Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on January 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

The chairman of a New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures said Gov. Chris Christie’s top aides had engaged in a “cover-up” and the governor could be impeached if it is determined he was aware of efforts to use the bridge for political purposes.

“Using the George Washington Bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime,” New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is spearheading the bridge probe, told NBC News on Saturday. “Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.”

***

As Rich pointed out below, this morning’s political talk shows were amazingly obsessed with the news that some of Chris Christie’s top aides appear to have been involved in causing a serious traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, between New York and New Jersey. It was indeed something of a slow news week, but the past seven days saw terrifying advances made by al-Qaeda in Iraq, the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and Republican talk about how they’d like to address the problem, the release of an important account of how the Obama administration handled national security, and the death of one of the key figures in Israeli history. But with certain exceptions, you wouldn’t know it: As Rich said, the New Jersey scandal is a legitimate, important story, but the Sunday shows fell over themselves to offer incredibly comprehensive coverage of it and idle speculation about how it’ll affect a potential presidential candidate’s fate two or three years down the road…

Meet the Press: 33 minutes. After having on the mayor of Fort Lee (the town most affected by the traffic jam), airing a report from Iowa on the scandal’s impact, and suggesting that viewers weigh in on Meet the Press’s Facebook page (among other things), the NBC program’s roundtable finally, at 11:03 a.m. New York time, turned to discussing the release of Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’s explosive memoir. Thankfully, just eight minutes later, at 11:11, they returned to the Christie controversy.

This Week: 22 minutes. ABC’s Sunday program spoke with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani about the scandal, aired a report from New Jersey, had on Judy Smith, a crisis-management professional whose story has been turned into the cable-TV show Scandal, and even ran clips of late-night comedians cracking jokes at Christie’s expense. At 10:22 a.m., more than a third of the way through the program, stand-in host Martha Raddatz finally steered the conversation away from the traffic tiff, to discussing Bob Gates’s new book.

***

Christie’s style was always going to be problematic for him in the primaries, especially in the polite South. But now he also can be viewed as a victim not only of malignant, malicious and mind-bendingly stupid staffers but also of a two-faced, pro-Democratic media.

The media are not monolithic, as we like to remind people. But we do have a tendency to focus on the latest scandal. And it does seem that we tend to treat Republican scandals as more delicious than others. This is owing less to the sins committed than to the greater sin of hypocrisy. The higher the bar, the harder they fall.

But Christie isn’t a strong exhibit in the mean-media argument. More than a Republican, he is a colorful, larger-than-life character who speaks loudly and carries a big stick. Cameras will always find the most interesting landscape, and Christie has that turf covered. More to the salient point, as the leading Republican presidential candidate, he can hardly be ignored. Coverage of this fiasco isn’t disproportionate to the man, even if it may be to the event.

***

Journalists know the Obamans. Intimately. They know them from college, they know them from work, they know them from kids’ soccer. They’re literally married to them…

The journalists are not covering up for their friends and their spouses. They just believe the people they know could not be responsible for behaving badly, or cravenly, or for crass political advantage —and the tone they strike when such things are discussed is often one of offense, as though it is a sign of low character to believe otherwise. It would be, well, like believing the journalists themselves were crooks…

Christie may be entirely innocent of all wrongdoing. Or there may be some connection, even a very tenuous and suggestive one. But there will be little let-up now.

For in the end, because Christie is a Republican. Christie isn’t them.

***

He does not have the committed ideological core that Ronald Reagan could rely on to overcome Iran-Contra. He does not have the Democratic base that stuck with Bill Clinton during his sex scandal because the excesses of a special prosecutor and then of a Republican House that impeached him came to enrage Democrats even more than Clinton’s misbehavior.

What of Christie’s base? Wall Street is fickle and pragmatic. The media can turn on a dime. And the Republican establishment, such as it is, has alternatives. Oh, yes, Christie also has support from some machine Democrats in New Jersey who have made deals with him. But they will be even more pragmatic than Wall Street…

Christie has one other obstacle, and this may be the most important. A great many conservatives never trusted him, and a tale that plays so perfectly into their critique of government could make things worse. Erick Erickson, the right-wing writer, captured this rather colorfully. People sometimes want a politician to be “a jerk,” Erickson wrote on Fox News’ Web site, but “they want the person to be their jerk,” not a jerk “who tries to make everyone else his whipping boy.”

