Quotes of the day

posted at 8:11 pm on January 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

In overhauling the nation’s spy programs, President Obama vowed on Friday that he “will end” the bulk telephone data program that has caused so much consternation — “as it currently exists.”

The caveat is important. Although Mr. Obama imposed some new conditions on the program, the National Security Agency, for the time being at least, will continue to maintain and tap into its vast catalog of telephone data of tens of millions of Americans until someone can think of another way to do the same thing…

[F]or a president who came to office promising to end what he considered the excesses of the new security state, Mr. Obama’s speech on Friday was as much about the larger question of faith. Rather than throw out the programs at issue, he hoped to convince the public that they are being run appropriately.

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After Friday, keep in mind how the status quo has, or has not, been altered:

1) The phone metadata still exists.

2) It will be kept, at least in the short-term, by the government until Congress figures out what to do with it. (And don’t think the telecom lobby won’t play a role in that.)

3) It will be searched.

4) Searches will be approved by a court with a record of being friendly to the government, one without a new privacy advocate.

5) National security letters can still be issued by the FBI without a court order.

6) Much of this activity will remain secret.

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As a 2008 candidate, Barack Obama regularly castigated then-President George W. Bush for what he called excessive surveillance programs. Joe Biden, now Obama’s vice president, criticized former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s GOP presidential platform at the time as little more than “a noun, a verb and 9/11.”

Yet Sept. 11 played a starring role in Obama’s justification of the signals intelligence program during his Friday speech about National Security Agency reforms. The president invoked Sept. 11 eight times Friday, saying the attacks on New York and the Pentagon justify and demand maintaining a robust surveillance apparatus to keep the nation and its allies safe.

It’s the latest in Obama’s evolution from a critic of those who used Sept. 11 to justify national security procedures to a leader who uses the attacks to defend his administration’s surveillance policies.

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“We heard a lot of lies in this speech by Obama,” Assange said. “I think it’s embarrassing for a head of state to go on like that for 45 minutes and say almost nothing.”…

Assange said the speech wouldn’t have happened without the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who disclosed the details of these programs. Obama was “dragged, kicking and screaming” to the address, Assange said.

“Although those national whistle blowers have forced this debate, this president has been dragged, kicking and screaming to today’s address. He is being very reluctant to make any concrete reforms,” he said. “Unfortunately today we also see very few concrete reforms.”

Obama is just pushing the debate further down the road, Assange said, by delegating some of these decisions to a divided Congress and panels of lawyers.

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“What I think I heard is that if you like your privacy, you can keep it,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “But in the meantime, we’re going to keep collecting your phone records, your email, your text messages and, likely, your credit card information.”…

“He mentioned Paul Revere. But Paul Revere was warning us about the British coming,” Paul said. “He wasn’t warning us that the Americans are coming.”

Later in the interview, Paul said he’s opposed to all massive data collection, by both the federal government and the private sector. Beyond civil liberty concerns, Paul said such massive surveillance just isn’t practical.

“Who are we going to hire, [Edward] Snowden’s contractor to hold all the information?” Paul said, laughing at his own joke.

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If I understand Obama’s new policy on Section 215, he is going to have the Executive Branch ask the judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to begin to limit when the Executive can query the Section 215 database. That is, he will ask the judiciary to take on a new power to limit the Executive, so that the Executive can only query the database when the executive gets a court order signed by the FISC. In his words, “I have directed the Attorney General to work with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court so that during this transition period, the database can be queried only after a judicial finding, or in a true emergency.”

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but doesn’t Congress need to be involved in this little enterprise? The FISC is a creation of Congress. It has no power to do anything that Congress doesn’t grant it. The Executive and the Judiciary can’t just meet and agree on a new set of rules to govern surveillance programs; those rules are supposed to be generated by Congress. I suppose it shows how far from Congress’s text the FISC has taken the law that the Executive sees the FISC as the primary negotiating partner in creating new rules. The FISC’s interpretation of Section 215 is based on an implausible reading of Congress’s law, so it’s almost like it’s the FISC’s authority at issue, not Congress’s. But I hope we could recognize that FISA is a statute and statutes are enacted by the legislature. If the President and the FISC are having trouble locating this sometimes-elusive branch of government, they’re in the fancy building with the dome near the Supreme Court. Big building, can’t miss it.

