Quotes of the day

posted at 9:31 pm on June 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

It had all the optics of a truly historic day. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the Senate vote that would reform the country’s broken immigration system and help provide a path to citizenship for 11 million people living here illegally. The gallery was full, including dozens of young Hispanic men and women wearing blue and orange shirts with slogans such as “11 Million Dreamers.”…

“We all gave. We all took. We all fought. We all smiled. And at the end of the day we held hands and walked out here together,” Schumer said. And at the end of the press conference, he walked arm-in-arm with McCain, very aware that a group of a half-dozen photographers were snapping their photos. For posterity. Or something…

“I just wish now I could go over to the House for a few months and work this out over there,” said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican member of the Gang, and recent defector from the House.

***

A senior White House official said the Senate’s 68-32 passage of a sweeping immigration bill on Thursday has created pressure for action in the GOP-led House.

“There is a national conversation happening about immigration reform. And there is a sense of momentum created by what the Senate just did. So we expect that conversation is going to continue,” said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council…

“[Y]ou’re talking about the business community, from the National Association of Manufacturers, to the U.S. Chamber, to the tech sector, small businesses, faith leaders of every kind, but also this conversation is happening locally in a different way in religious congregations, in communities around the country,” she said. “The country is for this and I think ultimately the House of Representatives will be too.”

***

Supporters say they are on the offensive now.

“The House has not felt our love yet,” said Eliseo Medina, the international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, a leading labor group in the campaign for the overhaul. On Friday, more than 100 top organizers from unions, immigration groups and other organizations converged on Washington for a two-day session to strategize for the House debate.

Mr. Rodríguez, of the evangelical coalition, said Republicans who voted to block the overhaul could face future costs.

“We were at the edge of the Jordan River, but after the Senate, we officially got our feet wet,” he said. “If 11 million immigrants are left in the middle of the water and do not reach the promised land, neither will the Republican Party reach the promised land of the White House.”

***

Even though leadership usually would like far-right lawmakers to keep their mouths zipped when they talk about these issues, this time they plan to let the anti-immigration reform members run wild. They want to see exactly how many people agree with folks like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). From there, they’ll have a better sense of what kind of legislation is feasible…

“Lord only knows, two months ago there were two of us, maybe even only one of us,” King said of the anti-reform movement. “Today, you can count us by the dozens or the scores. We’ll see if that becomes a big enough number. I’m encouraged by the positions that I have seen taken by our leadership in that they want to see the majority of the majority support whatever we end up with. That’s a pretty good position to be in.”

Conservatives in the conference are going to talk a lot about trust. After the recent spate of scandals, why should anyone trust President Barack Obama to implement border security measures? And why should they trust Republican leadership not to trick them into passing what they consider amnesty?

“There’s got to be hard, fast rules, and not just guidelines, but targets that must be met,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican who tried and failed to depose Boehner earlier this year. “The idea of letting this administration define border security is like letting Bill Clinton define sexual relations.”

***

Until now the conversation about the bill’s congressional prospects has been a Lindsey Graham monologue with occasional Ted Cruz footnotes, as if the House didn’t have its own priorities and math.

This is the math.

Republicans currently control 234 of the House’s 435 voting districts. In 210 of these districts—eight short of the votes you need to elect a speaker—the Hispanic share of the vote is below 25 percent. Of the other 24 districts where Hispanic voters might be problematic for a Republican who attacks the immigration bill, 12 went for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama. So, if House Republicans held every one of their current seats that only have a tiny fraction of Hispanics, and the dozen with solid Hispanic votes but Republican tendencies, they’d have the majority with four votes to spare. “Nonwhite voters are a threat to Republican White House chances in 2016, but hardly a threat to the House Republican majority,” says David Wasserman, House race editor of the Cook Political Report…

Pro-reform scolds have known that for a while. “If people are only looking at their own little backyards, yes, there are a lot of Republicans who can afford to vote no with no immediate repercussions,” says Florida-based GOP strategist Ana Navarro. “Sure, if you’re in the middle of Iowa, you’ll be fine, but I’d like to think there are enough responsible adults in the Republican Party to pass a bill.”

