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.

***

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.

***

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?

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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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oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Oh, Mr. Wilde. Such a suggestion. ;)

Sloe gin? :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Agreed on the AMA not being the majority. And I used to think it was such a prestigious organization, too–until 404care was brought up for a vote. Now, not so much…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Oh, Mr. Wilde. Such a suggestion. ;)

Sloe gin? :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Barring a dissenting second option from Doc, yes that would be my prescription… <—- grin…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Sophie axed and hammered a turtle on a post.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM

KWR,

Prayers go out to you. Bless you dear.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Got A Broken Heart – Walter Trout

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss, Key West Reader!

And I am seething with an even stronger rage against Obamacare after reading about your experience.

Nobody should be treated this way by their government. Legal action should be the beginning of the process of taking down Obamacare and everybody associated with inflicting it upon our once great nation. Then we need to vote all elected officials who supported Obamacare out of office in November (or earlier if we can get rid of them in a Primary.)

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:11 AM

…ditto that wren.

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hey, that’s not what I was expecting.

/alfalfa turtle sprouts

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

lolz…and, I did it in order.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Sophie axed and hammered a turtle on a post.

MG, Scrumpy and the magistrate scraping Sparky off the post, again.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Barring a dissenting second option from Doc, yes that would be my prescription… <—- grin…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM

No objections.
Mind you only 1 out of 9 docs recommends it, but that’s the guy you want.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Sante, salud, cin cin. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Forgot the bucket part.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

And we always will, when necessary, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Sophie Hammer and Axe Bucket inquired about the cost to post a turtle to Abu Dhabi.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

So sorry KWR. Prayers for you.

KCB on March 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Sophie and Axe got hammered with a turtle in a bucket at the post.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

And we always will, when necessary, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

SP is an adorably witty out of control kid :)

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Hehe. But two days ago someone wearing a bucket on their head standing on a turtle on top of a post got pounded by a hammer into the ground.

Sophie did it.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Prayers ascending for KWR and her family in this time of need, comfort and understanding. May God comfort them in their grief.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM

No objections.
Mind you only 1 out of 9 docs recommends it, but that’s the guy you want.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

That must be the guy who doesn’t like Trident gum.

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I saw a turtle on a post, so I stood on a bucket and took a hammer to it. Then Sophie finished it off with an axe…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

SparkPlug:

Post Turtle, inexplicably perplexed in his position on said
post, daydreaming of dancing hammers and axes, suddenly noticed
Sophie, and begins a odessey of mental imagery of putting Sophie
in a Bucket and wisking her away to LustyLand!!

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Prayers for KWR! I cannot fathom that level of pain. May God comfort you.

Speaking of bad news, has anyone heard an update on Flora Duh’s family members who were burned?

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Night all. Gotta shower and bed.

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Steve Miller Band – Dance Dance Dance

And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Who says that Canadians are not imaginative?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

y’all did notice that I offered up my son’s given name-well his ‘call’ name-with his okay/
No more spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Nite NatB

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

yep–Alex Twerp.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

It’s Alex.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Welcome to the conversation, Alex! Happy Birthday!

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Bwaaaaahhh. Lustyland? That will be a classic. Good one. Hehe.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Hehe. But two days ago someone wearing a bucket on their head standing on a turtle on top of a post got pounded by a hammer into the ground.

Sophie did it.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Nope. Axe is the post. You are the post turtle.

While suturing a laceration on the hand of a 70-year-old Texas rancher (whose hand had caught in a gate while working cattle), a doctor and the old man were talking about Barack Obama being in the White House.

The old Texan said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘post turtle’.”

Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old man said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle.”

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain, “You know he didn’t get there by himself, he doesn’t belong there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just want to help the poor, dumb b@stard get down.”

The Post Turtle’s Post Turtle Cabinet

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

y’all did notice that I offered up my son’s given name-well his ‘call’ name-with his okay/
No more spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

I saw, but I never see Alex post anymore.