To win Christie some sympathy on the right, defenders such as former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour quickly deployed the GOP’s first-responder technique of attacking “the liberal media.” But liberals are the least of Christie’s problems.

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The end of Christie’s career would not be a good thing — for New Jersey, for the Republican party, for conservatism, or for the country. He is a valuable conservative, one of the most talented politicians in America. We are lucky to have him on our side — general side…

If you spend enough time in RightWorld, you may be led to believe that our enemies are John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, Karl Rove, Reince Priebus, and definitely anyone named Bush. I can’t tell you how nutso this seems to them (as to me). In the words of one of them, “I’ve been decried as a right-wing lunatic my entire life. And to be decried now as an establishment moderate is almost an out-of-body experience.”

Think for a second what it’s like to be George W. Bush. In the dominant liberal culture — the universities, Hollywood, the news media — you’re Attila the Hun, if not BusHitler. (Did I spell that right?) In RightWorld, you’re Elliot Richardson, at best…

Because I am a Ted Cruz man — he is an old, dear friend, and I’ll be supporting him in ’16, if he runs — I should be gleeful over Christie’s tumble. I am not, however. I think that conservative rejoicing over his troubles is unseemly, and self-defeating. I don’t have to be for him 100 percent to appreciate him. Eighty percent will do, and maybe even 65.

***

[J]oining the media madness before Christie had a chance to defend himself was short-sighted…

Whether it was the false and defamatory supposed connection of Sarah Palin to the Gabby Giffords shooting, or the media frenzy over Mitt Romney’s (now vindicated) comments about Benghazi, there is no Republican immune from the media mob. Only Democrats are immune…

This is not about Chris Christie. It’s about any number of other Republican candidates who will be met with the same faux-outrage and media-led obsession a year from now as the 2016 field begins to define itself.

Don’t feed the beast.

***

***

You cannot become one of them when you’re not one of them, and you can’t make them like you. Membership in that club, it’s really strict and unique, and you don’t get to admit yourself. Did they not see what happened with McCain? McCain was loved and adored until he becomes a candidate, then he becomes a dirty old man kicking kids off his front yard. So that’s what amazes me. What amazes me is after all of this, after that hour and a half press conference they thought a home run had been hit and they thought the media minds had been changed.

I’ll guarantee you, they’re sitting there stunned that this investigation is still underway and that the Feds are now involved, ’cause they thought that Christie had succeeded. They thought Christie knocked it out of the park, when it didn’t matter whether he knocked out of the park or not. This is the only guy beating Hillary in the polls, and they’re gonna go destroy this guy whatever it takes.


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Don’t Bother Me

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

NY style pizza is better that Chicago.

Obama was born in Kenya.

@waits for Twerp to pounce@

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Hi merm.

Thanks Jaime.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

canopfor on January 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

You’re posting birther nonsense too?
Say it aint so!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

ALT:Lol,.. Hey,..I’m only the News Hunter Gather’er,..don’t
shoot,er, step on the messenger,…..*wink-Wink*:0

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

@INC

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

This Boy

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Thanks Jaime.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

You’re welcome, Sparks. Which one did you like?

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

they are trying to empty Gitmo for some reason…
maybe that’s where they are holding RWM…

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jan/03/taliban-leaders-guantanamo-bay-deal

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

All My Loving (

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Can’t Buy Me Love

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:17 AM

G2M

Thats depressing. Welcome to dystopia.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

All My Loving (

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Yeah, that’s a good song.

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

canopfor on January 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

That was no accident.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Your comment on Canada’s comment was no coincidence.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Axe:Lol,…hehe:0

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I wasn’t going to post this but if we’re going there:

Hawaii’s health director died of an irregular heartbeat that was triggered when a small plane she was riding in lost power and crash-landed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, police said Monday.

Fuddy, 65, was healthy and didn’t have any known heart problems, her brother, Lewis Fuddy, said Monday.

