Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education…

Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests…

“We need to elect candidates that have a vision that is bigger and broader, and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making a point,” Mr. Bush told an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “Campaigns ought to be about listening and learning and getting better. I do think we’ve lost our way.” He added, “I’m not being critical of my party, but campaigns themselves are reflective of this new America.”

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Some say that, if Bush decides to run, the Republican establishment will put pressure on Rubio to wait his turn. “This is the one window of opportunity for Governor Bush, and Senator Rubio will have many windows of opportunity in the future,” says American Conservative Union (ACU) president Al Cardenas, who served two terms as chairman of the Florida GOP when Bush was governor and Rubio was a state representative…

Though friends and analysts disagree about how the two will approach the pending decision, nearly all agree that a Bush candidacy is more likely now than it was a year ago. “Six months ago, I would have said it’s unlikely though not impossible that Governor Bush would run for president in 2016,” ACU president Cardenas says. “If you ask me today, my answer is different, it’s 50–50. That’s a significant moving of the needle.”

“We’re getting close to having to make a decision, and he’s warming up to the idea of it,” says Cardenas, who doesn’t deny there’s a lot of interest among the party’s top-dollar donors. “Nobody is receiving as many calls as he is,” Cardenas adds. “The best gauge of the intensity of support for somebody is whether the potential candidate is making calls as opposed to receiving calls. That’s probably the most interesting indicator of the intensity of the interest out there.”

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Republicans have but one savior ahead of 2016 and his name is Bush. That is the takeaway from watching much of MSNBC’s programming this Monday after former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued the clearest signal yet this weekend that he is considering a presidential bid in 2016…

“He’s showing where people are at,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told the hosts of Morning Joe regarding Bush’s position on immigration. Schumer added that, if the party does not embrace Bush’s version of immigration reform “this year,” the 2016 cycle is “almost certainly” already lost to Republicans…

“If they’re only going to be the party of older white people, they cannot win at a national level,” she added. “And that’s why, perhaps, Jeb Bush thinking of getting into the 2016 race is giving them a glimmer of hope, because he is talking about being more compassionate toward minorities, toward immigrants.”

“Most people agree — Republican, Democrat, independent, whoever you are — Jeb Bush would be a strong general election candidate for Republicans,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed. He noted in passing, though, that the “brand problems” associated with his brother’s presidency persist though he did not seem believe that would be more of a disqualifier in a GOP primary than a general election.

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Jeb’s unspoken assumption is that people in the United States who can’t lawfully feed their children can rely on welfare, rather than shoplifting and car theft. Mexico, by his telling, is such a dysfunctional hell hole that even hard-working people can’t find honest work and will go hungry as a result. Prospective illegal aliens find themselves in a “Les Miserables” situation, stealing bread — i.e., jobs in the United States — to feed starving children.

This is horse flop. Mexico is an upper-middle-income country by world standards, with a per capita GDP, in purchasing-power parity terms, greater than that of Turkey, Brazil, Romania, Iran, South Africa, or Thailand. You want real poverty, try Congo or Zimbabwe, Somalia or Afghanistan. Funny that he’s not calling for unlimited immigration from those countries instead. For someone who makes a habit of assuring Mexicans that “I understand your people,” Jeb seems to have a remarkably one-dimensional view of the place…

But putting aside all the ignorance and illogic, Jeb’s view of the issue is clear from this fragment: “The way I look at this, someone who comes into our country because they couldn’t come legally . . .” In the decision tree of immigration policy-making, the first branch is this: Can everyone in the world move to the United States, or are there going to be legal limits, limits that must be enforced even against people engaged in “an act of love”? When Jeb excuses illegal immigration “because they couldn’t come legally,” he’s betraying his view that anyone in the world who wants to come here must be permitted to do so. Stopping them is the opposite of an “act of love.”

And so, Jeb Bush’s immigration policy in a single sentence: “Any limit on immigration is an act of hate.”

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Why is Bush going at his party’s base on two such hot-button issues? We have three theories.

1. He believes it. This is the line that Bush loyalists are shopping. Jeb isn’t like other politicians. He doesn’t play the D.C. game. He says what he thinks and doesn’t care about the consequences.

