Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

A one-page “standards for immigration reform” document released by House Republican leaders on Thursday calls for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, as well as “an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship” for young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents…

Initial reaction from Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, indicated that his party would consider the principles a starting point in negotiations.

“While these standards are certainly not everything we would agree with, they leave a real possibility that Democrats and Republicans, in both the House and Senate, can in some way come together and pass immigration reform that both sides can accept,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. “It is a long, hard road, but the door is open.”

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the co-author of the Senate immigration reform bill, praised House GOP leaders for issuing a set of immigration reform principles that reflect the Senate bill.

“I think they’re fine,” he said. “I will support everything they’re doing and certainly will not take shots from the sidelines.”…

“I think most people in their right mind should be glad that we’re seeing movement on the House side,” he said. “If you’re going to start carping at them on the first day when they put out principles, then you’re not serious about immigration reform.

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When it comes to immigration reform, a number of lawmakers at the House GOP retreat in Cambridge, Md. seem to be open to the idea of providing some form of legal status to illegal immigrants that would stop short of citizenship…

“It’s an interesting question,” said Representative Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.). “It’s an interesting question. If you legalize somebody without a pathway to citizenship, you’re creating, in essence, a class of people that have no chance of becoming citizens. Maybe you give that chance to their children. That’s one of the debates I’ve heard.”…

Republican Study Committee chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana repeatedly changed the subject when asked about immigration reform, but did stress the importance of border security, and said that it was incumbent on President Obama to “show good faith that he’s willing to enforce the laws of the land.”

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Let’s not forget enforcement, which is a critical part of immigration overhaul from a GOP perspective. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said this in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper immediately following the release of the principles: “The approach that that we want to take is not ‘trust but verify’ but ‘verify and trust,’” he said. That’s a not-so-veiled knock on President Obama for flouting the GOP’s wishes in any number of areas, including immigration, by acting unilaterally without congressional sign-off…

Within minutes of the draft leaking, its content received both push-back and support. Business Roundtable called it “a positive step forward on the path to fixing America’s broken immigration system.” The AFL-CIO shot it down because it lacks a pathway to citizenship, with President Richard Trumka calling it “a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation’s immigrants.” Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler called the principles “a full embrace of amnesty.”

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In three essential components, the GOP leaders’ plan appears to be similar to the Senate Democrat / White House plan: it grants work permits almost immediately to illegal immigrants to compete against unemployed Americans for any job; it substantially expands the flow of new immigrant workers, including a drastic surge in unskilled workers; and it provides amnesty and the ability for a large number of those here illegally to apply for citizenship through green cards.

In the rush to pass an immigration bill, there has been a near absence of any serious thought about the conditions facing American workers. The last 40 years has been a period of record immigration to the U.S., with the last 10 years seeing more new arrivals than any prior 10-year period in history. This trend has coincided with wage stagnation, enormous growth in welfare programs, and a shrinking workforce participation rate. A sensible, conservative approach would focus on lifting those living here today, both immigrant and native-born, out of poverty and into the middle class before doubling or tripling the level of immigration into the U.S.

A sensible immigration policy would also listen to the opinion of the American people. Not the opinions of the paid-for consultants trotted out with their agenda-driven polls to GOP member meetings but the actual, honest opinion of the people who sent us here. There is a reason why none of the corporate-funded ads for amnesty breathe a word about doubling immigration levels. According to Rasmussen Reports, working and middle class Americans strongly oppose large expansions of our already generous immigration system. Those earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction to an increase by an overwhelming 3-1 margin.

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“In order to reform our immigration code, and I agree that we need to reform it, we need to undertake this in a step-by-step fashion, and the very first thing we need to do is secure the border,” Lee said when asked for his reaction to the drama unfolding at the House GOP conference retreat. “And we also need to reform our antiquated, outdated visa system – our legal immigration processes.”

“Once those things are done, once those things are in place and have been verified, then we’ll be in a better place to figure out how to treat the eleven million people who are here illegally with dignity and respect for the rule of law,” he explained. “But these things can’t be wrapped together all at once. We need to undertake those first two steps first and complete them before we move on to the third.”

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A victory for the president’s immigration agenda would dispirit many in the conservative base while also damaging Republican efforts with the working class. But, even if conservatives are able to stop a big-government anti-integration and anti-opportunity immigration bill, the months of in-fighting will have taken their toll on party unity and grassroots energy.

