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

That is not part of the Glade Fire Marshal uniform. If he wore them with parts of the Glade Fire Marshal uniform, or the Glade Peace Officer’s uniform, publicly, the matter will be disposed of in an interdepartmental hearing.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:32 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

OK, Starting to be creepy…:-)

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I got the glue from Ken.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

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

Ann Coulter is the lawyer… (Lawyer joke: Why won’t sharks bite lawyers when they are in the ocean, even if their bleeding?… Answer: Professional Courtesy… ) O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:35 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

Billy, it’s Carville’s funk cologne you smell. :)

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I got the glue from Ken.

SparkPlug on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

The Moon Godess has the Elves making me a sword. It isn’t just any sword. It is a Moon Goddess Special Order Sword. Just sayin’.

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Is Bmore ok?

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Axe did admit that he could easily conjure the bucket from his head. He said he is continuing to wear it as a form of ‘protest’.

Since he could easily remove the bucket and has chosen to keep it, I think that constitutes ready nullification of any pending charges, since he’s not been substantially damaged by the placement of the bucket.

We should make it clear to Spark, though, that gluing buckets on Gladian’s heads will not be tolerated.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

OK, Starting to be creepy…:-)

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

**walks along, looking down at own shoes whispering to himself**

“don’tbecreepy, don’tbecreepy, don’tbecreepy…….DARN!!”

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

I’m not sure. I was wondering if Mrs. Bmore may have returned. That would readily explain his absence.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Cracked me up!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Me, too! :)LOL!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:40 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

Sometimes statements that say so very little, say so very much, but in this case, I think I shall not inquire into the matter any further… o_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:41 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

Confessing themselves wise they became fools.

chemman on April 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Obama aiding his wild brothers.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Billy, it’s Carville’s funk cologne you smell. :)

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Hmmmm…..that’s a troubling development with you……remind me not to go to the fitness center with you……

But – no – it was Mary……..I don’t know how to explain this to you, arnold, but – they smell different…you’ve spent too much time in the “locker room”……or maybe the pigsty….we need to get you out more…

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Jackie, can you come up with an appropriate tribute to the Great Lady. I can’t seem to find it…

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

We teased him, though I don’t recall what about. I think he might be protesting, without the bucket.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

And this:

Obama Clear Way To Train and Arm Somali Rebels

Yet not one word from the LEFT about his expansion of war and our military embroilment in other nations.

Vietnam began with a treaty, and sending in ‘advisers’. Then military training… and the rest… is history… along with 55,000 American military personnel.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

This picture creeps me out.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Cracked me up!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Okay – i’ll give you this one:

“What’s the difference between an extroverted engineer and an introverted engineer talking to a woman?”

“An extroverted engineer stares at the Woman’s shoes, instead of his own…..”

**rimshot**

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I’ll put this on for MarshFox while I’m looking. You’re right, a proper tribute tune for Baroness Thatcher is difficult. Take Five – Brubeck

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Two of the smartest engineers I have known were working on separate parts of a missile system. When it came time to test and they had to get together and talk, one stared at his shoes the whole time. The other stared at the ceiling. The rest of us laughed our asses off. They were brilliant though…

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I’ll put this on for MarshFox while I’m looking. You’re right, a proper tribute tune for Baroness Thatcher is difficult. Take Five – Brubeck

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Love that piece, always thought it would be cool to do a metal version of it.

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Filafel!

tommy71 on April 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Ann Coulter is the lawyer… (Lawyer joke: Why won’t sharks bite lawyers when they are in the ocean, even if their bleeding?… Answer: Professional Courtesy… ) O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

true, true…..

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Tommy, you must *clink*!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

You Are So Beautiful To Me – Cocker

For the late, great, Margaret Thatcher.

“You are so beautiful to me. Can’t you see?

Everything I hoped for, you’re everything I need.

You are so beautiful, to me. “

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Thanks Jackie, love that whole album, love that time frame for Jazz period! Funny a guy with such strong countrybilly roots would like Jazz but I have had some culturing since leaving home;)

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Thanks Jackie! Nice!

