Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

What can you even say at this point? Here is a man who, as a lame duck president, is openly vowing to thwart, ignore, and bypass Congress whenever possible. Here is a man whose administration has made more than two dozen on-the-fly changes to a law duly passed by Congress, without offering even the faintest sniff of a compelling legal justification for some of the most brazen alterations. Here is a man who asked for new lawyers when he didn’t like his team’s legal analysis regarding the limits of his power in unilateral foreign interventions. Here is a man who ordered an executive action for which he’d explicitly stated he didn’t possess the authority 15 months earlier. This is a man who leftist law professor Jonathan Turley describes as “the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”

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President Obama has worked for years to convince the American people that congressional Republicans are unworthy of his consideration and beneath the dignity of presidential compromise. But the newest Fox News poll tells us that whatever voters think of the Republicans in Congress, they overwhelmingly want Obama to do his job and work with his rivals to govern. Obama’s increasing insistence on using executive orders to legislate, re-writing some existing laws and simply ignoring others, got failing grades across the board. Some 74 percent of the registered voters surveyed said the president using executive orders to get around Congress is not how things are supposed to work in our republic. That includes 54 percent of Democrats. Even when asked to set aside their views on how the government is supposed to work, by a wide margin (60 percent to 37 percent) voters still disapproved.

Why does Obama persist in flouting or dictating laws when voters are opposed to the practice? Some have posited that it is a result of Obama’s famously insular nature. But what National Journal’s Ron Fournier has called Obama’s “white flag syndrome” does have its upside. The president has kept his foundering health law lurching forward by using executive orders to delay particularly damaging or disruptive components and done so without having to alienate the liberal base that launched him into the White House and continues to fund his hugely expensive grass-roots and community organizing efforts. Democrats in the poll approved of Obama’s constitutional circumventions by a 66-31 percent margin.

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Employers generally get to decide, within the broad latitude of the law, how to run their businesses. The IRS has never had the power to demand a sworn explanation for decisions about manpower or staffing levels.

This arbitrary expansion of IRS power creates an ugly precedent. There exists no authority for it anywhere in Obamacare. Congress has never granted such authority. But then, Congress also didn’t create authority for the arbitrary Obamacare deadline-change that supposedly justifies it.

Each executive power-grab creates a precedent for another. Obama isn’t just making up the rules as he goes, he’s also making up new rules that govern how the other made-up new rules apply.

At this point, it probably would not have mattered even if members of Congress had read Obamacare. It isn’t actually a written law – it becomes the law whenever Obama decides, and with whatever changes he chooses.

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Congress long ago ceded too much authority to the regulatory apparatus of the administrative state, but this is different. This isn’t the executive branch writing rules to fill in the details of vague legislation—say, the 1,000-page Volcker Rule arrived at years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank banking “reforms.” This is the executive branch affirmatively re-writing law…

What the administration is doing now is unilaterally changing a law four years after its passage to try to delay its economic and political pain past a congressional election…

Why did anyone sit down and bother to write this stuff in the bill? Just think of all the lawyering and negotiating that went into the provisions of the employer mandate—the careful definition of terms, the precisely calculated fines—only to be cast aside with a dismissive wave of the hand from on high…

What makes the president’s cavalier treatment of the legislature’s handiwork in this instance so remarkable is that Congress did his bidding. It passed the law he desperately wanted. Yet he still treats it as a series of suggestions and little more.

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2dollar tea or ten dollar tea??..

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 2:31 AM

….Heh-heh!

williamg on February 14, 2014 at 2:39 AM

*REALLY told us HOW “Love Hurts”……

williamg on February 14, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Right. Why even mention the word? The more relevant word in this case describes the Congress: neutered.

