Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on February 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

There are two ways of looking at the immigration plan House GOP leaders floated Thursday: 1) It might just be the sweet spot in a complex debate that could lead to a deal. 2) The combined outcry from the right and left will kill it.

The early read: It’s looking more like #1…

The most contentious part of the immigration debate is the question of whether most undocumented immigrants should be allowed a special path to citizenship. The House GOP plan says no. The plan that passed the Senate says yes. The initial plan being forwarded by House Republican leadership endorses legal status but not a path to citizenship — except for those who were brought into the country illegally as children.

Right now, that appears a middle ground worthy of at least a closer look, in the eyes of many major players invested in the issue.

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Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, said in a conference call with reporters that members of the coalition that is pushing for an immigration overhaul should be willing to consider Mr. Boehner’s approach.

“If your standard is citizenship for everyone immediately or no immigration reform at all, you are going to get no immigration reform at all,” Mr. Gutierrez said. “People are going to have to stand in the middle and leave the comfort of their caucus.”…

Despite the differences, immigration advocates expressed some optimism that they could persuade House Republicans to soften or abandon some of their approaches. A senior White House official said Mr. Obama was eager to see what the Republicans would offer…

“What’s important is this debate is starting,” the official said.

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Tech companies and groups rallied behind a set of immigration reform principles released by House Republican leaders Thursday…

“If America is going to remain the global leader of the innovation economy, we need a more robust high-skilled pipeline that will feed our growing industries with the best talent available to build jobs in the U.S.,” Microsoft Vice President of Government Affairs Fred Humphries said in a statement, calling the GOP principles “an important step forward.”…

The Computer and Communications Industry Association — which includes Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo — said the principles indicate that Congress could pass a bill this year…

Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Industry Technology Council, applauded the principles and called on Congress to act this year “for one simple reason: Immigration is innovation.”

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Immigration reform is a hugely consequential microcosm of the national political debate. Responsible Republicans realize they have an obligation to propose rather than just oppose. But the increasingly isolated conservative populist base is pre-occupied with resisting cultural change and while 82 per cent of Tea Partiers see illegal immigration as a serious problem that doesn’t lead logically to support for reality-based proposals that seek to solve the problem. No wonder so many politicians see more upside in demagogue-ing the issue than dealing with it.

What’s changed is that Boehner and other members of the Republican leadership now recognize that they – and the country – cannot be held hostage by the impractical ideological fervor of 50 or so House radicals and their enablers among the fundraising racket activist class.

The choice is between governing and grandstanding, leaving a constructive legacy that will lead to long-term political gains or giving in to the fetid heat of those folks who would ruin if they cannot rule.

***

If the GOP is going to do well in the midterms anyway, the party can take the hit from the (potentially) decreased passion among the base and not have it manifest in any significant way.

(1) At some point, Republicans will no longer be able to build national political coalitions without reliably attracting more than 40 percent of the Latino vote. This is demographic destiny. The date of this eschaton can be delayed but not put off…

(3) Every cycle that passes by without immigration reform is a cycle that is one more removed from the day when Republicans will begin to rebuild a new political coalition that includes more Latinos.

(4) Completely aside from the merits of immigration reform, Democrats will wield the failure to pass immigration reform as a meat cleaver, and effectively so, to bash the GOP’s intentions not only to Latinos but also to young voters and upscale professionals who otherwise admire Republican principles.

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The ultimate goal [among opponents], it seems, isn’t to improve the policy, but to use any reasonable-sounding excuse available to postpone or kill it. At the end of the day, you may believe immigration reform is good or bad on the merits — and that’s okay. There are legitimate arguments on both sides. But the notion that the timing just isn’t right — that you’d be for it next year — or that Boehner and his allies have purely evil motives and are solely trying to do the bidding of the Chamber of Commerce — is sophistry.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Republicans do so well in the midterm elections that they conclude they don’t have any problems and that they can just keep on doing what they’ve been doing. That, of course, would likely sow the seeds for yet another General Election loss — where the turnout is dramatically different.

If you subscribe to the theory that there are fundamental demographic challenges the GOP must sooner or later address, then it’s better not to postpone this. There really is no good time to eat your vegetables.

