Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

The Ukraine crisis has given GOP foreign policy hawks a fresh opportunity to reassert themselves in a party that has seen rising isolationist sentiment…

Republicans nearly across the board contend what they view as Mr. Obama’s missteps in foreign affairs—such as his threat to bomb Syria, later withdrawn—might have emboldened hostile leaders like Mr. Putin. “After several crises, the pendulum is swinging back” to a more assertive posture, said Richard Grenell, a Bush-era spokesman at the United Nations. He described the party’s stance as “diplomacy with muscle.”…

Since Mr. Obama took office, the GOP struggled to formulate a unified vision for America’s role in the world. The long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan made it harder to return to Bush-era hawkishness. The rising influence of tea-party activists also brought a strain of anti-interventionism and opposition to military spending increases…

During the next three years, some Republicans in Congress moved in that direction. “A lot of Republicans would love to have the party take on the president on lack of leadership and inadequate defense spending,” said former Rep. Vin Weber, who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. “But the party is not as clearly where it was 20 years ago. There is a growing neo-isolationist strain at the grass-roots.”

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During an interview with the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, conducted on February 24, and posted on February 25 (after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted, but before Russia’s invasion into Crimea), Paul said: ”Some on our side are so stuck in the Cold War era that they want to tweak Russia all the time and I don’t think that is a good idea.”…

“The Ukraine has a long history of either being part of the Soviet Union or within that sphere,” Paul continued to the Post, seeming to defend their parochial interest in the region. “I don’t think it behooves us to tell the Ukraine what to do. I’m not excited about saying ‘hey, let’s put the Ukraine in NATO’ to rub Russia’s nose in it.”…

We are still a long way from 2016, and elections are rarely decided primarily on foreign policy, but one gets the sense that this is an issue that doesn’t naturally favor Paul.

For a few years now, a war-weary America has experienced what might be described as an anti-interventionist zeitgeist. The question is whether or not that is tenable. Republican primary voters might — depending on the world situation — return to a more traditional (for the modern GOP, at least) hawkish foreign policy. (After all, one has to assume that a certain amount of dovishness is merely an anti-Obama phenomenon.)

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Enter Rubio. The Floridian claims to reject the “obsolete” labels of hawk and dove, interventionist and noninterventionist. But the common theme of Rubio’s months-long, transcontinental foreign policy proselytization tour is articulating a strong America that is active and engaged in every part of the world. His takedown of Harkin was just the latest example, and the response—the speech registered a quarter-million YouTube hits within 72 hours and was raved about in GOP circles—showed the hunger in the party for someone to rebut the nascent libertarian wing. Whether intended or not, Rubio’s speech may have signaled the beginning of the anti-Rand auditions for 2016

“When you look at 2016 in terms of prospective candidates, Marco Rubio definitely seems to be doing the most to develop a foreign policy profile,” said GOP strategist Kevin Madden, a veteran of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. “And it’s happening at a time when many Republicans are looking for a strong counterpoint to the administration—and also a new voice. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are well established. They want to hear from someone new.”…

“The group that would support Paul and his isolationism is more limited than the group that would support someone who wants a more robust role for America in the world as a peacemaker,” said Fred Malek, a longtime GOP consultant who chaired McCain’s finance operation during his 2008 presidential campaign…

But unlike his prospective competition, Rubio, by nature of working in Washington and serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, can uniquely position himself on the national stage as Paul’s ideological counterweight in the run-up to 2016. Indeed, while there are many disadvantages to being a presidential candidate serving in Congress, Rubio is exploiting one giant upside.

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“Even though the media doesn’t give it a lot of attention, a lot of Americans do care about the tyranny we see in Cuba and Venezuela,” [Rubio spokesman Alex] Conant said. “America is a beacon of hope for millions of repressed people around the world and I think people appreciate Sen. Rubio clearly making the case for American leadership.”

It also helped that in the days following Rubio’s remarks, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unleashed a flood of commentary comparing Vladimir Putin’s actions to Soviet-era tactics. Cold War communism is top-of-mind again on the right, and many conservatives are eager to frame political debate about Ukraine as a choice between Rubio’s articulate tough talk and the weak-willed hedging and confused-grandpa muttering of President Obama and Harkin, respectively.

