Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on April 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

[Q]uestions of why the Democratic leadership pushed a bill to the floor that ultimately fell five votes short had some whispering about poor planning. “There is going to be a lot of hindsighting,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who represents Newtown. He didn’t count himself among the critics, though. “We had to have a vote at some point, and I think now is as good a time as any, and we’re just going to be determined and keep fighting.”…

What became clear Wednesday evening is that any momentum the gun-control movement had had in the wake of the Newtown tragedy had been stalled. Democrats remain heartened that the public overwhelmingly agrees with them on the issue of background checks. But they acknowledged that hopes for swift action have devolved into a longer legislative slog.

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Gun control advocates have told me the assault weapons ban was intended to be a bargaining chip. Ask for the moon, settle for less—in this case, universal background checks. If that was the strategy, it backfired. For most of February and March, gun advocates focused their criticisms on the assault weapons ban. They correctly observed that it outlawed guns but did nothing to keep outlaws from having guns. And they used the time to organize their base, comprised largely of gun owners who love the AR-15 and its variations. Many gun owners might have supported background checks had they not been distracted by the assault weapons issue, which caused them to distrust gun control proponents even more than before.

The proposal to ban assault weapons also led to the Senate spending precious time holding hearings on the merits of the ban. Given this proposal was going nowhere, why waste the time? If President Obama had pushed for a law only requiring universal background checks—maybe coupled with the NRA’s proposal for more funding for school security—he might have been able to persuade Congress to consider his proposals in February, when Newtown was fresher in our collective memory.

The four-month delay enabled the NRA to rally its troops—and, more importantly, its allies in Congress.

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[T]he GOP controlled House was clearly unwilling to pass serious gun control legislation. Anything that got through the Senate would have to be even further watered down in order to get through the House. The administration no doubt hoped that the vote would be a tough one for blue state Republicans and help whip up the base for 2014, but it’s hard to see a serious person being convinced that this legislative process was going to end up making substantial changes in American gun policy.

A principled senator who truly believed that his or her vote on a gun control law would make a real difference on the ground might choose to stake an entire career on one vote. But if the vote in question were more an act of symbolism and sham that real substance, the equation is very different. Is there really any point in throwing your political career away in order to give a few days’ passing satisfaction to New York Times editorial writers?

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Toomey, who threw his political weight into working with his Senate friend Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on a compromise to expand background checks to commercial firearms sales over the Internet and at gun shows, said that for him it’s time to move on.

“I did the best I could. I wish it had passed, but the Senate has spoken and these things happen,” Toomey told The Morning Call immediately after the vote on his amendment. “It’s always worth it to do the right thing … no regrets.”

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Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.

I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences…

Mark my words: if we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress, one that puts communities’ interests ahead of the gun lobby’s. To do nothing while others are in danger is not the American way.

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In Giffords’ view, these senators are two-faced, because you cannot truly sympathize with her unless you vote for the bills she supports. But I am a little confused about the purported motivation for this perceived betrayal. Obama and Giffords both insist the senators who voted against new gun controls did so not out of conviction but out of fear—specifically, fear that they would be defeated the next time they run for re-election. If their constituents “overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks,” however, wouldn’t voting for the bill mandating those have been the politically expedient thing to do? And why is opposing the will of the majority a mark of “cowardice,” as Giffords says, rather than a mark of courage?

Furthermore, why would senators be afraid of “the gun lobby” unless they think it can sway voters against them? Isn’t that ultimately the source of the NRA’s fearsome power? But if voters are so easily manipulated, why should we be impressed by majority support for expanded background checks or any other gun control measure? I suspect that Giffords credits the majority with wisdom only when the polls are going her way, just as she credits politicians with integrity only when they agree with her.

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If this doesn’t demonstrate the limitations of the president’s political muscle and the influence of his newly minted Organizing for Action lobbying group, I don’t know what does. Yet, despite the embarrassing setback, Obama nonetheless argued that he still held the upper hand, politically: “If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass commonsense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.” That couldn’t misread the political environment heading into 2014 anymore. That’s the audacity of mope.

