Quotes of the day

posted at 10:51 pm on January 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Gov. Christie’s job rating currently stands at 59% approve to 32% disapprove among New Jersey residents and 58% to 35% among registered voters. His job approval stood at 65% approve just one month ago. This is the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the state over 14 months ago that the governor’s approval rating has dipped below 60%. Christie’s current job rating is still higher than any poll ratings he had in his term prior to Sandy.

Republicans are sticking by Christie, giving him an 89% approval rating which is in line with the 85% GOP support he received last month.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters outside the White House they had confidence in Christie’s leadership after documents came to light suggesting his staffers had shut down access lanes to a busy bridge last year in an alleged act of political retribution…

“He was completely transparent and gave the public a chance to hear what he understood and what he knew. Took action on it, decisive action, in terms of removing the people who were not forthright with him,” said Walker, who, like Christie, is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016. “And assuming everything stays as he’s announced, I don’t see that being a problem going forward.”

Herbert, too, expressed faith in Christie’s leadership of the RGA, a highly visible post that past governors have used as a launching pad for higher office.

“I think Chris has been a great leader for New Jersey,” Herbert told reporters, adding that it was possible more details could emerge in the bridge scandal. “I think we need to let that play out, but this is one Republican governor that supports Chris Christie as chairman of our RGA.”

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A top political adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told The Washington Post Tuesday that Christie’s has recently received “positive, pro-active feedback” from leading Republican donors and will continue to travel nationally to raise money for GOP candidates.

“There have been plenty of calls,” Mike DuHaime, Christie’s chief political strategist, said in an interview before Christie’s annual address to state legislators. “There has been positive, pro-active feedback.”

DuHaime’s message is a signal to the Republican establishment that Christie’s political operation — widely seen by power brokers as a political shop preparing for a 2016 presidential run — is still humming regardless of the looming controversy over last year’s traffic snarls in Fort Lee, N.J., an episode that has entangled several Christie confidants.

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One un- or under-remarked-upon takeaways from the Christie spectacle is the fact that he is the most exciting figure in American politics for the moment, at least in the eyes of the mainstream media. Indeed, as I joked on Twitter, you have to wonder if Obama doesn’t feel a pang of jealousy for Christie. When was the last time the media dropped everything to listen to an Obama speech with such interest? No one hangs on his every word any more. Obama’s State of the Union address will of course get ample coverage, but it will be more pro-forma than enthusiastic. I’m not exactly a Christie booster, but even Christie’s biggest critics on the right should recognize that as far as the bored and somewhat disillusioned mainstream media is concerned, the 2016 primaries have begun. And for the folks at MSNBC — as well as outlets that matter a good deal more — their job is to tear down GOP presidential contenders they see as a threat… This is a real scandal — a real New Jersey scandal – but it’s a national story because Obama’s presidency is fizzling out. The thrill is gone, and the press has to look elsewhere for excitement.

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Governor Christie’s nearly two-hour-long press conference last week showed again that he is in a class by himself when it comes to Republicans who can express themselves in the heat of political battle.

When it comes to policies, I might prefer some other Republican as a 2016 presidential candidate. But the bottom line in politics is that you have to get elected in order to have the power to accomplish anything. It doesn’t matter how good your ideas are if you can’t be bothered to articulate them in a way that the voting public can understand…

If anything good comes out of this shabby episode of political vindictiveness by Governor Christie’s staffers, it showed what a skewed sense of perspective most of the media have on what kinds of issues are important. It is not that the media consider traffic jams more important than human lives. But the fact that Christie is the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 — and is ahead of Hillary Clinton in the polls — makes him a target for a partisan media.

Given that blatant partisanship, the need for a Republican candidate in 2016 who can make his case to the public, in spite of the media, is especially acute — even though it is much too early to try to predict who that candidate will be.