***

The House GOP are watching their backs from potential primary opponents who would run to the right of them. If they supported a Senate immigration bill, it’s likely the challengers would emerge in droves to throw them out of office. At the same time, the House Republican leadership recognizes that if they don’t produce an immigration reform bill, the Democrats led by President Obama will continue to hammer them for being anti-Hispanic.

The key for House Republicans to protecting the already damaged GOP brand would be to produce a conservative immigration bill that will get 218 votes and make it into conference negotiations with the Senate. Lawmakers can tell their constituents that they voted for immigration reform that protected the rights of Americans while securing the border. It also somewhat dilutes the attacks from Democrats that Republicans are acting out of touch.

Both versions of immigration reform will be stuck in conference and as an election year quickly approaches, it’s going to be more difficult to reach a consensus. The blame game between both parties will ensue and voters will grimace once again about the gridlock in Washington.

***

KRISTOL: Sure, they could pass individual pieces of legislation or knit them together as they wish. That’s not going to be easy. This is a hard problem, and in some cases maybe deciding just to do nothing for now and revisit it in a year or two, but I hope they can pass pieces of legislation. I think the key then is to say, “Look, the Senate should take up this legislation.” The Senate could amend it, the Senate could send it back to us. That’s traditionally the way legislation often gets worked out. But we are not going to let you use as an excuse for going to conference some piece of border security legislation or guest worker legislation or high-tech visa legislation that we pass. Because once they go to conference, the Senate can dominate the conference, the few renegade House Republicans can team with House Democrats to end up with a conference report. Then the speaker’s in the position of is he not going to bring up a conference report? And once it gets to the floor, it can be passed with overwhelmingly Democratic votes in the House. So, it’s a little technical, I guess, as a legislative process matter, but I think it’s very important that House Republicans, on the one hand, put forward their own ideas, absolutely, but on the other hand, take the position: no capitulation to the Senate bill. I’d say no comprehensive legislation in the way comprehensive is being used — 1,200 page bill full of pork and exceptions and waivers and all that. So no capitulation, no comprehensive legislation and no conference with the Senate bill.

***

House Republicans are unmoved by the sense of urgency projected by immigration reform advocates. “The bottom line is it’s been since 1986 that there was legislation related to immigration reform. I don’t know what a couple more months is going to hurt,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee…

Immigration-reform advocates are preparing to blame the House Republicans for blocking the Senate’s legislation if they fail to pass an immigration bill that would allow a House-Senate conference committee. If the House doesn’t pass legislation, activists will likely turn their attention to the administration next year, asking for more deferrals of deportation along the lines of last year’s deferred action program for “Dreamers,” unauthorized youth who were brought to the country as kids.

“The irony is that if House Republicans block immigration reform, in hopes of thwarting Obama and getting a bill more to their liking in the future, they will give Obama a chance to go down in history as the great emancipator of Latino immigrants,” said America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry. “A future Democratic Congress and president will be able to pass reform with a path to citizenship without giving nearly as much as they’re prepared to give this year.”

***

But even in the face of this win-win, we are all dependent on House Republicans taking a page from Lindsey Graham’s profile in courage playbook going forward. There is plenty of upside economically for the nation and politically for the GOP, at least in terms of not permanently alienating the fastest growing demographic group in the nation.

But as with JFK’s original definition of profiles in courage, elected representatives must do what they know is right for the long-term fate of the nation in the face of potential short-term political risk from their constituents. That is the spirit Graham exemplified in the Senate on this bill. Now conservative colleagues in the House also will need to rise to the occasion. They can gird their courage with a practical realization: they will earn their rock-bottom approval ratings permanently if they cannot find a way to reason together to pass major legislation.

***

The 2012 exit polls show the country unhappy with the state of the union, disappointed with Barack Obama’s governance, disapproving of Obamacare, and generally inclined to think government should do less, not more. Yet Mitt Romney still lost—in no small part because voters believed that Obama, not Romney, cared about average people.

