Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on March 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

RACHAEL RAY: Listen, I want to take time to talk about Healthcare.gov because today is the deadline right?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: That is right. Today is the deadline. I think everyone is going to be really surprised and pleased how well this has turned out. But I want to say one thing, Rachel. Anybody who is in line now, anybody who is on the web, in person being interviewed and/or on the telephone, they are able to — even if the deadline closes — to stay in line. They can get into the system. It is a little bit like people, when the polls close at 8 and there are people waiting, they get to vote. So I think people are going to be really, really surprised how well this has turned out.

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As Americans around the country raced on Monday to sign up for health plans in new insurance marketplaces before a midnight deadline, HealthCare.gov, the online federal insurance exchange, was closed to new customers for two periods starting at dawn.

Federal health officials said that a midday shutdown was caused primarily by the large numbers of customers coming to the federal Web site, while software problems were responsible for the site opening about three hours late in the morning…

At noon, 109,000 people at once were on HealthCare.gov, twice as many as the day before, according to federal health officials.

The pauses in new sign-ups have come as record numbers of people on Monday also flooded a network of call centers for help in getting insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. By noon on Monday, the centers logged 350,000 callers, roughly triple the volume on the second-highest day, Dec. 23, as the deadline approached for people to choose health plans in time for their coverage to start on New Year’s Day.

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According to the White House, officials and celebrity surrogates over the past six weeks have completed more than 300 individual radio interviews across the nation. That includes 20 radio interviews by the president, first lady and vice president. Chief of staff Dennis McDonough and senior advisers Dan Pfeiffer and Phil Schiliro participated in an additional 30 interviews. Cabinet secretaries have also completed some 60 radio interviews nationwide.

Valerie Jarrett alone has also completed 60 radio interviews and appeared on TV and Internet shows to promote the initiative. In an interview with Popsugar posted Friday, Jarrett pitched the law and fielded questions on One Direction and Snooki.

That effort has been magnified by the administration’s use of celebrities to get the word out about the ObamaCare deadline. According to the White House, celebrity “influencers” have posted messages about the law to more than 349,481,000 followers and have seen their messages retweeted more than 40,000 times

“A key part of the administration’s strategy has been to work with celebrities, athletes and other key influencers who were interested in helping us get the message out about the importance of getting health insurance, and had an enormous power to reach consumers outside of the Beltway — especially young people — through their social media platforms,” the White House official said.

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A better way to measure progress is to look at numbers from a handful of states that are collecting this kind of data and have reported it. Last week, New York officials told CNBC that 59 percent of people getting insurance through the state marketplace had no coverage before. The numbers were even higher in Kentucky, where officials told the network that 75 percent of people selecting plans had been uninsured before.

And according to Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, officials in Washington state who have studied their enrollment data believe that the overall effect of Obamacare has been to reduce the ranks of the uninsured by about 25 percent. To give you a sense of scale, the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the Affordable Care Act will in 2014 decrease the number of uninsured nationally from about 57 million to about 44 million—a reduction of about 23 percent. So if those Washington officials are right, their state is actually outperforming expectations by a little bit…

According to Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times, unpublished research from the Rand Corporation suggests that the uninsurance rate among working-age adults has fallen from 20.9 percent in the fall to 16.6 percent now. That’s roughly consistent with previously published survey findings from Gallup. Again, it’s hard to know how accurate these surveys are. But they certainly suggest the law is succeeding in reducing the number of people without health coverage. The question is by how much.

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According to the Times, which cites a study from Rand Corp., “At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured.” That suggests that two million uninsured Americans gained coverage as a result of the law…

[A]s recently as February — when analysts knew how many states weren’t going along with the Medicaid expansion and were aware of the early technical glitches facing the rollout of Obamacare — the CBO still projected that the law would reduce the number of uninsured by 13 million.

Even adding the 3 million young adults under 26 who were added to their parents’ insurance policies, the resulting 9.5 million total would still be significantly below expectations.