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Obama cannot have it both ways. Either the government’s mass collection of every American’s telephone records is essential to national security, or it isn’t. Either the surveillance activities that ignited public outrage when they were revealed last June amount to nothing more than a “modest encroachment” that “the American people should feel comfortable about,” as Obama claimed at the time, or they pose substantial threats to privacy that need to be mitigated, as he indicated today. Either the reforms he announced will protect Americans from indiscriminate snooping, or they are mere window dressing aimed at “giv[ing] the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected” (as he put it today) without actually protecting those rights.

Obama did manage to utter at least one important truth:

“Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect. For history has seen too many examples when that trust has been breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends upon the law to constrain those in power.”

I believe this, but I do not believe that Obama does.

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While Snowden initially represented his priorities as being those of American civil liberties and the exposure of spying on American citizens, the leaks quickly turned into tales exposing the legitimate spying activities external to the United States…

Today was a victory for Snowden and his allies, but not the kind of victory civil libertarians should hope for. The restrictions on spying on American citizens announced by the president seem mostly like window dressing, adding a few hoops and a mess of paperwork to slow down the process without achieving fundamental change. But if the restrictions on spying overseas are real, and not just lip service, they represent a marked degradation of the ability of America’s intelligence community to do the job they’ve been tasked with from the beginning.

This should please Snowden and his allies. Their aim, rather than ensuring the protection of civil liberties, has turned into a broader push to restrict the footprint of the intelligence gathering efforts of the United States. It’s now a reality only made possible because of their appeal to a power structure that essentially shares their view of the proper role of America in the world.

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Meow!

Gingotts on January 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

The tide is turning against ChristieHA, 2 days in a row.

RickB on January 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Nothing to see here. Move along.

CyberCipher on January 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Nothing like talking big when it comes to spying abroad and giving no craps about your own citizens.

Gingotts on January 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Mr. Psychotic In The White House

or

Mr. Stupidboy.

Either way, a bad time for America. And our Allies, what few we have left.

Lourdes on January 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Meow?

LOL!

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

6) Much of this activity will remain secret.

Of course it will.

Not that there’s anything in my conversations with others on the ‘phone, in email, texts, otherwise, I need Top Secreted, but, the government is clearly completely out of touch with our population such that it’s going to this extent to harvest all our individual talks and visits with one another.

It’s a striking condemnation on the character of today’s government, this spying business is. Seems desperate to a point of insanity.

Lourdes on January 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

You peasants stop whining. And, make sure you eat before coming to our party. We’re cheap.

RovesChins on January 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

In overhauling the nation’s spy programs, President Obama vowed on Friday that he “will end” the bulk telephone data program that has caused so much consternation — “as it currently exists.”

Barky’s just going to move those totalitarian responsibilities over to the IRS.

“It’s just a tax on telephone data so the feral government can do as much of it through the IRS as it wants. If you don’t like it, vote for someone else … Constitution? What’s that? People you vote for can do anything they want … so long as I say it’s a tax and this is definitely a tax … well, at least, it is, now. It wasn’t earlier in the case but now it is and that’s all that matters. I’m off to Malta, suckers … I mean ‘subjects’. Stop bugging me with this stuff.” — Benedict Roberts

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Mr. Psychotic In The White House

or

Mr. Stupidboy.

Lourdes on January 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

It’s “Mr. Malevolent Retard”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Meow :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Mr. Psychotic In The White House

or

Mr. Stupidboy.

Lourdes on January 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

It’s “Mr. Malevolent Retard”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I was including that in the first option. But, OK, that, too.

Lourdes on January 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

He’s lost all credibility, the majority doesn’t believe in him anymore. Too bad that’s not enough to make him go away.

scalleywag on January 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Totally off topic……the Forty Niners are going to kick the Seahawks a$$ this Sunday.

Rovin on January 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Is it lying if you aren’t really saying anything?

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Cry Little Sister – Lost Boys

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Totally off topic……the Forty Niners are going to kick the Seahawks a$$ this Sunday.

Rovin on January 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Off topic in the QOTD?

Say it ain’t so!

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Totally off topic……the Forty Niners are going to kick the Seahawks a$$ this Sunday.

Rovin on January 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

You’ll have to say that louder. Coleman couldn’t hear you.

