Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

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“I think the other thing about it is that the old guard needs to realize they’re the ones that have been losing the last couple of elections,” Paul said. “If we want to win for presidency we have to compete in the states where we’re not competing. Precisely, up in the northeast and on the west coast where Republicans are basically on life support. We need to reach out with issues that may attract new people to the party.”…

Paul said he thinks there is a place within the Republican party for libertarians such as himself. He said that way of thinking, particularly when it comes to issues of privacy, can be used to attract young people to the GOP.

“Young people, they don’t really associate with Republicans on taxes and regulations. Not that they oppose us, they just don’t have any money so they don’t care much about those issues,” Paul said. “But they’ve all got a cell phone, they’re all on the internet, they’re all concerned about internet freedom and they’re concerned about privacy. And these are precisely issues where we can grow our youth vote.”

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Libertarians are often dismissed as a mutant subspecies of conservatives: pot smokers who are soft on defense and support marriage equality. But depending on their views, libertarians often match up equally well with right- and left-wingers…

[A]t least two of the libertarian movement’s signature causes, school choice and drug legalization, are aimed at creating a better life for poor people, who disproportionately are also minorities. The primary goal of school choice — a movement essentially born out of a 1955 essay about vouchers by libertarian and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman — is to give lower-income Americans better educational options. Friedman also persuasively argued that the drug war concentrates violence and law enforcement abuses in poor neighborhoods.

Libertarians believe that economic deregulation helps the poor because it ultimately reduces costs and barriers to start new businesses. The leading libertarian public-interest law firm, the Institute for Justice, which has argued Supreme Court cases for free speech and against eminent-domain abuse, got its start defending African American hair-braiders in Washington from licensing laws that shut down home businesses…

In 1975, Ronald Reagan saw a kinship between libertarians and his party: “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism,” he said.

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Libertarianism once again appears to be on the rise, particularly among the young. But its alliance with the Republican establishment is fraying, as demonstrated by the increasingly personal war of words between two leading potential 2016 presidential contenders…

For their part, libertarians are thrilled. They say it is a sign they truly have arrived as a force to be dealt with, rather than dismissed as a fringe element.

“There are a lot of people within establishment Republican Party politics who have controlled the process for the last 10 or 20 years who fear that their grip on the party is slipping away,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), whose amendment to restrict the NSA’s ability to collect telephone records came surprisingly close to passing in the House last week.

In an interview, Amash argued that despite opposition from House GOP leaders, his point of view represents an advancing wave among House Republicans. He cited an analysis by Bloomberg News showing that while House Republicans who have served more than five years opposed his amendment by more than 2 to 1, it won a slim majority among those who have arrived there more recently.

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Lost amid all the hubbub about Rand Paul and Chris Christie’s war of words over NSA security programs and the rising strain of Republican libertarianism is this:

A similar divide is alive and well in the Democratic Party — arguably just as much in the GOP (if not more)…

Put plainly: It’s a movement in search of a leader. There isn’t one big nationally known player on the left that is pushing this issue in a way that Paul is on the right…

Potential 2016 contenders who could take up this mantle include noted liberals like Howard Dean or even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But Dean hasn’t been a major figure in the Democratic Party for a while now, and Warren has close ties to the Obama Administration, which would seem to make her less likely to buck it on these issues.

It’s not at all clear that this leader will even emerge, but if they do, they could quickly build a pretty significant profile.

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Though not purely libertarian, I rally to Paul’s side because his freedom-based positions best counter the unbridled spending of the Obama administration. I applaud Paul’s current efforts to de-fund Obamacare, before the law can devastate the American economy.

Sen. Paul has demonstrated consistent leadership since election in 2010. While a lengthy filibuster opposing drone use received substantial attention, the 50-year-old ophthalmologist frequently voices common-sense solutions otherwise ignored in Washington, including a recent argument to withdraw $1 billion of foreign aid for Egypt to help infrastructure needs at home.

In contrast, Gov. Christie has failed to lead.