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[T]he threat of executive action could also be used as encouragement to pass a bill. By dropping hints of a bold executive move, Republican reformers could argue that Congress needs to pass an immigration bill that explicitly ties the president’s hands before he can bypass lawmakers. Marco Rubio, who co-sponsored the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, made this very case to a Florida radio host last year in defending his work on the issue.

There are political risks for Republicans, too, if Obama goes it alone. Obama rallied Latino voters in 2012 by halting deportations for young immigrants and forced Mitt Romney into a difficult position when he was grilled on whether he’d let DREAMers granted such protections stay in the U.S. if he were elected president. If the House kicks the issue into the next election and Obama expands protections further, it could have a similar effect and provoke a damaging debate in the Republican presidential primaries.

For now, the conventional wisdom is that Obama’s best bet for facilitating a deal is to stay quiet and let Congress work things out on its own. The White House understands this dynamic, which likely explains why there was almost no mention of immigration in the president’s State of the Union speech. Obama has made it clear he’ll be patient as long as there’s movement towards a deal – so long as the GOP understands that patience isn’t unlimited.

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That said, it is hard to imagine Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moving forward after yesterday’s closed-door showdown. According to estimates from those who were in the room–both in favor of moving forward and against–the dozens of GOP lawmakers who spoke were at least 80-20 against bringing a bill to the floor this year.

There is a palpable sense of disappointment among those interested in moving forward. In private conversations, the word that is used is that the meeting was “predictable.” The same people in the GOP conference who kept Boehner from moving on a bill in 2013 are just as opposed in 2014…

“I don’t understand why House leadership would bring this issue up now,” Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina (R) tells me, adding, “After yesterday, that feeling is strengthened based on the overwhelming pushback from Conference meeting attendees.”

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thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Late tonight…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Stand up for working Americans and the rule of law.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

No amnesty for those who have willfully shattered federal immigration law.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

The early read: It’s looking more like #1…

No deals. Kill any bill that comes up from these traitor tyrants from both parties.

predator on February 1, 2014 at 8:36 PM

…where’s the Hispanic signs?

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Latino voters want a decent economy, good jobs, and clean, crime free communities and good schools…just like all other Americans.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The GOP needs to decide who they represent.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Evening.
those here illegally-and their anchor babies-deserve nothing but a ticket back to their home countries.
Dreamers? I’m a dreamer too. I’m dreaming of a nation that doesn’t treat border-jumpers better than it does its citizens.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Immigration law was designed to protect US Citizens and legal immigrants from predation by illegal aliens, not to serve the interests of illegal aliens or service the ambitions of careerist politicians.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

NADA

ShainS on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

We didn’t cross the GOPe… the GOPe crossed us.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

What we need is a Conservative Party, and kick the GOP to the curb…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Call your congressman, don’t be afraid to breath a little fire when you tell them NO AMNESTY.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

We Can Defeat Amnesty

The Democrat plan to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. can be thwarted, despite apparent wavering by House Republican leadership, contends a Texas congressman.

In an interview with Michael Savage on his “Savage Nation” nationally syndicated show Friday, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, insisted, furthermore, that if President Obama tries to advance amnesty or any other initiative through illegal executive orders, he can be stopped, because the House holds the purse strings and can cut off funding for actions that can’t be justified legally.

“The power of the purse is the secret to this guy – the most illegal, unlawful president in American history,” said Culberson, who had just returned from a GOP retreat in Cambridge, Md., where House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, distributed a two-page list of broad principles on immigration.

Seven months after the Senate passed a bipartisan bill with a “path to citizenship,” House Republican leaders Thursday said for the first time they would be open to allowing illegal aliens to live and work legally in the U.S. but would not offer a “special path” to citizenship.

That step in the direction of the Senate plan has many border-security-first advocates, including Savage, worried.

But Culberson emphasized that Boehner told his Republican colleagues in the House that he wouldn’t allow a bill go to the floor unless a majority of the Republican-controlled House is in favor.

Boehner, according to Culberson, told Republican House members that the outline they were handed, which was issued to the press, was simply for discussion purposes.

Savage pointed out that along with Boehner, Republican House leaders support giving legal status to illegals, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan.

But Culberson insisted there is hope if citizens contact their representatives and express their opposition to amnesty.