The past 24 hours give a taste of how sharp that in-fighting could be. A BuzzFeed story today quoted Republicans attacking fellow Republicans as racist. For example, an unnamed Southern Republican member of Congress implied that the racial anxiety of the conservative base was behind some of his or her colleagues’ opposition to the president’s immigration agenda: “Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial.” Apparently, some Republicans are practicing in hopes of becoming MSNBC primetime hosts.

If the House chooses to continue to wade into the immigration debate, this kind of racially inflammatory rhetoric will continue and likely escalate. And if Republicans are going to attack fellow GOPers as racists, one can only imagine the demagogic vitriol pouring out of the left on this issue.

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“Right now, Republican leadership in both chambers is aggressively urging Members to stand down on virtually every front: on the continuing resolution, on the budget, on the farm bill, on the debt ceiling,” Cruz said. “They may or may not be right, but their argument is that we should focus exclusively on Obamacare and on jobs. In that context, why on earth would the House dive into immigration right now? It makes no sense, unless you’re Harry Reid. Republicans are poised for an historic election this fall–a conservative tidal wave much like 2010. The biggest thing we could do to mess that up would be if the House passed an amnesty bill–or any bill perceived as an amnesty bill–that demoralized voters going into November.”…

“Anyone pushing an amnesty bill right now should go ahead and put a ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper sticker on their car, because that will be the likely effect if Republicans refuse to listen to the American people and foolishly change the subject from Obamacare to amnesty,” he said.

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“I’m very skeptical that anything’s going to happen between now and November, other than to change the subject from Obamacare,” Cornyn said. “I honestly don’t think [it] is advantageous to us between now and November to engage in the divisive discussion about immigration.”…

“What I would prefer is for us to have this discussion in earnest when Republicans are in the majority in the Senate and in the House, and then we can control the bills that go across the floor and look for areas where we can achieve some consensus, but particularly with border security and enforcement,” Cornyn said. “That’s got to happen before we get any public confidence in the federal government’s ability to deal with this.”

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It’s terrific for ethnic lobbyists whose political clout will skyrocket the more foreign-born Americans we have.

And it’s fantastic for the Democrats, who are well on their way to a permanent majority, so they can completely destroy the last remnants of what was once known as “the land of the free.”

The only ones opposed to our current immigration policies are the people.

But are they going to give John Boehner a job when he’s no longer House speaker, as some big business lobbyist will?

Will they help Marco Rubio run for president on the claim that, as a Cuban, he can appeal to Hispanics? (Fat chance.)

Will they bundle contributions for Eric Cantor’s re-election, as well-heeled donors will?

Will they be enough to re-elect Kevin McCarthy to Congress so he can keep his gold-plated government health insurance?

Will they be the ones writing Darrell Issa’s flattering New York Times obituary?

Sorry, Americans. You lose.

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Read what Ted Cruz is saying.

Ted Cruz seems to be the only one with the balls to stand up to these RINO leadership squishes on the big business payroll. I know that Palin has the balls, but other than her, Cruz is the only one that has the balls and the ability to get attention and to deliver… powerful persuasive eloquence. Ted Cruz!!

Ted Cruz today:

“Right now, Republican leadership in both chambers is aggressively urging members to stand down on virtually every front: on the continuing resolution, on the budget, on the farm bill, on the debt ceiling.

“Their argument is that we should focus exclusively on Obamacare and on jobs. In that context, why on earth would the House dive into immigration right now? It makes no sense, unless you’re Harry Reid. Republicans are poised for an historic election this fall — a conservative tidal wave much like 2010.

The biggest thing we could do to mess that up would be if the House passed an amnesty bill — or any bill perceived as an amnesty bill — that demoralized voters going into November. Rather than responding to the big-money lobbying on K Street, we need to make sure working-class Americans show up by the millions to reject Obamacare and vote out the Democrats. Amnesty will ensure they stay home.

“Amnesty is wrong in any circumstance, and if we are going to fix our broken immigration system–and we should — it makes much more sense to do so next year, so that we are negotiating a responsible solution with a Republican Senate majority rather than with Chuck Schumer.

Anyone pushing an amnesty bill right now should go ahead and put a ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper sticker on their car.”

