Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 18, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.

That was so January. The terrain is now shifting fast as the 1 percent fights back hard and the effectiveness of the populist approach comes into question.

Fresh off a bruising loss in Florida, the Democratic playbook for the midterms appears in need of a major rewrite — and the pro-business wing of the party is ready to draw up new plans. President Barack Obama in his budget once again floated a plan to raise taxes on Wall Street, but no one took it seriously. And just days later, the president was raising money at the home of one of the wealthiest private equity executives in New York. Mayor de Blasio’s hopes to increase taxes on the wealthiest got blown out by Wall Street’s newest hero, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And de Blasio is facing major heat from the rich over his opposition to charter schools.

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So it’s comical, in a way, to see Mr. Ryan trying to explain away some recent remarks in which he attributed persistent poverty to a “culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working.” He was, he says, simply being “inarticulate.” How could anyone suggest that it was a racial dog-whistle? Why, he even cited the work of serious scholars — people like Charles Murray, most famous for arguing that blacks are genetically inferior to whites. Oh, wait. …

Or we’re told that conservatives, the Tea Party in particular, oppose handouts because they believe in personal responsibility, in a society in which people must bear the consequences of their actions. Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts, of huge bonuses paid to executives who were saved from disaster by government backing and guarantees. Instead, all the movement’s passion, starting with Rick Santelli’s famous rant on CNBC, has been directed against any hint of financial relief for low-income borrowers. And what is it about these borrowers that makes them such targets of ire? You know the answer.

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Let’s for a moment concede that roughly half the country is focused on punishing the poor. Let’s say they communicate this viewpoint via thinly-veiled racist rhetoric that apparently anyone can hear. Still, is it really “difficult” to find a Tea Party denunciation of bailouts? I guess asking your intern to type the words “bailout” and “Tea Party” into a Google search is problematic for a guy who insulates himself from the opposition’s arguments. Arduous as the work can be, though, Krugman would have first found a Wikipedia page that cited all larger 2009 Tea Party protests and found around a dozen of them were partly or explicitly aimed at denunciating Wall Street bailouts. …

Actually, nearly every Tea Party-affiliated candidate had come out strongly against TARP, many of them making it the centerpiece of their runs against establishment Republicans — including Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.   Is there no editor on the Times’ opinion page editor that can email the professor and ask him whether he wants to make such a ludicrous claim?

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It should matter that what Ryan told Bennett is true, as anyone who has spent time in America’s inner cities and working with kids there can testify. The reasons for the hardships facing those living in America’s inner cities are complicated and not simply cultural; they are economic as well. But to say that there isn’t a problematic culture that has taken root in America’s inner cities is a lie; and to attack those like Ryan who speak about it is to compound the lie. …

But as Jonathan points out, there’s something more fundamental going on here. Liberals who have complicity in the problems plaguing America’s inner cities are attempting to make an honest conversation about poverty impossible. They are signaling that they intend to try to take out Republicans who want to address some of the root causes, the behavioral causes, of poverty. …

For them the villain isn’t, say, the ruinous public school systems in Chicago, Detroit, and D.C. that are destroying the lives and future of hundreds of thousands of kids; it’s Paul Ryan, who among other things supports school choice for inner-city parents. This is what large parts of liberalism have been reduced to: the praetorian guard of corrupt, poverty-creating institutions and organizations.

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Half a century later, with the Census Bureau reporting more than 46 million Americans still mired in poverty, these same liberals seem insistent on denying low-income children quality educational opportunities, through cruel policies that will only perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has embarked on a systematic campaign to destroy the city’s burgeoning charter school movement. He’s diverting more than $200 million in funding marked for charter schools, and has also thrown hundreds of students out of their promised school buildings. He has also declared his intent to nullify arrangements that allow charters to locate in existing public schools rent-free. …

Worst of all, the left and teachers unions aren’t just denying the clear facts — they’re denying millions of low-income students the opportunity for a better future.

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I am mystified. Charter schools are not private schools. They are free public schools that are open to any student, usually by lottery. Some very rich people support them, provide extra funds for special programs and, in return, get vilified for their efforts. One columnist, citing the pay package of charter-school CEOs, referred to a “gilded crusade,” another to an “all-out campaign by the elite.” You would think we’re talking about the “gilded” and “elite” getting their own kids into some fancy school. Instead, they’re helping poor children. …

When the rich insist that lower taxes would do wonders for the poor, the orphaned and the grievously widowed, I detect the faint aroma of self-interest. But when they plump for charter schools, the only ulterior motive you can find is that down the road, years from now, society will benefit and so, as night follows day, will they. I can live with that.