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Axe:Lol,…hehe:0

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM

:)

I see this false flag, by the way. I’ve still got one eye on your other comments, so — FAIL

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Night Peeps,

catch y’all hopefully tommorrow—:0

RWM: Send Up a Flare.

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 12:22 AM

A Hard Day’s Night

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 12:22 AM

‘Nite canopfor

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

that’s just it…we don’t know if we should be plotting to bust her out of somewhere…
or maybe she’s enjoying a chilled bottle of bubbles in Londonstan
and we should wish her well

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Night Canada. :) . . . if that’s your real name

or location

. . .

hmm

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

I Should Have Known Better

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

I Want To Hold Your Hand

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

SQUIRREL!!!!!

kim roy on January 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

http://www.abbeyroad.com/Crossing

might as well watch the web cam too…Abbey Road Studios

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Murphy9 on January 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I just went back and watched the entire video. Very interesting, Murph. Thanks for the link.

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

might as well watch the web cam too…Abbey Road Studios

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Some people running, an idiot driving on the wrong side of the street…

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

‘Nite All

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

give it time…wait till its daylight…
people stop traffic to pose and take pics…
its a train wreck waiting to happen …daily

and on beer delivery day…The Temple Pub
http://www.earthcam.com/world/ireland/dublin/?cam=templebar

sorry the sun has already set on Maui..
http://www.napilisunset.com/overview/webcam

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

‘Nite All

jaime on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Night, jaime. :)

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

@Spark I did it! Match product!

You apply the input pattern to the reference pattern, and you get a binary yes/no on the match as usual — but you also get a product pattern that has the shape of the reference pattern and the information of the input pattern! f(x) = both match and classification as inherent parts of the algorithm!

. . . and some other stuff I can’t write. The match has worked for awhile, but the part that works like DNA replication has never worked –

I KNEW THIS WOULD WORK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usfiAsWR4qU

– if i have any friends left, i’m going to buy them so much crap

– where’s sophie? oh yeah {{{{{{{{{{SOPHIE}}}}}}}}}} xoxoxoxo

<- Will be wandering around. Next up: 15 more tests. Right now: mayhaps wonderment. BRBAW — be back after wonderment

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM

http://hityourmarks.com/2014-daytona-roar-before-the-rolex-24-entry-list/

entry list for the 2014 24 hours of Daytona….
66 cars…should be a barnburner…
jan 25th and 26th..any favs??

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 1:20 AM

the saddest news of the day..
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/13/3031681/beam-inc-to-be-acquired-by-japanese.html

Japanese bourbon just doesn’t sound right..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 1:38 AM

MeanWhile,..in case anyone didn’t hear,..let the Vast RightWing
Conspiracy begin:

WATCH: Harrowing Video of Plane Crash That Killed Woman Who Released Obama Birth Certificate
by Andrew Kirell | 12:00 pm, January 10th, 2014

***********************************************

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-harrowing-video-of-plane-crashing-into-ocean-from-inside-the-cabin/

canopfor on January 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

.

. . . . . Though she is not seen in the footage, Fuddy reportedly escaped the plane using a life vest, but perished in the waters for unknown reasons while holding hands with her deputy director.

Andrew Kirell mediaite.com, on January 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

.
Ya’ gotta watch out for those “unknown reasons”, or they’ll getcha every time.

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Awfully slow QOTD, eh? I hope we’re not becoming that numb to all the ways Republicans can be compared to Democrats.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 2:16 AM

“I wanted to see these people SET ON FIRE!

– Bob Dylan, “Chronicles”

williamg on January 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

Japanese bourbon just doesn’t sound right..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 1:38 AM

“Oh, the Sun Shines Bright – on my Nagasaki Hoo-oome!”

williamg on January 14, 2014 at 2:28 AM

williamg on January 14, 2014 at 2:28 AM

if they buy Churchill Downs…
that would be way over the line…

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 2:31 AM

@INC

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hey, Axe, I thought I’d glance at QOTD before I shut down for the night when I saw your comment. Thanks for the heads up on the NRO column on the Romeike family.