We need to unify behind Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz in 2016. And Ted Cruz in 2014 to stop this crazy “amnesty light” push.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Lance, csdeven is a man, father of two sons, wife is a nurse.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

If memory serves me correct there was like 8 folks got banned on the AZ shooting thread..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Here. Want some reading? Here’s a thread that got shut down because of me and I wasn’t even there! The good stuff starts on page 2.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Midnight and Lonesome – Tab Benoit

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

Goodnight, Scrumpy.

thatsafactjack on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Nite J.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Braveheart End Credts

For any others who appreciate variations upon a theme, aka: OSTs.
;-)

pambi on January 31, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Lance, csdeven is a man, father of two sons, wife is a nurse.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

That is not what it told me and several others. ‘It’ represents itself as whatever it wants. In fact, it was called out for that very thing. And no, I don’t have links, but I assure you I’m not making it up.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:07 AM

It claimed to be a “he”, nom from “evangelical”. The irony that it couldn’t be evangelical and so violent escaped it.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM

a evangelical backstabbing murderer…
you see it more and more everyday….wth..!!

going2mars on January 31, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Wasn’t that back before Michelle left ? … Her “Terms Of Use” were much stricter than they are now.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Depends on Allah’s mood. He’s e-mailed me to cease and desist before. When he does stuff that, I leave for the night rather than risk banning. In fact, I’m amazed that I haven’t been banned yet in light of the line I’ve walked racially tweaking some of our trolls.

I remember that. US85 and Sven should have clammed up.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:10 AM

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Thomasaur is back posting again..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Here. Want some reading? Here’s a thread that got shut down because of me and I wasn’t even there! The good stuff starts on page 2.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Dante

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Thomasaur is back posting again..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Ain’t nothing to smile about.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Dante

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:16 AM

He still around?

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

.
Be more … what ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

LoLz..I hear you..:)

PS..Did you every see the thread where atheling got in a huge fight with LovingmyUSA??..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:18 AM

I like thomasaur..I think he is a good commenter..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

PS..Did you every see the thread where atheling got in a huge fight with LovingmyUSA??..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Ayup.

You have to realize that I know many of these people more or less personally. LMUSA is on closed pages with me outside of HA.

I have personal messages with atheling as well. I know the real names of many people here.

LMUSA and atheling hate each other. But I like them both.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

And no, I don’t have links

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:07 AM

I do.

No idea about Dante. Saw that he was ‘classy’ in that link AP closed, the one you weren’t in.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Be more … what ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:22 AM

You have to ask him :)

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:32 AM

No idea about Dante. Saw that he was ‘classy’ in that link AP closed, the one you weren’t in.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Imagine my chagrin when I came home to that. But, I am a real prince according to Random.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:34 AM

I remember Allah banning Upstater85 and Sven after he told them to shut up about LGF. They’re both back, but he wasn’t kidding around that night.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Where they calling too much attention to Charles Johnson’s ever decreasing grip on any sanity?

VorDaj on January 31, 2014 at 1:35 AM

If memory serves me correct there was like 8 folks got banned on the AZ shooting thread..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:02 AM

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Here. Want some reading? Here’s a thread that got shut down because of me and I wasn’t even there! The good stuff starts on page 2.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

.
Just for giggles I’ll wait for a late-morning thread tomorrow (11:00 AM ?). Then I’ll go “off topic”, complaining about Lanceman, and what a sorry, poor, ignorant slob his is, and on, and on ….. to see if I can get that thread shut-down.
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Of course, I don’t want to get the “ban hammer”, either.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Where they calling too much attention to Charles Johnson’s ever decreasing grip on any sanity?

VorDaj on January 31, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Um, that name is verboten. Along with that other freshwater fish.

Of course, I don’t want to get the “ban hammer”, either.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Please don’t. you’ll be relegated to only being able to comment in the headlines.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Paladin, the Spritely One is just taking a break. :) Thought I’d let you know.

Goodnight, my friend. Sleep well. Thanks for that beautiful song.:)

thatsafactjack on January 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Lanceman is the troll whisperer. I agree with him.

SparkPlug on January 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Be more … what ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:22 AM

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You have to ask him :)

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:32 AM

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Hmmm…… I don’t see ‘im.