America has always had a love-hate relationship with its rich. But lately, there’s been more hate than love.

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The welfare state, primarily devoted to pensions and medical care for the elderly, aggravates inequality. Young people just starting up the earnings ladder and families in the child-rearing, tuition-paying years subsidize the elderly, who have had lifetimes of accumulation. Households headed by people age 75 and older have the highest median net worth of any age group.

In this sixth year of near-zero interest rates, the government’s monetary policy breeds inequality. Low rates are intended to drive liquidity into the stock market in search of higher yields. The resulting boom in equity markets — up 30 percent last year alone — has primarily benefited the 10 percent who own 80 percent of all directly owned stocks. Charles Wolf writes in the Weekly Standard: “The financial sector’s profits rose from 18 percent of total corporate profits preceding the recession in 2007 to 23 percent in 2013.” …

The monetary base having expanded 340 percent in six years, there is abundant money for businesses. But, says Fisher, the federal government’s fiscal and regulatory policies discourage businesses from growing the economy with the mountain of money the Fed has created. This is why “the most vital organ of our nation’s economy — the middle-income worker — is being eviscerated.” And why the loudest complaints about inequality are coming from those whose policies worsen it.

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The factor in all this that liberals have been emphasizing the most in recent months has been stagnation in the minimum wage. It is true that a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis found that a substantial increase in the minimum wage would lift 900,000 low-wage workers out of poverty. But a minimum-wage hike would be very poorly targeted if our goal were to help poor families. Specifically, the CBO found that only 19 percent of the income gains that would follow an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would go to households whose earnings fall below the poverty line. And the CBO also projects that the U.S. work force would become smaller by an amount equal to 500,000 workers as employers found large numbers of Americans unemployable at a higher wage floor. That is, a minimum-wage hike risks making the worklessness problem worse rather than better.

So what can we do about the worklessness crisis?

First, Republicans need to back macroeconomic policies that will bring us closer to full employment. David Beckworth and Ramesh Ponnuru have argued in these pages that if the Federal Reserve keeps the growth of nominal spending and nominal income on a steady path, we will see a far more robust labor-market recovery. Achieving full employment is a crucial first step, as periods of full employment are also periods during which inflation-adjusted incomes rise for all households, including those at the bottom of the ladder.


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Cruz!!

KCB on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Well done, Ken!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Wow, a pic of a Republican who fails to inspire…

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Semi- O T :
.
Erika, would you please tell that Allah’ is okay ?

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Who wants to talk about the missing plane? Raise your hands high.

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Illinois Governor Primary Race has narrowed

88.2% reporting

B. Rauner 40%
K. Dillard 37.6%
B. Brady 15%
D. Rutherford 7.4%

http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/illinois/

wren on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

WHERE the hell is Allahputzit???

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Huey Lewis and the News – Heart and Soul

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Thank you – I needed that :)

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

AP is on vacation until the 26th…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Erika, would you please tell that Allah’ is okay ?

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

He’s gone. He left with another set of commenters. So much for all the sweet pillow talk, eh?

TYPICAL.

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Hellooooooo!

newtie! Where were you last night! There was much rocking going on.
Here, just for you,Desire (Hollywood Remix), U2.

My favorite Irish band…

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Didn’t they post earlier this week that AP was on vacation until, oh, about March 24?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I ordered a signed-by-the-artist copy of the Cruz poster.
Ooooh. Yeaaaah.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ratso? Anyone seen Ratso?
.
I just ate a cat and I wanna make sure that i didn’t accidentally snack Ratso. OC would be so pissed …
.
Oh… hi, OC. (innocent look)

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Lance, if you see Ed’s Sunday Reflections thread, he explained that Allah is on vacation…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Semi- O T :
.
Erika, would you please tell that Allah’ is okay ?

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

listens2glenn: Agreed, …

..I bets ALLAHP and BISHOP are out fishing and brain-storming!!

I Hopes,..but yes,…I’m in “Concerned Territory”,..and not to
be misconstruded as “Concern Territory Type Trolling”!!??-:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It worked for me, KC ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hilarious.

Amnesty Boy is getting torn apart by the very Obama Party and media he sold out conservatives to in order to get a “budget deal”.

