Quotes of the day

posted at 9:01 pm on March 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

This week marks the end of Piers Morgan’s show on CNN and his run has been full of effusive praise for liberals and damnation of conservatives. Even before Morgan began his show, back in 2010, he tipped his hand in which ideological direction he wanted to take the show when he revealed who he most wanted to interview: “I’d love to do President Obama. I like what he’s done for the reputation of America abroad, which I’m not sure many Americans fully understand.”

In contrast, Morgan viciously attacked gun rights advocates and Tea Party activists, while giving better treatment to Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who he once asked how many times he had “been properly in love?”

From oozing that Obama was the “perfect physical specimen” to repeatedly insulting “unbelievably stupid” gun rights activists and comparing the Tea Party to Nazis, the one time British tabloid editor alienated viewers with one progressive punch after another.

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Morgan was not only a ratings disaster for CNN, he was a public relations disaster. For years the left-leaning network had tried to fool audiences into believing CNN is unbiased. Morgan’s unrelenting anti-gun hysteria ripped the mask off the entire network.

It wasn’t just that Morgan was bizarrely desperate to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of Americans, it was that CNN allowed him to berate guests who disagreed with him, exploit the victims, and obsess over the issue long after the American people had moved on.

Morgan’s anti-gun crusade was also seen by many as nothing more than an attack on rural, mostly-Red State Americans — or just another manifestation of CNN’s well-documented cultural bigotry towards Middle America.

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Georgia illustrates the NRA’s structural advantage on gun control. As if we needed a fresh demonstration of this phenomenon, the gun-rights lobby currently enjoys a fundamental edge in the debate about regulating firearms. In an era of falling crime rates, liberal enthusiasm for gun control simply doesn’t pack much political punch outside certain blue-state environments. Yes, people get riled up, understandably, by mass shootings at schools or movie theaters. Over and over, we’ve seen those emotions fade quickly, giving way to a more sustained counter-reaction from the pro-gun side. The NRA has skillfully responded to calls for stricter gun control by portraying them as evidence that liberals’ real agenda is confiscating firearms—all firearms…

Skeptics of expansive gun rights need to respond intelligently. The smart response is not scorn or exaggeration. For better or worse, gun ownership has come to symbolize a range of deeply felt ideas about culture and government authority. Making fun of people who view their firearms as emblems of liberty and traditional values (however they define those values) will neither change minds nor repeal legislation.

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In the aftermath of a gun tragedy, there isn’t anything wrong with proponents of gun control trying to persuade Americans to change their position in light of what happened. But after Newtown, many gun-control advocates tried to shame rather than persuade, as if the “correct” position was obvious to everyone save retrograde idiots.

On guns, that strategy has never worked.

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Via HuffPo.

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workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

I’m not anxious. Just curious. I get curious about things. I am near Anna Ohio where there was a big earthquake in the 30′s.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I was surprised how far the Madrid earthquakes were felt. All the way in the east.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

It’s a major fault line….affects a lot of states.

There’s another one that goes up to Canada.

Here’s a UN Global Seismic Map

http://mitnse.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/globalseismichazardmap.jpg

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I’m not anxious. Just curious. I get curious about things. I am near Anna Ohio where there was a big earthquake in the 30′s.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

That’s good.

Knowledge is power.

: )

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

http://mitnse.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/globalseismichazardmap.jpg

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Cool.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I’m impressed you know so much about this stuff.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I’m impressed you know so much about this stuff.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Nah…I don’t know much

I just follow stuff that’s interesting.

: )

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Nah…I don’t know much

I just follow stuff that’s interesting.

: )

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

You too, huh.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Hotgas linked this writeup at the Daily Beast…mostly kinda positive…which is weird since it’s about the Governor of Texas.

“Curious about Perry’s comeback strategy, I asked Texan and GOP presidential media guru, Mark McKinnon and he said, “His second act is looking really good. He just needed a little humbling.”

Let’s explore this concept a little further.

Up until his ill-fated Republican presidential primary run, Perry had never lost an election in his entire life.

Perry, who succeeded George W. Bush as the Lone Star State’s governor in 2000 after Bush’s election to the presidency, has won three gubernatorial elections in a row and a grand total of six statewide races in Texas.

In fact, Perry, who is not seeking re-election this year, will be the longest serving governor in Texas history when he leaves office in 2015.

He is poised for 2016 as a politically battle-hardened governor of a powerful state who, on paper is eminently qualified to be President of the United States.

Of all the governors with presidential ambitions, Perry is among the most active and vocal proponents of the Republican philosophy of smaller government and less regulation. Perry claims his governing philosophy has resulted in Texas leading the way in economic growth and job creation. The Lone Star State is currently the fastest- growing large state in the United States and Austin, Dallas and Houston are three of the nation’s top five fastest-growing cities.

Texas is booming and Perry takes much personal credit for that, but he still has two major problems. First, the Texas governor will have to explain away the manifold gaffes and failures from his last presidential campaign.

Perry’s explanation is a good one. It has been well-documented that Perry was recovering from experimental back surgery involving his own adult stem cells only six-weeks before making his official presidential announcement at the conservative RedState Gathering on August 14, 2011. Then, throughout his campaign, he was taking painkillers, not sleeping and having trouble standing due to chronic pain.

But if there is any way American voters could disregard these factors, here is why Perry deserves a second chance as illustrated in this often asked Gallup poll question: “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?” Among the top three answers were unemployment/jobs and the economy in general, both areas where Perry has built a strong record in Texas and makes very compelling arguments about his ability to nationalize them in his stump speech.

