Quotes of the day

posted at 9:01 pm on November 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

Another city, another fundraiser. Again, “Hail to the Chief” played, and again, President Obama opened with his routine act: “It’s good to be back in San Francisco! Love this place!” He recognized the outstanding mayor and outstanding members of Congress and outstanding attorney general in attendance.

Then the president got introspective. “Sometimes people ask me, how do you keep up with everything involved in this job of yours, which is kind of a crazy job?” Obama said. “There’s a lot of stuff, and it’s all pretty complicated, and nobody is ever entirely happy with any decision that you make, and your hair is a lot grayer than it used to be.”

The president said his days start with great promise, but by the time they end, he looks at his to-do list and feels overwhelmed: “Man, we’ve still got a long way to go.”

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“Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists.

“When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every single day, [kindness] captures it just about as much as anything,” he told his audience at the DreamWorks studio in Glendale, Calif., which he visited as part of a seven-stop fundraising trip.

“Kindness; empathy — that sense that I have a stake in your success,” said Obama, who told supporters during the November election “Don’t boo. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.”

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The website is a mess because the program is a mess. As Mom used to say, “What starts out twisted stays twisted.” The president oversold the benefits of the website just as he oversold how painless the entire law was going to be. He thought he could get away saying that if you liked your insurance you would be able to keep it. Why? Because he assumed the people who didn’t like their old plans would love their freshly minted Obamacare plans. Guess what, they don’t. Now he’s had to spin like mad—including making the estimates of coverage on the website look better than they are—and modify parts of the law by delaying the employer mandate and open enrollment next year. He faces a fundamental problem: The federal government can’t take on a project of this size. That’s why 56 percent of the public doesn’t agree with the underlying goal that every American should have health insurance, a record high.

Another nightmare is coming: People won’t be able to keep their doctor the way the president promised either. That’s because, in an effort to keep costs down, insurance companies are slashing doctor payments and limiting the number of doctors they will cover.

It’s called the Affordable Care Act, but according to, the Kaiser Family Foundation premiums in 2014 will likely be higher in most states. Even if they can get the website moving again, the law faces a slew of hurdles—the beleaguered IRS has to oversee the enforcement, next year those companies with more than 50 employees who were given a one-year reprieve from the mandate will be forced to join, and the system for paying insurers for “risk corridors” hasn’t been worked out. But this is about more than a health care law. This was the president’s signature legislative accomplishment. His team had three years to prepare, and even though many involved knew it was going to collapse on launch and tests just before the launch failed to handle 500 users, they went ahead anyway. Health care inflation may be down, but that’s because 77 percent of that cost decrease comes from the recession, not a law that was passed in 2010.

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6) Once you’re able to get onto the website, you’ll have plenty of cheaper/better choices and be able to qualify for a subsidy.

No, you probably won’t. While the subsidies are generous for people on the lowest income end, many people – even low-income people – will be surprised to find how little the subsidy hides the aforementioned growth in premiums or how expensive the new plans are. And the rate shock they perceive for those premiums will likely be deceptive as well, as ProPublica notes here, because of the increases in deductibles and out-of-pocket co-pays associated with the new policies. Polling data thus far shows one of the major reasons people are coming to the website but not selecting a plan is because they’re surprised by the costs. For many people, $190 a month is absolutely affordable – but for those who weren’t buying insurance when it was $160 a month, they’re balking.

7) When people get covered under Obamacare, they’ll start liking the new system because they’ll get the same health care, but cheaper.

No, they probably won’t get what they expect. While I am amazed by how much the administration has bungled the rollout of the law, the real Achilles’ heel from my perspective has always been the second round of hits: the doc shock as people learn about the newly restricted networks under the plans offered via the exchanges. Many states have one insurer with dominant, near-monopoly market share, and in these states not having a critical hospital in the network can be a major problem for the ill. The best hospitals in the country – the Mayo Clinic, Cedars-Sinai, and other such household names – are typically also the most expensive hospitals in an insurer’s network. This means that the quickest way to be able to make a plan that is solvent under Obamacare’s regulatory model is to drop some of these expensive hospitals and systems from your plans. This is going to hit the sickest Americans hardest, as stories like this one show.