If Republicans are to win again, this is the image they must combat. Too many voters still see the GOP as a bunch of rich, aloof plutocrats. The most obvious way to address this problem is for Republicans to focus relentlessly on the middle-class squeeze that has afflicted the country for over a decade. Incomes have stagnated, while the costs of energy, health care, education, and other essentials have only grown. The result is that wages and salaries, adjusted for inflation and population, are lower today than any point since 1998…

The point is that the Gang of Eight bill hurts the Republican party in ways that are central to its long-term viability. The GOP is not going to thrive if it is perceived as conspiring to reduce wages, increase unemployment, give newly legalized immigrants a hiring advantage over citizens, or grant special favors to politically connected interests. If Republicans want to return to the political majority, they need to stand, forcefully and unequivocally, for the middle class and against special interests—and that means vigorously exposing the flaws in the Gang of Eight bill.

***

Via the Daily Caller.


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B9!

KCB on June 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

#1 baby

crrr6 on June 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

crap

crrr6 on June 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I predict that this thread will not be as long as usual BECAUSE OF AUTO-PLAY.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Primary these a$$holes.

KCB on June 29, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Evening all.

Better luck next time crrr6

CoffeeLover on June 29, 2013 at 9:34 PM

“The irony is that if House Republicans block immigration reform, in hopes of thwarting Obama and getting a bill more to their liking in the future, they will give Obama a chance to go down in history as the great emancipator of Latino immigrants,”

Whatever.

JellyToast on June 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

…4 bathroom plungers… in a picture!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

“We were at the edge of the Jordan River, but after the Senate, we officially got our feet wet,” he said. “If 11 million immigrants are left in the middle of the water and do not reach the promised land…

Maybe, they should have thought about that before they decided to get their feet wet.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

OT…Judge Janine’s Opening Statements are epic! She is perfect each and every week lately.

CoffeeLover on June 29, 2013 at 9:36 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Cleaning off coffee spittle ROFLMAO

CoffeeLover on June 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Section 5(b)(1):

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a strategy, to be known as the ‘Southern Border Fencing Strategy’ . . .

On the other hand, Section 5(b)(5):

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing…

A strategy for doing nothing.

SOP for the government.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

The point is that the Gang of Eight bill hurts the Republican party in ways that are central to its long-term viability. The GOP is not going to thrive if it is perceived as conspiring to reduce wages, increase unemployment, give newly legalized immigrants a hiring advantage over citizens, or grant special favors to politically connected interests. If Republicans want to return to the political majority, they need to stand, forcefully and unequivocally, for the middle class and against special interests—and that means vigorously exposing the flaws in the Gang of Eight bill.

…there aren’t any “Republicans”…in the gang of eight!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

We in America are so dramatic..
The French made it look so easy to raise the white flag..

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

fare-thee-well

derit on June 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

House Republicans are unmoved by the sense of urgency projected by immigration reform advocates.

The reason that immigration reform advocates want it done now can be summed up in one word:

August

The Coming Revenge Of The August Town-Hallers

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican member of the Gang, and recent defector from the House GOP.

FIFY.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

We in America are so dramatic..
The French made it look so easy to raise the white flag..

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

…we have to put skid marks on it…first!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

We in America are so dramatic..
The French made it look so easy to raise the white flag..

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Freedom Fries-Eating Surrender Monkeys

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I predict that this thread will not be as long as usual BECAUSE OF AUTO-PLAY.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Then turn it off, Lady, the same way libfree can start a club called SexEnders.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Do I have to teach you damned Brit geniuses everything?

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

It will die in the House. And then be a campaign issue. Mission accomplished, or something.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

OK — Where is my favourite Scrumpy?

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Freedom Fries-Eating Surrender Monkeys

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

LOL..

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I predict that this thread will not be as long as usual BECAUSE OF AUTO-PLAY.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Does that still exist?