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Make no mistake: Bridge-gate has hurt Christie and slowed, badly, the considerable momentum he built during a sweeping reelection victory in 2013. But, assuming that no other revelations emerge linking him to the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, Christie remains the candidate — with the possible exception of former Florida governor Jeb Bush — who is best positioned to build the coalition of major donors, party activists and GOP elites necessary to win the nomination…

How quickly can Christie move beyond Bridge-gate? How much of a hit does he take among the donor class? How soon until other 2016-ers jump on the criticism train? There are more questions than answers for Christie at the moment. But everyone ranked below him on this list has questions of his own. And Christie remains the most naturally talented candidate in Republican politics.

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Christie has a style and sensibility that has brought him far as a politician. He’s just received a sharp warning that this style and sensibility will take him no further. Conflict is intrinsic to politics — but conflict governed by rules, written and unwritten.

Christie’s team broke the rules to score revenge against a political opponent. Would a Christie White House govern the country in the same score-settling way? Even people inclined to support Christie are now wondering. His future will depend on convincing people that he’s learned his lesson and changed his ways, and the best way to convince people that you have learned a lesson is actually to learn that lesson and actually to change your ways.

At the end of his own career, Richard Nixon delivered an eloquent self-assessment of his own failure as president: “Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.” Unlike Nixon, Christie can benefit from that wisdom at the beginning of a presidential career rather than at its tragic end.

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Fatman II

Murphy9 on January 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

So mark me down in the category of folks who feel that Chris Christie was not the front-runner but that this scandal makes his likelihood of winning the nomination even less likely than before.

It’s past time to pivot away from Christie. There are a lot of other issues and people far more important.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Allahpundit, with his “All Christie, All of the Time” blog.

I wonder if the ONT has been posted on Ace of Spades yet. Time to check.

RoadRunner on January 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Missed it by that much.

Hiding – Albert Lee, featuring Don Everly

gh on January 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Christie is mopping the floor with Ted Cruz, who can’t be president anyway because he is Canadian. Oh well.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The real problem for Christie is not with the conservative base which hate him for his endorsement of Obama days before the 2012 elections. His problem is with the moderates who viewed him as somebody who could rise above partisan politics. Bridgeghazi is about as petty and partisan as you can get.

And, BTW, nobody buys the idea that he didn’t know what was going on.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Another happy girth day.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

His feed bag needs a new chin rest.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Why don’t we have something of substance on the QOTD thread instead of the fat man. HotAir is failing.

http://www.conventionofstates.com

Meat Fighter on January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Another happy girth day.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

That’s what people get for whining about all the duck guys QOTD’s.

cozmo on January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

And, BTW, nobody buys the idea that he didn’t know what was going on.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I was reading about Jersey City tonight, which apparently is breaking news because the records were released tonight that showed that every meeting scheduled at the state house in relation to anything Jersey City was cancelled on the day that the Mayor endorsed his opponent. And there were like 20 meetings or events that were red-lined. Damn right no one buys the idea. What is amazing is that it was so in-your-face done.

Marcus on January 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

C-SPAN:

New Jersey State of the State Address
Jan 14, 2014
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Governor Chris Christie gave the annual state of the state speech in the Assembly Chamber of the New Jersey State House. Among the topics he addressed were property tax relief, building safe communities, education reform, .. Read More

55 minutes

VIDEO: (55:05)

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/NewJerseyStateofth

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Tom Sowell is impressed.

I prefer a little Rad Gumbo; John Jorgenson and Albert Lee

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Get him in the ground. You can’t put enough perfume on him. So he’s not as bad as Obama. Neither was Nixon.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

And, BTW, nobody buys the idea that he didn’t know what was going on.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

He could have had blackouts like Obama did. When he was exchanging spit with Obama, he could have contracted the same alien virus. I saw that on SG-1.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Good evening. We’re number 6 in freedom now.