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The technocratic idea is that you put a bunch of smart, competent people in government — folks who really want the thing to work — and they’ll make it happen. But “smart, competent people” are not a generic quantity; they’re incredibly domain-specific. Most academics couldn’t run a lemonade stand. Most successful entrepreneurs wouldn’t be able to muster the monomaniacal devotion needed to get a Ph.D. Neither group produces many folks who can consistently generate readable, engaging writing on a deadline. And none of us would be able to win a campaign for Congress.

Yet in my experience, the majority of people in these domains think that they could do everyone else’s job better, if they weren’t so busy with whatever it is they’re doing so well. It’s the illusion of omnicompetence, and in the case of HealthCare.gov, it seems to have been nearly fatal.

The policy people handed out impossible orders to the technical staff; when the technical staff couldn’t deliver their impossibility, they decided that the problem was incompetence. This percolated all the way down the line, and quite probably back up again — why bother explaining things if the people you’re doing the explaining to are idiots?

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t the end of the day, the root of President Obama’s mendacity on Obamacare was simple: He didn’t dare tell people how the law would work. He couldn’t tell people how the law would work…

If this is the only way to pass your signature initiative—and a decades-long goal of your party—it ought to give you pause. But Obama was a natural at delivering sweeping and sincere-seeming assurances that weren’t true. This kind of thing is his métier.

If he were awoken at 3 a.m. and told he had to make the case for nationalizing the banks by denying he was nationalizing the banks, he would do an entirely creditable job of it, even without a TelePrompTer. The salesmanship for Obamacare represents in microcosm the larger Obama political project, which has always depended on throwing a reassuring skein of moderation on top of left-wing ideological aims.

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The CNN results amplify Obama’s political problem: The Affordable Care Act imbroglio is having an outsized effect on his entire presidency, with voters reassessing his basic qualifications. “This is serious,” says Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist and former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “This is much more serious than I hear some Democrats saying publicly. This is not a temporary drop.”

Adds John Geer, an expert on public opinion at Vanderbilt University, “In a sense, the public was collectively willing to be patient. That reservoir of support among independents and moderates has evaporated.”

For weeks, Democrats have hewn to the party line, arguing that once the website woes are repaired and people can enroll easily, the political climate will improve. And Kofinis is in that lot: “Fixing it will help turn it around. But not overnight. It’s a lot easier to fall—a lot harder to come back.”

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“I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country . . . It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing! And I hope that in the months to come, you will keep an open mind and evaluate it based not on the political attacks but on what it does or doesn’t do to improve people’s lives. Sincerely, Barack Obama.”

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From now on, I’m to be known by my gnarly name — Bones.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

http://www.space.com/23765-still-intact-comet-ison-enters-soho-s-field-of-view-video.html

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Are we all going to die?

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

naw…its mostly ice…prolly burn most of it when it rounds the sun…
we’ll know more in a day or so…

but id say…not to worry Bones…

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

bazil9 on November 28, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Yep. Only the white meat cause I’m a raaasaacist. Lol. No shriveled slim Jims

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 1:48 AM

perhaps this..

we’ve got better odds on this thing hitting us smack on..
than we do at ever finding out what really happened to amb stevens..

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Hi bones.
Hehe. Empty bottle shark.

/alfalfa sprouts

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

we’ve got better odds of this thing hitting us smack on…
than we do of the ACA website working on time…

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

you could make em up all night with this WH crew..

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 1:51 AM

So some little Wanna-be-Scrumpy-poet-comet hits the earf and we are supposed to freak out and stop blogging.

BFD.

That Comet is little. Can’t hurt the earf but the wanna be Scrumpy poet pikers are freaking out like girly men.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 1:54 AM

If we’re going to live we need something to do. I’m off, my preparations are all preparated, I’m out of lemonade, and my guests don’t show til tomorrow. So let’s play a game. I call it: Axe’s 21. (No relation to the failed porn site I tried to launch.)