Of course, with Republicans still philosophically divided over foreign policy, it’s less clear how that message might translate to a concrete agenda in regard to Russia. Rubio’s eight-step proposal to punish Putin’s regime, for instance, has been welcomed with respect on the right, but not with the same fawning his Cuba speech inspired.

Meanwhile, as Rubio once again enjoys 2016 hype, his senior staff remains clear-eyed about how media narratives can work. One aide said he expected the backlash to the Rubio comeback story to materialize within weeks.

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Rubio’s move to speak out forcefully on the issue carries little short-term political risk for a senator positioning himself as a strong Obama critic in advance of a presidential run he is expected to launch about a year from now.

But to non-interventionist thinkers, Paul’s more cautious tact figures to pay long-term dividends among voters both in and out of the GOP, who increasingly want the United States to reduce its footprint on the international stage after more than a dozen years of war.

“Obama’s a unifying issue for Republicans, and it’s pretty safe if you’re aspiring to something higher to build your support within the Republican base by criticizing Obama,” said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. “But there are huge differences between Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, and eventually those details are going to get fleshed out.”

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“Are we war-weary?” asked Cruz. “As a consequence to that, does that mean we are no longer willing to defend ourselves? I think that is a profound misreading of the American people. The Republican Party—you can point to two points on the spectrum, where Republicans lie. On one side you have the views of John McCain. The other end of the spectrum, you have the views of Rand Paul. Now, with respect, my views are very much the views of Ronald Reagan, which I would suggest is a third point on the triangle.”

He gave some examples. “I agree with Rand Paul that we should not engage with military conflict in Syria,” Cruz said. The Obama administration had lost him when it described a strike not to achieve a long-term goal but to punish the state for contravening international law. “Tut tut, you violated international law, you’re no longer welcome in our faculty lounge,” snarked Cruz.

But he agreed with John McCain on Iran. “When Iran describes Israel as the Little Satan, and America as the Great Satan, we have every interest to make sure they don’t acquire the weaponry to kill millions of Americans.” Cruz imagined a nightmare scenario in which Iran detonated a bomb over “Tel Aviv or New York or Los Angeles.” Detonated here, the effects of an EMP attack could kill “tens of millions of Americans.”

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Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of space between McCain and Paul, and I think we would probably agree that when it comes to style, temperament, etc., Cruz is a lot closer to Paul than he is to McCain (remember the whole “wacko birds” thing?) During his CPAC speech, for example, Cruz praised Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul for being the two candidates who attracted young supporters. (His mention of McCain was less positive. “Of course, all of us remember President Dole, President McCain, President Romney,” he said.)

So basically, the Cruz strategy is to get close to Paul, while still staying toward the middle of the field. If you care about small government, both guys are good. Want to take on Obama? Check. Don’t like drone strikes, want to close the IRS, hate ObamaCare? Check. Check. Check.

But Cruz is making a bet that Paul’s more libertarian positions on issues like non-interventionism aren’t a mainstream opinion. So he will set up shop just on the other side of Paul. Anyone who says, “I really like Paul’s position, but I think we need to stand up to Russia,” now has a home. Or the guy who says, “I hate drones, but I don’t want Iran to go nuclear,” has a candidate.

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The excitement over candidates like Rand Paul come from that source. Millennials have already tuned out, and will tune out, those they view as “warmongers” or anything of the kind (as they share listicles of “the 15 countries John McCain wanted to bomb”). This makes for a dangerous situation on the right, as a return to traditional tough-sounding Jacksonian rhetoric (of the sort Cruz deployed today) will require voters to have faith that the big stick will not be deployed too eagerly or frequently, and that American lives will only be put at risk in situations where there is a clear path to victory, a clearly important issue at stake, and we are taking sides to seek the defeat of a clearly identified enemy.