I’d read about their problems a while back and that the Obama administration was joining with Germany in persecuting them.

That’s an excellent summary. It indicates that Obama and his minions willfully doing all they can get away with in the suppression and persecution of Christians.

the Obama administration has no objection to the political and religious suppression of such unruly Christians — the Obama administration is doing the same thing to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian groups that it finds inconvenient.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Jim Bream.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

INC on January 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

:)

:(

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 2:45 AM

you want buy whisky joe??..we sell bue-bain cheep..

stop your giving me the creeps..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 2:45 AM

That about sums it up.

Homeschoolers are a tough crowd. Parent will go to the mat for their children, you know. Many in the U.S. in the past are very politically savvy and active.

The ironic thing is that there are also some homeschoolers who are descended from the flower children philosophy of the 60′s. John Holt, who wrote many bestsellers on education, is the father of what is known as the Unschooling Movement that used to be headquartered in Boston. So while I’d say a vast majority of homeschoolers on the right of the political spectrum, there are some who would not consider themselves to be conservatives, but they also think as parents they should have the say regarding their children’s education. I can’t tell you any proportions or numbers because since my kids are grown I’m not up on everything.

In a way homeschoolers are also one of the canaries in the coal mine, because how they’re treated is an indication of political and religious freedom.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 2:57 AM

White House Says Iran Implementation Agreement Being Kept Secret Because Of The EU

WTH?

On a conference call with reporters on Sunday, a senior administration said that the decision to release the document would be up to the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency; “Frankly, ultimately, the IAEA and the EU as a lead negotiating body for the P5+1 will make those determinations about what to make public in those understandings,” the official said. The official said that they “would certainly anticipate” that “elements of the IAEA’s reporting will be made public over the life of the six months in the implementation of the agreement.”

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Homeschoolers are a tough crowd. Parent will go to the mat for their children, you know. Many in the U.S. in the past are very politically savvy and active.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Apparently, something that’s been noticed. :)

The institutional Left hates homeschooling, hates it with a remarkable intensity, even though homeschooling recently has come into vogue with a certain subset of Park Slope–style progressives. Robin West of Georgetown’s law school has written admiringly of the suppression of homeschooling and regimes under which “parents who did so were criminals.” She writes that homeschoolers are dangerous precisely because of the fact that, far from being docile sheep, homeschoolers are as adults more likely to be politically engaged, which Professor West worries might “undermine, limit, or destroy state functions that interfere with family and parental rights.” For good measure, she notes that many homeschoolers were enthusiastic about George W. Bush in 2000 — quelle horreur. Many others on the left argue that homeschooling should be either banned outright or effectively regulated out of existence.

Homeschooling terrifies the Left because the Left is at its core totalitarian, seeking to bring political discipline to every aspect of life — and control of education is essential to that project. The public school is in miniature what the Left believes the world should look like: Everybody arranged in orderly rows and moving about on an orderly schedule punctuated by bells, being taught about diversity and climate change by nice union ladies who also lead them to their federally subsidized lunches. If you can say “no” to that, you can say no to any part of the Left’s vision. Homeschooling is an existential threat to the privileged position of the institutional Left. The schools are the factory in which it manufactures its future clients.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368245/dont-destroy-family-kevin-d-williamson

Additional emphasis mine.

I really think he knocked it out the park. It’s broad, but as something broad, it’s excellent.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:03 AM

–And the flip side of the coin is Common Core.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:03 AM

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-iran-nuclear-side-deal-20140113,0,4116168.story#ixzz2qMFtFxf1

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 3:05 AM

On a conference call with reporters on Sunday, a senior administration said that the decision to release the document would be up to the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency; “Frankly, ultimately, the IAEA and the EU as a lead negotiating body for the P5+1 will make those determinations about what to make public in those understandings,” the official said. The official said that they “would certainly anticipate” that “elements of the IAEA’s reporting will be made public over the life of the six months in the implementation of the agreement.”

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 3:02 AM

. . . no Senate approval required?

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Apparently, something that’s been noticed. :)

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Ha! To paraphrase Sally Fields, they hate us, they really hate us!