All right. Axe’s 21. You’ll pick up on the rules as we go.

deals Spark, face down. (it’s a 2 of Diamonds).

deals dealer, face down. (it’s an Ace of Clubs).

deals Spark, face up. (it’s a 2 of Spades).

deals dealer, face up. (it’s a Queen of Hearts).

. . . OK, now you say, Hit me!

*fingers mace*

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:03 AM

maybe this one..

you’ve got better odds of this thing hitting us smack on,,
than Bo the WH dog does of not being on tomorrows menu at the WH..

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Hilarious.

Hey notice how Ken hasn’t been pulling his weight around here and RWM is awol without a leave of abstinence.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:14 AM

you’ve got better odds of this thing hitting us smack on,,
than Bo the WH dog does of not being on tomorrows menu at the WH..

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 2:03 AM

. . . less likely to be struck by this comet than hitting Spark with a Wiffle Mace.

. . . less likely to be struck by this comet than to get better healthcare under ObamaCare! :)

. . . less likely to be struck by this comet than to successfully toss an Irish midget through a ring of burning whiskey.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:15 AM

wow…you can “Irish midget through a ring of burning whiskey”

to RWM im sure you must be ‘more than just legs n looks’
i mean a man with such talents,,,,im very proud of ya…

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 2:21 AM

+toss

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Fine. I apologize to Irish midgets.

. . . irritable little alcoholic buggers.

*sip*

Further, I call on all you people to knock off the stereotypes. Monophonics, from now on. And you know who I’m talking to.

50 bitcoin says b9′s naked at this very moment.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

50 bitcoin says b9′s naked at this very moment.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

not joking…just took a shower..log back
and see this..WEIRD! LOL LOL

bazil9 on November 28, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Axe is in a stone cold zone.

Let it flow bro.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:32 AM

…”My people” are from County Galway and County Clare…..”Midget tossing” is a great pass-time of The Clans there as Axe correctly intimates here….we don’t burn whiskey, though….no sense wasting it…..

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 2:33 AM

not joking…just took a shower..log back
and see this..WEIRD! LOL LOL

bazil9 on November 28, 2013 at 2:32 AM

I don’t want to creep you out, but I was just in the garage smiling to myself, and knew you were going to type that. :)

I’m telling you. I won’t point again — but I’m telling you.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:34 AM

B9,woot.

Cute bum!

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Cute bum!

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Speaking of which, you’re right — Ken’s seriously not pulling his weight. I guess when you’ve got the glutes, you are too good to chit with the common folk.

What. Evs.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:40 AM

lol

k. i’m shutting up now for a bit. before i do or say something i’ll regret.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Sophie Ro}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

be back in a bit.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Da-ham B9!….You look like one of the models that used to be on this “Internet Exercise and Diet Program” commercial for a product called:

“Look Good Naked!”

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 2:47 AM

…Yeah – I never bought into it…..I didn’t figure that diet and exercise would correct conditions that only gene-splicing could help….

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Dire Straits was here..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 2:54 AM

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Wasnt exciting..shaving the legs.. :]

bazil9 on November 28, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Did he pardon the turkey or did the turkey pardon him?

If the latter, I am fed up with that turkey.

Sic ‘em, Bo! Bite his arse off!

Sherman1864 on November 28, 2013 at 2:56 AM

What. Evs.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 2:40 AM

I liked him better before he learned to clench.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:57 AM

My apologies! I seem to have interrupted a love fest with my relevant comment!

Sherman1864 on November 28, 2013 at 2:58 AM

I liked him better before he learned to clench.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Clench…….Eastwood?

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to all..:):)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:10 AM

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Hi. Let me explain. Well Ken does a pretty mean glute clench (I taught him using creative visualizations) to impress the ladies. Now all of a sudden he thinks he is hot stuff.

If he clenches for you pretend to not be impressed. We don’t want to feed his ego.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Happy Thanksgiving – definitely!

I need to compose a “gratitude list”…to help me remember the truth!

