Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on February 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

Conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire are preparing a hero’s welcome for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he showed up Senate Republican leaders during a crucial vote on the debt limit…

“A tickertape parade,” said Steve Deace, a conservative radio host based in Iowa when asked what kind of reception Cruz will receive from activists next month…

Chip Saltsman, a Republican strategist who managed Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign, predicted Cruz would have a difficult challenge trying to explain his procedural moves in the Senate to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“At the end of the day Ted Cruz made McConnell have a 60-vote limit and the debt ceiling still passed. It’s not like he stopped the debt limit from being passed,” he said.

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Watching the chaos from the side of the chamber was the man who caused it: Cruz, his hands in his pants pockets and a satisfied grin on his face. The Texas Republican strolled to the clerk’s table to check on the vote count and was met with a look of disgust from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). And the feeling was widespread: Moments after Cruz walked into the Republican cloakroom, four senators emerged from it and changed their votes to “aye.”…

His actions suggest Cruz has put himself before his party and even the nation’s solvency. And in this sense his actions are typical of the 2016 GOP presidential field. Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul are mucking up the gears of government in ways that will earn them favorable attention in the primaries…

To nobody’s surprise, Paul and Rubio sided with Cruz in Wednesday’s debt-ceiling filibuster. Had they prevailed, and had 12 of their GOP colleagues not been more responsible, the likely default would have added far more to the national debt than the legislation did. It also would have caused markets to crash, the economy to swoon and American standing to decline.

But for Messrs. Paul, Rubio and Cruz, those aren’t the top considerations.

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“We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default. I believe I have to act in the best interests of the country, and every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem,” McConnell told reporters, according to Associated Press video.

McConnell then explained his leading roles in evading the fiscal cliff two years ago and his work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to reopen the government and avert default last October.

“It was clear that we needed to produce enough procedural votes to get to a debt ceiling vote in order to avoid a default. My job is to protect the country when I can, and to step up and lead on those occasions when it’s required. That’s what I did,” said McConnell, who faces both primary and general election opponents in a tough path toward reelection.

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DeMint argued Cruz was merely holding to normal procedure: ”The normal rule is you take 60 votes to move to a final vote, [which] they call cloture. I think that several members, including Ted Cruz, were simply asking, ‘Let’s keep the normal rules here.’ And that didn’t suit some folks.”

“The reason there’s a 60-vote rule in the Senate, and the reason Republican leadership fought so hard to keep it for nominations, is it requires some bipartisan working-together to pass something,” DeMint said. “The debt limit and just giving the president a blank check is an important vote, and to say we’re going to waive the rules to make it easier — if Ted Cruz hadn’t required standard procedure, there are several others [Republican senators] who would.”

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Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are cowards. They were in a conundrum. Their constituents did not want the debt ceiling raised. But McConnell and Cornyn wanted the debt ceiling raised. So they shut down Ted Cruz’s filibuster knowing the Democrats would raise the debt ceiling without their votes. They, like their House counterparts, enabled this to happen.

In all their moral preening about what’s good for the country and economy, they were too chicken to actually vote their conscience — they were too chicken to do what they thought was right.

And that is why people hate Washington. Here are two of the most senior Republicans in the Senate who both believed the right thing to do was raise the debt ceiling, but were too chicken to actually cast that vote themselves. Insteaad, they arranged the deck chairs on the Titanic so the Democrats could do it without them. They threw Ted Cruz under the bus only to vote the same why he did on final passage…

We need boldness. We need principled leaders. We have too many moral cowards in Washington.

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Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t want to let McConnell and the rest of the Senate GOP Conference get away with this approach. Cruz and allies say this maneuver is all about misleading the conservative base. If Republicans really oppose a suspension of the debt limit, then they should use the filibuster to block it. Republicans who are fine with such a suspension, Cruz reasons, ought to vote for it…

But Vote No; Hope Yes has featured prominently in Tea Party tactics. These days, you’ll hear Cruz and Mike Lee, along with Heritage Action and the Club For Growth, praising and defending automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. But when sequestration passed, the Tea Party warriors voted against it as a sellout compared to their balanced-budget plan. Lee, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Rand Paul all voted no on sequestration. But they were all glad it became law…

Democrats played this game last decade — railing against debt-limit hikes (think Senator Obama) and holding votes to defund the Iraq war — while happily letting the GOP win in the end. The result: a pacified Democratic base, and Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008.

McConnell would like to repeat that play. Cruz won’t let him.

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Reagan also said that many of Cruz’s colleagues are facing difficult reelection bids in 2014 and that Cruz appears to have no concern about alienating them.

“He seems to want to run for president, but has it occurred to him that he might enjoy the help of his Senate colleagues?” Reagan said.