Put simply, the 2014 Senate elections will be fought predominantly on the very turf that is most inhospitable to gun control–Southern and Mountain West conservative states. It’s no coincidence that three of the four Democrats who opposed the Toomey-Manchin bill are facing difficult reelections in 2014 and presumably are attuned to the sentiments of their constituents. Blame the National Rifle Association for the bill’s failure, but the lobby is feeding into already deeply held opposition to gun regulations and a broader sense of anxiety about the president’s and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s intentions–particularly given the president’s past publicized remark about “bitter” rural voters who “cling to their guns and religion.” It doesn’t take much for the gun-rights crowd, significant in these states, to jump to inaccurate conclusions given that history.

And how do the White House or allied groups plan on punishing gun-control opponents? The notion of challenging the Second Amendment Democrats is as fanciful as it is self-defeating. Democratic primary voters in the deep South have significantly different views on gun rights than their coastal counterparts. Even if they support expanded background checks, the chance of landing a candidate running a one-issue campaign against brand-name Democrats like Mark Pryor and Mark Begich defies common sense.

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What was so extraordinary about the president’s performance yesterday is that this is the version of himself he’s always tried to keep under wraps. He made his career on sounding reasonable, positioning himself as the middle between two extremes, pretending to afford respect for the arguments of his opponents, and never, ever showing anger. You always knew this was all a pose, but he never fully let loose until yesterday when he vented his rage at and his contempt for his opponents, and after a defeat in the most traditional of all liberal causes, gun control. It’s amazing how he believes that everyone else in Washington engages in politics except for him, even though the way he reacted after Newtown was textbook political exploitation of a tragedy–using the victims and their families to the maximum extent possible and pursuing policy goals that he’d always favored but that wouldn’t have prevented the shooting. In his own mind, he’s the brave and sincere one, and everyone opposed to him is an insincere coward. We already knew all of this about him, but it was revealing all the same.

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On the surface it was about the shellacking gun control laws took in the Senate. Make no mistake: while this was a policy loss for Obama, it was also much, much more.

It was the moment the bully gets popped in the nose, and the unexpected sensation of shock and pain leaves him aghast. It was the moment, to use a rather apropos analogy, the mugger finds himself starting down the black void of a .45 barrel in the fist of his intended victim.

It was shock that the glowing, constant press coverage, the lockstep drumbeat on the nation’s editorial pages, the hectoring, lecturing rants from Joe Scarborough and Piers Morgan et al., the Bloomberg TV ads featuring the families of Newtown, the vaunted OFA operation’s push, and all the personal phone calls from President Charm Offensive himself couldn’t move the votes.

And that enraged Obama. His sense that he is uniquely persuasive and that once he “takes it to the people” the argument is over, was directly challenged, and he failed.

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Via Mediaite.


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KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Any gun control EO will be defied by Americans. Obama is as dangerous now as he’s ever been. A cornered animal.

All the more reason to disobey any UNLAWFUL EO on Guns. Screw you O!

katy on April 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

You wanted the vote, you got the vote without any shenanigans, apparently the system worked as intended.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Weird

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Hi Ken

Evening All

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

AP..
That was rude to Mary Katharine Ham.
Just sayin.

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Hi Scrumpy. Obama is stinging cause he failed to get what he wanted.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Sunil looks like white cap. There is a facial resemblance. Plus both are very very skinny.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

That he is Sparky that he is, and ohhhhhhhh boy it feels so good!!

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!!

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hi Scrumpy. Obama is stinging cause he failed to get what he wanted.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

totally agree. I think he is going to get worse as we go forward.

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Who is SUNIL?

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Yeah! I can’t wait to see the ‘real’ Obama show his self!

I will probably be ROTFPMSL!

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

enraged Obama

…I’m grinning from ear to ear…for JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Scrumpy I am sure we will except he’s not a complete lame duck and can inject more damage over the next 4 yrs. I am with you on smiling at his childishness. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a president act the way this one does! Outrageous stuff for sure.