He did hit the bullseye with why.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 3:09 AM

She writes that homeschoolers are dangerous precisely because of the fact that, far from being docile sheep, homeschoolers are as adults more likely to be politically engaged, which Professor West worries might “undermine, limit, or destroy state functions that interfere with family and parental rights.”

The little platoons that Burke wrote about.

A anecdotal window into why the Left hates us:

When my kids were both seniors in high school one of the things I had them read was Orwell’s Politics and the English Language.

Let me see if I can dig up the list of books my son read his senior year.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 3:11 AM

An Automated Canop News Intel Drive-By:
————————————–

ReMinder for Tuesday Night, er, AfterNoon 3:00PM:
————————————————-

Preview of Chris Christie’s State of the State Address
Jan 14, 2014 12:01am
********************

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has kept a low profile since his nearly two-hour press conference last week where he apologized and denied having any knowledge of close aides plotting the politically motivated lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge.

But he can’t lay low any longer as he’s scheduled to deliver his State of the State address today to both bodies of the state legislature.

All eyes will be on how much, if any, of his speech is spent addressing the unfolding scandal now known as “bridgegate,” but one theme of the speech will be working together over politics.

An aide to Christie said the governor will “focus on how in New Jersey we’ve made the choice to work together over the last four years.”

“Our biggest accomplishments were achieved together and he will pledge to continue to do the same for a second term. He will ask the legislature and the people of the state to resolve to make the same choice and continue to put politics aside when it comes to the work at hand and put the people first,” an aide in Christie’s office told ABC News, noting he will also focus on a property tax relief initiative as well as safer streets and communities.

Other excerpts from his speech focus on education:

“Despite the improvements we are seeing in Newark and Camden, I believe we need to take bigger and broader steps to adjust our approach to K-12 education to address the new competitive world we live in. Our school calendar is antiquated both educationally and culturally. Life in 2014 demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and school year in New Jersey.”

“If student achievement is lagging at the exact moment when we need improvement more than ever in order to compete in the world economy, should we not take these steps – every possible step — to boost student achievement?”

“Of course we should. And one key step is to lengthen the school day and the school year. So, working with Commissioner Cerf, I will present to you shortly a proposal to increase the length of both the school day and the school year in New Jersey. This is a key step to improve student outcomes, and boost our competitiveness. We should do it now.”

Christie’s State of the State is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/01/preview-of-chris-christies-state-of-the-state-address/
=====================================

News for Chris Christie State of the State Address

https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=GGtcUuuYCOrs2QX52IHgDQ#q=Chris+Christie+State+of+the+State+Address

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Here’s my son’s senior year reading list:

Ian Buruma, Inventing Japan: 1853-1964

Russell Kirk, The American Cause

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Inazo Nitobem, Bushido

George Orwell, 1984, Animal Farm, “Politics and the English Language”

Richard Pipes, Communism: A History

Sun Shuyun, The Long March

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

That’s not even including Bible and doctrine.

Christmas a year ago one of the presents my son gave his fiancee was a copy of Bastiat’s The Law. :)

Now you know why the Left dreads homeschoolers.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 3:12 AM

I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if he didn’t say a word about Bridgegate. Though if he does say something, I think it will be just a few words in passing. He’s screwed either way.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Now you know why the Left dreads homeschoolers.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

The only thing of any importance I learned in public school, or even the private school I attended for two years, was basic arithmetic. Other than that, it was virtually all wasted time.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 3:24 AM

. . . no Senate approval required?

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I guess it’s not considered a treaty. But I think it’s strange that they won’t release the text.

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 3:25 AM

An Automated Canop News Intel Drive-By:

lol

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Dang it. INC’s son knew more as a senior than I do now. I haven’t read all that. Bookmark. Amazon: await my credit card. I know you two know each other well.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Dang it. INC’s son knew more as a senior than I do now. I haven’t read all that. Bookmark. Amazon: await my credit card. I know you two know each other well.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Dude, I’m an audible.com member. That’s an option as well.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 3:32 AM

ISS is zipping up the east coast if you have a clear sky..