Reagan also agreed with a panelist who suggested the GOP is headed towards a civil war and added that Ted Cruz is at the center of creating the tension.

“Ted Cruz apparently thinks that somebody has got to rise out of the smoking ruins that is the Republican Party… and apparently he feels that somebody can be him. He first has to create the smoking ruins, of course, and he’s doing a pretty good job of that,” Reagan said.

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As was the case in last fall’s CR/shutdown battle, this week Senator Cruz did not have a legislative strategy with an endgame. He neither presented an alternative strategy to his colleagues nor pursued one as a lone wolf on the Senate floor. In both cases he simply made a single aggressive tactical legislative move that didn’t point toward an alternative outcome, then accused his colleagues of being cowardly, unprincipled, and deceptive for not following his lead into a blind canyon.

Some will say, “At least Senator Cruz was willing to fight!” Unfortunately, this argument always stops there, and never explains how a willingness to fight without a strategy translates into a policy win. Legislative conflict is not a schoolyard tussle in which the bigger or tougher guy usually wins. It’s not a Hollywood movie in which the hero triumphs simply because he is virtuous. Legislative conflict is more like chess in that the battle is waged according to strict rules. Those who favor bigger government know how to play chess and some of them are quite good at it. Many of those who favor smaller government now seek praise for tipping over the board or eating the pieces. While momentary rebellion is flashy and can feel good for a moment, it’s not a strategy to win, not how you change policy. And the goal is to change policy for the better, not just to build a bigger mailing list, right?…

But having the right policy goal isn’t enough to succeed, to change policy. You also need a legislative strategy with an endgame and some chance of success. As best I can tell Senator Cruz didn’t have one last fall and he didn’t have one earlier this week. His tactical legislative moves, then and now, need to be considered in that context. The same is true for his public comments surrounding those legislative moves. His objection this week served only to expose that Republicans were boxed in, forced to choose between facilitating passage of a bill they didn’t like and an even worse policy outcome. And they were boxed in because they could not build sufficient support for a unified legislative strategy that had a chance of success.

I hope that in the future Senator Cruz can use his intellect, political savvy, and external base of support to produce effective strategies that produce the good policy results we both support, instead of using his prodigious skills and resources only to assign blame for the bad outcomes.

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Via NRO.

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OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Good evening OC..:)

Dire Straits on February 17, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET702 has reportedly been hijacked, according to AirlineReporter.com, an industry news blog. The airline said the plane was forced to fly to Geneva, but all passengers and crew are safe.
Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 1:28 AM

They said it landed with 20 minutes of fuel left.

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Good evening OC..:)

Dire Straits on February 17, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Hey!

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 1:34 AM

. Now we’ll have to keep an eye on spring rains and the river levels.

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Which river, MO or MISS?

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Which river, MO or MISS?

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Well, since we’re at the confluence…both! And the Meramec.

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 1:45 AM

you can plug in your state to this site
and see live streamflow data from rivers near you…
including past records..
so you know if it a big year or a huge year..

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wy/nwis/current/?type=flow

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 1:57 AM

you can plug in your state to this site
and see live streamflow data from rivers near you…
including past records..
so you know if it a big year or a huge year..

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wy/nwis/current/?type=flow

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 1:57 AM

There isn’t much that gets discussed on here that you don’t have live data or video for.

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM

and one for Sparky…
this is a great wood source…superb quality..
and if molding is what your after he has over 1500 profiles..

http://www.armstrongmillworks.com/Default.aspx

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM

I use the river flow data to know when and where to raft…spring thaw is comming up soon
(i say that while its -14 here tonight)
that’s why its set in the upper rocky mts area..
I also know every cabin on those rivers thats for sale..
you gotta love the rockies..!!!

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:11 AM

You live in a magical place. I have friends out that way who are into adventure motorcycling, or whatever it is called(enduro?). They just drive off their property and disappear for a few day in the wilderness(Roosevelt Nat’l Forest), then drive back home.

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Marcia Ball: Louisiana 1927

They’re trying to wash us away…

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 2:17 AM

G’night HA…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Night OC

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:16 AM

I live in Michigan…nothing magical here…
well we got water…and great trees…lots of motorcycling…
and snow mobile trails.. thousands of miles of trails..
I have spent 20 some summers rafting the rockies…
so I know the river systems there well…
would love to move there some day…
be nice to…”raft home”..
take this place…6 acres on the snake river…Idaho..
back side of the tetons …yelowstone…Jackson hole…
its great country…this place was listed at 435,000 (see gps numbers)

43.611318, -111.657439

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:27 AM

NASA’s ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Mars Rock Mystery Solved

http://www.space.com/24718-mars-jelly-doughnut-rock-mystery-solved.html

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Huge Asteroid to Fly Safely By Earth Monday
watch it live….!!!

http://www.space.com/24704-asteroid-2000-em26-earth-flyby-webcast.html

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM

My brother worked at the Nat’l labs outside Idaho Falls. That is a beautiful part of the country.