If Perry does decide to run again, are Americans willing to give Rick Perry his second chance after he was so thoroughly humbled in 2011? Don’t forget, being knocked down and then forging ahead are strong personality traits that most Americans admire.

But on the flip side, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression….”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/29/can-rick-perry-get-a-second-chance-with-gop-voters-in-2016.html

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Map of top immigration zones in the US. Top destinations are NY, Miami,LA.

http://www.businessinsider.com/census-2013-immigration-city-map-2014-3#ixzz2xHn7JpDs

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM

You too, huh.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Yeah..

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I was surprised how far the Madrid earthquakes were felt. All the way in the east.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Just saw this on Twitter, thought you’d be interested it.

Earthquake may have hit on dangerous fault that worries scientists

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

I think Perry has a lot to work with. More than anybody else being put up. Assuming there is an election.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Earthquake may have hit on dangerous fault that worries scientists

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Every time there’s an earthquake in California they say the same things. This could mean a larger one will occur. There will eventually be a real big one. Nobody is prepared.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Piers Morgan?
Hmmm…. now where have I heard that name?
Nope, not coming to me.

justltl on March 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Piers, George III called, he wants his domestic policy back.

mankai on March 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

mag 4.8
37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana
2014-03-30 07:34:42 UTC-05:00

Murphy9 on March 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

mag 4.8
37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana
2014-03-30 07:34:42 UTC-05:00

Murphy9 on March 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Not big… but not a nice reminder from the caldera.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Earthquake may have hit on dangerous fault that worries scientists

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Every time there’s an earthquake in California they say the same things. This could mean a larger one will occur. There will eventually be a real big one. Nobody is prepared.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

New World records of seismic activity are fairly recent when compared to Asia and Europe….We are a young country in comparison.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

I think Perry has a lot to work with. More than anybody else being put up. Assuming there is an election.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

He does.

I hope he runs but I’m a native Texan…It’s early but we’ll see.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Blessed Sabbath, Patriots! And, Trolls.

“America! America! God shed His Grace on thee.”

My take: Why I am Still a “Christian American Conservative” March 30, 2014

kingsjester on March 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

LA MESA, Calif. – A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

They have lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican. Now, they are perplexed as to how the voter registration card pre-marked Democrat ended up in their mailbox.
Read more…

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 7:45 AM

IT’S LIKE THE WHOLE THING IS SOME KIND OF DEMOCRATIC VOTER FRAUD SETUP

Shut the whole thing down under RICO. – Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Hmmmm….

Vladimir Putin ‘Wants to Regain Finland’ Says Close Adviser

“One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia.

Andrej Illiaronov, Putin’s economic adviser between 2000 and 2005 and now senior member of the Cato Institute think tank, said that “parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland are states where Putin claims to have ownership.”

“Putin’s view is that he protects what belongs to him and his predecessors,” he said.

When asked if Putin wishes to return to the Russia of the last tsar, Nicholas II, Illiaronov said: “Yes, if it becomes possible.”

Illiaronov admits that Finland is not Putin’s primary concern at present but, if not stopped in other areas of Eastern Europe, the issue will one day arise. Russian troops are currently massing on the eastern border of Ukraine, following Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea.

“Putin said several times that the Bolsheviks and Communists made big mistakes. He could well say that the Bolsheviks in 1917 committed treason against Russian national interests by providing Finland’s independence,” Illiaronov told a Swedish news website.

He believes that Putin is not planning to invade Ukraine for territorial gain but rather “the goal is a pro-Russian puppet government in Kiev.”

“Six years ago Putin conquered Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia. The west let him do it with impunity, and now he has got Crimea,” he continued.

“Now, eastern and southern Ukraine is destablised so that the self-defence forces can take power there. If the situation allows, it may be a military invasion.”

Finland was a part of the Russian Empire for 108 years but broke away in 1917 at the end of the first world war.

The Scandinavian nation was attacked at the beginning of the second world war by the Soviet Union, with Finland fighting the winter war and the continuation war in resistance and losing 10% of its pre-war territory.

Finland is not a member of Nato, so any invasion of its land would not constitute an attack against all members under Article 5 of Nato’s founding Washington Treaty….”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/vladimir-putin-wants-regain-finland-says-close-adviser-1442466

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Thanks everyone for the update on the California man made desert. Those who own this insane policy should be jailed.

garydt on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Piers Morgan: 100,000 people a year are hit by gunfire in the U.S.

Let’s see.

100,000 a year x whatever your age (say 50 for a round number)

5,000,000 people in the U.S. during your life so far.

That’s 1.66% of the entire population.

So that’s one out of every 60 people in the U.S. has been shot during your lifetime. (100 / 1.66)

That means everyone here should know lots of people who’ve been shot inside the U.S. Everyone.

Not me.

jaime on March 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM

That one is a particular favorite. The music, the setting, his manner with the crowd, and I laugh every time he has to tell people how to pronounce his name. :)

thatsafactjack on March 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Tab is awesome! I’ve seen him perform a bunch of times. Small world – he, his former bass player Carl, and drummer Daryl are good friends with my oldest and dearest friend.

fresh air on March 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

23m
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Paris – @NBCNews
end of alert

Kerry sure has a long face history of meeting with enemies in Paris.

Murphy9 on March 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

fresh air on March 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Way cool!!!

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

No class what’s so ever. Merely say thank you and acknowledge your audience, oh sorry, he had no audience

jaywemm on March 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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