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America has only gotten more and more libertarian in many ways over the course of our lifetimes. Due to ad hoc political coalitions (such as the one that deregulated airline ticket pricing and interstate trucking in the late 1970s), technological innovation (thank you, interwebz), and a general leveling of authority (welcome to “the end of power”), most of us are more free to live our lives however we see fit than ever before.

Which isn’t to say that most of the hard work of freedom isn’t still ahead of us, especially when it comes to politics. The 21st century has in many ways been a bust and not just economically (though that can’t undercounted). We’ve got a state that can tell us we must buy health insurance, where we’ve phoned from and to whom, and whom we can marry. Our foreign policy – it doesn’t really even rise to qualify as a policy, to be fair – is godawful and destructive and too many of us can’t wrap our minds around a future in which we will go broke paying for entitlements that are neither cost-effective nor necessary for most people. Yes, lots ahead for us.

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Gingrich said though he supported both the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, he has to “say the way that they were executed failed, and maybe we should have known better, those of us that supported them. … Republicans have a real obligation to ask themselves the question: Aren’t there some pretty painful lessons to learn from the last 10 or 12 years? Don’t we have to confront the reality that this didn’t work as a strategy?”


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This is what’s playing on my iPhone:

http://youtu.be/gd07v0jWWXc

bluegill on August 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Cool…haven’t heard an original campaign song in years.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Disco is like a fan: One way it sucks, the other it blows. The only Disco song I can handle is Tragedy by the BeeGees.

I was SO glad when Punk/New Wave came to the fore.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Yeah, disco was getting out of control and a lot of its adherents were obnoxious, but at least they were passionate about something. Surrounded by a bunch of self-medicated zombies nowadays.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Yeah, disco was getting out of control and a lot of its adherents were obnoxious, but at least they were passionate about something. Surrounded by a bunch of self-medicated zombies nowadays.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM

It was popular in Joisey. We used to call them guidos and guidettes. The guidettes were often hot to look at. Then we saw their boyfriends in their suits with shirts wide open to show hairy chests. Talking to any of those guys, learned they had more haor than they had brain cells. Kinda killed the hotness of the chick, for dating/sleeping with a guy like that.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

I have never heard of that group or that song.

There is one disco song I’ve listened to literally hundreds of times and that’s Doctor’s Orders (Der Doktor sagt mir) by Petra Cilius-the English version by Carol Douglas sounds weird to me when I hear it now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

It was popular in Joisey. We used to call them guidos and guidettes. The guidettes were often hot to look at. Then we saw their boyfriends in their suits with shirts wide open to show hairy chests. Talking to any of those guys, learned they had more haor than they had brain cells. Kinda killed the hotness of the chick, for dating/sleeping with a guy like that.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

LOL…so the Saturday Night Fever/disco stereotypes are true then!

I have never, ever seen anyone dressed up all disco or whatever they call it. Do remember leisure suits, though.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

This is what’s playing on my iPhone:

http://youtu.be/gd07v0jWWXc

bluegill on August 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Would you please stop cluttering up the thread with your videos?

If I had an iPhone, I’d be playing this one with you in mind (Steve Vai(!) on guitar):

Public Image Ltd – “Fishing”

Closed mouth catches no flies
Burning bridges as you’re crossing is not very wise
When analyzed be tongue-tied
Play snakes and ladders but not suicide
Like casting pearl before swine

[chorus]
Talking to you is a waste of time
You burned the bridges you’ve been crossing
Go crawl back into your dustbin

Crawl back in your own dustbin

From you expect this lack of respect
To be sly not one of a kind
Pretty picture bad frame of mind
Like casting pearl before swine

[chorus]

Go crawl back into your dustbin
Go crawl back into your dustbin
Go crawl back into your dustbin
Go crawl

I’ve learned caution
This comes from wisdom
These altitudes
These dizzying heights
These bottomless pits
These sweet delights

Like me
You are unlike me
Like me
You are unlike me

Go crawl
Back in
Your dustbin

Talking to you is a waste of time
You burned the bridges you’ve been crossing

Under surveillance
Sweet subservience
I think you’re stupid
But you’re worth the mention
People who need people
Are the stupidest of people

Go crawl back into your dustbin
Go crawl back into your own dustbin
Go crawl back into your dustbin
Go crawl back into your own dustbin

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 7:38 AM

LOL…so the Saturday Night Fever/disco stereotypes are true then!