Murphy9 on February 17, 2014 at 2:35 AM

just north of there is the town of Rigby
they got some wild real-estate there for sale..
not real close to the river…
like this gps address…this is the original court house in Rigby
built in 1927 I think…you could buy this for 100 125k
its on the national historic registry..

43.673001,-111.911509

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:40 AM

NASA’s ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Mars Rock Mystery Solved

http://www.space.com/24718-mars-jelly-doughnut-rock-mystery-solved.html

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:32 AM

So they say…

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

I was going to say that exact same thing…
till they need funding they solved it..

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:51 AM

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

did you blow that image up to full size??
there is a nut on the right side…laying in the dirt..
clearly its not a Martian native nut…so it must be ours…
wonder what part of the rover is shedding parts??
and they said nothing about it ….

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Yes i see that now. Not a good sign.

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 3:04 AM

NASA’s ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Mars Rock Mystery Solved

http://www.space.com/24718-mars-jelly-doughnut-rock-mystery-solved.html

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 2:32 AM

ROTFLMAO… That Rover is falling apart… Look closely at that photograph, there is a nut from the Rover that fell off..

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:04 AM

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

did you blow that image up to full size??
there is a nut on the right side…laying in the dirt..
clearly its not a Martian native nut…so it must be ours…
wonder what part of the rover is shedding parts??
and they said nothing about it ….

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

I should send that picture to my FiL, see what he thinks…(He built the Rover; ok the company he worked for built it where he worked)

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:09 AM

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:09 AM

he is not the only one that was there….

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:09 AM

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:09 AM

he is not the only one that was there….

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:09 AM

ROTFLMAO… True, true… so was my Mil and my Sil… :P

Were you? (Composite Optics; San Diego California)

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:13 AM

JPL Pasadena two and a half years…MSL…

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:15 AM

It looks almost too round to be a nut…

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 3:18 AM

JPL Pasadena two and a half years…MSL…

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Cool, I worked on the SBIRS and a couple other communications satellites (Direct TV). Some stuff for the ISS and some DARPA stuff.

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:18 AM

It looks almost too round to be a nut…

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Looks like a nut to me. Have to think real hard to remember what the suspension subsystem looked like, but it looks to me like that’s probably where it came form.

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:20 AM

I worked in LA for TRW…JPL …Hughes…McDonnell Douglas…Boeing..
ITT..the Marquardt co…a few others
im drawing for a firm in santa clarita now…
so even though im not there….I am…without the costs..

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:22 AM

so even though im not there….I am…without the costs..

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Same crazy pressure no doubt… I do not miss how high strung everyone would get as deadlines approached. Or when one of the main contractors came in for process audits.

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:26 AM

kcewa on February 17, 2014 at 3:18 AM
oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:20 AM

could be from almost anything…
it doesn’t really have a traditional suspension system
here a shot of the body…look at all the nuts…
not as many as you’d think…
the screws were all NAS1652 socket head cap screw…
so the heads are all round…no hex here
and most were put into tapped holes…
so few nuts as possible.

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:28 AM

and most were put into tapped holes…
so few nuts as possible.

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Yea, I know, I used to bond those tapped inserts into carbon fiber panels for the SBRIS. Those three part epoxies with the super fine glass beads in them are some seriously nasty shiite to work with.

oscarwilde on February 17, 2014 at 3:34 AM

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/rover/arm/

good shots of the arm and hand…a few nuts maybe..
im trying to look for shots of the things that vibrate..
like the SaSpah….soil sampler…

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 4:00 AM

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/instruments/

a look at the science instruments

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 4:10 AM

http://msl-scicorner.jpl.nasa.gov/samplingsystem/

down at the bottom of this page is the CHIMRA and Sa/SPah..
these have vibrators on them…
they touch the soil samples and then the sample is vibed
thru screens to obtain the proper soil sample size..
the sample once sized is dropped thru to the SAM module…or CheMin module..
you also would vibe between samples to help cross sample contamination ,,,
so there s some shaking going on here

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 4:20 AM

each sol (short drive) is so short that
I wouldn’t think its a rover induced vibration
that caused the nut to come off..
if the sol was 6 feet…how much did that really shake it??

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 4:23 AM

NAS1652

I believe this s/b NAS1352…
no 1652..sorry..

going2mars on February 17, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Good morning HA

What tripe….just heard Michelle Obama is a better first lady than Laura bush…..skewed poll big time….the first five names are democrats…. yeah no bias there

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 5:22 AM

Cats are born knowing the sound of a can opener.

Scientists found the can opener gene.