KCB on March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

G’night darlin’

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

SparkPlug:

Post Turtle, inexplicably perplexed in his position on said
post, daydreaming of dancing hammers and axes, suddenly noticed
Sophie, and begins a odessey of mental imagery of putting Sophie
in a Bucket and wisking her away to LustyLand!!

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

No wonder Sophie put a bucket over the post turtle and hammered it with an axe…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Nite Newtie. I gotta hit it also. 04:30 wake-up ‘n all that.

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

More like Alex Diablo.
His last name’s different.
I’ve had sooo much fun with his name over the years. *evil laugh*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM

A+. I think I would have wet myself if you somehow included Ratso.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Sophie loves turtles and posts and buckets and hammers, but Axe not so much.

TXUS on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Nite km

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:34 AM

KCB on March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Al would rather play war games online-and mope about how he tends to attract ‘off’ girlfriends. He’s had a few that have been okay-but most of ‘em…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

A+. I think I would have wet myself if you somehow included Ratso.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Ratso ate the pulverized turtle…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

lol! Very good, canopfor.:)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

El Diablo?
Spawn of Diablo?
He Who Shall Not be Named Spawn?

The potential for Hot Air names is enormous!

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Axe is the post? Haha.

/alfalfa post turtle sprouts

Ok Schad, the aliens are going to be confuzed.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Not yet-April 1.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Extraterrestrials, help find that Malay plane…’cause if you try to figure out QotD, good luck with that.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Awex.
Alexis.
Alsie
Alzamander(Rhymes w/ salamander)
Alexandra…
Great times. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Sophie loves turtles and posts and buckets and hammers, but Axe not so much.

TXUS on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Crack me up. Poor Axe. Let’s be nice to him.

Ok time is up. Let’s not overdo it.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:38 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:38 AM

How about annoyinglittlediablo?
LOL

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

lol! Very good, canopfor.:)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

thatsafactjack:

Stupid posty locked up,..with refresh button doo-dad spinning,
and after re-booty,..whew, it went through, haha:0

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

A+. I think I would have wet myself (Hello, my name is Mr P Turtle) if you somehow included Ratso.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Ratso ate the pulverized turtle Mr P Turtle…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Soooooo, evidently, Sparky would drown in his own glorious wetness if Ratso would just eat him or something.

Kinky.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

I’m glad it went through. I enjoyed it very much. I hope you and yours are well, canopfor. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Hi Merm. Do you remember SWalker? Well he is back with a vengeance.

/turtlelamp post

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Still Got The Blues – Moore

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

lolz…and, I did it in order.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Resist We Much: Cheater,..lol, (snark):)

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Night Jackie!

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

lolz…and, I did it in order.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Resist We Much: Cheater,..lol, (snark):)

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Mine was in order too…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:45 AM

What you said, wren. I’m glad that my company still has its original policy in effect. Given the stuff that I’m having to deal with health-wise, O-care would probably mean my doom.

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I will say a prayer for your health too, Predator!

Every experience we hear about related to Obamacare should motivate us all to fight even harder to repeal it!

American should not let government bureaucrats dictate their health care decisions!!! There needs to be a big American-style backlash against Obamacare and all of its supporters!

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM

OK, I really got to get some sleep. Day 2 of 5 starts in the am, early.

I turned 43 last Friday, which means I am now officially as old as ALT.

*ducks*
*runs*

Good night!

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Nite J. – sleep well.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

**BOOM **

Israel Syria tension
4m
Israel bombs Syrian military sites in retaliation for roadside bombings that wounded troops in Golan Heights, Israeli military says – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com
==========================

Israel bombs Syrian posts over Golan attack on its troops

JERUSALEM Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:29am EDT
**************************************

It said targets included a Syrian military headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries. Aircraft carried out the overnight strike, said Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman. He described targets as military facilities on the Syrian-held side of the Golan.
(More….)
==========

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-israel-syria-idUSBREA2I06320140319

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Mine was in order too…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:45 AM

OC:Oops!-:0

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Not yet-April 1.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Gotta celebrate the last couple of weeks of being a teenager too!