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 3:49 AM

its beer delivery time in Dublin..
http://www.earthcam.com/world/ireland/dublin/?cam=templebar

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 4:09 AM

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-iran-nuclear-side-deal-20140113,0,4116168.story#ixzz2qMFtFxf1

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 3:05 AM

kcewa: It Begins????!:0
=======================

Iran nuclear program talks
30m
UN’s nuclear watchdog IAEA says nuclear talks with Iran postponed to Feb. 8, does not specify a reason – @Reuters
end of bulletin
===============

IAEA says nuclear talks with Iran postponed to February 8
VIENNA Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:37am GMT
**********************************

(Exerpt)

The IAEA wants Iran to address allegations that it has researched how to develop nuclear bombs, a charge Iran denies. Tehran says the nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/uk-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUKBREA0C11320140114
==========================

AND:

IAEA gains more Iran access, but not enough for bomb probe

By Fredrik Dahl
VIENNA Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:09pm EST
**********************************

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/13/us-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUSBREA0C11C20140113

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 4:10 AM

I guess im already in the Iran has the bomb camp…
no one has the courage to stop them…
so im starting to think how may bombs will they have
before they strike Israel …
who will they sell it to???
how long before some group brings one here??…

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 4:20 AM

I still dread the day that schools become like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Nltg6lZtQ

I watched it when it was first shown and it still gives me the creeps all of these years later.

Theophile on January 14, 2014 at 4:27 AM

I guess im already in the Iran has the bomb camp…
no one has the courage to stop them…
so im starting to think how may bombs will they have
before they strike Israel …
who will they sell it to???
how long before some group brings one here??…

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 4:20 AM

going2mars:0
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IRAN
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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Further Reading

Nuclear Weapons
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Highly-Enriched Uranium [HEU]
Fissile Material Acquisition
Iranian Statements
Western Assessments
A.Q. Khan Network
A.Q. Khan & Iran
Nuclear Facilities
2002 Developments
2003 Developments
2004 Developments
2005 Developments
2006 Developments
2007 Developments
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2009 Developments
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2011 Developments

References & Links

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iran/nuke.htm

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 AM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 AM

You know what will happen. We’ll invade Iran under the next Republican administration, by then they will have had enough time to erase all evidence of WMD activity, and the recriminations will then commence in the next Democrat administration after that.

Lather.

Rinse.

Repeat.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 4:34 AM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 AM

good read ty…it backs my point no one is stopping them..
so im on to whats next…
I am sure this will cost us something…at some point

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 4:35 AM

wait till some of the south American countries “develop” their nukes…
the next 25 years ought to be just peachy

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 4:44 AM

we will never be anywhere near as wonderful as RMW…
she thinks and writes with great care and purpose..
says many things we might have a thought, so much better than we ever could..
fantastic humor and wit.. and still with facts and logic..
we admire her greatly…
and respect her knowledge and organized thoughts…
a treasure….to all at HA..

going2mars on January 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

What I find striking about Sophie is the sheer volume of her work… all completely sourced, properly footnoted, everything annotated and attributed… she just cranks out great material, seemingly without even trying. Same with KingsJester… great stuff, day in and day out…

I try to write, and I find myself stumbling over phrasing, and agonizing over a paragraph or even a simple sentence for days on end… just because I want to get it right. Sophie makes it look effortless.

That’s what I miss about RWM… count me among those who miss her, and hope she will return soon…

PointnClick on January 14, 2014 at 5:16 AM

and lsm proudly reports the fbi found nothing in the irs scandal…
so shut up gop, there’s no there there…

arrrrgghhhh

will someone on the gop side continue to bring up the fact that an obama donor lead the bloody investigation

yeah i know…

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 5:41 AM

enough with christie geez…the polls are showing completely different views than the lsm hoped for…
so enough…acknowledge, move on….

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:07 AM

gop should not be making parallels to benghazi and irs….it looks like you’re flailing…its a distraction
-mika

but these far lefties who have turned a blind eye to this administration are jokes crying foul over christie
-joe

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM

What I find striking about Sophie is the sheer volume of her work… all completely sourced, properly footnoted, everything annotated and attributed… she just cranks out great material, seemingly without even trying. Same with KingsJester… great stuff, day in and day out…

I try to write, and I find myself stumbling over phrasing, and agonizing over a paragraph or even a simple sentence for days on end… just because I want to get it right. Sophie makes it look effortless.

