialism.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

You mean BRIT HUME? BRIT HUME said this? Well – Obama’s not a Socialist, that just refers to an economic system – He’s A Straight-Up Marxist!!

Brit is not an “idiot” – but if he said this, I am troubled!

williamg on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Brit is an establishment hack posing as a moderate. He hides it well with big words.

RovesChins on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

But then, you won’t see MM pulling that crap.

John the Libertarian on April 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

no MM is always respectful with her disagreements with fellow conservatives. She might not like someone’s position but she doesn’t make it into some type of personal attack. She doesn’t even do that for those on the left mostly. she attacks with the facts and MM makes sure of the facts before she goes off.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Do you suppose the first conversation she had with President Reagan was “How the heck did your beloved USA elect that guy TWICE”

gophergirl on April 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

“Ronnie, your once great land has lost its collective mind. A reall dummy is president now, pretending to be you…bloody surreal”.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Sophie, didn’t Fidel put a bullet in Che’s brain pan for being too much of a rebel? Just checking, I know how the liberals love their socialist/marxist/communist/ rebel leaders;)

MarshFox on April 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

No… Fidel basically threw him out of Cuba, Che took his mission to spread Marxism to Bolivia where US Special Forces and CIA operative finally caught up with him. Che the douche bag who personally executed something like 580 people shiite his pants and begged for his life before a CIA officer put a bullet in his noggin (that was after the Bolivians shot him in both legs and offered to let him crawl away if he wanted to).

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Good night all :-)

God Bless and have a great tomorrow!!

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

didn’t Fidel put a bullet in Che’s brain pan for being too much of a rebel? Just checking, I know how the liberals love their socialist/marxist/communist/ rebel leaders;)

MarshFox on April 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Not really. Che died as he lived, an utter weasel, not a man.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Mary Matalin is married to James Carville – and I can’t figure THAT one out, because she’s a wonderful woman!

williamg on April 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Neither one is very attractive.

bw222 on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

She wouldn’t jump. God bless her.

rrpjr on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Didn’t read the whole thread. Just enough of it.

It pains me so badly, today.

Reagan. Now her.

I don’t know that their work survives.

Hope to meet them in the hereafter.

What happened to class? Dignity?

Palin reminds me of her somewhat. But we destroy that now days.

wolly4321 on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Coulter and FNC are both frauds and dim-witted conservatives keep both laughing all the way to the bank.

bw222 on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

yes I stopped watching FNC after the 2008 elections. Besides seeing some clips posted on the web I don’t miss it a bit. In fact switching it off has opened my eyes to a lot of things over the years and bloggers and internet news gives both sides of the issue so we can make our own decsions. FNC is simply the GOPE attempt at telling the voters the wolf is really a sheep.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Sophie, didn’t Fidel put a bullet in Che’s brain pan for being too much of a rebel? Just checking, I know how the liberals love their socialist/marxist/communist/ rebel leaders;)

MarshFox on April 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I don’t think Castro had anything to do with it. The Bolivars killed him. Of course, it is still possible that Castro was involved because Che was becoming a problem. He openly criticised the Soviet Union, which was Castro’s lifeline – just as Chavez was later.

According to witnesses, Che yelled to the officers from the Bolivian army: ‘Don’t shoot! I am Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead.’

The old “Don’t you know who I am???” thingie. It didn’t work and he died soiling his pants.

A couple more Che quotes – keep in mind, this is the hero of the Left, which claims to fight for civil rights. Promptly upon entering Havana on 8 January 1959 Castro abolished Habeas Corpus and appointed Che as his main executioner.

‘To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary.’

- Che Guevara

‘These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredon (the execution wall).’

- Che Guevara

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Gonna Rain Today – Moore

thatsafactjack on April 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Copied this from MM’s site. Awesome!

KCB on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

can you picture either bush defending capitalism like that?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

thatsafactjack on April 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

The rain song

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Sophie, didn’t Fidel put a bullet in Che’s brain pan for being too much of a rebel? Just checking, I know how the liberals love their socialist/marxist/communist/ rebel leaders;)

MarshFox on April 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

No… Fidel basically threw him out of Cuba, Che took his mission to spread Marxism to Bolivia where US Special Forces and CIA operative finally caught up with him. Che the douche bag who personally executed something like 580 people shiite his pants and begged for his life before a CIA officer put a bullet in his noggin (that was after the Bolivians shot him in both legs and offered to let him crawl away if he wanted to).