Have you ever heard of this?

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Two problems there with RWM:

1. She’s a Brit
2. She’s brilliant

Add 1. and 2., and you get stubborn.

No wonder we won the War of 1812.

~dives for REAL DEEP cover~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

~dives for REAL DEEP cover~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Depth charges coming your way…

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

~dives for REAL DEEP cover~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

No need to dive for cover when you are right.

You don’t think that the “she” part rates a number?

There are a few things I could add, but the powers that be are banning the old farts right and left farther right.

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Does that still exist?

Have you ever heard of this?

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I have it blocked, but there are some that get through. It’s a pain in the ass, especially in a thread like QOTD, which needs constant refreshing.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

These Republitards are being reverse psychologied(punked)on this hispanics ever voting for them. Effing idiots.

msupertas on June 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Depth charges coming your way…

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Should have known…

And don’t give her any ideas! I’m in enough trouble already…

~Going deeper!~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:56 PM

It’s a pain in the ass

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

That’s what happens when a guy is looking for love in all the wrong places.

You might want to talk about that with libfree, to make it easier on you.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

i know we always talk about how we’ll be a one-party county soon…well, maybe it is sooner than we think. Our RINO party is pretty much joined at the hip with the Left party. So there is just a sliver of ‘conservatives’ in the Senate.

The real, big-government, party is probably about, well, 70 percent of the senate. the Schumer republicans making a cozy combo with the Left.

i don’t think there’s much left for conservatives in the R party, and of course these are the guys who love the Money when W was president…makes no diff to them.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved two funding measures that not only violate the spending caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), but also call for more spending than even President Obama asked for in his most recent budget. A number of Republicans were complicit.

Senators Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and Thad Cochran (Miss.) joined Democrats in support of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, which calls for $54 billion in funding for fiscal year 2014. That is nearly $10 billion above the BCA cap, and almost $2.5 billion more than what Obama requested. (On a related note, see Kevin’s article on the homepage about wasteful spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.) The bill also includes $962 million in funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen program, which I wrote about here. The program, intended to modernize the nation’s air-traffic-control infrastructure, has been severely mismanaged, resulting in delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns.

Moran, by the way, is chairman of the National Republian Senatorial Committee.

That same group of GOP senators voted, along with Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), in favor of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which called for $34.8 billion in funding — $4.3 billion above the BCA cap, and $290 million more than Obama’s request. That makes eight Republicans — more than half of the 14 Republicans on the committee. Six of the eight voted for the Budget Control Act in 2011. Moran and Graham did not.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/352336/gop-appropriators-keep-spending-andrew-stiles

r keller on June 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

We may be saved by the real conservatives in the House. Here’s hoping they hold firm and don’t drink whatever koolaid Rubio did.

gophergirl on June 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Good one!

I’m gonna’ have to remember that.

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

‘Unsafe Sex’ Takes On A Whole New Meaning…

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

“it’s like riding a bicycle…you never forget..”

Oh wait…

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I read today, that a caller called Rush and told him the illegals on the farms don’t want amnesty, their afraid of mass crossings and having to pay taxes. With all the benefits they get now from Obama, I tend to believe it…………

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

btw, wrt to the autoplay, i’m in firefox and turning off shockwave flash does wonders. Just a toggle, enable/disable

r keller on June 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I tend to believe it…………

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Makes sense.

Those that are closest to the problem, know it the best.

They know that the teet will run dry if too many of their compadres are sucking on it.

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

No wonder we won the War of 1812.

~dives for REAL DEEP cover~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Yeah, but you needed the help of the flucking French to do it.

lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Was looking for you the other day. :) Something happened and I thought you should see it. Old news now though.

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

and….wrt to autoplay, i really dislike the streaming part. I can live with a relevant (short) snippet, but when we go into an AP vid stream, well…not a happy camper

r keller on June 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Firefox and its add-ons work wonders to block out unwanted things.