We are ALL Very Lucky to be here!

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM

HTG DS…evening too..

going2mars on November 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Care to back up that statement with a link? (:

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:16 AM

I need to compose a “gratitude list”…to help me remember the truth!

We are ALL Very Lucky to be here!

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM

I can help

1. Sparky
2. uhm?

Well that’s a start.

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:17 AM

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Ahhhh! Got it! Thanks!

williamg on November 28, 2013 at 3:18 AM

Remember this:..The Pilgrims told the Indians at the very first Thanksgiving that if the Indians liked their land they could keep their land!!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM

UFO – “Cold Turkey” (live 1974)

Anti-Control on November 28, 2013 at 3:29 AM

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:16 AM

See above comment..:)

PS..Happy Thanksgiving to you..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:35 AM

Gobble, gobble!

bluegill on November 28, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Remember this:..The Pilgrims told the Indians at the very first Thanksgiving that if the Indians liked their land they could keep their land!!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Omg. Awesome one. THREAD WINNER

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Gobble, gobble!

bluegill on November 28, 2013 at 3:36 AM

bluegill, letting her hair down! lol that was cute, you should try it more often! :)

The Damned – “The Turkey Song” (claymation)

Anti-Control on November 28, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Axe on November 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

rofl..That was classic..*tip fedora*..:)

PS..Happy Thanksgiving to you..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:50 AM

SparkPlug on November 28, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Borrowed from Jay Leno..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:59 AM

Oh, I love claymation!

By the way, wouldn’t you say that most of us feel more hopeful about the state of national politics today than we did exactly one year ago?

I was actually rather depressed for weeks after the last election. It felt like I was living in a daze. There was so much buildup and I was so anticipating the election night, and the result was so cruel. And it was just all over like that. I had taken pictures of my filled-in ballot with my phone. Now when I look at those photos, I feel sad. And also a little conflicted when I see Paul Ryan’s name, considering how he is pushing amnesty now. I am almost somewhat glad he didn’t get in there.

Anyway, darn it, we are going to turn this around! I really think conservatives and tea partiers are going to be fired up next time in ways they went in 2012. Don’t underestimate the patriotic Americans who aren’t going to give up so easily on our country.

bluegill on November 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Remember this:..The Pilgrims told the Indians at the very first Thanksgiving that if the Indians liked their land they could keep their land!!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Ha! :)

Sorry, man. I didn’t know you’d show as I was stepping away. I heard the warning bell and took a break. Actually — tried to take a nap, but failed.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 4:42 AM

Gobble, gobble!

bluegill on November 28, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, Bluegill. :)

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 4:43 AM

PS..Happy Thanksgiving to you..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2013 at 3:50 AM

You too, Dire. :)

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 4:44 AM

But Obama was a natural at delivering sweeping and sincere-seeming assurances that weren’t true.

Such is the nature of filthy, greasy, lazy liars…

JohnGalt23 on November 28, 2013 at 4:46 AM

“One day,” Mike thought to himself as he bravely put his neck on the block, “we’re getting you back for all this.”

#TurkeyRevolutionaryArmy

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 6:03 AM

“Psssst. Psssst! John! John! Over here! –Yes, I know, it’s terrible. The b@stards got Jenny and Scott. We should have seen this coming. Maybe it’s over, we thought. Maybe it’s finally over. And what’s it been, a year? Not a sound. And here they are again, out of –John! Run! Run!”

#TurkeyRevolutionaryArmy #JoinUs

#NowRecruiting

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Hot Airians!I don’t get into too many holidays, to tell you the truth, but Christmas and Thanksgiving I really get in to.

Hope you guys all have a great day today.

WhatSlushfund on November 28, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Hot Airians!I don’t get into too many holidays, to tell you the truth, but Christmas and Thanksgiving I really get in to.

Hope you guys all have a great day today.

WhatSlushfund on November 28, 2013 at 6:34 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WHATSLUSHFUND!