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

We need to put THAT image on t-shirts, bikinis, etc….the stinking hippies would crap their shorts. Well, more than usual.

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

MM makes sure of the facts before she goes off.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Coulter also appears regularly on Geraldo’s debacle of a show, whereas MM refused to do O’Reilly any more because of Geraldo’s spitting threat.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Oh heck – EVERYBODY knows THAT!

Mary Matalin is married to James Carville – and I can’t figure THAT one out, because she’s a wonderful woman! Met her in person at CPAC – and brought her a glass of wine at her request. I don’t even drink the stuff – and I practically tripped over myself getting it. She talked to me and got really close to me and gave me a hug that I got on camera. She is MUUUUCH hotter in person that you would ever believe.

Anyhow – I don’t think Bill Maher explains Coulter in any way other than about the same thing that Carville explains about Mary: they obviously make poor choices in that part of their lives.

I thought Ann was more coherent than that, though – not anymore, if she was. Just Awwwful!

williamg on April 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

The difference is, that Carville is a Democrat, not a Socialist or Marxist. He is a purely political strategist. I have respect for James Carville, I disagree with him, but recognize that the man is very intelligent. I think even Carville is starting to understand that the Democrat Party that he is loyal to no longer exists.

Bill Mahar on the other hand is a straight up Marxist and has been one for a very long time.

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I better brush up on the facts. I though he ripped out the one from yer lips, well the one from yer Twitter or whatever it is you people do.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Nope!

(° ͜ʖ *)

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I ripped out one of your eyeballs to scare Axe. Will put it here (°) for you.

SparkPlug on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Heh, SWalker and RWM…very close, let’s just say, and leave it at that.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Very cool, Spark. A great tune. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Neither one is very attractive.

bw222 on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Well, okay for Carville, but as far as Mary – you’ve obviously never given her a glass of wine and talked to her close-up and gotten a nice hug from her……..she is HOT!….and she Smells WONDERFUL!!

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Sorry, but in Sparky’s defense, that c/b one of your 3 ones :)

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

,,,,Dude!…that there was funny!

KOOLAID2 on April 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Thanks..
I will be here all night..
Well..
Until the wife yells..
“Movie Time!!!”

:)

Electrongod on April 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

From a previous thread..

The wife called it..
just seconds ago..

I tried to ignore..

But I couldn’t

Take care friends..

Tomorrow.

Electrongod on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

can you picture either bush defending capitalism like that?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

absolutely not! And she looked like she was having fun doing it!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
(Margaret Thatcher)

I’m starting to worry ma’am. Wish you and Mr. Reagan were still here in full battle gear.

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Hi Jackie – looks like Spark is off the hook. No way can it be proven which of the 3 RWM eyeballs he ripped off. No one but he knows and he has a right to be silent.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Gary Moore fans are devoted, huh.. ;)

wolly4321 on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

could you imagine Kim pulling this crap today if thatcher was still PM and Reagan was still POTUS?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

SWalker on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Thank you very much to all three of you, not sure why I had that in my head, I knew about him screaming like a little b@tch when he died, what a shame/s. Funny I joined up because I believed I had a duty to fight communism, all those anti-war songs of the 60s only worked in reverse on me:) Honestly it was leaders like the Baroness and President Reagan who made me want to do my duty. Now though it is all about the kids under me, because unfortunately only the dead know the end of war!

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
(Margaret Thatcher)

…temporarily it appeared so.

In the longer run she was more right with that flourishing of socialism “until you run out of other people’s money”.

She was too ill to know about the phase in between, which is now.

No telling what happens when the money dries out.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

The difference is, that Carville is a Democrat, not a Socialist or Marxist. He is a purely political strategist. I have respect for James Carville, I disagree with him, but recognize that the man is very intelligent. I think even Carville is starting to understand that the Democrat Party that he is loyal to no longer exists.

Bill Mahar on the other hand is a straight up Marxist and has been one for a very long time.

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I’m 100% on board with those thoughts…..and Carville doesn’t fall into the “jackass” category like Maher does. He’s despicable and a punk! Carville is no “punk”!