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Nite Doc – do NOT comply.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Yep.. all them guys throwing back colt 45′s and smoke’n crack in the morning are just take’n the edge off as they head to a hard days work at the office.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 19, 2014 at 12:52 AM

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

I’m glad it went through. I enjoyed it very much. I hope you and yours are well, canopfor. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:41 AM

thatsafactjack: Me too,and back at cha,on well-being,..night:)

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:54 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-israel-syria-idUSBREA2I06320140319

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

I wish I had more confidence (heck, any confidence) in the ability of President Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power & the rest of the crew to handle difficult international situations like this.

The safety of the world sinks into deeper peril.

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Nite Doc – do NOT comply.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM

I’ll be fine. I worry about y’all. And my kids. Obamacare has to be destroyed, and our country needs to get it’s financial house in order, pronto. The question is, can we do that which is needed while it is only mildly painful, before tragedy strikes and it becomes that which is unavoidable and agonizing. We shall see…

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Husband is almost 55. HE is old. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Me go too’s,,

,,,everyone have a Great Night,…Night everyone—————-0

Oh,one for the road:

climate
4m
White House announces initiative to provide better access to already public climate data – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-unleashing-power-data-climate-change
=========================================================================

The federal government plans a clearinghouse website for climate data at http://climate.data.gov

http://www.data.gov/climate/

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:57 AM

G’night everyone who is crashing. I’m coasting for a bit…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 12:58 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-israel-syria-idUSBREA2I06320140319

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

I wish I had more confidence (heck, any confidence) in the ability of President Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power & the rest of the crew to handle difficult international situations like this.

The safety of the world sinks into deeper peril.

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

wren: Agreed, I posted the IDF,..but it didn’t go through, sweet dreams Wren!
———-:)
====================

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Fight against this. Otherwise the UN will tax all internet use.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:08 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss KWR. Prayers for you and your family.

going2mars on March 19, 2014 at 1:14 AM

“To Live Outside The Law – You Must Be HONEST!…..”

williamg on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Red Skelton always played such a Buffoon in these old movies…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Husband is almost 55. HE is old. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

HEY!!!!

To Quote Link Wray: “Tear It UP!!”…………and that Gibson SG Never Sounded BETTER!

williamg on March 19, 2014 at 1:19 AM

“Reeeeal Easy, Boys – Like It’s Sunday Night and you’re makin’ Love To Your Woman…..”

williamg on March 19, 2014 at 1:21 AM

I want my Grandfathers Garand.

They can fight over the other shit.

I am Samuel Culper jr, jr , jr.

Colonial furniture. Pretty amazing. Artifacts.

If I wasn’t the blacksheep I’d be a millionaire.

But I’m the blacksheep. Fighting over a rifle.

The history..

The things un that house date back well before colonial times.

I just want my Grand dads M1 Garand.

wolly4321 on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM

So – Where Are YOU Tonight, Sweet Marie?……

williamg on March 19, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Dr Hook – Marie Laveau

kcewa on March 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Time for bed. One more smoke out in the blustering snow with Ratso…

OmahaConservative on March 19, 2014 at 1:55 AM

My heart goes out to you, KWR. God bless you and comfort you as you mourn the loss of your husband.

It’s stuff like this that just makes my blood boil. There’s a gentleman on the C4P board with a failing heart who is facing decreased care because of the new insurance rules. This is affecting *real* normal everyday people in a devastating way.

If only those who crafted and passed this demented perversion of a “law” were forced to live with the consequences. But they carefully voted themselves out of it. My anger continues to burn white hot at their cruelty, callousness and indifference to their fellow Americans.

theotherone on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 AM

I just want my Grand dads M1 Garand.

wolly4321 on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM

No disrespect, but I would settle for some time with my grandfather. He was taken by cancer before I was born, all I have of him are vaguely remembered stories told to me by my Grandmother and Father. My Grandmother passed when I was 14, my mother and father divorced when I was 6.

