Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

After a tumultuous winter in which Russia has been at odds with the West over Crimea, more than two-thirds of Americans say Russia is either unfriendly (44%) or an enemy (24%) to the U.S. This is a departure from sentiments in recent years and a record high since 1999…

This week, Obama said that while he doesn’t foresee the U.S. and Russia entering a new “Cold War,” it is a priority to protect Ukraine. The tensions engendered by Russia’s interest in Crimea have directly affected Americans’ views of Russia and Putin, which are now at historical lows. While it is unclear what the next step will be in the Crimean conflict — and in the region at large — Americans’ dramatically souring views are reminiscent of the Cold War, despite Obama’s dismissals.

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By a widening margin, more voters think the United States is weaker since Barack Obama became president. And the highest number in a decade feels the country is less safe than it was before 9/11, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday…

Some 52 percent of voters think the country is weaker and less powerful today than it was six years ago. That’s three times the 17 percent who say the country is stronger and more powerful. About 3 in 10 think it is unchanged (29 percent)…

The number of Democrats saying the country is stronger now has dropped 11 percentage points: it’s 32 percent today, down from 43 percent in 2013. Twenty-two percent of Democrats say the country is weaker and 44 percent say it is the same…

By a wide 49-31 percent margin, voters think Russian President Vladimir Putin would beat Obama in a game of chess. That includes majorities of Republicans (66 percent) and independents (53 percent) and nearly a third of Democrats (30 percent).

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Ahead of the trip, U.S. officials said Mr. Obama would push the EU to ramp up economic pressure on Russia. In a promising first step, Washington put several Putin insiders and a Russian bank on a financial blacklist. Facing resistance from Cyprus, Italy and others, the EU refused to follow. Mr. Obama then yielded to European passivity. On Wednesday he said “sanctions will expand” only if Russia’s leadership “stays on its current course.”

Translation: Mr. Putin can keep Crimea as long as he stops there. But why would he? The U.S. and its allies had promised to exact a cost for his land grab in Ukraine. Instead the response has been “anemic,” as former Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it on these pages Wednesday. Mr. Putin can logically conclude that the price also wouldn’t be high for an incursion elsewhere in Ukraine or his continuing campaign to destabilize the new government in Kiev.

On security, Mr. Obama usefully confirmed America’s commitment to its allies in the Brussels speech. “What we will do—always—is uphold our solemn obligation, our Article 5 duty to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our allies,” he said. Yet he offered no appeal or promise to bolster NATO’s defenses or deploy forces to front-line states. Mr. Putin would have noticed that. Mr. Obama also didn’t make any new commitments to boost missile defenses or announce a halt to the U.S. troop drawdown in Europe…

The message that Kiev will hear in all this is: You’re on your own.

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States’ position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.

“Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar al Assad’s slaughter in Syria, Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, al Qaeda’s triumphant return to Fallujah, Iraq, and China’s nationalist fervor, she concluded: “When America steps back and there is a vacuum, trouble will fill that vacuum.”…

“So, what are we doing? What are we doing when our defense budget is so small that our military starts to tell us that we may not be able to carry out all of the requirements put upon it? What are we doing, when a couple of weeks before Russia invades Crimea we announce that we are going to have an Army smaller than at any time since the Revolutionary – I’m sorry, not the Revolutionary War, but World War II. What are we doing? What are we doing? What are we signaling when we say that America is no longer ready to stand in the defense of freedom?”

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“The only thing Putin respects is strength … At this point the Russians are openly laughing at the president,” Cruz, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner.

Cruz added that Putin’s aggressiveness was “a direct consequence” of the absence of American leadership in the world.

“The weakness and incoherent foreign policy of the Obama administration — from President Obama, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and under Secretary [John] Kerry — has undermined our allies and has strengthened our enemies and put Putin in particular in a far stronger position,” Cruz declared…

“I think Putin’s aggressiveness and act of war against Ukraine is a direct consequence of the absence of U.S. leadership,” Cruz said. “For five years, America has receded from leadership in the world, and into that vacuum has stepped in nations like Russia, Iran, and China — and has made the world a much more dangerous place.”