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

can you picture either bush defending capitalism like that?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

The Bush Family is more into “crony capitalism” and rule by the patrician class with a member of the family in the White House once every 12 years. They are planning Jeb to run in 2016 and grooming Jeb’s son for 20 years down the road.

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

And she looked like she was having fun doing it!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

yes! she was proud of her beliefs. unlike say Mitt who was embarrassed by his wealth.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Hi Jackie – looks like Spark is off the hook. No way can it be proven which of the 3 RWM eyeballs he ripped off. No one but he knows and he has a right to be silent.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

He ripped out my left eyeball and replaced it with an asterisk.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

They are planning Jeb to run in 2016 and grooming Jeb’s son for 20 years down the road.

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

I’m hoping to play a small part in stopping that fromm occurring.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I have been “Fox free” for two years and am much happier.

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

No telling what happens when the money dries out.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

if you listen to the elites we will just print/create more. the good times will never end. freaking idiots these eleites aren’t they

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Where is our Margaret Thatcher..? We need you now.

d1carter on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Great that you did and soon it will be over. Time for gulching! The world is declining exponentially. ‘Civilizaion’ and ‘humanity’ are regressing, exponentially.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I’m inclined to be lenient with Spark. Everyone knows he’s mischievous, and he did return the item, after all. I think it’s fair to say that he did his best to mitigate the damage.

I think, perhaps, that a desk job might be a suitable punishment for Spark. Loss of the Glade Cruiser, and a reduction in his moon bean packet, as well as use of the HotAirShip Kerfuffle restricted to only Fire Marshall duties and use only in the Glade, might suffice.

I recommend the appointment of a new Glade Peace Officer, to share the responsibility of maintaining the tranquility and order of the Glade and protecting the Gladians. Spark, being confined to desk duties for the foreseeable future, will be obliged to turn in his taser until such time as he can be reinstated.

I await your thoughts on these recommendations, along with any further recommendations you have regarding the final disposition of this unfortunate case.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

He ripped out my left eyeball and replaced it with an asterisk.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Ok, I went back and looked at that emoticon, or that construct of yer eyes. In this case he’s not off the hook.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

well that’s a wrap. I hope tomorrow is abetter day that today has been.

stay safe

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I used to hang with people like Carville when I would play out in St. Louis and New Orleans.

Maher is one of those punks in high school that were in the “Soc” (prononced “Soch”) Crowd and shot their mouths off when they were surrounded by their “gang” of punks.

If they showed up on the South Side in St. Louis – they could end up in a bad place.

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Still – that doesn’t explain Coulter’s Shark-Jump, other than the “bad choice” angle…..

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I haven’t seen anyone tip one to the Iron Lady yet. Join me? *CLINK*

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Only if “foreseeable future” gets defined.

What say you RWM?

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

You too unseen. Take good care.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Where is our Margaret Thatcher..? We need you now.

d1carter on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

I’m kinda with Swalker on this one: I think Palin might be our next Iron Lady……

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

*clink*

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Still – that doesn’t explain Coulter’s Shark-Jump, other than the “bad choice” angle…..

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Coulter jumped the snark.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Cheers! *clink*

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

*clink*

wolfsDad on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Um..did you just put Sparky in “TIMEOUT?”

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Only if “foreseeable future” gets defined.

I think the next 6 months would be sufficient. Less, perhaps, with good behavior on Spark’s part, and dependent upon conditions in the Glade.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Nancy Reagan sounded feeble and frail in that phone interview with Andrea Mitchell…

OmahaConservative on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

(……pours iced tea into a Tom Collins glass…..)

*clink*

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Um..did you just put Sparky in “TIMEOUT?”

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

No, nothing happened, yet.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Hi Jackie – looks like Spark is off the hook. No way can it be proven which of the 3 RWM eyeballs he ripped off. No one but he knows and he has a right to be silent.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Well that settles it then.

*clink*

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty I am free at last.”

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Yes it is, and yes we are, we are pretty sure this next move will be our last duty station, that will make 28 years, I think I have earned my right to gulch at that point. If the bad guys ever decide to invade Indiana they may want to be careful, I learned a thing or two from the Afghans don’t you know;)

SWalker will definitely get that last reference, I know your into more classical music than hillbilly rock, though I have to tell you I am a Dave Brubeck fan myself:)

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Still – that doesn’t explain Coulter’s Shark-Jump, other than the “bad choice” angle…..