I wish there was such an offline thing to block out a nagging wife or girlfriend, tho. ~sigh~

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Yeah, but you needed the help of the flucking French to do it.

lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Drat! Outwitted… ;-)

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

You live life on the edge my friend.

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Axe, you can always leave a comment on the blog, it comes straight to me, and I won’t post it, if you don’t want me too……….;-)

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Two problems there with RWM:

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

Only Fools and Horses

derit on June 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Have you ever heard of this?

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Works good. Thanks.

Curtiss on June 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Sexual Adventurism Collides With 25 Bike Cops, Mutual Shock Ensues

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Ewwwwwwwwwwww

gophergirl on June 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Axe, you can always leave a comment on the blog, it comes straight to me, and I won’t post it, if you don’t want me too……….;-)

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

K. :)

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

You live life on the edge my friend.

cozmo on June 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I need to keep myself entertained. Bad ‘horror’ flicks just ain’t makin’ it any more.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

“I just wish now I could go over to the House for a few months and work this out over there,” said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican member of the Gang, and recent defector from the House.

I can think of a house you can go back to, Flake. Know what is is?

Your own.

BKennedy on June 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Gotta run……..be back laters………..;-)

angrymike on June 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Sexual Adventurism Collides With 25 Bike Cops, Mutual Shock Ensues

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

De gustibus non est disputandum.

Curtiss on June 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, but you needed the help of the flucking French to do it.

lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

That hardly speaks well to the military prowess of the British Army, does it now?

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Senators Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and Thad Cochran (Miss.) joined Democrats in support of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, which calls for $54 billion in funding for fiscal year 2014. That is nearly $10 billion above the BCA cap, and almost $2.5 billion more than what Obama requested. (On a related note, see Kevin’s article on the homepage about wasteful spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.) The bill also includes $962 million in funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen program, which I wrote about here. The program, intended to modernize the nation’s air-traffic-control infrastructure, has been severely mismanaged, resulting in delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns.

Moran, by the way, is chairman of the National Republian Senatorial Committee.

That same group of GOP senators voted, along with Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), in favor of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which called for $34.8 billion in funding — $4.3 billion above the BCA cap, and $290 million more than Obama’s request. That makes eight Republicans — more than half of the 14 Republicans on the committee. Six of the eight voted for the Budget Control Act in 2011. Moran and Graham did not.

OK, at age 55, I’m experiencing a flashback to the Sixties, and I’ve never even done any drugs.

This sounds like a typical press release during LBJ’s “Great Society”. When every time you turned around, there was a gigantic “omnibus spending bill” coming out of the Senate with both parties cramming it with pork-barrel projects for the home folks.

And every single one ended up with more money in it than even that spendthrift ex-railroad commissioner in the Oval Office wanted. And yes, he signed every single one. No doubt trying hard not to laugh out loud.

And exactly none of them, then or now, had one solitary clue about where the money was coming from. Except to tell the Treasury to start running the printing presses nonstop, and raise taxes on everybody else.

If we’re going back to the Sixties, I at least want better music. Forget Miley Cyrus- I demand the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the freakin’ Monkees.

At least “The Last Train To Clarksville” will sound better as the economy goes into a power dive.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

That hardly speaks well to the military prowess of the British Army, does it now?

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

You shouldn’t have done that. I already know what she’s going to say to that.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Oblivion to all the anti-American Rubiaitors.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

The only good thing of the Sixties was Marcia Brady, the cutest girl on TV. Well, after Samantha from Bewitched.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Tulsa man found bound, decapitated; Police suspect suicide

Reminds me of Henry Marshall’s death (LBJ threat. Google it):

Attacked.

Viciously hit in the head with a pistol.

Attempted carbon monoxide poisoning (rigged plastic liner from the exhaust into the closed truck.

Personal belongings removed and placed on the seat of his pickup.

Own weapon used to shoot him five times in the side of his lower torso. Three of the shots were sufficient to kill him.

Ruled a suicide.

In another case, I believe that it was in Arkansas, a man was found tied to the railroad tracks, run over, beaten, stabbed, shot multiple times, and his vehicle on fire 100 yards away.