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Hi CL.

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

…I’m grinning from ear to ear…for JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Rat eared bastard..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I really really hope that the failure to enact draconian and unconstitutional gun control burns these reprobates to the core. B U R N S.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Oh for sure he isn’t a complete lame duck, he has his EO power to do so much damage… Le Sigh

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I don’t get the puffed out lip thing, he looks like a little kid trying not to cry.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I guess AP is gone..
We are all alone….

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Chrissy!!

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Ken!!!! :-)

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I don’t get the puffed out lip thing, he looks like a little kid trying not to cry.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

This is his Pimped look..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Let the fun begin ?

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

that is exactly how he looked; like he was trying not to cry. Made my day :)

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Would a sufferer of NPD be prevented from purchasing a gun..?

d1carter on April 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

d1carter on April 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Should be high on the list! (wink wink)

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Made my day :)

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The same look if Romney would have won..

But for some reason..

I take joy in seeing Obama learn what it’s like in America..
You know..
People Standing up to Him.

He has a long road ahead of him..
And his wife too.

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Narcissists don’t learn…

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Sunil is the missing brown University student who looks like white cap. Same kind of nose and very skinny. The dude went missing in march and they were looking for him in Boston.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Made my day :)

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Basically what I was sayin”
Obama’s a dick..
With some sort of education about the Constitution..
His enemy..
And a chip on his shoulder..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Best wishes for a good life Gabby, but please stay out of this.

22044 on April 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

In Giffords’ view, these senators are two-faced, because you cannot truly sympathize with her unless you vote for the bills she supports.

No one can make her smarter.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Axed the food truck thread? lol!

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

The feds done moved in on HotGas and disappeared an entire topic about food trucks.

Now what dids I tell you folks, don’t be messin’ around here with all your fancy talk about the gubment.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Must have been a HA miscommunication. I clicked on MKH’s thread.

Error 404 – Not Found

Now it isn’t even there. Probably see it tomorrow. No rudeness.

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

MKH’s thread above this one just float off into thin air for anyone else…with the pink truck?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.

Whoever said the above can demagog right up there with Hitler.

VorDaj on April 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

This morning was the first Moaning Joe I’ve watched since the election in November 2012.

Now they have that bug eyed bald idiot Politico reporter Make Allen on set who actually said “I know some Republican Senators who wanted to vote for it and privately told Obama ‘Look, we’ll back you on gay marriage and on immigration, but we can’t back you on all three, Mr President.’ That guy just makes things up out of his butt. Even the other panelists weren’t buying that, and they moved on.

Marcus on April 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Thanks I had not heard of this!

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Axed the food truck thread? lol!

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I know..

It must have been AP’s cat..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

This is his Pimped look..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

As long as Bark isn’t looking to kick someone’s azs, because that man is like a Hyena Bat when he’s angry, nothing but fangs and claws and leaps.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Seen it floating above the QOTD… it’s gone?

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Hopey/Changeys Gun Grabbing Titanic,
has screetched the Gun-Control Berg!!

And no Life-Boats!

It is a shame,that he has alluded
that,…..

…..POWER GRAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Difficult times for food trucks.

Difficult times for threads about food trucks. :)

22044 on April 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

After the insanity of the past week. I was ready to do a 70 comment thread on food trucks. Mission posting. Trolling. Mobying it. Concern trolling the food truck thread. All the above.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

When did the Bill of Rights become special interests?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

We may have defeated the recent anti-gun push but if the ruling class imposes amnesty the 2nd amendment is history.

FloatingRock on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Difficult times for food trucks.

Difficult times for threads about food trucks. :)

22044 on April 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

16 comments or less..

It was on its way to go over..
Hence..

deletion..
/

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Losers gonna lose.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

“I have not yet begun to shred the constitution!” – John Paul Obama

VorDaj on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Hopey/Changeys Gun Grabbing Titanic,
has screetched the Gun-Control Berg!!