IndieDogg on February 14, 2014 at 2:35 AM

To Kill a King (politically)

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Some from Klaus Nomi:

“Can’t Help Falling in Love”

“Falling in Love Again”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 2:45 AM

williamg on February 14, 2014 at 2:37 AM

damn williamg your a dead head…
I wish I would have seen them more…
aid I was gonna ..but never got back..

by the time I saw the dead I had seen maybe 100 rock shows in Detroit…
I was not prepared for what I saw in Ventura…
in Detroit its loud raw ruckus great fan town
in Ventura is was more like a slow motion nude/seminude freak show orgy..
(not that I minded mind you)
I met a guy wearing only a giant tortoise shell and a speedo
big hat incense in one hand fat joint in the other…spinning..
and waving his arms ..and spinning…big turtle shell….
and the lil California blondies….schoouch it was a show

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 2:48 AM

incase you’ve ever asked yourself what’s earths
interstellar magnetic fields model look like…

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/ibex-paints-picture-of-magnetic-system-beyond-solar-wind/index.html

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 2:53 AM

by the time I saw the dead I had seen maybe 100 rock shows in Detroit…
I was not prepared for what I saw in Ventura…
in Detroit its loud raw ruckus great fan town
going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 2:48 AM

The Stooges – Down On The Street

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 2:57 AM

The Pretty Things – “Love Is Good”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 2:57 AM

https://archive.org/details/gd1982-07-18.fob.unknown.vansant.100203.flac16

I think it was this show..or the Saturday night one maybe..
I was swacked..

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:00 AM

kcewa

I remember the stooges.. more Detroit than the dead

and to think…somewhere out there in whats left of our nation
the young ones think Justin Bieber has talent….

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Brian Blade – You’ll Always Be My Baby

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Some from The Steve Miller Band:

“I Love You”

“Gangster of Love”

“Jungle Love”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I remember the stooges.. more Detroit than the dead

and to think…somewhere out there in whats left of our nation
the young ones think Justin Bieber has talent….

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Very Detroit I think. Justin who???

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Some from The Steve Miller Band:
Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:10 AM

:)

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Brian Blade – Mercy Angel

To my late wife on V day!

feel the sunshine on my skin
it must be you smiling within
from above, i feel your love fall downward
trouble waters wash over me
like a stone thrown into the sea
i’m going down,
don’t let me drown in the deep end
you are my mercy angel
you hear my every sound
your love is everlasting
beyond this world we know
feel your presence in my room
watching over my every move
i was raised to know the ways of jesus
try to keep my heart open wide
’til i leave this earthly life
i’m going home to rest beside my angel
you are my mercy angel
you hear my every sound
your love is everlasting
beyond this world we know
i remember meeting you
in the band room after school
on our first date, we stayed out late
and you kissed me

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM

V9 is my Balentine.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 3:19 AM

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:13 AM

could be what’s wrong with the youth..
no good tunes…where’s today led zeppelin??..
they have some twerking bimm…
no wonder they are so messed up..

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Some from UFO:

“Love to Love”

“Love Lost Love”

“Reasons Love”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:21 AM

it’ll be a grand day when the bieb goes full Leif Garrett…

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:23 AM

To my late wife on V day!

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Those Brian Blade songs are good…

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:27 AM

well if they gave out an award for best tunes, on a late night political blog…you guys have my vote…

nice tune for your wife kc..

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:34 AM

could be what’s wrong with the youth..
no good tunes…where’s today led zeppelin??..
they have some twerking bimm…
no wonder they are so messed up..

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Not all of them are bad.

I’m Coming home (Tribute to all British and American troops in Afghanitan)

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:38 AM

Some from Shocking Blue:

“Venus”

“Love Machine”

“Love Buzz”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Those Brian Blade songs are good…

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:27 AM

he’s mostly a jazz drummer but he put out that one record of his songs for his Grandmother. A great musician.

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:42 AM

Some more Michael Schenker:

McAuley Schenker Group – “We Believe in Love” (unplugged)

UFO – “Only You Can Rock Me”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:49 AM

he’s mostly a jazz drummer but he put out that one record of his songs for his Grandmother. A great musician.

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:42 AM

Thanks for the info. I hadn’t heard of him.

I just looked him up at Wikipedia, too.