Ruled a suicide even though there was a longstanding feud between the man and the good, old boys in the county government, including the sheriff.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

That hardly speaks well to the military prowess of the British Army, does it now?

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Yeah, the were just fighting with Napoleon at the same time.

Hitler lost in a similar situation when he was fighting a ‘two-front’ war ‘tho I wouldn’t call the Colonies a ‘front.’

In life, distractions can mean all the difference in the world.

BTW: I’m glad the British lost the Colonies.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Ruled a suicide even though there was a longstanding feud between the man and the good, old boys in the county government, including the sheriff.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

If the guy was married, I can see how suicide-in-the-extreme could be ruled cause of death.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

“The irony is that if House Republicans block immigration reform, in hopes of thwarting Obama and getting a bill more to their liking in the future, they will give Obama a chance to go down in history as the great emancipator of Latino immigrants,”

The only people out for slave labor are the (bipartisan) business lobbies who fund all the ads and line the pockets of the Gang of Eight.

Amnesty creates a slave labor force. No other way to put it. Amnestied immigrants will work for less, will get no benefits, and won’t have residency for years. Since that’s exactly what the GOP moneymen want, that’s what we’re getting. This has as much to do with human rights as the Iranian constitution.

KingGold on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

…there aren’t any “Republicans”…in the gang of eight!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

There aren’t any honorable men in the gangbank eight.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

BTW: I’m glad the British lost the Colonies.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Me, too. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be an American.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

“There is a national conversation happening about immigration reform. And there is a sense of momentum created by what the Senate just did. So we expect that conversation is going to continue,” said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council…

“[Y]ou’re talking about the business community, from the National Association of Manufacturers, to the U.S. Chamber, to the tech sector, small businesses, faith leaders of every kind, but also this conversation is happening locally in a different way in religious congregations, in communities around the country,” she said. “The country is for this and I think ultimately the House of Representatives will be too.”

Ma’am, when one side is doing all the talking, and browbeating the other side, that is not a conversation, it’s demagoguing. Not that I’d expect a progressive to know the difference, or care that there was one.

“The House has not felt our love yet,” said Eliseo Medina, the international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, a leading labor group in the campaign for the overhaul. On Friday, more than 100 top organizers from unions, immigration groups and other organizations converged on Washington for a two-day session to strategize for the House debate.

Translation; The One is mobilizing his shock troops. Look for something lie what happened in Texas, on Capitol Hill.

Conservatives in the conference are going to talk a lot about trust. After the recent spate of scandals, why should anyone trust President Barack Obama to implement border security measures? And why should they trust Republican leadership not to trick them into passing what they consider amnesty?

“There’s got to be hard, fast rules, and not just guidelines, but targets that must be met,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican who tried and failed to depose Boehner earlier this year. “The idea of letting this administration define border security is like letting Bill Clinton define sexual relations.”

And those rules will be ignored. Your point, sir?

But even in the face of this win-win, we are all dependent on House Republicans taking a page from Lindsey Graham’s profile in courage playbook going forward.

“Lindsay Graham” and “courage” are not something I expect to find in the same context. If he had any, he would have already changed parties officially.

There is plenty of upside economically for the nation and politically for the GOP, at least in terms of not permanently alienating the fastest growing demographic group in the nation.

And if you believe that, I’ve got a nice, gently used flying saucer to sell you. It only has 2.6 x10E16 miles on it, and was driven only on Sunday by a little old lady from somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.

But as with JFK’s original definition of profiles in courage, elected representatives must do what they know is right for the long-term fate of the nation in the face of potential short-term political risk from their constituents.

Ah, you do know that book was ghost-written, don’t you?

That is the spirit Graham exemplified in the Senate on this bill. Now conservative colleagues in the House also will need to rise to the occasion. They can gird their courage with a practical realization: they will earn their rock-bottom approval ratings permanently if they cannot find a way to reason together to pass major legislation.