Culberson explained that a majority of the House Republican majority is “very conservative,” committed to the Constitution, free markets and limited government – “get the government out of our lives and leave us the heck alone.”

He told Savage that if “a majority of the majority says, ‘No way, we are not going to support amnesty. Let’s enforce the law, first things first,’ the speaker will not allow it to come to the floor.”

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Republicans should seize opportunity to stand with struggling American workers

Senator Jeff Sessions, fighting for American citizens and legal immigrants.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

And may the first home ransacked by La Raza be that of Weepy Boner.

Jeddite on February 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

we need a more robust high-skilled pipeline that will feed our growing industries with the best talent available to build jobs in the U.S.

This is BS. The high tech demand will be met internally. The illegal pipeline of workers that Microsoft is wanting would fill the bulk of electronic production which requires little more than button pushers. Low skilled labor.

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Call your congressman, don’t be afraid to breath a little fire when you tell them NO AMNESTY.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

And tell them this: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/16/Gallup-Only-3-percent-of-Americans-think-immigration-reform-a-priority

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Evening.
those here illegally-and their anchor babies-deserve nothing but a ticket back to their home countries.
Dreamers? I’m a dreamer too. I’m dreaming of a nation that doesn’t treat border-jumpers better than it does its citizens.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

COD

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

We didn’t cross the GOPe… the GOPe crossed us.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Perhaps some of the GOPe are starting to feel the effects of their own treachery :)

predator on February 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

What these anti-Americans are pushing should be called “The Chamber of Commerce Serf Labor Expansion and American Middle Class Elimination Act”, aka Boehner/Ryan Care.

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/197176-gop-insiders-buying-stock-in-rubio-2016

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Translation;

The One and the Dems will only accept instant amnesty, instant citizenship, and 11 million instant new D votes. Period. And they know that between the MSM, the “activists”, academia, and Boner, all they need to do is dig in their heels and refuse to compromise.

As for the “corporate heads” who say “immigration means innovation” because we have to attract immigrants to build the high-tech future…

Stop f**king lying your a$$es off, already.

The high-tech, trained people are coming legally from India and Europe- mainly due to not wanting to be either place when Islam comes calling, torches their universities, and builds a mosque on the smoking ruins.

The illegal border-jumpers aren’t going to be building the next IPhone. Not with what passes for education in Latin America today. (Mainly “political” education.) And it isn’t Ph.Ds that Mexico is encouraging to “go north”. It’s the lower end of the labor pool that they want up here, sending money home, rather than down there, getting restless due to their country still being jammed in neutral in 1920, socially and economically speaking.

And the elite’ “up here” just want cheap brute laborers, domestics, and au pairs. Period. Dot.

Their cynicism, and that of Mexico’s government, is almost as obnoxious as the “progressives” dreams of Absolute Power, Forever.

And just about as dangerous to this country.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Stand up for working Americans and the rule of law.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Silly Rabbit, there ain’t no money in that.

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Republicans advocating on behalf of foreign nationals would be akin to the Democrat party advocating for privatized social security.

The GOP establishment is that detached.

Fluke them.

Meat Fighter on February 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

The GOP needs to decide who they represent.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Follow the money. The Chamber of Commerce has it, you don’t.

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Refuse to worry about it this soon.

Except to let everybody know I am against it.

Tonight I party.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Way to stay focused on Obamacare you morons!

Wigglesworth on February 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

We didn’t cross the GOPe… the GOPe crossed us.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

If it is eternal war they want, well and good. We accept the issue. We will dispossess them and replace them with our friends. – William Tecumseh Sherman

We will rip out their God damned living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks and then we will run the rest of those sons of bitches over. – George S. Patton

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

We didn’t cross the GOPe… the GOPe crossed us.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

If it is eternal war they want, well and good. We accept the issue. We will dispossess them and replace them with our friends. – William Tecumseh Sherman

We will rip out their God damned living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks and then we will run the rest of those sons of #itches over. – George S. Patton

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Here’s an anecdote that Paul Ryan doesn’t see in non-diverse Janesville WI. My brother graduated in 1968 from a high school in Houston which was an excellent school at the time. Fast forward to today:

“As times changed, the demographic of Lee’s student body shifted. As of 2008, it was made up predominantly of Hispanic immigrants and sons and daughters of Hispanic immigrants.
In 2007, a study by Johns Hopkins University and the Associated Press referred to Lee among American high schools designated as “dropout factories”, where at least 40% of the entering freshman class does not make it to their senior year.”