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I do, too, Walker.:) I like a lot of Brubeck’s work.

And that’s an incredibly interesting idea.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

sorry 2 nites in a row but i think this one might work.

http://youtu.be/yLsoCl-oX3w

shine on Maggie

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

You’ve seen a great deal more of the world, and human nature, from a very different perspective, and in person, than most people every will.

I’m not surprised at all that you like music that’s as sophisticated as jazz, and Brubeck in particular.

Good evening, MarshFox. It’s great to see you. I hope you’ll still be a part of the Glade after you’re home, too. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Thanks Fred! Very nice.

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I do, too, Walker.:) I like a lot of Brubeck’s work.

And that’s an incredibly interesting idea.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Unfortunate now that I have said the idea in pubic Steve Vai will probably do it and claim credit for the idea as well. :(

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Ann Coulter is the lawyer… (Lawyer joke: Why won’t sharks bite lawyers when they are in the ocean, even if their bleeding?… Answer: Professional Courtesy… ) O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

“Sure was cold the other day!”

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Good evening, Fred! :)

I think that one works very well, too. :)

She was a dynamic and multifaceted woman.

One of the things I like about her aside from her politics, was that she was a lady… always.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

This has been a very nice evening with Hot Air. Relaxing. I am enjoying your company very much.

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

LOL! Isn’t that the way it goes, Walker? But the great thing is that, like writers, no two musicians ever really create the same piece, even given the same cue. Everyone has their own personal ‘vision’ of what the piece should ultimately be. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Sorry about that strike through. It was entirely inadvertent, I assure you. I was trying to eat a popsicle and type at the same time. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

I was trying to eat a popsicle and type at the same time. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Skillz..

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

:)

Note that Sparky is searching for words.

Spark, the pebble is still yours.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

strike one

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

This picture creeps me out.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

ok…i read most of the article…couldn’t get past this

Obama’s speech was interrupted repeatedly by standing ovations from the packed gymnasium. At one point, the room erupted with chants of “We want a vote!” Audience members, many wearing green ribbons in support of the victims, were stomping their feet on the bleachers and clapping their hands in unison with the chant.

“This is not about me. This is not about politics. This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here who have been torn apart by gun violence,” Obama said, his voice rising with emotion as he shook his finger in the air

I know AP writers are left-wing, and scared of the big bad guns, but honestly…if i were a leftist reporter…i’m not sure i’d want to write something that so vividly portrayed a ghoulish president and his supporters.

A Wellstone moment?…or just an average day of demagogy

r keller on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Where is Axefellow?

We seek him here, we seek him there, we Gladian’s seek him everywhere!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Where is Axefellow?

We seek him here, we seek him there, we Gladian’s seek him everywhere!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Ummm, he has a bucket on his head, and I think he locked himself in a closet on accident, thinking that he was out in the garage, he’s probable trying to put his keys in an electrical outlet, thinking the outlet is the keyhole on his front door… O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

r keller on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Ask Obama how many children died of gunshots in CHICAGO this year.

Chicago has some of the strictest ‘gun control’ legislation in the nation.

Criminals don’t register their weapons. They frequently use weapons that have the serial numbers removed entirely.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

OH! We certainly hope not. He could easily cast a spell to remove the bucket, or to make the bucket transparent, if he preferred.

I’ll just cast a spell to make the bucket transparent, just to be on the safe side. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

“Sure was cold the other day!”

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

cold tonight too. 14 degrees here.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM
cold tonight too. 14 degrees here.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Swalker (or someone) is supposed to ask … how cold was it?

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

LOL! Good one, Fred. :)

It’s a pomegranate popsicle… I think they call them ‘fruit bars’… but it’s still a popsicle. :)

I have them for desert, frequently.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

…. desert? Who typed that?

Dessert! LOL!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM
cold tonight too. 14 degrees here.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Swalker (or someone) is supposed to ask … how cold was it?