What type of ‘call’ would work best to call him in with ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:39 AM

SparkPlug on January 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

*Smoooch!* Goodnight, Spark. :)

thatsafactjack on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

I hear you..TXmomof3 was also in that fight..:)

PS..Do you have any contact with TXmom3??..I miss her and LovingmyUSA’s comments..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

You all ain’t gotta say Lanceman. You can just say Lance.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Of course, I don’t want to get the “ban hammer”, either.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:36 AM

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Please don’t. you’ll be relegated to only being able to comment in the headlines.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:37 AM

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Was that the fate of Random ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

PS..Do you have any contact with TXmom3??..I miss her and LovingmyUSA’s comments..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Yep. I speak to her every day.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Good to hear, J. Thank you.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Was that the fate of Random ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

I think she was allowed back in regular threads after a while. But she just quit posting.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

You all ain’t gotta say Lanceman. You can just say Lance’.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

.
How ’bout Lancelot ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

How ’bout Lancelot ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

If you like wasting keystrokes, you may call me by Antwerp’s cat’s name if you like – Jerkface.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:44 AM

What type of ‘call’ would work best to call him in with ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Telepathy :)

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Was that the fate of Random ?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

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I think she was allowed back in regular threads after a while. But she just quit posting.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

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Great ….. you ran off a perfectly good troll ….. I’m so proud of you … (sniffle).

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

I gotta join the wife … good weekend to all.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:46 AM

As one who worked in the newspaper business for 23 years, one piece of advice: Never believe an anonymous source.

They are ALWAYS self-serving. No responsible editor would allow anonymous sources to be used for a story unless their information can be independently confirmed. For instance, it is unlikely there was another witness to the GOP House member allegedly calling colleagues racist. The reporter may have invented the story.

Adjoran on January 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Great ….. you ran off a perfectly good troll ….. I’m so proud of you … (sniffle).

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

I didn’t consider her a troll. I think she was overly racially sensitive, as young government educated girls are wont.

I could be wrong. She may have been a troll.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Cool..I hope she and her family are doing well..Tell her hello for me..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Since there is still no bill, there is time. Time to call and write, time to get friends to do the same.

Remember the Schumer-Rubio bill would lead to DOUBLE immigration levels in an era of a shrinking Obama job market. NOT a sound idea unless we just want to import millions of new Democrat-voting welfare cases.

Adjoran on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Another one that is missed (at least by me) is FloraDuh. She went dark on twitter as well. Hope she’s okay.

kim roy on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Cool..I hope she and her family are doing well..Tell her hello for me..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I will post your query in our thread tomorrow. But the cat wants my chair. And I’m not gonna sit on the milk crate.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 1:51 AM

i listened to the tiny bit of Rush that was put up in the qotd…hopefully someone has posted the link to the entire thing

They believe in Big Government. They believe in command-and-control government over their lives. It’s just what they believe. You throw this group of people into the mix with no assimilation and immediate access, and you’re overwhelming a system that’s already incapable of fulfilling its original purpose and charter. Now, I don’t want to anybody misunderstand. I’m actually thinking that Kaus here has nailed it.

precisely. Sounds like the SOP of the Alinsky left doesn’t it? Collapse the system.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/30/why_are_republicans_hell_bent_on_destroying_their_party_with_amnesty

but, its a consensus you know…the Corporations, the Left, the government. A consensus for collapse. Interesting

r keller on January 31, 2014 at 2:12 AM

kim roy on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I miss her comments also..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 2:13 AM

kim roy on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Hopefully she will comment again soon..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 2:22 AM

…lettt’s see here – Who’s Inciting For and Pushing Amnesty Today?…..Hmmmmm…..looks like John Boehner aaaand – this site!

williamg on January 31, 2014 at 2:53 AM

We need to unify behind Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz in 2016. And Ted Cruz in 2014 to stop this crazy “amnesty light” push.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

….well….duh!

williamg on January 31, 2014 at 2:56 AM

We need to unify behind Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz in 2016. And Ted Cruz in 2014 to stop this crazy “amnesty light” push.
anotherJoe on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Agreed.

But I am also open to others who may emerge.

bluegill on January 31, 2014 at 4:09 AM

Another one that is missed (at least by me) is FloraDuh. She went dark on twitter as well. Hope she’s okay.
kim roy on January 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I think it is very odd how some people can chitchat with others on here regularly, and then one day just decide to vanish, if that’s what happened with her (I have no idea), and not even give any kind of explanation. It almost seems thoughtless.