The American people need to trust the judgment of their leaders – leaders who can make the case for the importance of America retaining military power in a dangerous world, but who can also be trusted not to engage that power in every situation, backsliding into the temptation to be the world’s policeman or ending tyranny everywhere. The absence of a serious, adult voice on these issues has led us to the current circumstance. This vacuum of leadership outside of McCain and Lindsey Graham – and next up, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton – leads to a defined “Republican view” from the media’s perspective which allows the GOP to be framed as the party of war – one where the Paul/Mike Lee/Justin Amash side of the equation is too often ignored.

Cruz’s comments make me look forward to the 2016 debate all the more.

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Newtie! All I need…;-)

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Page 3 Bish.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Ya, let’s do that again.

Joseph OHenry on March 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Nah, we just need a real man in the WH.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Didn’t catch that. Who was blog of the year?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

It’s a safe bet that even my GF brushingmyhair ain’t gonna show up tonight.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Question: Did brushingmyhair say it was female? I ask because I had been assuming it was a dude.

DisneyFan on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

In what sense? That he’s planning more or that he is so totally removed from the reality of the ACAs abject failure?

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Well, it’s not like we can really expect him to go out and say “Not only was I a liar. I was also a stupid failure of a liar.” Some level of disingenuity is to be expected.

But that he thinks anything he can do at this point can have a positive effect on this train wreck tells me he’s losing it. He’s losing it badly, and… get your antacid ready… the only alternative is Joe Biden.

It burns, does it not…?

JohnGalt23 on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Page 3 Bish.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Nice constellation prize I suppose. Say what did you think of my better half ?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Affirmative.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Sorry, the Blogger of the Year was wasted and made a mockery of.

Thanks Bmore!

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

brushingmyhair is a dude.

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Nice constellation prize I suppose. Say what did you think of my better half ?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Better half…easily.. very easily…

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

; )

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Say what did you think of my better half ?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

You’re lucky Ken didn’t flirt with her last night. It was a flirty night.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

brushingmyhair is a dude.

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I think so too. Lance is taking a walk on the wild side…

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

-_-

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

*gasp!* Don’t tell Lanceman

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

brushingmyhair is a dude.

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Claims to be, but I have my doubts…

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Straighten up…Dire is here :)

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

KCB is always flirty. HeIIfire he might should have flirted with her. Could have cheered her up a bit. ; )

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Claims to be, but I have my doubts…

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

It’s one of those modern people, you rubes. It has no sex.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

-_-

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Is that the bad eye? Why the bad eye?

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Are the Hall monitors here?..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Dire….

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

We didn’t know that she wasn’t cheery. It was funny that arnold didn’t know what to make of it all.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Are the Hall monitors here?..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

No, but the Rude Buffoons are/were…

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Bmore, me old sock – did you see my earlier comment about a future music/photo/montage project coming soon (hopefully. maybe.)?

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Did ya get hit hard?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Are the Hall monitors here?..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

No idea. We ignore.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Good evening Jedi..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Evening Dire :)

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

You should have flirted with her.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Forgot about this. Allegedly Putin meeting Reagan.

link goes to Ace’s

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Well you know and she knows arnold has always been my favorite little piggy. I figured he would laugh. Maybe he will show up soon, before I turn in. ; )

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Question: Did brushingmyhair say it was female? I ask because I had been assuming it was a dude.

DisneyFan on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

brushingmypubes is not a male.

Unless he’s 8 years old.

Even the most pussified pajama-boy does not write like she does.

It’s a young girl, 18 -24.

Never doubt the ol’ Lanceman. Lanceman’s always right.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

onesheep, there are a few sitting Governors that are on my radar. Lets see how things go, shall we?

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I’m game for that, as long as one is not Christie.

onesheep on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

link goes to Ace’s

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Goes nowhere.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Are the Hall monitors here?..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Well, B.More continues to speak to ‘it’…

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

The Rubio speech thread was\is being hijacked as we speak..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

No. Don’t know how I missed that. Can you link me to it?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Did ya get hit hard?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

It’s still raining. I was lucky I finished putting a culvert in the easement right before it started hard. Really cold too.

If it keeps up, I’m going to start cutting Gopherwood and looking for animals.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Garth Brooks meets KISS!

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

His reply “I don’t trust you” :)

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

It’s a young girl, 18 -24.