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I was reading about Jersey City tonight, which apparently is breaking news because the records were released tonight that showed that every meeting scheduled at the state house in relation to anything Jersey City was cancelled on the day that the Mayor endorsed his opponent. And there were like 20 meetings or events that were red-lined. Damn right no one buys the idea. What is amazing is that it was so in-your-face done.

Marcus on January 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Oh! I’m sure all that was coincidence. ;0

Seriously, it is hard to believe that the fat man was completely oblivious to the political revenge.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Republicans are sticking by Christie, giving him an 89% approval rating which is in line with the 85% GOP support he received last month.

NJ Republicans are to the left of liberal Democrats in flyover country.

bw222 on January 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Why don’t we have something of substance on the QOTD thread instead of the fat man. HotAir is failing.

http://www.conventionofstates.com

Meat Fighter on January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Meat Fighter:I’ll raise you one Chnia Military about to Island Hop Invasion!
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China preparing to seize Pag-asa Island – report
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China preparing to seize Pag-asa Island – report
By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 14, 2014 – 12:00am
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MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese Navy has drawn up a detailed plan to seize this year the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in a battle that will be restricted in the South China Sea, according to a Chinese news network.

A report of business and strategy newnews platform Qianzhan (Prospects) in Mandarin was translated by English s site China Daily Mail and titled “Chinese troops will seize Pag-asa Island, which is called by China Zhongye, back from the Philippines in 2014.”

The report said the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Pag-asa Island which is part of the disputed Spratly Islands.

“According to experts, the Chinese Navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. The battle is aimed at recovery of the island stolen by the Philippines from China,” the report said.

The Philippines’ arrogance, the report said, is an intolerable insult to China.
“There will be no invasion into Filipino territories,” the report said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) declined to comment on the report.
“We don’t comment on news articles that have unnamed and unofficial sources,” said DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez.

The Department of National Defense would have to validate the report about China’s supposed plan to seize Pag-asa Island, defense department spokesman Peter Galvez said.
Military officials declined to comment, saying the DFA is the agency authorized to speak on the matter.
China’s plan to invade Pag-asa Island could be part of Beijing’s 20-year expansion plan for its navy to have total dominance of the disputed Spratlys archipelago, security documents showed.

The document also showed that China’s plan was conceived 14 years ago following Beijing’s illegal occupation of Panganiban (Mishchief) Reef, some 130 nautical miles off Hulugan Bay in mainland Palawan and only 97 nautical miles east of Pag-asa Island.
“China has four to five years left to complete the plan,” an informed security official said, adding that it is already an open secret among Spratly claimant countries – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan – that China has established a forward naval station at Panganiban Reef.
(More……………….)

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/01/14/1278584/china-preparing-seize-pag-asa-island-report
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English s site China Daily Mail and titled “Chinese troops will seize Pag-asa Island,

China Daily Mail ‏@ChinaDailyMail 23h

The reasons why a battle for Zhongye (Pag-asa) Island seems unavoidable http://wp.me/p2fmUD-8Zg
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China Daily Mail ‏@ChinaDailyMail 11 Jan

Chinese troops to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014 http://wp.me/p2fmUD-8YB
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canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

He could have had blackouts like Obama did. When he was exchanging spit with Obama, he could have contracted the same alien virus. I saw that on SG-1.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Nice theory but when he woke up he said he was sorry. He should have said that nobody was madder than he that those lanes were closed.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Good evening. We’re number 6 in freedom now.

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

gh: Apparently:)
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http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1405318/hong-kongs-status-worlds-freest-economy-threatened-singapore-says

https://twitter.com/SCMP_News

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Good evening. We’re number 6 in freedom now.

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

We’re not even #6 in the Heritage Index of Economic Freedom.

When President Obama took office, the U.S. was ranked 6th. Now it is 12th.

http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking

We’re now “mostly free.”