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Some from Shocking Blue:

“Venus”

“Love Machine”

“Love Buzz”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Innocent days

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:54 AM

im going to toss a couple logs on the fire
and take a nap…
thanks for the tunes..cheers

going2mars on February 14, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Some from The Kinks:

“When I See That Girl of Mine”

“I Need You”

“She’s Got Everything”

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Innocent days

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Yep – pre-Clinton. :sigh:

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 4:03 AM

3 diff vids for “Landslide of Love,” one of my favorite pop-rock songs. Wendy James’ fans will agree with me that all are worth watching! :)

official version

TOTP 1989

from some Spanish TV show

Anti-Control on February 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Democrats in the poll approved of Obama’s constitutional circumventions by a 66-31 percent margin.

but of course and as soon as the next gop president does the exact same thing…the 24/7 outrage will begin once again….

infuriated with the double standard….

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM

kcewa on February 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM

So sweet and so sad that you lost her.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

mj spending 20 minutes on the 0.01% of the rich….raising the minimum wage now
what a bunch of whiners this am….

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

expiration dates….good times…

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Written in 2008, before Obama was elected
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Barack Obama: Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

By: Dr. Sam Vaknin

The narcissist:

Behaves arrogantly and haughtily. Feels superior, omnipotent, omniscient, invincible, immune, “above the law”, and omnipresent (magical thinking). Rages when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted by people he or she considers inferior to him or her and unworthy.

Obama displays the following behaviors, which are among the hallmarks of pathological narcissism:

Subtly misrepresents facts and expediently and opportunistically shifts positions, views, opinions, and “ideals” (e.g., about campaign finance, re-districting). These flip-flops do not cause him overt distress and are ego-syntonic (he feels justified in acting this way). Alternatively, refuses to commit to a standpoint and, in the process, evidences a lack of empathy.

Ignores data that conflict with his fantasy world, or with his inflated and grandiose self-image. This has to do with magical thinking. Obama already sees himself as president because he is firmly convinced that his dreams, thoughts, and wishes affect reality. Additionally, he denies the gap between his fantasies and his modest or limited real-life achievements (for instance, in 12 years of academic career, he hasn’t published a single scholarly paper or book).

Feels that he is above the law, incl. and especially his own laws.

Talks about himself in the 3rd person singular or uses the regal “we” and craves to be the exclusive center of attention, even adulation

Has a messianic-cosmic vision of himself and his life and his “mission”. Consequently, sets unrealistic goals within unrealistic timeframes.

Sets ever more complex rules in a convoluted world of grandiose fantasies with its own language (jargon)

Displays false modesty and unctuous “folksiness” but unable to sustain these behaviors (the persona, or mask) for long. It slips and the true Obama is revealed: haughty, aloof, distant, and disdainful of simple folk and their lives.

Sublimates aggression and holds grudges.

Behaves as an eternal adolescent (e.g., his choice of language, youthful image he projects, demands indulgence and feels entitled to special treatment, even though his objective accomplishments do not justify it).

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

now the crew is back to the tipped minimum wage, needs to be raised…

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Happy Valentine’s Day, Patriots! Good Morning, Trolls.

I miss Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

My take: Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee: Politics First, Medicine Second

kingsjester on February 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM

expiration dates….good times…

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 6:49 AM

All of his promises come with one.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

kingsjester on February 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM

shameful and the left is outraged by the koch brothers….puhleeze

but with harry reids nuclear option, he’ll get confirmed easy peasy

morning KJ

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

That is dead on Flora. Thanks for that.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Mornin, ma’am! Mornin’, Mizz Flora!

Yep, this Far Left Nincompoop will be our next Surgeon General. Yikes.

kingsjester on February 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM

That is dead on Flora. Thanks for that.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

You’re welcome. As you read on it gets frightening.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM

kingsjester on February 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Good morning kj.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 7:10 AM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on February 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Indeed flora

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 7:16 AM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on February 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM

I think we all kind of know that by now. It’s kind of like Europe was before the war. You don’t know who’s on your side.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM

I think we all kind of know that by now. It’s kind of like Europe was before the war. You don’t know who’s on your side.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM

You’re trying to exchange with a spam-bot there CoL. I’m not sure it’s ever answered anyone.

hawkdriver on February 14, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Obama lied?