Never doubt the ol’ Lanceman. Lanceman’s always right.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Chinese population explosion= We fcuk’em young…

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

link goes to Ace’s

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I don’t have permission, 404.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Never doubt the ol’ Lanceman. Lanceman’s always right.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

BMH is nonpartisan.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

No. Don’t know how I missed that. Can you link me to it?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Nothing of consequence to link to, just a general “hey, have a project in mind, love your Photoshop’s, might want to talk about incorporating them, yadda yadda”. :)

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

brushingmyhair is a dude.

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yep, you are correct. :)

onesheep on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Yeah, I saw there was a bit of cross over up your way. Knew you had said you’d be out treeing. and digging and such. This weather has sucked bigtime! What size culvert 1 or 2 by 20?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

You should have flirted with her.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Yeah, right.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

More

HillC Liver Spot on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Good evening..:)

PS..See comment to OC (11:46pm)..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Chinese population explosion= We fcuk’em young…

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

She’s simply a bored young girl. Prolly from the northeast.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Yeah, right.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

No seriously, she would have loved it. She was some kinda pissed at me yesterday. Plus her b-day is next week. That always gets em.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

It’s a young girl, 18 -24.

Never doubt the ol’ Lanceman. Lanceman’s always right.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Agreed.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Noooorrrrrrmmmm!!..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Plus her b-day is next week. That always gets em.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

I’ll get her something nice.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

BMH is nonpartisan.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Impossible, sir. nonparisian is Allah or Ace or somebody driving traffic.

PS..See comment to OC (11:46pm)..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Will check it out.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I’ll get her something nice.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I’m kidding!!!!!!

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Bmore, this is one I did quickly back before the 2010 election out of frustration, was thinking something similar, but would love to use some of your work if you’re amenable…

When did things go so wrong…

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Yeah, I saw there was a bit of cross over up your way. Knew you had said you’d be out treeing. and digging and such. This weather has sucked bigtime! What size culvert 1 or 2 by 20?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

It was 20 feet long and 6″ pipe. The trees got a reprieve from the governor though. The easement, a foot and a half down, was complete gray clay and hard as concrete. It’s in though. I’m going to add a section running into a french drain on the neighbors property when the ground dries again.

What’s up with your wood projects? I’ve been shown some beautiful stuff Going2Mars has made. I still owe him a picture of my oak sofas.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

I saw that, made me bust out in laughter. You know why he said that right?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Say nothing…act casual…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

PS..See comment to OC (11:46pm)..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Oh. It’s frank. Yeah, he doesn’t talk to me anymore. The tough guy/hagfish petered out on that particular schtick.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

BMH is nonpartisan.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Impossible, sir. nonparisian is Allah or Ace or somebody driving traffic.

PS..See comment to OC (11:46pm)..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Will check it out.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Not impossible. I’m going to overrule your objection on this one. One more outburst and I’ll hold you in contempt.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

brushingmyhair is a dude.

tommy71 on March 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I think so too. Lance is taking a walk on the wild side…

OmahaConservative on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Stay outta da Brushes ?

viking01 on March 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Goes nowhere.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Try this Mediaite link

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I saw that, made me bust out in laughter. You know why he said that right?

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

I take it HeddyLamar is your wife?

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Lorelei

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Try this Mediaite link

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

That’s not Putin! That’s Illya Kuryakin!

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

They’re Here!!..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Not impossible. I’m going to overrule your objection on this one. One more outburst and I’ll hold you in contempt.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Anything is possible. wouldn’t it be a hoot if all these trolls were you guys fvckin’ with me!

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I like that. You may use any of my stuff anytime you like. Take what you need. If you get in a fix and need that special something let me know. Maybe I can fix you up. But buy all means help yourself. ; )P.S. I love the Impeach Everyone T-shirt. Lolz!

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I like that. You may use any of my stuff anytime you like. Take what you need. If you get in a fix and need that special something let me know. Maybe I can fix you up. But buy all means help yourself. ; )P.S. I love the Impeach Everyone T-shirt. Lolz!