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On the world stage, Vladimir Putin is a bully—and President Obama not only seems clueless about the Russian leader’s inner drive, he embraces his ambivalence. “I’m less interested in motivation,” Obama said Monday in The Hague, “and more interested in the facts and the principles that not only the United States but the entire international community are looking to uphold.”

Taken at face value, it’s a disturbing response from a world leader who should lie awake at night concerned about the motivation of U.S. adversaries, whose first meeting of every day involves an intelligence briefing on the motivations of global actors.

It could be that Obama is playing mind games with Putin, looking into the soul that transfixed President Bush 13 years ago and seeing a man whose greatest weakness is parochial hubris. Want to hurt Putin? Say you don’t care about him. In a verbal equivalent of a groin punch, Obama might dismiss Russia as a “regional power” that antagonizes its neighbors “out of weakness.”

But it’s hard to credit Obama with such savvy calculation. I take him at his word: He doesn’t care.

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Can NATO help restrain Putin? After NATO was created in 1949, its first secretary general, Lord Ismay, said its purpose was to protect Europe by keeping “the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” The task of keeping Russia out of its neighbors is being complicated by something that would have improved the last century — German passivity. Angela Merkel may think that bringing Barack Obama to a confrontation with Putin is like bringing a knife — a butter knife — to a gun fight.

In a recent New Yorker interview, Obama praised himself for being “comfortable with complexity” and unraveled the Middle East’s complications: “It would be profoundly in the interest of citizens throughout the region if Sunnis and Shias weren’t intent on killing each other.” This is the president as poseur — detached, laconic, arch, almost droll: If only — apologies to Kipling — the lesser breeds without the law would behave.

Obama evidently harbors the surreal hope that Putin will continue to help regarding Syria and Iran. Continue? Putin’s client in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad, is winning his civil war. And regarding attempts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Putin’s helpfulness, if not fictitious, has been ineffective.

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When Russia proceeded with the annexation of Crimea, the United States and Europe responded with punitive measures that had some economic impact. But they did not by any means “go to the hilt.” Instead, the Americans and Europeans drew an even deeper line in the sand, issuing empty threats of sweeping sanctions if Russia tried to grab more territory in Ukraine…

Such sharp rhetoric from the West could push Mr. Putin to be even more aggressive. That’s because he does not believe that the West would ever treat Russia like Iran and implement robust sanctions that would cut off vast areas of Russia’s economy from the West. As Mr. Putin recently explained, in a globalized world “it’s possible to damage each other — but this would be mutual damage.”

“Isolating Russia” as if it were Iran or North Korea isn’t a threat America can feasibly make good on. Just because Mr. Putin is acting like the leader of a rogue state, his country cannot be considered as such. Russia boasts the world’s eighth-largest economy. Given the exposure of American corporations to Russia, there would be serious pushback from the private sector if Mr. Obama tried to relegate Russia to rogue-state status. The Obama administration needs to preach what it will ultimately practice. Otherwise Washington’s credibility will erode further as it walks back its words.

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Listening to the conversation among Americans and Europeans at a recent conference here, I came away with a sense that Putin’s gambit will fail over time, if Europe and America remain resolute and patient. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia told me his country is determined now to join the European Union – remaining at peace with its neighbor to the east, if possible, but “absolutely” prepared to fight Russian troops if they invade eastern Ukraine…

Obama gets pounded daily by conservatives, who imply that he invited Putin’s attack on Crimea. But since the crisis began, Obama has actually been quite firm. The U.S. pushed Europe to adopt sanctions by announcing its own first, and NATO made some prompt military moves to reassure Poland and the Baltic states. The U.S. has also moved quietly to help Ukraine cut nearly a third of its Russian gas imports by yearend, and dispense with them entirely by 2020.