Perfect comeuppance. Of course, he’s too stupid to learn and will be going back to them begging them to like him again, just like the worthless RINO he is.

northdallasthirty on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I saw ‘em w/ my friend the U2 addict @ United Center in 2010. I was impressed.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts

Lolz!!! You tell em Paul!

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts …

Okay, which freakin’ sycophantic LSM whore wrote that piece of tripe …

Noooooooooooooooo, Erikaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, you made me click on a Krugman article!?!?

Instead, all the movement’s passion, starting with Rick Santelli’s famous rant on CNBC, has been directed against any hint of financial relief for low-income borrowers. And what is it about these borrowers that makes them such targets of ire? You know the answer.

Great … I get to listen to Krugman call me a racist again …

ShainS on March 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

That shift would allow companies to profit by importing low-skill immigrants, even though the immigrants would also have to be supported by taxpayers. For example, the Senate’s June 2013 immigration bill offers conditional amnesty to at least 11.7 million illegal immigrants, who would cost taxpayers roughly $6.3 trillion over the next several decades, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Bill Gates is detached from reality.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ratso just went out for a smoke with me and boy is he pissed! It is very blustery and we are getting a sideways sleet…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

. . . I bets ALLAHP and BISHOP are out . . .
canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

. . . heeey . . . wait a minute . . .

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Illinois Governor Primary Race has narrowed

88.2% reporting

B. Rauner 40%
K. Dillard 37.6%

wren on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I don’t think so. They keep reporting that it’s down to 2%, but at 86% counted, the Trib had it Rauner by 4%. I don’t think Dillard got all of the next 2%.

I expect the next update to show Rauner by 4% again. My dog was Brady, but I hate Dillard and would (gulp) rather have Rauner.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

We await the call …

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Lance, if you see Ed’s Sunday Reflections thread, he explained that Allah is on vacation…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Thank you, Ratso’s dad.

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

O.K. all you Hell Raisers!

Stop drinking Johnny Walker Red.

Some Skynard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKrO-pTe2no

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Me and the husband might get to attend the Texas State GOP convention as alternate delegates.
Woo!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I saw ‘em w/ my friend the U2 addict @ United Center in 2010. I was impressed.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I’ve seen them 3 times–favorite was at the Omni in Atlanta–I was close enough to the stage I could’ve almost shook the bass players hand. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

OTAY,……ILLINIOS had some Electioneering todays,……….SURPRISE:

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Former Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross wins treasurer primary over Du Page auditor Bob Grogan – @AP
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#BREAKING: Tom Cross declared winner of Republican race for Illinois Treasurer.
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Dick Durbin
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Dairy magnate Jim Oberweis wins Illinois GOP Senate primary, will challenge Democrat Durbin – @AP
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politics
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wins state’s Democratic primary; will seek 2nd full term – @AP
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Chicago, IL, US
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Polls close across Illinois in state’s primary election; Chicago-area polling stations get 1-hour extension – @AP
read more on therepublic.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/illinois-us/

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canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Tijuana Bible – Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat

Texas Blues

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

They’re at the gate — ready —

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Aaannnnd — they’re off!!

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

That nasty spell of weather you got on Sunday, we got yesterday here in FL. A lightning strike came THISCLOSE to our Happy Hacienda and all was well–except for the router. :-( Alas, Poor Actiontec WI424-WR, we knew you well these last five years…

Good news: Verizon overnighted us a NEW router and we got it this afternoon! :-D

And U2, although I’m not a fan, suits right now! Thank you, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I’ve heard that Rauner makes Mark Kirk seem like Ted Cruz.
I’m glad we’re out-because I don’t think that I could’ve voted for any of ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

AP is on vacation until the 26th…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Or “special assignment”:

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Allahpundit is on vacation special assignment for a bit so the rest of the staff will be pitching in for the evening quotes. Proper order shall be restored to the universe before too long.

Personally, I think he’s off SCUBA diving in the Indian Ocean in search of Flight MH370.

climbnjump on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Wow, a pic of a Republican who fails to inspire…

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

He did push granny over the cliff so he’s not all bad.

arnold ziffel on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

We’re already here. Why you makin such a ruckus?

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

WHERE the hell is Allahputzit???

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Is there a cat lover’s convention going on somewhere?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

We’re already here. Why you makin such a ruckus?

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Tryin to get more wenches, some trolls and a few loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Politico now has it at 91.3% reporting:

B. Rauner 40%
K. Dillard 37.6%

Same.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

The. Dude. Is. On. Vacation.

Probably Rehobeth beach DL or Key West in a pet friendly lgbt motel.