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Assume all the numbers are correct, or at least close to correct. By far the largest part of Obamacare’s health coverage expansion has come from a) expanding Medicaid, and b) allowing young people to stay on their parents’ coverage. The part where Democrats essentially blew up the health care markets, imposed the individual mandate, and caused premiums to rise and deductibles to skyrocket? That hasn’t been such a success. If the Times number are correct, all of that — placing new burdens of higher costs and narrower choices on millions of Americans, in addition to setting the stage for coming changes in employer-based coverage — has resulted in two million of the previously uninsured gaining coverage.

The bottom line is that Democrats could have enacted two relatively small changes (small relative to the entirety of Obamacare, that is) in the health care system and achieved most of what Obamacare has achieved so far. Would Republicans have supported such changes back in 2009 and 2010? Who knows? Maybe a few would have — certainly the until-26 change — but the point is in the brief period when Obamacare was enacted, Democrats had about 255 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate. They could do what they wanted, which included pursuing more modest reforms that would have helped millions. Or they could blow things up and impose burdens on millions even as they helped others. Acting on decades of pent-up demand to take control of the health care system, they chose to blow things up.

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What’s important to remember is that this is not how Obamacare was supposed to work. The Congressional Budget Office, in its original estimates, predicted that the vast majority of the people eligible for subsidies on the exchanges would be previously uninsured individuals.

Instead, the vast majority are previously insured people, many of whom are getting a better deal on the exchanges because they either qualify for subsidies, or because they’re older individuals who benefit from the law’s steep rate hikes on the young…

This is a problem that may get worse over time, as the cost of plans continues to go up. In the McKinsey survey, of those who had decided not to sign up for Obamacare, the most common reason was the “affordability” of the offered plans. Indications from insurers like Aetna and WellPoint is that the premiums on the exchange will go up substantially next year.

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The CEO of the Cleveland Clinic says that a majority of Americans who signed up for Obamacare have seen their premiums rise.

“About three-quarters of them find that their premiums are higher than they had been previously with other insurance,” Toby Cosgrove told Fox News…

“We know for example that we’re going to get paid less for what we do,” Cosgrove stated. “Hospitals are going to be paid less for what they do. We also know that insurers are paying less for what we do.”

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I was one of those people who made a “firm pronouncement about how the Affordable Care Act (was) doing.” I fully expected the numbers of uninsured to skyrocket this year.

But that was because I thought the law was the law. I expected that the massive cancellations of group plans throughout 2014 would result in 25 million people previously covered to be wandering in the wilderness this year trying to figure out what to do next.

I had no idea that the law could be changed or delayed with a wave of the imperial hand. Silly me. Today, I have completely lost track of what is still required and what has been delayed. So I have sworn off making “firm pronouncements” of anything having to do with this bucket of porridge known as Obamacare… and I suggest others should, too.

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“Even though the website is working, the stench of the rollout lingers. Sebelius’s screw up will almost certainly cost us a bunch of seats,” said one Democratic operative. “But in time — certainly going into 2016 — the politics of the ACA will change. People do not like to lose benefits once they have become accustomed to receiving them. Why do you think the Dems never fundamentally changed or repealed the Bush prescription drug entitlement?”

That’s why Democratic campaign officials want to put so much focus on what would happen if the nation went back to the old health care system. Until now, they’ve spent more time trying to find success stories of newly insured, happy people. But for the elections, they’re leaning toward a different approach: finding horror stories of people who used to get turned down for health insurance or bankrupted by an illness, and having them say in TV ads, “Don’t make me go back to that.”

Democratic pollster Mark Mellman points out that the newly insured people haven’t had a chance to show whether they will be committed voters yet. “If you can communicate with them and explain what they stand to lose if the law is repealed, that will make a difference,” he said Mellman. “By November, we’ll be in a different position with those folks.”