And no Life-Boats!

It is a shame,that he has alluded
that,…..

…..POWER GRAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

lol — All right, that’s not even close to English, ya dang Canadian. :) Yet, you managed to make the point.

We’ll call that one a poem.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

EG, I think that is why I smiled. That chip got knocked and he didn’t like it one bit. I am praying on seeing it get knocked off a lot more over the next 4 yrs.

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

WTF happened to the food truck thread?
I wanted to know if HotLibHullihan faced his a$$ east to mecca, I mean, DC five times a day?

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

When did the Bill of Rights become special interests?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

January, 2009.

VorDaj on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I’d like to propose a moment of silence for the food truck thread.

. . .

To the food truck thread.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Obama is done..

Put a fork in him

He is not in control..

America is..

Just the way it should be..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

January, 2009.

VorDaj on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Dammit!

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

But, not more than six rounds!
He can dance like a chicken, but he can’t get a bad gun law passed.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Now it isn’t even there. Probably see it tomorrow. No rudeness.

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

MKH’s thread above this one just float off into thin air for anyone else…with the pink truck?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

KOOLAID2:I haven’t refreshed the(my) page its still there in

KCB—–:El Code Pinko,Pink Colour!

Er,wait,I opened a new tab,and d*mmitt,its a 404,hmmm,,!
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Proposed regulations already killing food truck businesses in D.C.
Apr 18, 2013 10:01 PM by Mary Katharine Ham
3 Comments »

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The Case of the Missing Food Truck Thread.

CNN. They have perp in custody.
ABC. We got perps name.
CBS. Video at 11
CNN. Scratch that, my bad.
ABC. Sorry wrong thread.
CBS. Dan Rather has film reel locked up in his own vault.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Where did the food trucks go? I was hungry.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Difficult times for food trucks.

Difficult times for threads about food trucks. :)

22044 on April 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

MKH didn’t meet the necessary DC regulations to post about food truck regulations.

HumpBot Salvation on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

To the food truck thread.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

*clink*

wolfsDad on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

“There is going to be a lot of hindsighting,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who represents Newtown.

Really, who represents Bridgeport, Mystic, Danbury and Hartford?

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

+100
You and me both..
And most here on HA..

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Do they serve Lame Duck on the Food Truck?

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

“You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences…”

Petulant a%shole…

No doubt martial law is on it’s way…

… No doubt.

Seven Percent Solution on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

hahahahahahahaha

and

*clink*!

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Is the food truck thread gonna be a legend? Only a few of us saw it. Was it really there at all?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

It was shock that the glowing, constant press coverage, the lockstep drumbeat on the nation’s editorial pages, the hectoring, lecturing rants from Joe Scarborough and Piers Morgan et al., the Bloomberg TV ads featuring the families of Newtown, the vaunted OFA operation’s push, and all the personal phone calls from President Charm Offensive himself couldn’t move the votes.

And that enraged Obama. His sense that he is uniquely persuasive and that once he “takes it to the people” the argument is over, was directly challenged, and he failed.

I’m not surprised he failed. Obama’s people and the media have always felt there was something magical about Obama’s speeches – but seriously, can anyone point to one memorable line in a memorable speech?

Obamacare is a good example. Barry gave over 50 speeches pushing it, including addressing a joint session of Congress – and he never moved the needle of public opinion. It seemed the more he talked, the worse it got.

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Sure he will quit. The Dog Eating Bat Face took a flying scissor kick to the neck and he won’t stick his neck out there again and risk embarrassing himself a second time. If he does it will be so overdone as to rival his budgets which can’t garner a single vote.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

The dog eater looks like an aged pollo hermanos owner.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Oh…*clink!*

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

When did the Bill of Rights become special interests?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Adherents to the House of Obama are fundamentally and unalterably opposed to the survival of the Constitution of the United States, and most particularly it’s Bill of Rights. The House of Obama is based on the teachings of Karl Marx, Benito Mussolini, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, the Queen of Hearts and Joe Isuzu. The House of Obama commands that democrats carry out mendacity, calumny and psychosis indefinitely against all opponents until the House of the Constitution, which is alien to The House of Obama, is not tolerated, and all Americans are brought under the complete domination of the House of Obama, where Obamariah is strictly enforced.