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Cool, man, thanks. I’ll keep you posted. It’s still in the ether in terms of formulation of the idea, hehe.

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Hey DS…

OmahaConservative on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Dang I’ve been hunting some of that very clay for a project I’m on. Stuff is brutal! Wood projects on on hold for a bit. I cut some pear yesterday, mainly to show SparkPlug. Its here 6/4 boards about three footers. Otherwise slow.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Thank you Newtie

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

The Rubio speech thread was\is being hijacked as we speak..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

All right, there’s a comment over there that got a genuine laugh out of me. I’m not quoting it. But, damn that was funny. :)

Axe on March 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Don’t worry about the wet wood.
I took the wet wood off the top to get to the dry wood. Then I put the wet wood back nice and neat for you.

SparkPlug on March 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Where is Scrumpy???

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Love to see it when you are done. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Twerp meal?

SparkPlug on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Good Evening to you Dire! All well? ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Twerp meal?

SparkPlug on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I hope not. She’s a nice lady like New Tie.

Now. You all tell me this ain’t the hagfish:

I scroll through the comments but always make a point to stop at BG’s comments. Her reasoning is very crisp and clear. She may hit the curtilage on the rarest of occasions but is usually straight down the center; what were we all of such capabilities.

My top four commenters on this site are: Lourdes, Del (can’t remember the second half,) BG, and Bmore. When they write. I read.

I would happily read a comment by Lourdes damning me in the most vile manner imaginable. Hands down she’s the best writer here. Conducting a grand symphony, nightly and for free, with her pen, if you will. I’ve heard she has a blog & I’d love to read it.

Bmore is a man of goodwill and an excellent ambassador for HA. Thoughtful comments and seems to always be working towards improving the experience of all who visit this little corner of the world.

Del- quite simply, Solomon.

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM

I take it HeddyLamar is your wife?

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Lolz! No not Heddy, MissLamar.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Lolz! No not Heddy, MissLamar.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Yes. MissLamar. She’s a nice lady too.

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Told ya frank was okay.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Better Hedy Lamar than Hedley Lamarr….

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Anything is possible. wouldn’t it be a hoot if all these trolls were you guys fvckin’ with me!

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Who says they’re not? I’m Bmore and Cindy Munfords sock puppet. They take turns.

But it’s even more complicated than that. Libfreeordie does actually have all of those alter-egos such as DeathToMediaHacks, GodlessCommie, Dbear and more. But did you know he is actually a sock puppet of Solaratov who is actually Dire Strait’s sock puppet who controls both Bmore and Cindy. In a tragic Advanced Google Search accident Dire Strait inadvertently became “my” sock-puppet even though, I don’t really exist. So … by extension, “you” are actually not real but simultaneously a sock-puppet for both Axe and Michelle Malkin herself.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

lol

Axe on March 7, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Told ya frank was okay.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Heh! Yeah!

So … by extension, “you” are actually not real but simultaneously a sock-puppet for both Axe and Michelle Malkin herself.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Man, I need to lay off that astral projection.

Or Axe does.

Or..

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Big improvement in his use of the comment box buttons.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Does this mean I can ride in the helicopter now? Lolz!

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Axe on March 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Cough up that funny quote. Do it for Sophie.

SparkPlug on March 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

HA masterpiece :)

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

In what sense? That he’s planning more or that he is so totally removed from the reality of the ACAs abject failure?

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Both…but especially the first.

kcewa on March 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Who says they’re not? I’m Bmore and Cindy Munfords sock puppet. They take turns.

But it’s even more complicated than that. Libfreeordie does actually have all of those alter-egos such as DeathToMediaHacks, GodlessCommie, Dbear and more. But did you know he is actually a sock puppet of Solaratov who is actually Dire Strait’s sock puppet who controls both Bmore and Cindy. In a tragic Advanced Google Search accident Dire Strait inadvertently became “my” sock-puppet even though, I don’t really exist. So … by extension, “you” are actually not real but simultaneously a sock-puppet for both Axe and Michelle Malkin herself.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

So there is like 2 commenters at HA?

Who am I? This is an existential emerfency.

Sauerkraut, where’s my DMT?

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

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