CyberCipher on January 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I Still Believe – Lost Boys (Tim Cappello)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Dear Mr. Weinstein,
You’re too late. There’s already a movie where nobody is allowed to have guns except the government.

It’s called: Schindler’s List

Socratease on January 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

You had BETTER do one of the 50 things tomorrow.

It’s her birthday.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Totally off topic……the Forty Niners are going to kick the Seahawks a$$ this Sunday.

Rovin on January 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

GO, NINERS! I hope they crush the Seahawks and their insufferable 1/12 Man, 11/12 Mouth. Richard Sherman in particular deserves to be trucked until he literally begs to be benched.

Christien on January 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I hope the Seahawks move to OKC, just like the Sonics.

Christien on January 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Totally off topic……the Forty Niners are going to kick the Seahawks a$$ this Sunday.

Rovin on January 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Totally Off…

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Is spending $4million of the taxpayers money on vacation, plus the cash for security and staff and housing, etc for an additional week in Hawaii, plus separate military transport for me and all of the vehicles used by me and my security and my staff to be returned to DC.. on the list?

Because that’s the one I’d like to…

*sigh*

Nope… can’t do it… I couldn’t even spend other people’s money like that in my imagination. It’s just not in me.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

The Kinks – Long Tall Shorty

NSA Song

Girls, if you get lonely
Dial 4-2-4-6-8-9
Well, girls, if you get lonely
Dial 4-2-4-6-8-9
And your troubles will be over
I’ll even give you back you dime
Oh yeah

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but doesn’t Congress need to be involved in this little enterprise?

Obama’s goal is to be dictator for life with Congress serving as a rubber stamp.

bw222 on January 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Writing styles.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM

“Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect. For history has seen too many examples when that trust has been breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends upon the law to constrain those in power.”

“The unique power of the state.”

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Tom Waits – Please call me, baby

NSA To Snowden:

I admit that I ain’t no angel
I admit that I ain’t no saint
I’m selfish and I’m cruel but you’re blind
If I exorcise my devils
Well my angels may leave too
When they leave they’re so hard to find

Please call me, baby
Wherever you are
It’s too cold to be out walking in the streets
We do crazy things when we’re wounded
Everyone’s a bit insane
I don’t want you catching your death of cold
Out walking in the rain

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Olbermann taken down by a 13 year old Girl.

RickB on January 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Good evening, Axefellow. :) How’ve you been?

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

“He mentioned Paul Revere. But Paul Revere was warning us about the British coming,” Paul said. “He wasn’t warning us that the Americans are coming.”

No, Senator Paul, but Revere was warning us not only that the British were coming but that the agents of tyranny were coming, what he was really saying. If that man were on his horse tonight, he would be warning us that Obama is coming, Obama is coming. And, we’d better not just look at the horseman and wave.

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Good evening, TXUS. :) Good to see you.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power;

But… Obama assured us that ‘those are our friends and neighbors’.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

NSA To Snowden:

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/spies-want-snowden-dead-011714

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

“If you like your Privacy, you can keep your Privacy”.

Sure, dude,fer sure.

Who is John Galt on January 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

People Are Strange – The Doors

Especially for the spy community.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

“He mentioned Paul Revere. But Paul Revere was warning us about the British coming,” Paul said. “He wasn’t warning us that the Americans are coming.”

Paul Revere was British. So were the other Americans at that time. His warning to the Militia was “The Regulars are out!”

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

“He mentioned Paul Revere. But Paul Revere was warning us about the British coming,” Paul said. “He wasn’t warning us that the Americans are coming.”

No, Senator Paul, but Revere was warning us not only that the British were coming but that the agents of tyranny were coming, what he was really saying. If that man were on his horse tonight, he would be warning us that Obama is coming, Obama is coming. And, we’d better not just look at the horseman and wave.

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Not to mention that there weren’t any “Americans” then. They were British subjects.

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

To be fair the talk of separation had been ongoing in the colonies for years. Fomenting, as it were. The colonists no longer felt connected.. ‘British’… and that was the problem.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/spies-want-snowden-dead-011714

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I saw that. I’m sure that they don’t hold him in high regard but I don’t think they told all that to “Benny Johnson: Buzzfeed Staff”.

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

One Army intelligence officer even offered BuzzFeed a chillingly detailed fantasy.