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

You sure Coulter “Jumped” the and wasn’t in bed banging it? O_O (It’s a lawyer joke)… ;p

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

No one but he knows and he has a right to be silent.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

If only he had the ability….

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

I’m kinda with Swalker on this one: I think Palin might be our next Iron Lady……

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Me too. Did you hear the news? I cleared of all charges.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Certainly not. :) I simply suggested to the Magistrate that some time doing the administrative end of the Peace Officer’s job, rather than cruising around in the Glade Cruiser and using the Kerfuffle for personal use, along with a reduction in pay, might be an apt, and sufficient, punishment for Spark.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Only if “foreseeable future” gets defined.

What say you RWM?

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Fine with me, but he also cannot go to any Village People tryouts wearing his Gladian fire chief’s uniform in the future.

**ducks**

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Spoken too soon. You left evidence and RWM provided it.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

You sure Coulter “Jumped” the and wasn’t in bed banging it? O_O (It’s a lawyer joke)… ;p

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Maher’s not a Lawyer…..and actually not smart enough to be one, now Carville on the other hand…..

I’ll say it again: Mary Matalin Smells WONDERFUL!!

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

No one but he knows and he has a right to be silent.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

If only he had the ability….

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

No kidding.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 A

Oh… and …*clink* :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Fine with me, but he also cannot go to any Village People tryouts wearing his Gladian fire chief’s uniform in the future.

Damn Sparky, there goes the weekend!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Paper work? Oh no. That’s cruel and unusual punishment. Maybe you could tase me or something. I need the Glade Cruiser and the Kerfuffle for picnics with Scrumpy and other hotties.

RWM is out to get me and she’s my one-eyed lawyer.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

I think the next 6 months would be sufficient. Less, perhaps, with good behavior on Spark’s part, and dependent upon conditions in the Glade.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Fine with me, but he also cannot go to any Village People tryouts wearing his Gladian fire chief’s uniform in the future.

**ducks**

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

6 months desk job, same pay (Obama times). If he misbehaves, salary is reduced. If he behaves, he gets out in 5 months.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

I’m fairly certain he was only using it to pick up girls at the bus depot… much like his wolf moon t-shirt… but if you insist that the use of the uniform be restricted to official business as well, and since he does represent the Glade when in uniform…so be it.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I mean, seriously – you could bottle and compress Mary Matalin’s smell as a aerosol form of viagra!

Kind of Amazing!

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Evidence smevidence.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

What if I become an informant? Would that help?

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I’m fairly certain he was only using it to pick up girls at the bus depot… much like his wolf moon t-shirt… but if you insist that the use of the uniform be restricted to official business as well, and since he does represent the Glade when in uniform…so be it.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Who knew that our Fire Chief wore Dalmatian fur, assless chaps on official business???

lol

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I concur. He’s officially suspended from any duties other than desk work for the next 6 months in his capacity as Glade Peace Officer, five with good behavior. No pay reduction, however he will be required to surrender the taser, and he will be restricted in use of the HotAirShip Kerfuffle as well as the Glade Cruiser. He will not be allowed to wear the Fire Marshal’s uniform for anything other than official duty or functions.

Is that agreed?

*Further, there is still the matter of the bucket placed on Axe’s head, and the epoxy resin glue that was placed within the bucket before placement. If Axe should press charges, I recommend handling that complaint as a separate issue.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Evidence smevidence.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I don’t think Sparky has a full appreciation for the latitude given in this case. His punishment, in my view, is extremely lenient. Alas, he still seems to believe he has wronged no one…

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

SWalker will definitely get that last reference, I know your into more classical music than hillbilly rock, though I have to tell you I am a Dave Brubeck fan myself:)

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

George Santayana…. ;)

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Evidence smevidence.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

What if I become an informant? Would that help?

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

No moping. That’s for the under 26 ones, the ones in mama’s basement, on Obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

RWM is out to get me…

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Aww, Sparky is doing his Prog imitation and playing the victim card. Institutional Sophie-ism is to blame…of course.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I just say this – if you bottled and compressed Mary Matalin’s smell……it’d be an aerosol form of the stuff that fixes various forms of male dysfunction…..

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

What if I become an informant? Would that help?

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

You Freakin’ SNITCH!!!!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Agreed…if we can ever figure out Axe.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

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