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As the Obama administration and the uninsured race to meet today’s (sort-of) deadline for Americans to have purchased health insurance, we can now say something we weren’t 100% confident about back in October in November: The health-care law is here is to stay. More than 6 million have now enrolled in a health-care plan under the federal and state exchanges, which is up from a mere 100,000 back in October. And given the recent enrollment surge, it’s possible the final number is close to 7 million. What’s more, when you add the folks who’ve gotten insurance via expanded Medicaid and those under 26 who are on their parents’ insurance, overall total could be as high as 15 million. (So even if you subtract the 5 million Republicans estimate had been insured before, the net new insured appears could be around 10 million.) And then consider that the Congressional Budget Office has projected enrollment in the exchanges to double in 2015 (from 6 million to 13 million) and nearly double again in 2016 (from 13 million to 22 million). Bottom line: Repeal is more unlikely than it’s ever been before. How do you negate the health-care plans for these millions of Americans? So now what?…

”Next year is going to be interesting. What we’re hearing from the insurers thus far is that they’re expecting double-digit increases for the cost of these health plans on the exchange in 2015,” conservative health-care expert Avik Roy said on “Meet the Press” yesterday. “We still haven’t heard about how much the plans are going to cost for employer-sponsored insurance under Obamacare as it was before. And those things are going to affect the election in November for sure.” Liberal health-care expert Jonathan Cohn countered, “We’ll wait and see where those premiums come in. They are getting a lot of people in now,” he said on “Meet the Press” yesterday. “You know, there’s been this pattern where they always predict the worst. You know, the website wasn’t working: ‘No one will ever sign up.’ And then it was, ‘Well, no one will get to the doctor.’ And you know what? Things were okay. There were problems, but things worked out well. I’m pretty optimistic.”

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We don’t know yet what the paid enrollment looks like or how successfully the program is actually enrolling the uninsured. (After some grim estimates, this Rand study is making liberals feel a little more optimistic, but still suggests a below-expectations result.) We don’t know what the age-and-health-status composition of the enrollee pools looks like or what that means for premiums next year and beyond. We don’t know if any of the suspended/postponed provisions of the law will actually take effect. And we certainly don’t know what any of this means for social policy in the long run.

But we do know that there won’t be an immediate political unraveling, and that we aren’t headed for the kind of extremely-low-enrollment scenario that seemed conceivable just a few months ago, or the possible world where cancellations had ended up outstripping enrollment, creating a net decline in the number of insured. And knowing that much has significant implications for our politics. It means that the kind of welfare-state embedding described above is taking place on a significant scale, that a large constituency will be served by Obamacare (through Medicaid as well as the exchanges) in 2016 and beyond, and that any kind of conservative alternative will have to confront the reality that the kind of tinkering-around-the-edges alternatives to Obamacare that many Republicans have supported to date would end up stripping coverage from millions of newly-insured Americans. That newly-insured constituency may not be as large as the bill’s architects originally hoped, or be composed of the range of buyers that the program ultimately needs. But it will be a fact on the ground to an extent that was by no means certain last December. And that fact will shape, and constrain, the options of the law’s opponents even in the event that Republicans manage to reclaim the White House two years hence.

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Via RCP.


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Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Texas has killer bees and wasps too.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Murderer bees? We ain’t got nunna them. Yet.

I guess I will know them when I see them – they’ll be flying with boom-boxes and have their pants halfway down their stingers.

That had to hurt…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

You better believe it! For several days! Still, less painful than the time I fell asleep on the crapper and slid off. Forward. I was down for a month that time.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

MissLamar

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

At least they didn’t bite you on your dick…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

sesquipedouchebag! ‘Sup?

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:39 PM

…been learning how to read opinion polls!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

shortly after we moved here I was warned that if I ever woke up w/ a spider bite- I was to go to ER…immediately.
*I’m also allergic sort of to spider bites.*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

You better believe it! For several days! Still, less painful than the time I fell asleep on the crapper and slid off. Forward. I was down for a month that time.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Some sprains are worse than others. LOL.

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Just curious but what is the reason Hot Air is shilling for Obamacare today? All the articles say polls showing most of the folks now support it and Allapundit saying oh wow the number of uninsured is now lower. Yea Obamacare. I must not understand this blog/ site. I thought it was started by Michelle Malkin. She certainly would not be promoting ABC/ Washington Post Views. I am confused???