Lanceman on February 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM

My cat food cans have pop tops. Same effect, though.

crankyoldlady on February 17, 2014 at 5:44 AM

All the CRUZ naysayers can go screw themselves.
This nation does NOT have a bottomless bank account.
TX-96 on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

+1

Don’t worry. Just like the last time Cruz stood up and fought against Obamacare, the Grand Old Progressives will admit he’s right through their actions. He stood up and said no to the individual mandate and was attacked. The GOP said attacking Obamacare is distracting from Obamacare. 2 days later they ask for the same thing. No wonder most Americans think the Grand Old Progressives are out of their minds

Brock Robamney on February 17, 2014 at 5:52 AM

so pandora is going to determine your political leanings based on what stations you have….i guess folks have nothing better to do….

if you like country music you must be gop and if you like rap music you must be a dem….i guess individuality is thrown out the door…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:01 AM

another day another christie story on msdnc…they can’t let him go…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

MORE CHRISTIE!!!!!!!

renalin on February 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM

so christie has to explain why he didn’t know what was occurring within his administration but obama still gets a free pass on what his administration has been doing for the last 5 years…

good lapdogs….

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:07 AM

morning renalin :)

so according to the UAW outside politicians are bad unless they are Obama fighting for them…

gotcha…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:09 AM

misogynistic sexist hippocrite

-mika on any criticism of killary

renalin on February 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

according to mika, bringing up the monica lewinsky issue is ridiculous and it will backfire but bringing up 40 year old stories of mitt and W are a-ok…..
hypocrite

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

this will inspire her to run you idiots

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:15 AM

morning cmsinaz!

not a peep about Benghazi in mika’s impassioned defense of hillary She’ll “run for the women”

renalin on February 17, 2014 at 6:16 AM

dems strategy on obamacare
if gop changes obamacare, it will be worse for seniors and women….oh the horror….

pretty pathetic strategy but with the lsm on their side and the low information voter clueless who knows…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:26 AM

renalin on February 17, 2014 at 6:16 AM

but of course…
replace gop are racist with gop are sexist and the dems/lsm have their campaign meme for the next 3 years….

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

My take: Craigslist Killer Says The Devil Made Her Do It

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 6:40 AM

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 6:40 AM

interesting take KJ…evil is everywhere

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:48 AM

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Yes, ma’am. It most certainly is.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 6:52 AM

according to mika, bringing up the monica lewinsky issue is ridiculous and it will backfire but bringing up 40 year old stories of mitt and W are a-ok…..
hypocrite

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

They all keep saying this. If its no big deal, why do they keep making a big deal out of it?

Flora Duh on February 17, 2014 at 7:04 AM

My take: Craigslist Killer Says The Devil Made Her Do It

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Sorry kj, I just can’t bring myself to read anymore about that case. I saw a picture of her husband this morning, it sent chills down my spine.

Flora Duh on February 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Flora Duh on February 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM

I totally understand.

With it being a slow news evening, this is a “think” piece.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Flora it makes no sense…..

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Obama approval underwater in… Minnesota.

Looks like the State has gone racist, huh?

ajacksonian on February 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM

ajacksonian on February 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM

it has to racist, cause wasn’t there an approval rating for POTUS of 51% just a few days ago?

renalin on February 17, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Gettin’ real sicka Mika Zhuzhinski.

Get a name that doesn’t waste letters, you dumb broad!

Lanceman on February 17, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Also, I’m out of Ritalin again…

Lanceman on February 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

FIRST!

Suckas.

Bishop on February 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Obama approval underwater in… Minnesota.

Looks like the State has gone racist, huh?

ajacksonian on February 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Dog Eater claimed he could control the elements and that hasn’t happened so the stupid lefties here are really mad and stomping their feet.

But if proclaimed himself dictator in 2016 and perched a parrot on his shoulder those same people would become orgasmic.

Bishop on February 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Bishop

I commented on your thing.

Lanceman on February 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

according to mika, bringing up the monica lewinsky issue is ridiculous and it will backfire but bringing up 40 year old stories of mitt and W are a-ok…..
hypocrite
cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

According to Karl Marx Rove, we are supposed to vote for the most conservative candidate that can win. Using that logic, between Shrillary and Krispy, I would vote for Shrillary. She is both more conservative and with the help of the media, should win quite handily

Brock Robamney on February 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

FIRST!

Suckas.

Bishop on February 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Didn’t you mean to do that on this thread?

Bmore on February 17, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Today’s the 5th anniversary of Porkulus – the $800B one-time (but not so one-time) spending bill that was supposed to deliver 5% unemployment and >4% GDP growth by 1st Quarter 2013.

And let’s not forget the nearly $4T added to the balance sheet of the Fed since 2009….courtesy of QE.

Athos on February 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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