Holed up with a mini fridge full of Zima. Working out every morning to a Richard Simmons CD, hanging by the pool.

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

WHERE the hell is Allahputzit???

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

On assignment. Searching for Flight 370, an Appletini, and God.

TXUS on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I just ate a cat

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Wow. Do. not. comment. stop. typing. now. now. uhhhh….

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I’ve heard that Rauner makes Mark Kirk seem like Ted Cruz.
I’m glad we’re out-because I don’t think that I could’ve voted for any of ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Rauner has donated big money to Dems in the past and is pro-choice. I’ll pass.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Trib 88%:

Rauner 41.0
Dillard 37.6

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Hilarious.

Amnesty Boy is getting torn apart by the very Obama Party and media he sold out conservatives to in order to get a “budget deal”.

Perfect comeuppance. Of course, he’s too stupid to learn and will be going back to them begging them to like him again, just like the worthless RINO he is.

northdallasthirty on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yep. Ryan, the dingbat douchebag, will just have to push more aid and comfort for illegal invaders in order to try to appease his leftist lords. Of course, nihilistic, America-hating leftists are never appeased since they want total destruction. But Ryan, the dingbat douchebag, will give it a big try. Again and again and again …

It’s hard to express how much I truly abhor these morons.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Watching old Red Skelton movies on TCM. He was really cool…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

.
AP is on vacation until the 26th…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

.
Thank you.

I missed the memo … it was unfortunate (for me) timing with my smart-assed at 12:23 AM comment on the “Sunday Reflection” thread last night.

Okay … very good.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Sorry bout the router.

Not a U2 fan…not a U2 fan…does not compute….This message will self destruct when it stops feeling lazy.

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Oberweis is a good guy-but El Turbin is gonna eat him alive.
I worked for the Salvi campaign in ’96-vs Durbin for a then open senate seat.
Durbinites are azzmoles!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Me and the husband might get to attend the Texas State GOP convention as alternate delegates.
Woo!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Does “alternate” mean you can go to all the parties but you get to skip the speeches?

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

WOO-HOO!! First billing AND a Capital Letter to boot!

OC, you ROCK!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I’ve heard that Rauner makes Mark Kirk seem like Ted Cruz.
I’m glad we’re out-because I don’t think that I could’ve voted for any of ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

John DiLeo says Rauner is a ‘rat plant.

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Tryin to get more wenches

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

By all means, continue!! More is better.

KCB on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I just ate a cat

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

And your culinary opinion is?

snack-worthy? too furry? too small to mess with?

Inquiring predators want to know.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

“Whistling in the Dark” was funny!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Illinois Senate Primary Race called for J. Oberweis

91.5% reporting

J. Oberweis 55.8%
D. Truax 44.2

Race had been very close in early results with lead switching between Oberweis & Truax, but then Oberweis
took a wide lead which held for the rest of the evening.

http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/senate/illinois/

wren on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts

‘specially if you don’t make the slightest of efforts to find out, ferret.

Why don’t you ask former Senator Bennett of Utah one of bullets Mike Lee used to kill him? You know: he voted to bailout the banks.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

OC, you ROCK!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Thanks for the tune, darlin’

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Tryin to get more wenches, some trolls and a few loons…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

More Wenches=good!
trolls=we got ‘em but they’ve been sucking their thumbs over Obamacare
Loons=the more, the merrier!

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I just ate a cat

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I hear they’re good with barbeque sauce and a little Tabasco.

climbnjump on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Maybe he left us for a pizza delivery job at the closest Dominoes to the Governers mansion in Jersey?

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Predator, thank you for your generosity Sunday night!

Translation: The check cleared… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

“Whistling in the Dark” was funny!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I laughed my ass off. Great cast, just wish there would have been more Eve Arden. She was great as a comedienne…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Ha.
It’s in Cowtown in June.
The ‘local. who’s picking the alternates likes us-so there’s a good chance that we’ll be going.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Ratso just went out for a smoke with me and boy is he pissed! It is very blustery and we are getting a sideways sleet…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I’m gonna take up a collection to get Ratso some nicotine patches. He really should not be smoking so much.