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Why don’t we have something of substance on the QOTD thread instead of the fat man. HotAir is failing.

http://www.conventionofstates.com

Meat Fighter on January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Meat Fighter:Dang Filter thingys,..try dis agains:)
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Chinese troops to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014
Posted by chankaiyee2 ⋅ January 11, 2014
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http://chinadailymail.com/2014/01/11/chinese-troops-to-seize-zhongye-island-back-from-the-philippines-in-2014/

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Nice theory but when he woke up he said he was sorry. He should have said that nobody was madder than he that those lanes were closed.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I guess there wasn’t enough of the virus transferred as most of the spit must have gone from Christie to Obama.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Finally. A QOTD about Israel’s defense minister telling off Lurch…..

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I guess there wasn’t enough of the virus transferred as most of the spit must have gone from Christie to Obama.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:20 PM

And now that I think about it, Obama does seem to have gained a few pounds and isn’t as skinny as he was before.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

We measure economic freedom based on 10 quantitative and qualitative factors, grouped into four broad categories, or pillars, of economic freedom:

1. Rule of Law (property rights, freedom from corruption);

2. Limited Government (fiscal freedom, government spending);

3. Regulatory Efficiency (business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom); and

4. Open Markets (trade freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom).

This is why those “Promise Zones” are such a farce. Improve all four in the U.S. and you won’t need Promise Zones.

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Finally. A QOTD about Israel’s defense minister telling off Lurch…..

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

You need to find a way to link it to Christie or at least to obesity.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

When President Obama took office, the U.S. was ranked 6th. Now it is 12th.

http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking

We’re now “mostly free.”

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

INC:)
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******************** Mission Accomplished *************************
(Le Sarc)

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Ah. But we (me’n canopfor) are Canadian :-)

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

:(

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

We’re now “mostly free.”

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

That’s as good as being mostly alive.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

with the possible exception of former Florida governor Jeb Bush

Troll’d

Good Lt on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Finally. A QOTD about Israel’s defense minister telling off Lurch…..

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

viking01:I Did Not Know That, however theres been some momemtum:)
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Israeli defense minister apologizes for comments about Kerry
By Steve Almasy, *NN
updated 7:33 PM EST, Tue January 14, 2014
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http://www.*nn.com/2014/01/14/politics/u-s-israel-kerry-remarks/

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Speaking of pivot and obesity, Megga Mac’s show “Raising McCain” just got cancelled by the Pivot Network, which I had never heard of.

bw222 on January 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM

That’s as good as being mostly alive.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

But better than mostly dead.

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Fatman II

Murphy9 on January 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

…Fatman… 57 times eleventy!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Strikes me as a liar.

AshleyTKing on January 14, 2014 at 11:31 PM

We’re now “mostly free.”

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

…back to Texas?…safe and sound and a little more stress free?
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Ah. But we (me’n canopfor) are Canadian :-)

gh on January 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

gh:

For Gwad Sakes man,…….NSA is listening, and turn off ALL YOUR
RADIO WAVES ASAP!(sarc)————————:0
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NSA surveillance programs leaked
2h
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Report: NSA uses radio pathways to access computers even when machines are not connected to the Internet – @nytimes
read more on nytimes.com
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/us/nsa-effort-pries-open-computers-not-connected-to-internet.html

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

5 out of the last 6 days.. QotD held hostage by a donut eater..

finally a QotD about how the FBI wants to clear the IRS of targeting
some people stuck on a bridge in jersey somewhere..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Seriously, it is hard to believe that the fat man was completely oblivious to the political revenge.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

You mean like thinking he could act like he did before the last election and then run for leader of the same party four years later? Messianic complex. We’ve had SO MANY in the White House for the past 6 years and don’t need another.

Marcus on January 14, 2014 at 11:40 PM

5 out of the last 6 days.. QotD held hostage by a donut eater..

finally a QotD about how the FBI wants to clear the IRS of targeting
some people stuck on a bridge in jersey somewhere..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

going2mars: Speaking of Bridges:)
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PICKET: (VIDEO) Obama voted against funding New Orleans bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina in ’05
October 3, 2012, 08:15PM
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/oct/3/picket-video-obama-voted-against-funding-new-orlea/

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

…back to Texas?…safe and sound and a little more stress free?
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Yes, thanks.