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Ok I’ll bite… So, how cod was it hawkdriver (no, I know nothing bout no pineapple expresses… ;p )

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

LOL! I usually do pretty well, but the popsicle was starting to melt and got a little drippy… and literary mayhem ensued! :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Good night my friends. We lost a giant today. I certainly hope that there is another on the rise. Our nation could certainly use a few, as could the UK. Take care. Until tomorrow… Rest in Peace Iron Lady,

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Ok I’ll bite… So, how cod was it hawkdriver (no, I know nothing bout no pineapple expresses… ;p )

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

It was so cold I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

‘…cod’ ?

First I’m eating popsicles in the desert… and now you’re biting cod.

LOL!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

*through bucket*

I LIKED GODLESS.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

It is not possible to think of you without smiling…

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

It was so cold I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Whoa… Now that’s cold… O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

time to call mama

Adios: vaya con dios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Good evening, Axefellow!

I cast a spell to make your bucket transparent… hope you don’t mind terribly much. It was a matter of concern and regard for your safety. :)

Care to elucidate?

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

jrsrigmvr on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Goodnight, my friend. Sleep well. See you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

And you make me smile, too. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

‘…cod’ ?

First I’m eating popsicles in the desert… and now you’re biting cod.

LOL!

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Stupid laptop, I tend to type with what has been described as a “Heavy Hand”… Or perhaps I should say, bang with a heavy hand. My stupid laptop doesn’t respond well to it, and keeps leaving stuff out, possibly as a protest… O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

LOL! :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Old timer hittin the sack early? ;-)

tommy71 on April 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

For All We Know – Chet Baker

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

April In Portugal – Jane Morgan

Portugal became the latest EU nation to teeter into a bailout.

April in Portugal, indeed.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Here is another for Lady Thatcher. We certainly are bereft of leaders in these times.

Maybe it was a blessing to her and Mr. Reagan that they were pretty much unaware of what had befallen the world in their last few years.

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Careful, your messing with Axe’s woman, she’s the only one who can understand him and translate for us;)

MarshFox on April 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Were RWM Axe’s woman, it were better for Axe not to be the jealous type. Everyone wants them some Sophie. :)

She’ll let you know if she’s ever actually “Axe’s woman,” though. And I’ll bet real money that on that magical day, she won’t phrase it quite that way. :)

And the fact that she let me say all this without having to say it herself (and thereby gelding me in front of the guys) only reaffirms the utter coolness of this mega-babe.

PS: I apologize for all the troll blood. I got pissy this afternoon and old Axe came out. A little embarrassing.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Excellent, Arnold.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Ah! That explains it. Well… so long as you’re back, now. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

I cast a spell to make your bucket transparent… hope you don’t mind terribly much. It was a matter of concern and regard for your safety. :)

Care to elucidate?

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

*takes off bucket*

I just can’t turn wholesale on Coulter. :) The battle lines have moved and everything, but she’s got stripes. I know because I saw them put on her when they were putting them on me on the same hill. Hard to just throw away a comrade you’ve toe’d a line with.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

PS: I apologize for all the troll blood. I got pissy this afternoon and old Axe came out. A little embarrassing.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

One should never apologize for wielding an Axe on a troll… <—- Insert maniacal laughter here… ;)

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

It is not possible to think of you without smiling…

KCB on April 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

That’s beautiful.

And I know what you mean. :)

. . . where’s Rusty?

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Angel – Judas Priest

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

I admire your loyalty, Axefellow. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Excellent, Arnold.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

thanks Jackie. I’m in a foul mood today. Even optimistic Rush was not perky, HA trolls were trolling and then Levin finished me off in the afternoon.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll wake up back in a good place. I do like the fact that HA is here for us though.

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

You shouldn’t let anything a troll says get to you, Arnold. By virtue of being a troll they relinquish the right to be taken seriously. It only seems like they are many because so many good and decent people remain silent in the face of their bitterness and vitriol. They fact that some people are so foul is disturbing, but not surprising. You’ll rise about it. You always do. And I like having you here, too. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Dream On – DIO and Malmsteen

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

For All We Know – Chet Baker

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

…..that’s not fair, Jackie – I was in bed…..then I had to come down and give you a virtual kiss…..