That’s what I miss about RWM… count me among those who miss her, and hope she will return soon…

PointnClick on January 14, 2014 at 5:16 AM

It’s a talent. One that I do not posess, by the by. My career in blogging and podcasting has been rather abortive, to say the least. But I take a small amount of pleasure in knowing that the most vociferous critics of the quality of my work are also and without fail the most vociferous critics of its substance. I’m okay with that.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order. One of the first symptoms they discover of a selfish and mischievous ambition, is a profligate disregard of a dignity which they partake with others. To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind. The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantage.

http://www.bartleby.com/24/3/4.html

Hmmm.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 6:19 AM

benghazi and irs were on the front pages for days….we reported it
-mika

wow…just wow

30 seconds vs days

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

morning Axe and Gryphon
:)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:21 AM

morning Axe and Gryphon
:)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Yo. Sup?

I think those two words just gained me more “street cred” than the fat man got in a nearly two hour press conference.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

but these far lefties who have turned a blind eye to this administration are jokes crying foul over christie
-joe

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM

They always have to shoot past the person they are sitting across from. :) These lefties extreme lefties, those Conservatives extreme Conservatives, those Christians fundamentalist Christians, those Muslims fundamentalist Islamists.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 6:25 AM

morning Axe and Gryphon
:)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Mornin’. :)

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 6:26 AM

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

heh

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 6:25 AM

tru dat, don’t want to offend now…

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Morning, windy and blustery out, 40 degrees…

OmahaConservative on January 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

OmahaConservative on January 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

morning OC…nice heatwave for ya :)

hope you are feeling better…

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Yeah, I am better. wish we would get some moisture…

OmahaConservative on January 14, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

As we begin our march to honor the four Americans who lost their lives on [Sept. 11, 2012] in Benghazi, let us never forget some ran to the sound of guns, while others ran to bed.

– Former US Congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West, August 13, 2013

My take: “Declassified Documents Prove That Obama Knew the Truth About Benghazi As It Happened.”

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

“Using the George Washington Bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime,” New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is spearheading the bridge probe, told NBC News on Saturday. “Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.

Well, Dems, nice to see you set a standard on this. Therefore, you’ll understand if those of us on the right feel similarly about Obama and his many serial uses of his “official position to have a political game”. You wouldn’t obstruct an impeachment if evidence is collected against Obama in IRS-gate, Fast & Furious, Rosen-gate, etc., right? Right?

Bitter Clinger on January 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

And now the bulb flickers like a Resident Evil movie. My area here is now lit rather blue by a bank of monitors and one bzzt-bzzt, bzzt, bzzt-bzzt-bzzt bulb.

That’s it. That’s a day. :)

One. Seriously. Singular. Day.

Hope you guys enjoy your massive fusion reaction’s broad-spectrum radiation!

I’m dying slowly here, Soph.

Axe on January 14, 2014 at 6:53 AM

I love watching fat people go POP!

More Popcorn Please

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

I hear ya OC

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

INC on January 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

A good reading list! I had to find most of those on my own outside of the classroom as, needless to say, no one was teaching them.

Only in the last decade have I found de Vattel, Grotius, Locke… the works that put the rest of our history into its post-Westphalian context.

I’ve recently viewed courses from Yale via the Lecture Kings channel on some of that material, including the post-Enlightenment movements and the philosophical basis for poli sci, as well as Ancient Greek history…I’m thankful for the ability to pause and reverse to go through some of the material as there are a number of insights into the modern age rendered by the instructors. Plus they seem to have a low regard for those that they refer to as ‘other professors’ that teach via Marxist doctrine.

Available online at the Yale open-course area, and well worth downloading and watching on subjects of interest.