I have never, ever seen anyone dressed up all disco or whatever they call it. Do remember leisure suits, though.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Yes. Stereotypes come from reality.

I used to work in a mall, in a tobacco shop. I saw everything about Disco outside of going to a disco. Yes — the guidos tried all the time to look like Travolta. They were usually dumb as a sack of rocks. Which made us regular guys wonder how they always had such hot chicks hanging on their arm.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Liked that one.

LOVE – Alone Again Or 1967 Remastered

Alone again or – The Damned

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Both of those versions are great. My ex-wife preferred The Damned’s, and it’s one of her favorite songs – I rate them about equal.

I think this one is ok:

UFO

Oh, yeah…the “Glory Boys”…pretty sure I have that LP.

Secret Affair-Time For Action

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM

I have all three of their albums. They have some good songs – I think this one is a classic:

“Streetlife Parade”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Disco is like a fan: One way it sucks, the other it blows.

lol

The only Disco song I can handle is Tragedy by the BeeGees.

I was SO glad when Punk/New Wave came to the fore.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I can stomach more disco than just that, but I, too, like punk/new wave far better!

My fave by America is “I Need You.” One of the three greatest love songs ever recorded. In my not-so-humble opinion, of course.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

I prefer this one! :)

The Kinks – “I Need You”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

“Streetlife Parade”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Hmm-that one had a surprisingly jazzy sound to it.

Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ – 1982

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.- Ronald Reagan “Arab Spring” in August…”Smart Power”, Indeed. My take.

kingsjester on August 3, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.- Ronald Reagan “Arab Spring” in August…”Smart Power”, Indeed. My take.

kingsjester on August 3, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Liberals are lucky there’s no such thing as a phaser.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

I have never heard of that group or that song.

There is one disco song I’ve listened to literally hundreds of times and that’s Doctor’s Orders (Der Doktor sagt mir) by Petra Cilius-the English version by Carol Douglas sounds weird to me when I hear it now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

I’ll check that out…

The Vibrators – “Disco in Mosco”

Public Image Ltd. – “Death Disco”

Ween – “Gay Disco”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

The Dead Milkmen – Instant Club Hit (You’ll Dance to Anything)

(“…don’t you look like Siouxsie Sue…”LOL)

Cake – I Will Survive

I Will Survive – Snuff

Actually, this is a disco song I like no matter who covers it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I’m not sure what you’re looking for. A libertarian bible? Libertarianism is more of a theoretical ideal — a philosophy — than a practical reality. It’s core tenet is that man is basically good, and, if educated properly, will make rational decisions without the need for government to intervene and regulate him. If you need philosophical tenets, look to Barry Goldwater and Milton Friedman.

John the Libertarian on August 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

There’s your fatal flaw, right there. It assumes something not in evidence. If your basic premise is flawed all your conclusions will be suspect if not in error.

Cleombrotus on August 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ – 1982

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Two (good ones) from Material:

w/Nona Hendryx – “Busting Out”

Material – “Ciquri”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Material – “Ciquri”

That would be awesome in a club with big speakers and a great sound system! I don’t remember hearing it in clubs in the mid to late ’80s, but who knows.

A couple of depressing songs that oddly pick me up:

Manic Street Preachers – Suicide Is Painless


Zero Down – Down this road

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:31 AM

The Dead Milkmen – Instant Club Hit (You’ll Dance to Anything)

(“…don’t you look like Siouxsie Sue…”LOL)

Cake – I Will Survive

I Will Survive – Snuff

Actually, this is a disco song I like no matter who covers it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

That is one of the better disco songs. I liked Cake’s version better.