TxAnn56 on February 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

TxAnn56 on February 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

By design. My Jr. high was that way …(1974 – 2014…) 40 years ago. Still is today.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

K. Where all my buddies at?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Lots of wound-too-tight types here.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

GOP – Grand Old Pendejos

Mark1971 on February 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

It’s BS that it’s just “a few radical” Republicans that oppose amnesty. Absolute rino bs. Look at the senate vote, we got, what, 8 Repubs or so to go along with Rubio’s bill?

It’s 80 – 20.

80% of Republican House members oppose Ryan’s bill.

80%.

If Ryan’s bill came to a vote, it would be near 100% of Dems voting for it, and just a few Repubs voting for it. Is the “House Republican leadership” run by Democrats? That sure is what it looks like from here.

anotherJoe on February 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

You have buddies Lanceman?

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Is Scrumpy really gone?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

You have buddies Lanceman?

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Yes I do, Mrs. Flame. But not good buddies.

You know what a good buddy is, don’t you?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Is Scrumpy really gone?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Twould appear so. I can think of someone else I’d like never to see again instead of Scrumpers.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

You have buddies Lanceman?

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

He pays well.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Is Scrumpy really gone?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Twould appear so.
Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Que?

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Stand up for working Americans and the rule of law.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

…if the GOP can’t do that…with all of their rhetoric…I’ll have to find someone else to vote for…there is no ‘lesser of two evils’ anymore.

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Still can’t figure out why they just don’t open the borders all the way to whomever wants to come in whenever they want to for whatever reason.

What’s the difference?

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Que?

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

She said sh was leaving HA the other day…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

It’d not a complex debate. The Mexican invasion must end. And they will deport themselves because they gotta pay for stuff like we do. They will go home on their own when we tax them for abusing social services.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Que?

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Would someone else like to tell cozzmo why Scrumpy ain’t here? You all know how I H8 going off about someone I don’t H8.

Believe me, if it was a school of hagfish I’d be banned going off on it.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

My MIL sent me this video. The untold story of the Earthrise photo. No, it wasn’t from a back lot in Burbank.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Is Scrumpy really gone?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Twould appear so.
Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Effing bummer!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

If I was a representative of American citizens this is what I would state on a Sunday show:

I was elected by American citizens and dutifully charged with representing the interests of American citizens, not advocating on behalf of foreign nationals illegally residing in this nation, regardless of whether or not their status is of no fault of their own. Now, I know the next question I will be asked will be to the small minority of individuals who are here due to their parents. This is a small portion of the illegal alien community and can be dealt with at a future date after the federal government has demonstrated it can carry out its constitutional duty to protect the sovereign borders of this nation. The current discussion on the status of foreign nationals in this nation should not, and will not be tied in any manner what so ever to the debate on how to protect the sovereignty of this nation vis-a-vis protecting its borders.

Once the federal government has demonstrated it can enforce current immigration law we should seek to alter our current immigration policy to do the following:

-Limit “legal” immigration to only highly skilled individuals
-Eliminate chain migration
-Eliminate birth right citizenship (The idea that an individual is a citizen based on the geographic location of where a foreign national gives birth is insane and not recognized by the majority of civilized countries)
-English only legislation

Again, I am charged with representing American citizens and furthering the national interests of the United States. If the GOP establishment or Democrat Party wants to campaign on behalf of foreign nationals residing in the United States, the former for cheap labor and the latter for ethnic votes then fine, I welcome that debate.

Meat Fighter on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

He pays well.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

LMAO!

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Scrumpy, don’t leave. You are the best poet and you make things wonderful for all of us.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Did anything happen?

kcewa on February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Yes I do, Mrs. Flame. But not good buddies.

You know what a good buddy is, don’t you?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I’ve heard of them. They’d come in handy in prison.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Why is Scrumpy gone? I’ll have to hang out in the peanut gallery by myself.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

He pays well.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

LMAO!