My Grandfather was a pilot in the US Air Force, he flew with Eddie Rickenbacker, he flew for Claire Chennault he retired as the Commandant of the 94th Aero Squadron. I know precious little else about him.

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 AM

I’ll be fine. I worry about y’all. And my kids. Obamacare has to be destroyed, and our country needs to get it’s financial house in order, pronto. The question is, can we do that which is needed while it is only mildly painful, before tragedy strikes and it becomes that which is unavoidable and agonizing. We shall see…

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Congress is incapable of doing anything. Americans will have to find another way. I’m not sure what it will be but I’m too old to be involved.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 6:10 AM

My Grandfather was a pilot in the US Air Force, he flew with Eddie Rickenbacker, he flew for Claire Chennault he retired as the Commandant of the 94th Aero Squadron. I know precious little else about him.

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Those guys had the right stuff. We need more people like him now.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 6:13 AM

and a fine good morning to you!

renalin on March 19, 2014 at 6:40 AM

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Seems we are the morning crew and taffic was good this morning and only a 50 minute commue to work. Well, if you call goofing off on the internet and answering around 10 questions in six hours work!

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

…if you’re going to do something, do it. Otherwise, say nothing, but this really is a humiliating response by a president who can’t even get the Europeans to join him in effective sanctions, which we could do. – Dr. Charles Krauthammer http://wp.me/pSio7-2zl

My take: “The Prankster” Vs. Putin: Laugh Until You Cry

kingsjester on March 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Good morning to all! Time for the ten min. commute- one of the good things about being in Almost Heaven. :-)

Royal Fizzbin on March 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Good morning to all! Time for the ten min. commute- one of the good things about being in Almost Heaven. :-)

Royal Fizzbin on March 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Mine is eight min, inside the beltway. And I don’t have to live in Byrdland.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:06 AM

My take: “The Prankster” Vs. Putin: Laugh Until You Cry

kingsjester on March 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Morning KJ, I prefer Prankster v. Gangster to your title. ;0

Did you happen to hear Killary’s comments yesterday. She hoped that Putin wasn’t leading us into another cold war. Hardly soaring inspirational rhetoric when the Dems presumptive nominee hopes that mean old Putin doesn’t hurt us.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Did you happen to hear Killary’s comments yesterday. She hoped that Putin wasn’t leading us into another cold war. Hardly soaring inspirational rhetoric when the Dems presumptive nominee hopes that mean old Putin doesn’t hurt us.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:09 AM

That’s usually their attitude. If we don’t bother them maybe they won’t bother us.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

That’s usually their attitude. If we don’t bother them maybe they won’t bother us.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Too bad they didn’t take a no-harm policy when it comes to healthcare.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Too bad they didn’t take a no-harm policy when it comes to healthcare.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:46 AM

They seem to be nice to everybody but their own citizens.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

My take: “The Prankster” Vs. Putin: Laugh Until You Cry

kingsjester on March 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Thanks for posting your link every morning KJ.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 7:54 AM

That’s usually their attitude. If we don’t bother them maybe they won’t bother us.

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

I always though their attitude was: if we could just get them (fill-in-the-bank with Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam, Khadaffi, Bin Laden, Putin, et. al.) in a room with awesome-old-ME for tea … then I could easily persuade them with my awesome charisma just how wonderful I am … and we’ll have Peace In Our Time!

ShainS on March 19, 2014 at 7:56 AM

I always though their attitude was: if we could just get them (fill-in-the-bank with Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam, Khadaffi, Bin Laden, Putin, et. al.) in a room with awesome-old-ME for tea … then I could easily persuade them with my awesome charisma just how wonderful I am … and we’ll have Peace In Our Time!

ShainS on March 19, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Wasn’t that a movie? Tea with Mussolini?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

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