This is funny:

Cake – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”

This one might be my favorite disco song:

Andrea True Connection – “More, More, More”

This is one best covers imo, punk or otherwise:

“Have You Never Been Mellow”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Cake – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”

That was funny and a way of making a music video I’ve never seen before.

“Have You Never Been Mellow”

I still remember when I was introduced to “Destroy Whitey” back in the ’80s during college. Hadn’t hear the cover you posted, though.

The Vandals – F-d Up Girl

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM

That would be awesome in a club with big speakers and a great sound system! I don’t remember hearing it in clubs in the mid to late ’80s, but who knows.

Material had some good songs, but I don’t think they were known much outside of NYC…

Cobain ripped this off for “Come as You Are” – I like Killing Joke’s song more:

“Eighties”

A couple of depressing songs that oddly pick me up:

Manic Street Preachers – Suicide Is Painless

Zero Down – Down this road

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Are you familiar with The Avengers? They are one of my favorite punk bands.

“Cheap Tragedies”

“The End of the World”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

The libertarianism of the Pauls scares me.As a conservative I believe the government has a responsibility to protect its citizens,to foster a stable society governed by the rule of law.That said,our government needs to do so within the framework of the Constitution.The Pauls teeter on the edge,where libertarianism becomes libertinism run amock.On the other hand the GOP old guard has become Democrat lite,feeding too long at the trough of big government and becoming addicted to its power.So I could not vote for either Rand Paul,nor Chris Christie,disagreeing with them both on critical issues,issues that are deal breakers for principled conservatives.Fortunately a potential candidate exists whom I can enthusiastically support,Ted Cruz.As of now he would be the only GOP nominee for whom I would cast a ballot.

redware on August 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

No, I’m not familiar with them. I had (or have, God only knows) Rat Music for Rat People Vols 2 and 3 but never had Vol. 1. Good stuff-I’ll have to listen to more of them.

I saw Killing Joke in concert over twenty years ago:


VERBAL ABUSE – Fun, fun, fun (with my machine gun)

Saw these guys in a hole in the wall dive in Cocoa Beach way back when-they had changed the name or reformed with new members I guess into Straw Dogs:

The F.U.’s – Green Beret (Boston not L.A sessions)

Fu’s (Straw Dogs) – young, fast & Iranians

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I still remember when I was introduced to “Destroy Whitey” back in the ’80s during college. Hadn’t hear the cover you posted, though.

That record is pretty good!

The Vandals – F-d Up Girl

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM

This is excellent!

The New York Dolls – “Pills” & “Trash” (Musikladen 1973)

This video is funny (the song rules, of course!):

Slayer – “Criminally Insane”

\m/

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The New York Dolls – “Pills” & “Trash” (Musikladen 1973)

Yeah, those guys were punk before punk existed-not by much I guess.

This man, too:

The Passenger – Iggy Pop and The Stooges 70′s

Slayer – “Criminally Insane”

Definitely better than seeing four dudes on a stage shaking their heads up and down real fast-LOL

First rap song?


The Elastik Band – Spazz (1967)

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

redware on August 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

You articulated exactly what I am feeling.

bluegill on August 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

No, I’m not familiar with them. I had (or have, God only knows) Rat Music for Rat People Vols 2 and 3 but never had Vol. 1. Good stuff-I’ll have to listen to more of them.

I like the first RMFRP best, but they’re all good.

The Avengers – “The Amerikan in Me”

I saw Killing Joke in concert over twenty years ago:

Were they decent? I had a few chances to see them, but didn’t – I wish I had.

btw, I saw the Dead Milkmen in the early 90′s. They were awful! :(

VERBAL ABUSE – Fun, fun, fun (with my machine gun)

This one sounds like Zeppelin, not punk:

Storm – “Machine Gun”

Saw these guys in a hole in the wall dive in Cocoa Beach way back when-they had changed the name or reformed with new members I guess into Straw Dogs:

The F.U.’s – Green Beret (Boston not L.A sessions)

Fu’s (Straw Dogs) – young, fast & Iranians

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I like The F.U.’s. I like this Boston band, too:

Nervous Eaters – “Loretta”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

A bra holster requires a place to put it. Bra Holsters aren’t meant for charter members of the IBTC.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM

This made me laugh out loud!