The key for Obama is to stay the course he has begun, and to work closely with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Hopefully she will be an “iron lady” in this crisis, as she was in dealing with Europe’s economic meltdown. Putin has seemed contemptuous of Obama, but he may be less so if the president is acting in concert with Merkel.

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Via Gallup.

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“Anything 46 million women do every year can’t be immoral,”

climbnjump on March 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Wow, the fools: slavery, the Holocaust, Rwanda, Stalin…

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Just a little over a month and we will be “cooking with grease”..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

;)

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

VorDaj on March 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

And to redistribute the wealth of America. Also, the Pope is against all deportations of illegal aliens from the U.S.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Funny…I was always rooting for Barnabas and Julia! Had the biggest crush on Quentin…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Just a little over a month and we will be “cooking with grease”..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Yeah, man. Countdown to the 1st Saturday in May is on!

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Harry Chapin – WOLD

RickB on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Like I could live in a house with them!

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

NO, that’s their our (W) House.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Also, the Pope is against all deportations of illegal aliens from the U.S.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

I wish we would deport them all over to the Vatican and they could live off the Pope’s wealth and drive drunk all over Rome.

VorDaj on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

I Want You To Stay – Sons of the Delta

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Mississippi Summer June Tabor & The Oyster Band

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Funny…I was always rooting for Barnabas and Julia! Had the biggest crush on Quentin…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Hoffman always pissed me off. I wanted Angelique to win…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

She got a little too far out there for me but I did enjoy that movie :)

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

I hear you..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Beddy-bye time. Later, all.

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Makes you wonder if the Pope told this to the Oaf.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM

…..I don’t believe The Pope said anything to him……he just sat in his Pope-Throne and chuckled at him, while some of those funny-dressed Guards pointed at Zero and said “buffoon” in Italian……

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

First live show I ever saw. Rod Stewart was the opening act for Mountain at a little theater in Portchester, NY. :)

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

That’s a very cool story. :) I’m glad they got along. Shepherds are very intelligent, and so are Chows.

It is said of Chows “They’ll fight to the death to protect their owners, they just won’t always obey them.”

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:32 AM

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

PS..Have you seen Lone Survivor yet??..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

I just find it so “telling” that the WH and the Vatican have such different readouts on that meeting.

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Goodnight, Predator. :)

You owe me a dance next time. :)

B9 said to send you her love, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I have a Shepherd and a Dachshund. We call them the twins.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Mark Knoller’s good for passing on those. Love his tweets!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Newtie and the Beauty: Agreed,..he keeps me informed of Hopeys
schedule, and devious America destroying
adventures,…er,…initiatives!!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Hoffman always pissed me off. I wanted Angelique to win…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Hat tip to you both..You have great memories..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I wish we would deport them all over to the Vatican and they could live off the Pope’s wealth and drive drunk all over Rome.

VorDaj on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Hear hear !!!

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

VorDaj on March 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

If obama would love the land, he’d have proposed that.

…..I don’t believe The Pope said anything to him……he just sat in his Pope-Throne and chuckled at him, while some of those funny-dressed Guards pointed at Zero and said “buffoon” in Italian……

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

obama lied about what they discussed. The official release from the Vatican doesn’t even mention “inequality”.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

“Anything 46 million women do every year can’t be immoral,”

climbnjump on March 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Wow, the fools: slavery, the Holocaust, Rwanda, Stalin…

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Yeah. WWII lasted about 6 years and “only” about 60 million died.

climbnjump on March 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

That’s very cool. I like her voice, and it’s nice to hear a female vocal in that range.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Funny you should mention that…I was watching Jonah Goldberg’s talk about his book, “Liberal Fascism” earlier tonight from the C-Span archives…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

……..Jonah’s book is sooooo classic!

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM

I have a Shepherd and a Dachshund. We call them the twins.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Kinda like Arnold and Danny Devito in the movie Twins vintage 1988..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

I just find it so “telling” that the WH and the Vatican have such different readouts on that meeting.

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

that’s because they both are lying, the only thing they want is amnesty for illegals in USA.
It benefits Hussein and it benefits this Vatican.