….did you even listen to “Blue Rondo” up above – great version, the boys are in fine form, especially Paul Desmond……

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

r keller on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I don’t know about you, but politicians who says its not about them as their voice rises with emotion and they shake their finger in the air give me cause for concern. That people responded with ovations and chants is even worse.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

williamg on April 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

lol! Thank you, williamg. :)

Yes, I love Blue Rondo and Paul Desmond, too.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:48 AM

You shouldn’t let anything a troll says get to you, Arnold. By virtue of being a troll they relinquish the right to be taken seriously. It only seems like they are many because so many good and decent people remain silent in the face of their bitterness and vitriol. They fact that some people are so foul is disturbing, but not surprising. You’ll rise about it. You always do. And I like having you here, too. :)

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Agreed.

Yet they were so ugly today. I know where the porker’s coming from.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

That people responded with ovations and chants is even worse.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Good evening, INC. Yes… don’t you wonder how much they were paid?

I guess they could be the last vestiges of the ‘The One’ worshipers, having another fling before their idol…but I doubt it.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

r keller on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I don’t know about you, but politicians who says its not about them as their voice rises with emotion and they shake their finger in the air give me cause for concern. That people responded with ovations and chants is even worse.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Yes, reminds one just a little to much of a certain Austrian Politician from the mid 20th century. O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

One should never apologize for wielding an Axe on a troll… <—- Insert maniacal laughter here… ;)

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Hey! That’s funny and all, but — put me down, man.

No — Not the firewood

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:52 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Hey, Jackie! Perhaps some of them were paid to tip the scenario. I’m still trying to puzzle it out.

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

This was my first thought.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I don’t know about you, but politicians who says its not about them as their voice rises with emotion and they shake their finger in the air give me cause for concern. That people responded with ovations and chants is even worse.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

When that nasty mofo was getting ready for his first inauguration, Flickr had a photo of him looking in the mirror. You or I would look to make certain we didn’t have something out of place or a booger. He though looked as if he was in love with his pathetic self.

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Hey! That’s funny and all, but — put me down, man.

No — Not the firewood

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Hey your choice buddy… Trolls… Or Stout Oak… <—- Insert maniacal laughter here… ;)

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Hey your choice buddy… Trolls… Or Stout Oak… <—- Insert maniacal laughter here… ;)

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

lol. At least your spirits are up, my friend. :) . . . would have left the bucket on though. And would have left it opaque. Meh. Woulda, shoulda, coulda.

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Axe on April 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Are you surprised, Axefellow? Remember the veritable orgy of conservative bashing after the Loughner shootings? It lasted for about three days… right up until it was released that he was… a Democrat. Oops.

OR…perhaps you recall the vitriol that spewed forth during the ‘health care reform’ debate… starting in about August of 2009. Halcyon days for trolls. They got to sink their venomous fangs into the flesh of anyone who simply dared to disagree with the policy being debated… and they did it for MONTHS. Actually, I think this behavior is just an extension of that era. They’ve become addicted to the stimulation they derive from attacking others.

Even when they win these people can’t manage an iota of grace. That, too, is an occasion for spewing hate and venom at one and all. They actually come to sites like this one just to do it. It’s the only thing that gives them a sense of power… much like a three year old spitting at a parent… or those kids who lie about their age and play video games simply to be able to abuse other people and get away with behavior and language their parents wouldn’t allow.

They get no satisfaction from me. They aren’t worth it.

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:58 AM

I don’t know about you, but politicians who says its not about them as their voice rises with emotion and they shake their finger in the air give me cause for concern. That people responded with ovations and chants is even worse.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

exactly

r keller on April 9, 2013 at 1:59 AM

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

That’s him.

INC on April 9, 2013 at 2:02 AM

thatsafactjack on April 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I will remain indeed, however I will be out of the Glade for a while, someone commands my attention much more and I am sure you can guess who;) I may check in a few times while we are on the road moving. This is probably the last duty station. I want to retire to our country estate and and enjoy her and my agricultural and scientific pursuits:)

MarshFox on April 9, 2013 at 2:04 AM

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