VorDaj on April 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Now on to the next Marxist attack on the Republic….
The crap sammich Illegal Criminal Foreigner Amnesty Act must be defeated.
Phones and emails people. Light up your Reps. Let them know in no uncertain terms that an AYE vote for this crap is a letter of resignation.
Send one to the Amateur Rubio..just to remind him that sleeping with the enemy will give you a dose of something that has no cure.
III/0317

dirtengineer on April 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I’d like to propose a moment of silence for the food truck thread.

. . .

To the food truck thread.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Axe:)

Agreed,and I would like to say,MKH,I was joking about
a Non Breaking News Story above QOTD,in that 404 post,
that has disappeared!

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Oh…*clink!*

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

My glass if full.

*clink*

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Peep this. What do you think? I think we can solve this, split the cash. Start tomorrow.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I’d like to propose a moment of silence for the food truck thread.

. . .

To the food truck thread.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I just burned my fingers on my lighter.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I know your brain probably barely operates above that of a 5 year old having a temper tantrum, but I encourage you to provide us with any supporting data that gun control or gun bans reduce homicides or violent crime in general. Take your time. We’ll wait.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

NotCoach on April 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Is the food truck thread gonna be a legend? Only a few of us saw it. Was it really there at all?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

“Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster; and if you gaze into the Food Truck Thread the Food Truck Thread gazes into you.”

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Food Truck Thread proves glitch in the Matrix.

Some one run a trace.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Is the food truck thread gonna be a legend? Only a few of us saw it. Was it really there at all?

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

We’ll tell them. The food truck thread shall not be forgotten.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

the nra proved to be a powerful lobby. but obama will not quit the fight on this issue.

expect round 2 in the near future.

nonpartisan on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

OMG!!!! ROUND 2!!!! You will never get it. Don’t mess with our right to bear. Ever.

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Just read that the wheelchair guy we all saw in the first pics from Boston lost both his legs…but remember one of the bombers and fingered him for the FBI. He said he made eye contact with the guy that sat a bag down and a couple of minutes later exploded. He made a clear and accurate description of one those guys we’ve been looking at all night. Wow!

d1carter on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I just burned my fingers on my lighter.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Good man.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

If I get my 2.5 mill reward I’m going to buy that framed painting of the curtain.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Drudge has video of the food truck thread being savaged by a barrel shroud and dragged away.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Todd Knode
A Canadian’s Version of David Letterman’s Top 10 – This is what other countries think of us, in this case Canada. Do we look like idiots or what?

10) Only in America …could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America …could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black.

8) Only in America …could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America …can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

6) Only in America…would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

5) Only in America …could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

4) Only in America …could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

3) Only in America …could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company ( Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America …could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

And finally,

1) Only in America …could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

KCB on April 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

but seriously, can anyone point to one memorable line in a memorable speech?

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

“You didn’t build that”?

wolfsDad on April 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

We’ll tell them. The food truck thread shall not be forgotten.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

REMEMBER THE…..uh….what was it again?

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I miss the food truck thread. I really do.

TitularHead on April 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

d1carter on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Freaking awesome.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

If their constituents “overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks,” however, wouldn’t voting for the bill mandating those have been the politically expedient thing to do? And why is opposing the will of the majority a mark of “cowardice,” as Giffords says, rather than a mark of courage?

And in less than 50 words, Jake Sullum delivers a knockout blow to Gabby Giffords.

Let the libertarians handle things, guys….

JohnGalt23 on April 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

expect round 2 in the near future.

noforeskin on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

…go pound yourself for the next eight rounds!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

SO.FREAKING.GAYGHEY.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

d1carter on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

that is a big WOW~

CoffeeLover on April 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

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