If they pass legislation that does not address security in a meaningful way, it won’t matter. And when a progressive says we must “reason together”, he means, “Give me what I demand, and maybe I’ll let you wash my car.”

Don’t bet on him letting you drive. Ever. Or even taking you where you need to go.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

If the guy was married, I can see how suicide-in-the-extreme could be ruled cause of death.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Just asking for trouble tonight, aren’t you.

Barred on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Me, too. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be an American.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

It feels like being an American is harder as time goes on..

Electrongod on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Me, too. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be an American.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Neither would you. lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

The QOTD photo says it all. Washington, Jefferson, Madison replaced by Huey, Dewey and Louie. Only these fukrs ain’t funny.

arnold ziffel on June 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Cozmo:
Thanks, works great!

rginco on June 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Just asking for trouble tonight, aren’t you.

Barred on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I’m no longer married and don’t have a steady girlfriend. I should be safe.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Neither would you. lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Stop confusing the issue with facts! LOL

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Just asking for trouble tonight, aren’t you.

Barred on June 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

He’s snorting his ass off. :) He’s ready to run. If he was a horse, I’d bet him.

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Today’s Tech Tip:

How to get autoplay to stop bothering you.

1. Log out and Turn off your computer.
2. Go to CVS.
3. Buy some cotton balls
4. Moisten the cotton balls and pack some into your left ear. This will disable one audio channel.
5. Moisten the cotton balls and pack them into your right ear. This will disable the other audio channel.
6. Turn on your computer and login in.

The autoplay will not bother you.

Tomorrows tech tip:

How to get cotton balls that are packed into your ears from bothering you.

SparkPlug on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

‘Unsafe Sex’ Takes On A Whole New Meaning…

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Looking at the pic again, I wonder what happened to the person on the bike.

Killed by falling, copulating couple???

lolz

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

SparkPlug on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

\\\

lol well done :)

CoffeeLover on June 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Lot of Ladies on this site….just saying. lol

Barred on June 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Tomorrows tech tip:

How to get cotton balls that are packed into your ears from bothering you.

SparkPlug on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Undoubtedly, it will take ‘more than 100 years’ for the cotton ball extraction.

lol

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Tulsa man found bound, decapitated; Police suspect suicide

Reminds me of Henry Marshall’s death (LBJ threat. Google it):

Attacked.

Viciously hit in the head with a pistol.

Attempted carbon monoxide poisoning (rigged plastic liner from the exhaust into the closed truck.

Personal belongings removed and placed on the seat of his pickup.

Own weapon used to shoot him five times in the side of his lower torso. Three of the shots were sufficient to kill him.

Ruled a suicide.

In another case, I believe that it was in Arkansas, a man was found tied to the railroad tracks, run over, beaten, stabbed, shot multiple times, and his vehicle on fire 100 yards away.

Ruled a suicide even though there was a longstanding feud between the man and the good, old boys in the county government, including the sheriff.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Also Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti. Found in a Chicago railyard on 19 March,1943, shot four times in the pump, once in the head. Ruled a suicide. His Colt .38 snub was in his shoulder holster, unfired. Ballistics evidence showed he was shot with a Smith & Wesson .38 (different rifling than the Colt- my field). Said S&W was never found.

Like the old Monty Python skit, I guess he capped himself five times, and then hid the gun.

PS- ignore the demise of Nitti portrayed in the Brian de Palma movie The Untouchables. That’s just one of couple of dozen things they got wrong. (And that’s not even counting casting Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness.)

cheers

eon

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The Missing Link? Libyan Intelligence Connects Pharaoh Morsi To Benghazi

Speaking of intelligence, Rachel Jeantel has a new job. She’s become one of the translators at the United Nations. Her first day on the job went like this:

Senegalese Ambassador: ‘What did the Uzbek Ambassador say?’

Rachel Jeantel: ‘I don’t know. I don’t hear cursive, Mr AssHO!’

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM

He’s snorting his ass off. :) He’s ready to run. If he was a horse, I’d bet him.