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Pappy used to say, ‘If God wanted us to fly, he’d have given us wings.’
Then it dawned on me one day. ‘We’ve got wings,’ I said.
‘Er . . .’ he answered.

#TurkeyRevolutionaryArmyAirCorp #NowRecruiting

#GodWantsUsToFly

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Good Morning From Canada, and:

********* Happy Thanks Giving Day to All Hot Air Patriots *********:)

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Just stopping by for a moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

thatsafactjack on November 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM

A wee bits of humour:
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A F***ing Car – Planes, Trains & Automobiles (6/10) Movie CLIP (1987) HD
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWRxPDhd3d0

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWRxPDhd3d0

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Had t’ take off my hat to put on m’ earphones to listen to your humorous clip. I wouldn’t a done that for just any man. And no other Canadian.

*Cheeto*

Have a good Thanksgivin’. May your woods be filled with beaver.

Go in peace — noble northern wilderness person.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Had t’ take off my hat to put on m’ earphones to listen to your humorous clip. I wouldn’t a done that for just any man. And no other Canadian.

*Cheeto*

Have a good Thanksgivin’. May your woods be filled with beaver.

Go in peace — noble northern wilderness person.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Axe:

Lol,…….and heres yur theme fur da day:0
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Er the song that is:

Judas Priest- Turbo Lover
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdwuxoSHsSo

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 7:58 AM

They will Fly,..or Soar:

Will SpongeBob soar? NYC parade waits on winds
By JAKE PEARSON
— Nov. 28, 2013 7:20 AM EST
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NEW YORK (AP) — The fate of Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants and Snoopy rests in the hands of the New York Police Department.

The 16 giant balloons that fly between Manhattan skyscrapers during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade may be grounded if windy conditions from a storm that snarled holiday travel along the East Coast pick up Thursday morning — and the final determination will be made by the NYPD.

The iconic characters cannot lift off if sustained winds top 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a spectator. Balloons have only been grounded once in the parade’s 87-year history, when bad weather kept them from flying in 1971.
(More…)
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/will-spongebob-soar-nyc-parade-waits-winds

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Macy’s
9m
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Photo: Floats and spectators gather for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York – @alroker
see original on twitter.com
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https://twitter.com/alroker/status/406041650931433472/photo/1

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

LIVE STREAMING: Macys Parade:

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

Refer to the Clock Below to Check the Starting Time in Your Region. Once the Countdown is Over, the Countdown Clock Will be Replaced By Video Stream.

http://nowthanksdaypar13full.blogspot.ca/
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Or pick one:)

https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=GGtcUuuYCOrs2QX52IHgDQ#q=macy%27s+thanksgiving+day+parade+online+streaming

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Blessings to all, today, and ..
don’t forget to set your scales back 10lbs tonight.

:-)

pambi on November 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Blessings to all, today, and ..
don’t forget to set your scales back 10lbs tonight.

:-)

pambi on November 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Nice.

Happy Thanksgiving, Hot Gassers, Hot Airians, Gulchers, Hobbitses, Trolls, Capt’n Ed, AllahP, Erika (who needs a nickname), MKH, et al…

Frodo: I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

Fallon on November 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And, it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

My take: “Thanksgiving 2013: The Anchor Holds”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

kingsjester on November 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I don’t see Big Mooch at that turkey pardoning ceremony.
Probably terrifies the bird.

justltl on November 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

“Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience

“Get in their faces.” -0b00ba.

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” -0b00ba

Akzed on November 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

There should be a law against being forced to watch Urula Andress in a bikini at 0930.

I take that back.

BobMbx on November 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

1. Now thank we all our God
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mother’s arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

2. Oh, may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace
And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven:
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore!
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

OmahaConservative on November 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Macys Day Parade Twitter:
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On a side-note,……”Kinky Boots”,..I was gob-smacked Sumpins:

Results for #Parade
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Parade&src=hash

canopfor on November 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving to all the HotAirians.

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating as well.