Now if Obama would only resign and go back to Hawaii, then I’d really be stress free!

INC on January 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Speaking of AirWaves Hi-Jacking NSA:

The Associated Press ‏@AP 51m

Report: #NSA has implanted software in 100,000 computers around world that allows U.S. to conduct surveillance: http://apne.ws/1aE8OlJ
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Report: NSA maps pathway into computers
Jan. 14, 2014 11:41 PM EST
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/report-nsa-maps-pathway-computers

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Finally. A QOTD about Israel’s defense minister telling off Lurch…..

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

You need to find a way to link it to Christie or at least to obesity.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Okay.

What is Lurch’s tax-dodge yacht’s displacement?

What is Krispy Christie’s displacement?

Do the navigation lights go on the gunwales, bow or on the pilot house?

When underway must they yield to lighter craft?

Should “prepare to tack!” be yelled when either changes course?

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

and that same press had no idea who might have targeted the WWII
memorial during the shut down …for political purposes..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

I want Cruz, not Christie.

bluegill on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Okay.

What is Lurch’s tax-dodge yacht’s displacement?

What is Krispy Christie’s displacement?

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

viking01: Boyo do I hate to see this,..but Christie is going to need
a deeper channel to navigate,..with, ahems,..displacement
issues!!(sarc):)

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I want Cruz, not Christie.

bluegill on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 PM

bluegill:(Kidding)

HOW BADLY???

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

NJ Republicans are to the left of liberal Democrats in flyover country.

bw222 on January 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

…but is he to the left of Claire McCaskill? Heck, he might be!

Vince on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

and that same press had no idea who might have targeted the WWII
memorial during the shut down …for political purposes..

going2mars on January 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

going2mars: Ain’t that the truth:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

ive said it before and I still stand by it..

the press is criminally liable in all things BHO.

did they know that laws were being broken weekly…yes..
did they do anything about it….no….
criminally liable…

going2mars on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

I punch my keys snappily and with good definition, so that they will know I mean business. Unlike SparkPlug, who just sort of pats them and hopes.

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

going2mars on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

…I agree with you!…I’m afraid of what I would do…if I actually met a news reporter.

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

there should be a dozen Woodward and Bernsteins by now with this group in Washington…
or another way to put it maybe is..
a Pulitzer is on your resume for life..
you only get ‘the’ party invites while your guy is in power..
what good, 10 years from now, can come if you kissed the BHO ring today?

going2mars on January 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM

I punch my keys snappily and with good definition, so that they will know I mean business. Unlike SparkPlug, who just sort of pats them and hopes.

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Axe: Piff,…I use one finger, and pray for a positive outcome:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:17 AM

I punch my keys snappily and with good definition, so that they will know I mean business. Unlike SparkPlug, who just sort of pats them and hopes.

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

…at least I know Sparky is not a troll like libfreeorgan, verbadouche, or noforeskin…and uses his fingers!…to PAT the keys!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:18 AM

*Thump* Thump* *Thump*….testing….testing…. is this thing on?…*Thump* *Thump* *Thump*….

Amado Mio – Pink Martini….

…*cough* *cough*… look at the dust in here… *cough* .

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I’ll just be over here —————————> dancing. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:19 AM

…THE LIGHT IS BACK ON!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Assassin’s Tango

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:23 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Good evening, my friend. :) I’ve missed you, too. :) I hope you’ve been well.

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:24 AM

the press is criminally liable in all things BHO.

did they know that laws were being broken weekly…yes..
did they do anything about it….no….
criminally liable…

going2mars on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

going2mars:Yup,..the Marxist Socialist Media EmBedded:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

I make it a point to fondle my keyboard with gentle, knowing hands……

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Tango Roxanne

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

…. did I say keyboard? I meant my wench…..