AnnaS on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I taught my boys to freeze, then move slowly away while keeping them in sight (assuming they are few in number). I also learned not to panic if they got stung, though…just keep baking soda handy to help ease the sting, give them a Benedryl and monitor for any other symptoms.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

MissLamar

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

…Where?

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Nope. About 70 got me that day. Then less than a year later, one got in my shorts and bit me on the d!ck. Nothing happened.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM

LOL.

I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time, and I’m just not gonna go there …

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

m TERRIFIED of wasps and bees. annoyinglittletwerp on March 31, 2014 at 11:54pm

Me too. I got attacked by africanized bees once. Stung about 30 times while I was running as fast as I could.

I can’t shoot bees.

It wrecked my day, bad. Them bastards don’t quit. They chase you forever.

wolly4321 on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

We have Asian Tree Beetles too. They’re kind of cool to look at-unless you happen to be a tree.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

You left yourself wide open on that one, Lance, my man, but I shall refrain.

Others, however, might not be so charitable…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I spoke to a doctor after the 70 got me. Told him I wasn’t allergic to anything. He said one can become allergic the next time. I did not know that. I had just gotten home so I laid down with the phone near me just in case.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I have had swarms of African Killer Bees in my neighborhood in San Diego, but never here in Omaha…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

…Where?

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

With Bmore

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

At least they didn’t bite you on your dick…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Yeah, that would’ve required a different sort of revenge…may a small tactical nuke or something of that nature. :) Or maybe just a nice flame thrower.

ALT–dunno if Texas has some especially nasty spiders, but I have seen some nasty brown recluse wounds. One of my nurses has a big scar on her hip to prove how bad they can be.

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

wolly4321 on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

About 13 years ago I was chased 4 blocks by a paper wasp.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

I am confused???

AnnaS on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

You’re not the only one.

Resistance is futile … most everybody, it seems, will be assimilated …

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Some sprains are worse than others. LOL.

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Sprain my ass! I ripped a strip of skin off! Took forever to heal, it seemed.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

My Mom broke the land speed record getting my sister to the hospital, just in case. Sis got off lucky that time.

But your doctor was correct. You DID get off lucky…until that next time. Heckuva way to have one’s love life put on hold, isn’t it.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Recluses, tarantulas, and BWs.
In July of 2011, we found a recluse in the living room. I normally try to catch/ release spiders and I tried to catch it-before we figgered out what it was.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

I once burned my dick by throwing a lit cigarette in the toilet while I was sitting. Never made that painful mistake again…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Sprain my ass! I ripped a strip of skin off! Took forever to heal, it seemed.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM

OWWWWWWWW! Stop man! You’re making me hurt just thinking about it…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

For sesqui, exclusive feature

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

The Old Man turned green when he discovered the brown recluse venom was dissolving him so the spider could better consume him. His bite was the size of a small orange (about ten days after he got bit) before he decided to see the doctor.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM

You and Petey have had the worst luck, haven’t you.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

But your doctor was correct. You DID get off lucky…until that next time. Heckuva way to have one’s love life put on hold, isn’t it.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Nah. I ain’t allergic to nothing. Not bees, not ants, not spiders.

I once burned my dick by throwing a lit cigarette in the toilet while I was sitting. Never made that painful mistake again…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I’ve done that. More than once.

OWWWWWWWW! Stop man! You’re making me hurt just thinking about it…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I was really loaded. I didn’t realize what I had done until the next day when it burned to touch it and there was blood in the bed.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:12 AM

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I’ve been in one tornado. I was inside an EZ-Mart. It was at night so I didn’t see it. Sucked the windows right out of the store. Scary to say the least.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I was in a tornado when I was about 8 or 9, it was coming down the highway right straight at us, picking cars and trucks up and throwing them around like they were toys. Then suddenly by the grace of God, it just hopped right over us and continued on down the highway behind us leaving its trail of destruction behind it. Yea… I’ll take an earthquake any day over another tornado.

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I once burned my dick by throwing a lit cigarette in the toilet while I was sitting. Never made that painful mistake again…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Damn! What’s up with you guys? Do we need to make you all wear a cup, all the time?