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Exactly. They are a hoot together.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Krauthammer’s Take: Who to Believe, the Holy See or the Man Who Told the Lie of the Year?

video at nationalreview.com/corner

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Niters and sleep well, Predator!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Kinda like Arnold and Danny Devito in the movie Twins vintage 1988..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Or these two buffoons

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I was sincerely hoping, foolishly I know, that just being at the Vatican and meeting the Pope might have a beneficial effect on him. That he might feel some sense of shame and remorse for the ill he’s wrought.

You can’t blame me for dreaming… and if I’m going to dream… I may as well dream big.

As you know… I believe in miracles. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Beddy-bye time. Later, all.

predator on March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

predator:Nite Pred:)

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:42 AM

video at nationalreview.com/corner

CoffeeLover on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Chain of Fools – BC and the Blues Crew

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Me exiting as well,….

Good Night Everyone, see ya’s tomorrow!————————:)

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Goodnight, canopfor. :) Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

LoLz..:)

PS..Good evening Jedi..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Hoffman always pissed me off. I wanted Angelique to win…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

I had no real doubts how it would end, but Hoffman seemed to understand Barnabas–Angelique seemed more like the itch Barnabas couldn’t scratch.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

As you know… I believe in miracles. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Hat tip to you both..You have great memories..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I always liked the Old House better than Collinwood. Much more sinister…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Enjoyed it..Later friend..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Niters and sleep well, Canopfor!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Evening Dire

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

I knew you’d catch that. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

I liked them both..Very spooky to me at the time..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

“Anything 46 million women do every year can’t be immoral,”
climbnjump on March 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

WOW. That is a whole lotta stupid in one sentence.
So let me see, the immorality of an act is inversely proportional to the number of times the act is committed, so, by that logic, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were all perfectly normal moral fellows because they killed millions.
Sheez. These people are nuts.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

I need to go to bed soon. Early charity morning. Hope Ratso sleeps well in the comfort of my bed…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Doors – Roadhouse Blues

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

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Goodnight, Newtie. :) Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

11m ago
Ford to invest $500 million to make new 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine at Ohio plant – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com

Good American jobs!

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

These people are nuts.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Yea, Liberals are nuts alright.

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Exactly. They are a hoot together.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Good deal..An intersting pair of friends for sure..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Good night, OC.

Sleep well, Ratso…:)

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

11m ago
Ford to invest $500 million to make new 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine at Ohio plant – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com

Good American jobs!

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Hmmm, that sounds interesting…

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Good American jobs!

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Very good news..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Good night, OC.

Sleep well, Ratso…:)

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Ratso will sleep better than I.
He won’t be on the air mattress…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Exactly. They are a hoot together.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Good deal..An interesting pair of friends for sure..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Sorry..Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Enjoyed it as always OC..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Ford to invest $500 million to make new 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine at Ohio plant – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com

Good American jobs!

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

What the hell, man? Oiho is still a union state. It will be the UAW.

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Nite HA

Writing noise background :)

Nite America

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Somebody please tell me how Ezra Klein came to be viewed as intelligent. He is an idiot.
And so is Matt Yglesias.
Being young and eloquent does not cover or excuse the fact that your eloquence is babbling stupidity.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Goodnight, Omaha. :) Sleep well. Give Ratso a cuddle and a scratch for me. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Good night Schad.

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Goodnight, Paladin. :) Sleep well.

That’s excellent. Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

What the hell, man? Oiho is still a union state. It will be the UAW.

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

What is wrong with that? I’m in the fking UAW mate.

It’s good paying jobs here in the US.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Somebody please tell me how Ezra Klein came to be viewed as intelligent. He is an idiot.
And so is Matt Yglesias.
Being young and eloquent does not cover or excuse the fact that your eloquence is babbling stupidity.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

It’s kind of like being a Zombie, in order to get that stupid, someone who is equally stupid has to suck your brains out through your nose with a straw.