I don’t really chitchat personally very much on here, but I would still mention something if I were planning to never comment again, especially since I have left so many comments on the site. But I will never go anywhere!!! In 2030 I will be here.

bluegill on January 31, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Frickin idiots

Of course McCain and grahamesty love it

Competing for the same jobs…..won’t this make job numbers go wacky?

I hope they do not get to vote……its not right

No other country would be doing this

Border security will never happen

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 5:20 AM

its a problem that the rich are getting richer
-steve rattner

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:07 AM

we are all going to be out of a job when skynet goes lives….

mj crew worried about automation is overtaking minimum wage jobs…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:15 AM

MIka under the impression that small business owners are making huge profits.

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:17 AM

joe has jumped the shark so far that he believes that healthcare is a right for all americans, and that the government should play a bigger role in “growing the middle class”

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:22 AM

the gop has to adapt in order to survive
-ron fournier

and the dems???
oh that’s right, they’ll have an influx of new voters thanks to amnesty so they are ok…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:23 AM

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:17 AM

clueless

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:22 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:24 AM

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:24 AM

morning!

just saw another cuomo NYS tax free zone commercial. How many millions is he flusing down the toilet?

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM

morning!
10 years! desperation

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:32 AM

NO

stenwin77 on January 31, 2014 at 6:46 AM

just saw another cuomo NYS tax free zone commercial. How many millions is he flusing down the toilet?

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Those ads are misleading. Not once in those ads do I get the message that conservatives are supposed to get the hell out of Cuomo’s state!

NY is acting as stupidly as MD which just lost billions as Beretta relocates to a state that supports Second Amendment civil rights.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 6:49 AM

yep, and lets not forget how California reneged on their tax deal..

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:54 AM

mj crew worried about automation is overtaking minimum wage jobs…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 6:15 AM

And yet, I’m guessing that they are not above using ATMs or pumping their own gas. The whole point of automation is to free mankind from repetitive low or no-skilled labor. If you can order your fast food by pushing buttons on a screen at a kiosk instead of having to communicate with the “associate” mumbling at you who then pushes buttons on a screen, then I’m all for more automation!

And might I add, it may not automated but I’d bet you anything that MJ keeps around a few interns who are not paid much above minimum wage as it is. There is some hypocrisy in that. Whining that those with few skills are being pushed out of the job market even as they get their coffee from somebody with skills (but no experience) getting paid a pittance.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And Trolls.

I’m so old, I can remember when we had two political parties, instead of the Democrats and the Democrat-Lites.

My take: From Reagan to Rubio: The Wussification of the Republican Party

kingsjester on January 31, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Remember “IT’S THE LAW”?

stenwin77 on January 31, 2014 at 6:59 AM

We need to unify behind Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz in 2016. And Ted Cruz in 2014 to stop this crazy “amnesty light” push.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

I called his office yesterday to thank him for finally speaking up. Sessions has been the lone Senate voice. I told them that I think he needs to be more vocal because this is political and national suicide.

If you haven’t joined NumbersUSA, please do so. http://www.numbersusa.com

TxAnn56 on January 31, 2014 at 7:06 AM

GoodMorning Everyone:)

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Jake Trapper Interviewd Hopey, last night,..its easier to get the links:
from JT Twitter.

https://twitter.com/jaketapper

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Great point HN

Morning Canopfor… I think I might have to skip that interview :)

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 7:17 AM

KeyStone Oil Pipeline:
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Keystone pipeline debate
8h
State Department reportedly set to release final environmental analysis of Keystone XL pipeline Friday – @Politico
read more on politico.com
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Keystone pipeline review looming, likely to show little climate risk

By Lesley Wroughton and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:55am EST
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(Reuters) – The U.S. State Department is poised to issue an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that will likely say the project will not appreciably increase carbon emissions, sources said late Thursday, forcing President Barack Obama closer to a tough decision.

Rumors swept through Washington late Thursday that the long-delayed review of the 1,179-mile (1,900-km) pipeline to bring oil from Canada to Nebraska would finally be released as soon as Friday.