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I hope Fallon had a great day! Fallon if you read this. Fingers crossed, lots of hugs! ; )

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

They let AP THAT close to Drumthwacket? Will wonders never cease…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Heres the Illinios Results,…and its a Sh*t-Load:

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canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’ve heard that Rauner makes Mark Kirk seem like Ted Cruz.
I’m glad we’re out-because I don’t think that I could’ve voted for any of ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Can’t say…he’s never held office before. Two competing talking points:

1. Rauner has reportedly donated over $300,000 to Democrats, including The Tiny Dancer and Dickless Dick Durbin. Mitigating Factor: he runs a Chicago based private equity company…who are you going to bribe…Republicans?

2. Rauner has loudly attacked unions, who hate him. They are voting for Dillard in the GOP primary instead of wasting their votes in the no-contest Dem primary, where Quinn is drowning some minority named Teo who claims to be the Gangster Whisperer, or something. If Rauner wins and follows through on his pledge to be the Illinois Scott Walker, we won’t care who he donated to.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I wonder if the dog eater ever et’ a cat?

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

AP is on vacation until the 26th…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

.
Or “special assignment”:

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Allahpundit is on vacation special assignment for a bit so the rest of the staff will be pitching in for the evening quotes. Proper order shall be restored to the universe before too long.

Personally, I think he’s off SCUBA diving in the Indian Ocean in search of Flight MH370.

climbnjump on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

.
. . . : )

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I know. DiLeo has a sixth sense for ferreting them out.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’m gonna take up a collection to get Ratso some nicotine patches. He really should not be smoking so much.

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I loved Eve Arden in “Stage Door,” too! If you ever have a chance to see it, check it out!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

My ex-husband is an ‘AFSCME’ conservative who hates Quinn. I’ll ask him who he voted for.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

…Bishop!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Blushing dittos, OC ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The uber libertarians get on my nerves sometimes.

Just sayin’

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I’ll look for it. Ma’ Kettle is in this new Skelton flick…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I know. DiLeo has a sixth sense for ferreting them out.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

We had dinner last year not 2 miles from my house.

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

There you go, ALT.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts

“Wall Street Bailout” is racist code for…I can’t say because it’s a secret code.

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

. . . heeey . . . wait a minute . . .

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Axe:

Lol,..ya know I can see ALLAHP’s Kitteh,..on the bow,.waves and water-spray
as there head’n to BISHOPS favourite fishing area, haha:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Predator, thank you for your generosity Sunday night!

Translation: The check cleared… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Sunday night? I’m old and forgetful. Shake my memory a little here.

But you’re welcome all the same. *muah*

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

They actually have Ma’ Kettle kinda’ gussied up in this movie…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Here’s the telling stat: Dillard is from Hinsdale in DuPage County, near west suburban. Rauner is beating him by 6.5% in DuPage.

Heh.

Dillard’s support is coming from Democrat union vermin who crossed over. They are terrified of him because he can self-fund the general election.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

KOOLAID2!!!!!!

KCB on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I loved Eve Arden in “Stage Door,” too! If you ever have a chance to see it, check it out!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Is that the one where Hepburn’s rich father gets her a part that the good actress should have had and she jumps out of the window and commits suicide?

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Taxes Baby:…LOVE Occupational Tax,..say whats!!
(sarc)

13WREX ‏@13WREX 4m

With 95% of precincts reporting, the Loves Park Municipal Service Occupation Tax will pass. It currently has 63% of the vote. #13elections

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

The uber libertarians get on my nerves sometimes.

Just sayin’

wolly4321 on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

yep.

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Marjorie Main’s always a treat! I love her as the boarding house proprietor, Lucy, in “The Women.”

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Illegal immigration and black unemployment

Perhaps, Mr. Ryan, black unemployment wouldn’t be higher than unemployment of illegal aliens if our congress members cared about working Americans more than they care about pandering to Latino’s and trying to pass AMNESTY for at least 11 million more illegal aliens while systematically seeing that our borders remain porous and allowing the president to undermine existing immigration law and legislate from his desk to increase illegal immigration. Perhaps Mr. Ryan should reconsider suggesting that the United States should increase legal immigration on top of granting amnesty to those who’ve already willfully shattered federal immigration law in pursuit of their own interests and support working American’s right to work in their own nation.

Unemployment rate for illegals may be lower than for black US citizens

Consider that the PEW Center estimates that some 8 million illegal aliens currently hold full time jobs in the United States. PEW has no estimation of part time jobs held by illegal aliens in the United States.

There are currently over 20 million U.S. citizens and legal immigrants in the nation who are either unemployed or chronically and acutely underemployed.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I wonder if the dog eater ever et’ a cat?

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Doubt the Eater of Dogs ever ate any p*ssy.

TXUS on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

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