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

lol! Good evening, viking01. :)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:30 AM

I really feel Jan Brady’s pain now.

“Marsha, Marsha, MARSHA!”

Those of us old enough to recognize the name Mel Weinberg are laughing at this “New Jersey scandal.”

Weinberg was a small-time con artist in Jersey who managed to try to con an FBI agent. Offered a chance to lower his sentence with information, Mel recalled being offered a chance to get his phony racetrack idea approved in one county by bribing a commissioner. He had spurned the chance because his game was getting others to give HIM cash, not the other way around, but he proposed to try to reignite that contact.

One thing led to another, and before you know it Weinberg – a Jewish cigar smoker posing as an Arab sheik – had local officials lining up for their share of the bribes. One mentioned he could get him a congressman for the right price, and ABSCAM was born.

The operation likely would have ensnared half of DC had Griffin Bell, Jimmy Carter’s Attorney General, not caught wind of it and alerted his pal, Senator Talmadge, who was due to pick up his own cash that same day. The FBI had to shut the whole scam down.

But that was real Jersey corruption: officials being bribed for favors. If you think those were the old days, guess again. Bridge closings are pranks.

Adjoran on January 15, 2014 at 12:32 AM

*Thump* Thump* *Thump*….testing….testing…. is this thing on?…*Thump* *Thump* *Thump*….

… Amado Mio – Pink Martini….

…*cough* *cough*… look at the dust in here… *cough* .

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Yay! :)

–But don’t expect much from me tonight. Recently, I tried to toss out Kung Fu Panda (“There is no secret ingredient!”) and A Christmas Carol (“God bless us, every one!”) — and I was pushed back with The Incredibles (“If everyone is special, no one is”) and nearly exiled into Alien territory (“In space, no one can hear you scream”).

So I’m staying over here in The Outlaw Josey Wales territory (“I’d tell him the war is over”) and trying to keep a Pirates of the Caribbean attitude (“Why is the rum always gone?”)

–hope jaime et al. sees you dancing. I know some peeps have been missing you. :)

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Axe: Piff,…I use one finger, and pray for a positive outcome:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Geez. I pity that finger. :) You must look like a one-armed crab.

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:34 AM

I understand the recent ruling regarding internet traffic may mean we’ll all be paying a fee every time we watch a You Tube video, or listen to a song, or read an online newspaper, etc.

Of course, much like the Obama phones, those on welfare will doubtless be provided free access… in the name of fairness…’internet justice’… while the rest of us pay… and pay… and pay.

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Good evening, Axefellow. :)

Don’t hang out over there in Josie Wales territory…I’m thinking of re-opening ‘Club HotAir’ and the Stratoliner Lounge again.

Oh, the rum is safe… I’ve got it safely locked away in the oubliette…deep in the heart of the Glade. :)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Good evening.

I was reading Axe, KOOLAID2 and canopfor and couldn’t resist pushing the, er, keyboard envelope.

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Besame Mucho – Evora

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:37 AM

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:37 AM

I’m glad to see it. Always good to test the parameters of that envelope. :)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

I stopped by earlier …

… saw the QOTD was on AP’s Obesity Obsession (Seriously, AP, seek help) …

… threw up a little in my mouth – and decided to RUN AWAY!!!

But being the charitable sort, I have returned with a palate cleanser

‘Lone Survivor’ is realistic about this: We owe these heroes a debt

Chris Christie isn’t worthy of cleaning our troops gear – much less be Commander In Chief.

PolAgnostic on January 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

I want Cruz, not Christie.

bluegill on January 14, 2014 at 11:58 PM

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If you keep this up, I may have to take back most of those bad things I said about you.
.
But what If ….. Cruz becomes the Republican nominee, and he picks
Sarah for running mate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Axe: Piff,…I use one finger, and pray for a positive outcome:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Geez. I pity that finger. :) You must look like a one-armed crab.