Bmore on August 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

redware on August 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

You articulated exactly what I am feeling.

bluegill on August 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I thought of you when I read it.

Axe on August 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Yeah, those guys were punk before punk existed-not by much I guess.

Yep!

This is even closer to punk imo, and it was from 1973, too:

Coloured Balls – “Won’t You Make Up Your Mind”

This man, too:

The Passenger – Iggy Pop and The Stooges 70′s

I like Iggy, and this fits the libertarian topic!

Iggy and The Stooges – “I Got A Right”

Definitely better than seeing four dudes on a stage shaking their heads up and down real fast-LOL

lol I dunno, I like (good) metal shows! :)

First rap song?

The Elastik Band – Spazz (1967)

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I am a big fan of 60′s garage rock – I first heard that song on a “Pebbles” compilation in the early 80′s…

This is closer to metal than most 60′s punk bands sounded (their singer is one of my very favorites):

The Sparkles – “Hipsville 29 B.C.”

Anti-Control on August 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Were they decent? I had a few chances to see them, but didn’t – I wish I had.

They were OK…solid, nothing spectacular. Surprised to hear that about the Dead Milkmen. Judging by what I’ve seen in videos I would have thought they’d put on a good live show…but of course one never knows.

This one sounds like Zeppelin, not punk:

Storm – “Machine Gun”

The vocals do, but I’m hard-pressed to think of any Zeppelin song this fast!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

If this happens you will be forgiven for much nonsense :)

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

You speak only for yourself here. Correct?

Bmore on August 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Click click, boom. :)

Axe on August 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

!?!?!?

Bmore on August 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

@Bmore, So funny!!

Hey, you have to see this video ad against McConnell!!!!!!!

A conservative group released an ad on Wednesday comparing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to a chicken and challenging him to support the effort to defund Obamacare. The ad proclaims that McConnell will own Obamacare if he votes to fund it.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/01/Conservatives-Challenge-McConnell-to-Defund-Obamacare-If-You-Fund-It-You-Own-It

bluefox on August 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

!?!?!?

Bmore on August 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

(queuing it up) You see it, though? :) And the pic I finally had to make? That doesn’t impress her, I dunno what I have to do . . . not that I;ve given that the slightest thought.

I’ll risk it one more time. I’m hoping KJ will see Pros (2) anyway, and it’s too far upstream. :) One “anachronism” to another.

The Mind-Blowing Awesome of Great Sext

Instead of understanding that our new-think is about removing arbitrary boundaries and unfounded assumptions, an anachronistic cynic might mistakenly believe our new-think instead strips us of our ability to identify any disease at all, mental or otherwise. In fact, a cynic might mistakenly believe our new-think is completely insane, a deliberate breaking in our minds of the relationship between cause and effect so that we can do whatever we want without paying any price in the real world for doing it. And that would be crazy.

(Jammin) ‘Xactly. :)

Axe on August 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The Quotes of the Day were all good reasons to purge the GOP of the dinosaurs who are the Party Establishment. This “Conservatarian” is both bored and angered by their mere, unproductive presence these days.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Unfortunately I share barkys b-day.

2 1/2 dozen Chesapeake bay blue crabs shipped to AZ. Pint of oysters.

Dinner with my Mom. It’s her b-day too.

Pretty cool.

wolly4321 on August 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

wolly4321 on August 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

We’ll celebrate your and your Mom’s Birthday only!! What a nice food treat. Hope you enjoy your day and the seafood. That’s awesome to have that shipped that far!

Happy Birthday and God Bless you both!!!

bluefox on August 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

One of the three greatest love songs ever recorded. In my not-so-humble opinion, of course.

Liam on August 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

What are the other two?

williamg on August 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

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