Still, neither of those is as bad a wannabe badass a urologist told me about–Mr. Wanna-be-a-thug stuck his pistol in his waste band, then tried to draw it, and shot himself through the wanker. Fortunately it was a small caliber, so it didn’t take his member clean off. According to the urologist, he could pee in a “t” formation, till they fixed it…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Gawd Help anyone checking out QOTD about now…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

James Brown – Living In America

RickB on April 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

According to the urologist, he could pee in a “t” formation, till they fixed it…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I’m sure that kept that wound clean, after a fashion, yes?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

The Old Man turned green when he discovered the brown recluse venom was dissolving him so the spider could better consume him. His bite was the size of a small orange (about ten days after he got bit) before he decided to see the doctor.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM

I got bit by a Brown Recluse once, got really lucky, all it did was leave a scare on my arm that to this day looks like someone held a cigarette to my arm.

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Well, I was south of Price Canyon in Utah one night and it was storming like crazy. I saw tornadic activity in the lightning flashes but it had to be a mile or better away from me.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Gawd Help anyone checking out QOTD about now…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Heh! Come on Newtie, don’t have any stories about embarrassingly personal burns/bites/gunshot wounds? Come on now, share with the class….

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:17 AM

I once burned my dick by throwing a lit cigarette in the toilet while I was sitting. Never made that painful mistake again…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Damn! What’s up with you guys? Do we need to make you all wear a cup, all the time?

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Kinda’ hard to wear a cup while pinching a loaf…

Sorry if the Wenches are offended by this language…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Thanks, Schade…I needed this… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Texas has killer bees and wasps too.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM

….and a Death Penalty with a PASSING LANE!!

williamg on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

You Bmorian dolt! That’s the second time in two nights I’ve been Rickroll’d!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

The Old Man turned green when he discovered the brown recluse venom was dissolving him so the spider could better consume him. His bite was the size of a small orange (about ten days after he got bit) before he decided to see the doctor.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM

That friend of mine I mentioned above required a week in the ICU, surgical debridement, and IV antibiotics–she was in a bad spot for a while. REALLY REALLY sick. Believe they eventually got the wound to heal with a skin graft…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Well, I was south of Price Canyon in Utah one night and it was storming like crazy. I saw tornadic activity in the lightning flashes but it had to be a mile or better away from me.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

We were driving from Key West Florida to Seattle Washington, and were someplace in Kansas. It was maybe 3 in the afternoon, a little cloudy but very clear visibility for miles. Suddenly in like the space of 5 minutes it went from being partly cloudy, to a full on thunderstorm, and then all of a sudden, there it was right in front of us on the highway. Not sure if I have ever been more scared in my entire life.

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Kinda’ hard to wear a cup while pinching a loaf…

Sorry if the Wenches are offended by this language…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

True, too true. Maybe a bib instead. For your crotch. LOL

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:17 AM

I sprained the palm of my left hand once while playing pinball…the coin slot didn’t want to give me back my quarter after accepting it and not crediting me my next two games…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

That friend of mine I mentioned above required a week in the ICU, surgical debridement, and IV antibiotics–she was in a bad spot for a while. REALLY REALLY sick. Believe they eventually got the wound to heal with a skin graft…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

We Republicans have a plan if you get sick…

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Wow…..I stepped away for a minute and the conversation went downhill quick.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Texas has killer bees and wasps too.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM

…..and a Death Penalty with a PASSING LANE!!

williamg on April 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

You Bmorian dolt! That’s the second time in two nights I’ve been Rickroll’d!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

:)

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Yuh huh. I try never to drive across Kansas in the daytime. I did it once. That was enough for me. Too easy to fall asleep.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Who, US?? We’re the ones who get the li’l bundle of joy after they’ve filled their nappies to overflowing…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Heh! Come on Newtie, don’t have any stories about embarrassingly personal burns/bites/gunshot wounds? Come on now, share with the class….

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Heh heh, I have two bullet scars. One in my right butt cheek, and the other my left knee. Both from living in the wrong ghetto neighborhood.