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

“Finally Friday” George Jones

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 12:57 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 28, 2014 at 12:57 AM

What is wrong with that? I’m in the fking UAW mate.

It’s good paying jobs here in the US.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

You GOTTA be phuckin’ KIDDIN’ me!

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Jonah’s book is sooooo classic! williamg on March 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Yes it is. Cornered pages, handwritten notes. Highlighted passages.

Loaned it to a friend and never got it back.

Called the Conservative Bible for a reason.

I need to read it again, with todays events in mind.

It lays progs bare.

Anyone who hasn’t read it, should.

wolly4321 on March 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM

It’s kind of like being a Zombie, in order to get that stupid, someone who is equally stupid has to suck your brains out through your nose with a straw.

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Ah…now, I understand. LOL.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Good night Jackie!

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 AM

That aint my America

Goodnight ya’ll.

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Junker’s Blues – King Curtis/Champion Jack Dupree

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

OH MY GOD!!……I used to play this on The Radio back in the days – How Did you Find IT?!!

LOVE Champion Jack Dupree……he’s an underappreciated treasure…..and King Curtis!…well!

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM

‘Night Flora!

KCB on March 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Happy Happy 59 Reba McEntire!!

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 1:05 AM

That aint my America

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM

I’m a Good Ole’ American

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Flora did not go to WAR once tonight.

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:07 AM

What is wrong with that? I’m in the fking UAW mate.

It’s good paying jobs here in the US.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

DETROIT.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Junker’s Blues – King Curtis/Champion Jack Dupree

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

“….Lawd, I wonder what I’ll be doing in 19-hundred and Ninety-Nine!…..”

…….Sweet Heaven! The Angels that have left us!…….

williamg on March 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Flora did not go to WAR once tonight.

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:07 AM

She’s savin it up for Friday Nights, with the Sultans…

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM

*sigh*

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 1:12 AM

What is wrong with that? I’m in the fking UAW mate.

It’s good paying jobs here in the US.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

You GOTTA be phuckin’ KIDDIN’ me!

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM

300 jobs…United Auto Worker union members from other Ford plants will be given the chance to transfer to Lima and then any new hires will receive the entry-level starting wage of $15.78 per hour, which is about 60 percent of what veteran Ford assembly plant workers make.

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM

“I’m very concerned, Tim…”

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Bottom line is UAW is the ‘RAT party. I don’t care what the individual voter does. UAW dues GO to the ‘RATS!

ALL unions are the ‘rats! ALL of them!

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Did I mention that I H8 ‘RATS???

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Did I mention that I H8 ‘RATS???

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:16 AM

I don’t know Lancerman, you seem, oh, a little ambiguous, perhaps even ambivalent about them. <— Insert maniacal laughter here…

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 1:18 AM

300 jobs…United Auto Worker union members from other Ford plants will be given the chance to transfer to Lima and then any new hires will receive the entry-level starting wage of $15.78 per hour, which is about 60 percent of what veteran Ford assembly plant workers make.

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Yeah, they have a two and three tiered payscale these days. We have a two tier payscale in my facility. It sucks, but wages are being depressed by global competition. They are good jobs nonetheless. I wish people on the right wouldn’t be so autonomic in their responses regarding private sector union jobs. There was another entity on the other side of the bargaining table when the labor contracts were drawn up. I see these newer contracts with the tiered pay scale as free market forces in effect finding the price of labor. The international aspect of the unions is reprehensible. They care not at all for the laborer. There are still a lot of us who work a union job who aren’t lefties. My crew is made up of solid, hard working guys.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 1:19 AM

oscarwilde on March 28, 2014 at 1:18 AM

This is Kwote of the DAY! KWIT inserting things!!!

Lanceman on March 28, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Tell us how you really feel, Lanceman…

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM

What is wrong with that? I’m in the fking UAW mate.

It’s good paying jobs here in the US.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

DETROIT.

Doc Holliday on March 28, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Detroit in RUINS!

kcewa on March 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 1:21 AM

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