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

And since y’alls buddy obama got elected, it’s become a buyer’s market.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I’ve heard of them. They’d come in handy in prison.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I see you have heard of them.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

She said sh was leaving HA the other day…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Well, that stinks.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Does anyone have a way to contact Scrumpy?

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Does anyone have a way to contact Scrumpy?

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Is she on FB, maybe?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Time for a third party.

Punchenko on February 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Maybe Axe knows how. Hey where is that perp?

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

http://scrumpydoodles.blog.com/

Can one comment on her blog?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Way to make a guy feel old. Still my favorite moon pic. Even better than the one of Aldrin.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Can one comment on her blog?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It does appear you can.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’ll drink a beer. The moon is a slice like a water crescent.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Can one comment on her blog?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It does appear you can.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

There ya’ go, ALT…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Time for a third party.

Punchenko on February 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Yup. Neither party is worth spit. Frankly I don’t see a reason to vote if they keep dragging the same clowns out in front.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Meat Fighter on February 1, 2014 – There aren’t too many of our “representatives” who think like this, which is why this country is so screwed up. The truth is there are solutions out there and the best ones for the American people are closer to yours than the Senate bill.

bflat879 on February 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Yes. The moon does look like a watercress ant.

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Way to make a guy feel old. Still my favorite moon pic. Even better than the one of Aldrin.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I see that kind of stuff and I’m saddened at what Obama has done to NASA. Then I realize, while they’re doing their Muslim outreach to make Muslims feel good about themselves (as if that’s why they wage Jihad), Space X, Virgin Space, & Red Bull are kicking butt and taking names through the private sector. There is still hope for us.

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Ratso lost his snake, he is going nutz…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

The early read: It’s looking more like #1…

It’s smells more like a #2.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Ratso lost his snake, he is going nutz…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Ratso is going nutso?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Ratso is going nutso?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

We play fetch, and he didn’t see where I threw his cat toy…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

If Ratso is going nuts it time to prune them. Ouch.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

If Ratso is going nuts it time to prune them. Ouch.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

He loses them Monday…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I’ve got a cat-dog too. Jerkface-I mean Sheldon-plays fetch w/ his toy mouse.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Way to make a guy feel old. Still my favorite moon pic. Even better than the one of Aldrin.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You need the definitive space soundtrack to go with that:

Brian Eno: Apollo

(Not the Earthrise but best I could do on short notice)

The whole Apollo album was the soundtrack for the film For All Mankind. Awesome.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

What is a meezer?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

predator on February 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Excellent article and wonderful news, Predator. :)

Maybe TXUS was right. Maybe we’re making a dent, after all.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

The Czarina-my meezer mix-doesn’t play fetch because she’s lazy it’s undignified.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

What is a meezer?

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Yeah, I wondered that myself…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

David Brookes is a buffoon

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

D’Oh…

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Siamese.
*FLINK!*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

WTF??? Why are my reples to ALT posting befor her posts i am responding to?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

WTF??? Why are my reples to ALT posting befor her posts i am responding to?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You must be using those special CERN neutrino internet cables.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Siamese.
*FLINK!*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Oh! Ratso & JR are MEEZERS!

Lanceman on February 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Wood donations gladly accepted.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Good evening, KOOLAID2.:)

That’s my feeling, too.

We all have to draw the line somewhere.

For me, the GOP betraying working Americans and the rule of law in order to service their donors and the interests of foreign nationals, trampling the rule of law and the rights of citizens and legal immigrants of this nation underfoot, is where I draw that line.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

WTF??? Why are my reples to ALT posting befor her posts i am responding to?

OmahaConservative on February 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Electromagnetic Pulse.

We’re all gonna die!

Solaratov on February 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Solaratov on February 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

LOL! Made me laugh!:)

Good evening, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Everyone must reboot.

SparkPlug on February 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Meat Fighter on February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Well said.

I imagine virtually 100% of elected American officials in 1788 would have agreed with that sentiment.

The fact that virtually 0% now do is all one needs to know about how far America has fallen, and the desolation that awaits it …

ShainS on February 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

mizflame98 on February 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and 0bama.

Every one of them has given the short straw to the space program.

Eisenhower and Kennedy were the only presidents to back Americans in space. NASA has kept the manned space program going in spite of several presidents and congress.

cozmo on February 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

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