Education is best done as self-education, but having material well presented is a huge bonus. Too bad universities and colleges didn’t realize that a number of their instructors are fun to listen to and watch back at the dawn of TV. We wouldn’t have our fossil university system if they had done that back in the day. Now they are about to be dissolved by the modern age and can barely figure out how to get material to people at a low cost… and they shall pay for that, dearly.

ajacksonian on January 14, 2014 at 7:34 AM

The end of Christie’s career would not be a good thing — for New Jersey, for the Republican party, for conservatism, or for the country. He is a valuable conservative, one of the most talented politicians in America. We are lucky to have him on our side — general side…

Somebody got a link to this Christie who is a loyal republican, and valuable conservative. A google search just comes up with the fat liberal blowhard who endorsed Obama days before the election and that couldn’t possibly be a talented politician who the GOP is lucky to have on our side.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

LOL!

If this guy is whom the NE Vichy Republicans think is a “Conservative”, I do not think that they know what that word means.

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

The end of Christie’s career would not be a good thing — for New Jersey, for the Republican party, for conservatism, or for the country. He is a valuable conservative, one of the most talented politicians in America. We are lucky to have him on our side — general side…

Somebody got a link to this Christie who is a loyal republican, and valuable conservative. A google search just comes up with the fat liberal blowhard who endorsed Obama days before the election and that couldn’t possibly be a talented politician who the GOP is lucky to have on our side.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

When was the last time the GOP pushed a presidential candidate who was any kind of conservative? Ike? Coolidge? Shee-it!

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

My take: “Declassified Documents Prove That Obama Knew the Truth About Benghazi As It Happened.”

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Well of course he did. And Killary too. State Department admitted they had real-time imagery of the attack. I think the most damning thing to come out of the latest documents is the fact the lack of military response.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

LOL!

If this guy is whom the NE Vichy Republicans think is a “Conservative”, I do not think that they know what that word means.

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

They think “conservative” means “enemy”.

Bitter Clinger on January 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM

He is a valuable conservative, one of the most talented politicians in America. We are lucky to have him on our side — general side…

Where did that statement come from? Christie is in no way shape or form a conservative. He just uses the “R” after his name.

Johnnyreb on January 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

If this guy is whom the NE Vichy Republicans think is a “Conservative”, I do not think that they know what that word means.

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

My guess is that they limit “conservatism” to a narrow range of financial issues. If yelling at unions is enough to make Christie a conservative in the eyes of the surrender weasels then so be it.

There is no way that the fat man is going to energize the base in flyover country.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Obama makes a secret deal with Iran but the lsm is more focused on Christie

Pathetic

Good lapdogs

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM

LOL!

If this guy is whom the NE Vichy Republicans think is a “Conservative”, I do not think that they know what that word means.

kingsjester on January 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

They think “conservative” means “enemy”.

Bitter Clinger on January 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM

I’m perfectly comfortable with being thought of as “the enemy.” But understand that to those who think I am the enemy or an enemy, the feeling is mutual. I will not dispense with my best efforts to defeat them.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 7:46 AM

My take on this issue is that we need to push back against the politically infused media for their hypocrisy and agenda driven attacks, but not to embrace Christie in any way,
We’re obligated to stop a man whose beating up a prostitute, but that is never to be confused with our defending her virtue. And so it is with this obnoxious bully.
With 300 million people to choose from, we can do a whole lot better than he, or his cloned ilk so loved by the elitist Rovian GOP.

Don L on January 14, 2014 at 7:48 AM

When was the last time the GOP pushed a presidential candidate who was any kind of conservative? Ike? Coolidge? Shee-it!

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Goldwater? Of course by the end of his career he was a Christian-hating “maverick” not too much different from McCain.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

When was the last time the GOP pushed a presidential candidate who was any kind of conservative? Ike? Coolidge? Shee-it!

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Goldwater? Of course by the end of his career he was a Christian-hating “maverick” not too much different from McCain.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

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Yeah, I thought of Goldwater. He doesn’t count.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2014 at 7:51 AM

My take on this issue is that we need to push back against the politically infused media for their hypocrisy and agenda driven attacks, but not to embrace Christie in any way,

Don L on January 14, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Look on the bright side. Soon enough he will become the Dems choice for VP (I’m serious). You put something with a vagina at the top of the ticket and then make it “bipartisan” by putting a morbidly obese bully in the second slot.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

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