“I think if we had the chance, we would end it very quickly,” he said. “Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it’s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower.”

http://www.drudge.com/news/175713/us-spies-want-snowden-dead

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:22 PM

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Buzzfeed has been known not to let the truth interfere with a good story.

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Arrogant bastard ale is quite tasty.

Rich, full, hoppy.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Wow, Weeenie with Kelly :O

burrata on January 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I think SWalker used to prefer that brand, too.

I miss Walker.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

To be fair the talk of separation had been ongoing in the colonies for years. Fomenting, as it were. The colonists no longer felt connected.. ‘British’… and that was the problem.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM

… and that is the problem.

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Nope… can’t do it… I couldn’t even spend other people’s money like that in my imagination. It’s just not in me.

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Well, you finally said the magic words. With complete respect, I kneel before you now, now knowing that you are unique in this way, and humbly asking you for your hand in marriage. Will you? ;-)

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

“He mentioned Paul Revere. But Paul Revere was warning us about the British coming,” Paul said. “He wasn’t warning us that the Americans are coming.”

Or as the Guru says :

The NSA is to Paul Revere what the TSA is to a lap dancer.

burrata on January 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

… and that is the problem.

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Brilliant! AS I said on another thread, we don’t have to leave them, let THEM leave US!

From D.C. North, Go Your Own Way! We wish you the best, hahaha LOL!

Who is John Galt on January 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Swalker is missed by me as well.

I enjoyed his posts.

Others too. The dude in the South Pacific with his wife. And the dude from the east bloc.

I suck at names.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

No, Senator Paul, but Revere was warning us not only that the British were coming but that the agents of tyranny were coming, what he was really saying. If that man were on his horse tonight, he would be warning us that Obama is coming, Obama is coming. And, we’d better not just look at the horseman and wave.

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Interestingly, Barky was born British – part of the reason he wasn’t eligible for the Oval Office, to begin with – so Paul Revere wouldn’t have to change a thing in warning about Barky.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

He was staying on an island with his wife.

What was his name?

Great gentlemen.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Obama reaching out to Snowden. Should be believe it???

You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Good evening, Axefellow. :) How’ve you been?

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I was better before I read the QOTD. :)

Now I feel a little sick.

The notion that the federal government possesses only those powers granted to it by the people, and the notion that the federal government is an institution created by, for, and of the people — these notions are apparently alien to the federal government of the United States.

“The unique power of the state,” he starts. That and what comes after it, something about restraining laws, reminded me of the Divine Right of Kings, and a king grudgingly accepting the notion of a “Magna Carta.”

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

MarshFox.

I don’t understand the east block reference, though. More words. :)

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

OT:

Does anyone know what’s going on with Mark Steyn? He hasn’t been on NRO since his pre-Christmas dust up with an editor regarding his Duck Dynasty post.

IrishEi on January 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

TXUS, you’re magnificent. But you can’t toss a loop over me.:)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

JPeterman. That was his name. The east block escapee.

The other will come to me as well. We bantered quite a bit.
He was coming home and we never heard from him again.

What was his name?

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

SWalker. His blog is still blocked by the mod.

http://tinyurl.com/lpwx34n

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Swalker is missed by me as well.

I enjoyed his posts.

Others too. The dude in the South Pacific with his wife. And the dude from the east bloc.

I suck at names.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

And yet we still have libsfreecheese, lostmotherfluckerland, dingbear, and verbadouche.
I wonder why posts are down per Omaha asks?

RovesChins on January 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

And, we’d better not just look at the horseman and wave.

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Ichabod Crane.

Ichabod means, “The Glory has departed.”

davidk on January 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

You know what happens to kings in this country. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Mary Fallon, our governor, and the NGA, are beginning the push for a constitutional convention. The purpose, to reign in the federal government and the debt.

Too Late To Apologize: A Declaration

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

“the dude from the east bloc” … did you mean JPeterman?

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

What was his name?

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

MarshFox.

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The debate over “spying” takes place in the shadow of the IRS scandal and other efforts the Obama administration has made to use the organs of federal power to suppress political opposition. Put bluntly, scarcely anyone trusts the Obama administration not to use any information its agencies may gather for political advantage.

– John Hinderaker

Socratease on January 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Hey. If we say it one more time maybe he’ll suddenly appear. :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

OT:

Does anyone know what’s going on with Mark Steyn? He hasn’t been on NRO since his pre-Christmas dust up with an editor regarding his Duck Dynasty post.