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

If my ex wife couldn’t keel me, nothing will.

And she tried!

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Thx! :-)

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Will Boehner hold to his newest position? Will he reverse himself (again)? Or will he try a clandestine betrayal of conservatives?

All depends on the level of outrage from the patriotic grassroots. At this time, the signs are good. Wavering Senators like Paul and McConnell backed down, the Amnesty Establishment failed to get 70 votes. Despite all the rhetoric about this being a “historic” day, immigration patriots have been in this situation before—and won.

That said, Boehner desperately wants to sell out his constituents, and the Beltway Right actively hates its own base. But neither is strong enough to openly betray them.

The power is still with the American grassroots, and they should take heart from what happened in the Senate. Politicians who are up for election are still scared, and the real battle is still about to begin.

As for Boehner and the straw men of the Republican Establishment—let them hate—so long as they fear.

TxAnn56 on June 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Seriously…if you walked into a room and saw those 4 faces and body language, what would you think? “Oh..I feel comfortable here. Nothing at all creepy about those crackers”?, or would you get the feeling that they were hiding something….maybe a body in the next room?

Mimzey on June 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

As for the picture on this post, I would love to see someone remove their crap eating smiles.

mobydutch on June 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

How to get autoplay to stop bothering you.

SparkPlug on June 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

My E1705 Dell laptop has a nifty feature — mute button on the front panel. It’s really handy.

Paul-Cincy on June 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

My E1705 Dell laptop has a nifty feature — mute button on the front panel. It’s really handy.

Paul-Cincy on June 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

But, then, I can’t listen to the documentary that’s playing.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM

And she tried!

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

All my long-terms love me. Never married. All old news, too. I truly swore it all off and have been metaphorically on the mountain top arguing with God for about a decade. A little more. But, no crazy ex’s.

You must miss the near death experiences, since you keep poking RWM with a stick. :)

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM

TxAnn56 on June 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Don’t you just love suspense when it comes to our lives? For crying out loud there were not even enough repubs with spines to grease Boehner’s exit let alone putsch him out this year.

PS, Billy Clyde Tuggle was worse than I remembered. Thanks for the spankin. ;)

arnold ziffel on June 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

To be honest, I didn’t read through all of this comment. What I did read was Jeff Flakes comment about wanting to go and talk to the House. Let him go, but also let him answer the tough questions involved with this bill.

I love people who are involved with tough legislation. They put together their plan, but when someone asks them the tough questions, they start accusing them of being partisan or bigots, etc. I want answers to all the tough questions and, if Flake want to go out there, he should have the answers.

bflat879 on June 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

They will NOT defend this nations borders………so they are……

PappyD61 on June 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

The only good thing of the Sixties was Marcia Brady, the cutest girl on TV. Well, after Samantha from Bewitched.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

“Sam” was my secret crush clear through high school. Along with “Jeannie”.

cheers

eon

eon on June 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

One House Republican aide suggested that a way to avoid repeating the scenes of angry town halls would simply be to refrain from holding town hall meetings in the first place. A quick survey of several Republican member offices showed none had scheduled town hall meetings during the August recess yet, though those meetings usually aren’t scheduled until closer to the break

If they are afraid to hold meetings, I guess we will just have to hold our own in front of their offices.

Barred on June 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

PS, Billy Clyde Tuggle was worse than I remembered. Thanks for the spankin. ;)

arnold ziffel on June 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I may have asked you this before when you brought up ole Billy Clyde a while, but what’s the connection? The fact that he and Boehner are both slimy?

Btw, your name was invoked the other day regarding a discussion about Jethro. All roads lead to Hooterville.

TxAnn56 on June 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Axe on June 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM

After my ex, nothing scares me.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

TxAnn56 on June 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Green acres was in Hooterville?

Mimzey on June 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

. And at the end of the press conference, he walked arm-in-arm with McCain

I want to puke. How many times am I going to vote Republican just to be lied to?

I need a new party.

Hog Wild on June 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

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