22044 on November 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

OmahaConservative on November 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Yes.

davidk on November 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

During Thanksgiving give thanks to the government for what it has distributed to you. All conscientious members of community are required to experience (a) deep gratitude to the Party and its leader; (b) unworthiness in the face of the glorious state; (c) guilt for consuming according to their needs and not giving back enough according to their abilities. The non-compliant will have their belongings redistributed to the more worthy members of the community.

kcewa on November 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 58m

To everyone bringing Obamacare talking points to Thanksgiving dinner: don’t look up to the sky if it’s raining. #gobblegobble

davidk on November 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

Two ungenerous thoughts to throw upon the collective wisdom of HA before I go get happy:
1) Is it customary for a President to mock the cross when pardoning a turkey? I realize he ‘didn’t mean anything by it’, he was just trying to be cool, he was getting his fawners to laugh, he was trying to keep his kids from saying what a dork he is ( as all kids do); so I ask a reasonable and knowledgeable audience–is the hand and the sign of the cross really a part of ANY Presidential pardon? Or just the turkey’s? Should we blame it on Bush?

2) I actually thought his Thanksgiving pronouncement was good, though a little more sincerity could have strengthened the act. But he never once said who we are thankful TO, other than our Armed Forces (at least he left out the social workers and other neighborhood bureaucrats this time.) Mr. President, thanksgiving is not an introspective attitude. It is an EXPRESSION of a thankful attitude directed to the Almighty from whom all blessings flow.

Time to gather the brood and be thankful for stuffing, talk about healthcare and potentially compromised identities and suing the federal government. Time to write our doctor friends and thank them for treating us off the books in exchange for pizza. All the way, of course.

rwenger43 on November 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

“Come Ye Thankful People, Come”
by Henry Alford, 1810-1871

1. Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied,
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.

2. All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harverst, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord, our God, shall come
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final Harvest-home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In Thy garner to abide.
Come with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious Harvest-home.

OmahaConservative on November 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

If I were President, I would never pardon the turkey.

Now where did I put my ax?

Steve Eggleston on November 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

In case there is a later Thanksgiving thread and I miss it, I wish everyone to have a blessed day with family and friends. Be thankful. We still live in a country with great possibilities. They start with us and the grace of an awesome God.

jazzuscounty on November 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Now where did I put my ax?

Steve Eggleston on November 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Sorry. My bad. Had to remember how to put cologne on. And hairspray.

Anyway — Point.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

…HAPPY THANKSGIVING…EVERYBODY!
…if you are traveling…be safe!

KOOLAID2 on November 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

KCB on November 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

PS: 25 year old Drakkar = “iffy,” peeps.

It’s done now, though.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

From now on, I’m to be known by my gnarly name — Bones.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Years ago, my little sister got a small, skinny pup from the pound to play with her St. Bernard.

Named her “Bones”.

Just thought you’d appreciate knowing that. ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Solaratov on November 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

PS: 25 year old Drakkar = “iffy,” peeps.

It’s done now, though.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

made me laugh…

bazil9 on November 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Sorry. My bad. Had to remember how to put cologne on. And hairspray.

Anyway — Point.

Axe on November 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Rimshot!

Steve Eggleston on November 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Happy Thanksgiving all.

I am thankful for you, among other things. Witty smart folks are growing increasingly rare, yet we harbor a dense population of such here. Helps balance out life. Many laughs, too.

Be safe, be happy.

http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation

wolly4321 on November 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This is the violent phenomenon that Ed Morrissey, when covering it, decides to take angle that it might not be real. He implies that it could just be hysteria:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/11/28/the_knockout_game_–_nytnpr_say_no_big_deal_120802.html

“Nothing to see here”

Oh, blacks attacking whites and motivated by race? Move along, then. Just like NYT and NPR.

bluegill on November 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Happy Thanksgiving – the President is pardoning an ancestor (he is as smart as a Turkey, who drowns if left out in the rain). But, remember, consuming our traditional turkey feast, will cause U.S. to go into a Triptafain induced comma that we will not wake up from, it is not covered by his “Affordable Care Act”. Remember, eat meat.

MSGTAS on November 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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