*yawn*

Must have been a day that ends with a ‘y’.

Midas on February 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM

I think we all kind of know that by now. It’s kind of like Europe was before the war. You don’t know who’s on your side.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM

But we know who isn’t.

Midas on February 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM

I don’t like the nonstop “GOP will betray you” and the effort to try to get people to vote for a third, conservative party. I say the focus should be on getting more conservative Republicans, wherever possible.

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Sarah would place her fingers under the gills and snap that thing’s neck in one swift stroke!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Thanks for the Valentine’s Day card Lanceman. :-)

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Why does Obama persist in flouting or dictating laws when voters are opposed to the practice?

Once again, no need for heady analysis:

He and his daycare administration don’t have a clue how to work within the process. So, just go around it. Dumb Power – the most dangerous kind.

Tsar of Earth on February 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I don’t like the nonstop “GOP will betray you” and the effort to try to get people to vote for a third, conservative party. I say the focus should be on getting more conservative Republicans, wherever possible.

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

…we know!…you don’t “get it” !…you’ll see…when the Surgeon General… gets ‘approved’

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

“There is nothing more frightful than a bustling ignorance.”
Goethe

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Same to you Kool.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Happy Valentines Day!

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

We got notice that we are being dragged into the ObamaCare black hole coverage effective January 2015.

You see we have a Cadillac plan and we need to be punished.

When you use your cellphone and it has those little emoticons/Emoji……

Find an appropriate couple to shorthand your description of your favorite lying politician……I have.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Why does Obama persist in flouting or dictating laws when voters are opposed to the practice?

Is this a serious question?

… because he doesn’t give a f*ck what voters/citizens want?

… because he has an agenda, he’s a f*cking tyrant, above the law, and he’s going to do whatever the f*ck he wants?

Midas on February 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

This is only the beginning of the rest of his term. Since he so easily gets away with what he’s doing now, the next time it will be even easier. We have no idea what’s coming next but they do seem to be really interested in social justice right now.

Kissmygrits on February 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Thanks for the Valentine’s Day card Lanceman. :-)

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Sarah would love #WAR. :)

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Here is a man who, as a lame duck president, is openly vowing to thwart, ignore, and bypass Congress whenever possible.

The VERY definition of ‘…enemies, foeign and DOMESTIC’, the very same enemy every Washington politician swore an oath on a Bible, to God and the American people, to protect the Constitution, the Rule of law, the nation, and the American people from!

Those who betray their oaths, thoswe who stand by and do nothing while evil destroys this nation from within, are JUST AS GUILTY – are JUST as much an ‘enemy of the state’ – as the one doing it!

easyt65 on February 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

And here is a nation that apparently doesn’t seem to care and an opposition party unwilling to do anything about it.The administration repeatedly lies to cover their culpability in one scandal after another.They blatantly inflate the numbers of Obamacare enrollees under the cover of a complicit mainstream media.Our constitutional freedoms are under attack,from freedom of speech and religion,the right to bear arms and the right to privacy.Chuck Schumer explicitly calls upon the IRS to squelch political dissent.A Jewish Nazi,who’d a thunk it! Is America screwed? As Palin would say,”You betcha!”

redware on February 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Democrats approved of circumventing the Constitution by 66%? Is there any reason at this point to trust a Democrat? The Democratic Party must go.

oldennis on February 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

What separates us from Zimbabwe? Nothing.

BobMbx on February 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

What separates us from Zimbabwe?

BobMbx on February 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

The wheelbarrows we will use to transfer funds are made in China?

Tsar of Earth on February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

a law duly passed by Congress

Um–deemed as passed by the House. Passed as “budget reconciliation” in the Senate who used a shell bill, and under the “propose or concur with Amendments” clause of the Constitution, wrote their own taxes, counter to what the Constitution would suppose.

Also, since it was passed under reconciliation rules, I have yet to hear whether or not the reconciliation rules package was included in the bill, which would cause an immediate revocation should the bill prove to not be at least revenue neutral or whether the Senate violated it’s own rules.

The duly is strained.

Axeman on February 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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