“The Environmental Impact Statement is in the final stages of preparation and we anticipate a release of the document soon,” a senior State Department official said late on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A decision in favor of the pipeline

could undermine Obama’s environmental credentials

and anger activists who are some of the Democratic Party’s strongest supporters.

A decision against the pipeline could undercut Obama’s pledge to boost employment and U.S. energy security while alienating an important international ally and oil supplier.

(More……)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/31/us-usa-energy-keystone-idUSBREA0U0AK20140131

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Amanda Knox trial
Amanda Knox
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Raffaele Sollecito’s attorney on his client’s reaction to Amanda Knox’s guilty verdict: ‘Stunned is an understatement’ – @TODAYshow
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/amanda-knox-trial/

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:18 AM

BathRoom Wars:

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The Associated Press ‏@AP 49m

Maine court rules transgender student should have been allowed to use bathroom of her choice: http://apne.ws/MD0KZV
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https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Excellent take KJ

Read it folks

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM

I think ’08..I got in one class behind alt..:)

Dire Straits on January 31, 2014 at 12:49 AM

I got in in ’06. It was during the second open.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on January 31, 2014 at 7:31 AM

As Senate campaigns begin, some Democrats flee Obama

By John Whitesides

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:39am EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/31/us-usa-obama-democrats-analysis-idUSBREA0U09320140131?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:32 AM

I think it’s interesting that Juan McCain always questions the sanity of conservatives who oppose his lefist positions.Upon further consideration,he may have a point.If we were in our right minds we would have left the SOB in Hanoi!

redware on January 31, 2014 at 7:45 AM

.If we were in our right minds we would have left the SOB in Hanoi!

redware on January 31, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Not funny.

kcewa on January 31, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Keystone pipeline debate

canopfor on January 31, 2014 at 7:17 AM

The debate is long over canopfor.

What we are watching now is nothing more than the Obama administration slow-rolling in order to appease the insane tree huggers. They donated based on the “today the seas have begun to recede and the planet has begun to heal itself” rhetoric.

Don’t expect today’s report to speed up the process. Not with the 2014 elections coming up. Though, Mary Landrieu and other vulnerable Democrats are apt to go out and push in favor of the pipeline- knowing full well that they’re wasting their time.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Primero!

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Remember “IT’S THE LAW”?

stenwin77 on January 31, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Those were good times, huh, when the law mattered. Man, I miss those days. Hmmm, yeah. Good times.

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Primero!

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Getting ready for the day when McCain or Rubio pushes that all official documents must be written in English, Spanish, and Farsi?

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

joe has jumped the shark so far that he believes that healthcare is a right for all americans, and that the government should play a bigger role in “growing the middle class”

renalin on January 31, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Late to check, though I saw some of this earlier. Beyond what you said, Joe seemed almost Jekyll and Hydish when discussing the economy. One minute he’s bemoaning the hollowing out of the middle class. The next minute he’s wondering why more people are optimistic about the numbers relating to the economy.

Also, Ratner was interesting talking about the minimum wage. As I’ve come to learn, most minimum wage earners are the second earner (wife) or third earner (child) in a family. Ratner made the same point as he went on to say that an increase in the minimum wage really won’t affect that many people. But his conclusion, of course, is increase it. Then, these clowns turn around and say that corporate profits are off the charts, but then concede that profits for small businesses are level and decreasing. Finally, the designated GOP-dolt chimes–but not forcefully–that the minimum wage increase will largely be swallowed by small businesses, which are struggling as it it.

Pathetically, despite all that’s set before them, they conclude that the minimum wage must be increased even if small businesses (and those whom they employ) will be hurt.

These people are idiots.

BuckeyeSam on January 31, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Getting ready for the day when McCain or Rubio pushes that all official documents must be written in English, Spanish, and Farsi?

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

That was Chinese, homophobe. You righties ever read a book?

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 8:15 AM

But I will never go anywhere!!! In 2030 I will be here.

bluegill on January 31, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Threats will get you nowhere. ;-)

Solaratov on January 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

There is nothing good with this pitiful excuse for solving our problem. If this passes these illegal people will in no time at all be voting for the damnocraps. It seems that the old time Republicans are just as wrong for our freedom and country as the liberal damnocraps.
Replace these people in congress before they totally destroy our USA.

harvey1 on January 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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