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Axe:ol:)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:42 AM

But that was real Jersey corruption: officials being bribed for favors. If you think those were the old days, guess again. Bridge closings are pranks.

Adjoran on January 15, 2014 at 12:32 AM

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It just dawned on me, we moved out of Jersey for the last time (father was a steely eyed missile man type) 50 years ago …

… wish I could say I’m surprised to hear it hasn’t gotten any better.

PolAgnostic on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Google buys Nest, kicking off technology’s next arms race

As you would expect from a company founded by two Apple engineers (one of whom, Tony Fadell, was one of the fathers of the iPod), Nest’s thermostat is a beautiful piece of hardware. It connects to your smartphone, and learns your movements and habits to conserve energy. Nest isn’t available in the UK yet but Silicon Valley loves it. In short, it’s a sort of sexy HAL 9000 for central heating.
What does Google want with it? The company already knows more about you than most family members, does it need to know you like the heating on full blast in January as well? Well, apparently not – Nest has promised that its customer information won’t be fed in to Google’s mega-database.

Right. They won’t change their terms till they have a significant market share. These thermostats are pretty neat. You can control and monitor them from the net. The cabin we rented this past fall had one. A great idea for a rental property owner right? Monitoring how electricity is being used, and having remote access to the thermostats controls.

The former leftist CEO of Duke Energy famously said that he wanted control of how people use energy in their homes. Couple a sentiment like that with devices like Nest and smart-meters, and the CEO or DOE regulator could control your access and use of energy. Didn’t Obama say something along these lines as well?

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Never Stop Falling In Love – Pink Martini

Speaking of martini’s… why not?

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Never Stop Falling In Love – Pink Martini

Speaking of martini’s… why not?

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Bombay Sapphire right? Otherwise it isn’t a martini.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:44 AM

I remember ABSCAM’s close call.

I’ll bet Peanut Carter could depend on Cronkite to eagerly report “The way it wasn’t.”

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Otay,..I’m bugging out, and unfortunately India Strikes Again:

MEMO TO WOMAN:

DO NOT SEEK EnLightenment in INDIA:

New Delhi, Delhi, IN
29m
New Delhi police detain 15 men for allegedly gang raping 51-year-old Danish tourist – @BloombergNews
read more on bloomberg.com
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Night canopfor! What a horrible news story to bug out on. :(

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:44 AM

And… chilled glass, very dry, single olive. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Hang On Little Tomato – Pink Martini

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:39 AM

…dude!…believe it or not…she may be ok with that…(until further notice)…as long has SP is VP or something…and she doesn’t have to hear her voice/diction!…I’ve been the biggest prick to her…and until the meds change…I’ve been quiet!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM

And… chilled glass, very dry, single olive. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Perfect!

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Good evening, Murphy. :) It’s good to see you.

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Salome – Max Raabe

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:52 AM

One of the ways to make olives tastier and last longer for martini use is to put them in a jar of vermouth.

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Sundays At Irvin’s Presents: Little Freddie King

Just ignore the photo of the O’s.

kcewa on January 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM

viking01 on January 15, 2014 at 12:55 AM

That’s an interesting tip.:)

However, I’d be concerned that too much vermouth would transfer to my very dry martini along with the olive. I like them very dry.

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:58 AM

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:39 AM
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…dude!…believe it or not…she may be ok with that…(until further notice)…as long has SP is VP or something…and she doesn’t have to hear her voice/diction!…I’ve been the biggest prick to her…and until the meds change…I’ve been quiet!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM

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Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O K A Y !
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davidk smacked me a few nights ago for being demeaning to her.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:59 AM

If Google owns the company, the company’s information is part of “Google’s massive database.”

Axe on January 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Good evening, Murphy. :) It’s good to see you.

thatsafactjack on January 15, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Likewise!

Woob – 1194 is what I have on. I suspect that at the most, one other HA denizen might be into that.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 1:01 AM

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