IrishEi on January 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

There are no topics on QOTD. Mark Steyn was on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday and didn’t say anything about that.

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

In overhauling the nation’s spy programs, President Obama vowed on Friday that he “will end” the bulk telephone data program that has caused so much consternation — “as it currently exists.”

What an empty statement. It changes from one day to the next already – as it currently exists – as in they have collected that much more data than they had the day before on We Their Subjects – guilty until never proven innocent. As far as vows that the Lord of the Load of Lies makes, there is no currency on the planet that has a denomination small enough to equate to them.

VorDaj on January 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Put bluntly, scarcely anyone trusts the Obama administration not to use any information its agencies may gather for political advantage.

– John Hinderaker

The Weeping Boner and McConnell trust him. Chrispy Chreme thinks Barky’s just the dreamiest and still thinks lovingly about their long, romantic walks on the beach.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

You peasants stop whining. And, make sure you eat before coming to our party. We’re cheap.

RovesChins on January 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

…I wanted a thread…just on that topic!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Nor could anyone, I suspect, unless you were ready to take the rope. Hard girl to wrangle, no doubt about that. No doubt whatsoever about that. But a good one, nonetheless. ;-)

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

…I wanted a thread…just on that topic!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Presto! Granted!

How cheap are the Obamas?

The Obamas are so cheap the staff is forced to recycle the wilted arugula.

Your turn. :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Yes, Marshfox.

Him and JPeterman I thought were old school knowledge. They were polite, and engaging.

I wish they would come back, and RWM.

I even miss crr6. she was fun to bat around. A real troll. Not AP=nonP.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

You peasants stop whining. And, make sure you eat before coming to our party. We’re cheap.

RovesChins on January 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

…I wanted a thread…just on that topic!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I know! If it was paid for, there would be unlimited amounts of lobster, wag you beef (filled with pit bulls and dobermans) that would clean out the Atlantic and Japan.
Instead, they will just put her and their friends out on the lawn to graze.

RovesChins on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Thank you very much, TXUS. I think you’re a very good one, too. :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Hey. If we say it one more time maybe he’ll suddenly appear. :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

MarshFox. :)

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Al Green – Call Me

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

“My ex husband is one of the snoopers at the NSA. he’s been there 40 years, he has never had a background check that I know of, nobody ever asked me anything – I would have told them he’s a deadbeat and a criminal – NSA is going to keep doing what they do and nobody is going to stop them. He told me “I can do anything I want and nobody can touch me.” So, he’s still there snooping on everybody. When they arrest my ex husband, then they might clean it up.” – louhodges

VorDaj on January 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

lol! I actually got a little chill on my arms just then. :)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I see the Snowden thing as a standoff :

Snowden :
“If anything happens to me, I release all the documents.”

The intelligence agencies :
“If you release all the documents, you won’t see it coming.”

My guess :
“Time is not on Snowdens’ side.”

MichaelGabriel on January 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Thanks Axe.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

LOLZ. i am getting old, I lost my six pack of beer…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Thanks Axe.

wolly4321 on January 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

You’re welcome. :)

I’m a people person.

Axe on January 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I just sat down to a cold frosty arrogant bastard.

Murphy9 on January 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine. ;-)

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Good evening, Omaha. :)

I’ll bet the racoons took it. Racoon’s revenge. lol!

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Trust MG. She knows cause her brain is smokin just like her bod.

SparkPlug on January 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

TXUS on January 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

As Time Goes By ;)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Its causal day. So why is M9 wearing a bow tie?

SparkPlug on January 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

SparkPlug on January 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Good evening, Spark. :)

Smoooch!;)

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Yeah. I’ve been checking his website and while he has written a few things there, there’s no mention of what’s going on. It’s too bad; he and Andy McCarthy are the main reasons I ever go to NRO.

IrishEi on January 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Good evening, Omaha. :)

I’ll bet the racoons took it. Racoon’s revenge. lol!

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Probably darlin’
I left it in the back of my pickup and now it is gone. Guess I’ll have to drink whisky instead…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Super Bowl Matchup Odds

Rank
1. Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos +130
2. San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos +250
3. Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots +350
4. San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots +500

Looks like a toking smoking Super Bowl.

kcewa on January 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Blue Bayou – Orbison

thatsafactjack on January 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

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