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

I sprained the palm of my left hand once while playing pinball…the coin slot didn’t want to give me back my quarter after accepting it and not crediting me my next two games…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

THAT is unacceptable as any old school gamer knows…

For Newtie….Pinball Wizard, The Who

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

:)

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

ROTFLMAO… not falling for it…

oscarwilde on April 1, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Or a lead apron…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Not Fade Away

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Wow…..I stepped away for a minute and the conversation went downhill quick.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:22 AM

It does.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Kinda’ hard to wear a cup while pinching a loaf…

Sorry if the Wenches are offended by this language…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

True, too true. Maybe a bib instead. For your crotch. LOL

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

“……and it was at THAT point that Vice President Biden emerged from behind a velvet magenta curtain, Smiling Broadly and wearing a BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTEDCrotch Bib“…….”

williamg on April 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Fair enough! At least that wasn’t as embarrassing as slamming a car door on my fingers while drooling over the guy who just removed the TV from said vehicle so’s it could get repaired. Those ’65 LeSabre doors are HEAVY!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

I’m boring. Although I did manage to burn my eyeball once.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Smiling Broadly

williamg on April 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

For a second, I read that as Smiling Bradky.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Just in time to help us clean up! Lucky you… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Fair enough! At least that wasn’t as embarrassing as slamming a car door on my fingers while drooling over the guy who just removed the TV from said vehicle so’s it could get repaired. Those ’65 LeSabre doors are HEAVY!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Hehehe. That’s a rather desperate way to get his sympathetic attention, Newtie. ;)

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

I’m boring. Although I did manage to burn my eyeball once.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Done that too. Striking matches and the sulfur goes right into your eye.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

That’ll Be The Day

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Wood eevening…

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

I’m boring. Although I did manage to burn my eyeball once.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

How many times do we have to tell you to keep your eyeball out of the microwave? Sheez…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Just in time to help us clean up! Lucky you… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Hey Dire…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Yeah…three stiches, X-rays (nothing broken) and a tetanus shot later in the ER…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Timing is everything.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

I got mine with a curling iron. It was the 80′s. Don’t judge.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Dire…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Good evening OC..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

The jury’s still out on Lanceman’s 1001 Ways To Put a Crimp In Your Love Life, so I think you’re safe, NT ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I got mine with a curling iron. It was the 80′s. Don’t judge.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I was alive in the 80s. 75-85 was the best time to be young.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

DIRE!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Are the hall monitors here yet??..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Rectum? Hell – it damn near KILLED ‘im!!”

williamg on April 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

This dummy gets paid on TV.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Nope! The *ahem!* Special Brownies and Sleep-Bye Milk seems to have done the trick tonight ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Are the hall monitors here yet??..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Nope, and I haven’t missed them. We have been locker room talking. They would hate that and bitch about it…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Good evening..:)

PS..Nice tune..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Are the hall monitors here yet??..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

They threw up their hands in frustration and stomped off muttering something about telling the Principal…rude Buffoons… saucy wenches…

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Exile – Kiss You All Over

Lanceman’s Magickle Cure-All

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Those were my Jr High and High School years. Good times.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

This dummy gets paid on TV.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Gag me! Makes me sick that these thick dark-haired broads all seem to be ‘rat supporters. Ray, Monica Blewclintsky, and others, I’m sure.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

75-85 was the best time to be young.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Those were very good years for sure..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Glad you liked it, Dire :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Those were my Jr High and High School years. Good times.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Late 80s. You ain’t that old.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Doc Holliday on April 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

I am still trying to download updates on my WIN7 extra laptop. It is taking hours…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

RickB on April 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

You’re on a roll tonight, Rick! Good job!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Late 80s. You ain’t that old.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Y’all are kids. I was born in 1955…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:44 AM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

It could be worse, OC…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

I’ve been alive 6 months longer than JFK has been dead.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

I’ve been alive 6 months longer than JFK has been dead.

NativeTexan on April 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

You gotta be kidding me!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 12:46 AM

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