2. He’s throwing up trial balloons. Every time he talks about running for president — he did it again over the weekend — Jeb makes clear that he would want to do so “joyfully” and not get into a mudfight. While we tend to think that’s impossible given the modern process of running for president, it’s possible that what Jeb is doing with his statements on immigration and Common Core is seeing just how negatively those sorts of proposals are received and how much blowback he gets on them from the right. If it’s less than he expected, maybe he convinces himself he could run without having to get down and dirty with his rivals for the nomination.

3. He’s inoculating himself. Maybe Jeb has already decided he wants to run — or he’s strongly leaning that way. If he has, then making clear his support for Common Core and a more lenient national immigration policy now might well be a way to insulate himself from charges later on in the process that he is insufficiently conservative. You can imagine Bush in a primary debate sometime in late 2015 saying something like this: “My position is long held. Now, not everyone will agree with me but my thoughts on the issue are born of conviction not political positioning.” While that answer won’t convince hard core immigration opponents, it does have the potential to defuse the passion around the issue for others.

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Look at it this way: The GOP establishment is desperate to suppress Tea Party conservatives and also obtain the immigration amnesty they believe will win Latinos and relieve them of the need to do too much rethinking in other areas. The problem for the establishment is lack of candidates. Rubio was a favorite, but he sabotaged himself among core Republican primary voters with his disingenuous, flip-floppy championing of the Gang of 8′s bill. That left Christie–but then Christie got caught in a traffic jam. That left Jeb, probably the establishment’s original choice–but it turns out that Jeb is still a Bush, and even the Bushes are sick of the Bushes. That leaves … well, Rubio again. Maybe he can be rehabilitated in time for the primaries! How? Hmm. Well, if Jeb takes a stand way far out in a squishy idealistic pro-amnesty direction, that creates space for his quondam protege, Rubio, to stake out a position that’s seemingly tougher–e.g. “Jeb’s off base there. Saying it’s an ‘act of love’ obscures the very real problems illegal immigration can cause, which is why I am strong on border enforcement, etc.” Of course Rubio would still be for amnesty, and the establishment would know this. But it might help smuggle him through the primaries.

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It’s not a mystery why elites would totally dig a retro contest between two of the nation’s least-appealing families. It would mean that zombified pundits such as David Gergen, whose lack of cogency is directly proportional to the number of administrations in which he served, could push off retirement a few more years and writers such as Dowd, who peaked in terms of what passes for wit and originality during the Clinton era, could recycle old columns as unashamedly as Cate Blanchet recycles plastic bags at the local Safeway. GOP and Democratic apparatchiks and their big-money enablers wouldn’t have to struggle with the grim and unavoidable fact that fewer and fewer of us are willing to identify with either party – even to strangers on the phone…

We need to discuss openly and honestly the failed foreign policy of both the Bush and Obama administrations. Does anyone seriously think that the Middle East is more stable than it was pre-9/11? Or that the government under either 21st-century president is safeguarding American civil liberties in a way about which we can feel confident? Immigration and tax policy are just as beggared and threadbare and awful. In the areas in which the country is actually breaking with the dead hand of the past—when it comes to pot legalization, say, or marriage equality—the change is coming at the state level and typically from outside traditional party politics.

It’s safe to say that discussion of these and other issues will not come from well-ensconced party favorites. As Democratic consultant Joe Trippi put it, “I don’t see Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton having a big fight over the NSA.” Or much of anything else that really matters. If they were willing to stage those sorts of debates, they wouldn’t be the establishment favorites.

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The notion that Jeb Bush is going to be the Republican presidential nominee is a fantasy nourished by the people who used to run the Republican Party. Bush has been out of a game that changed radically during the 12 years(!) since he last ran for office. He missed the transformation of his brother from Republican savior to squish; the rise of the tea party; the molding of his peer Mitt Romney into a movement conservative; and the ascendancy of a new generation of politicians — Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, among them — who have been fully shaped by and trained in that new dynamic. Those men occasionally, carefully, respectfully break with the movement. Scorning today’s Republican Party is, by contrast, the core of Jeb’s political identity.

In that, Jeb is like ex-Republican Mike Bloomberg and like the failed GOP apostate Jon Huntsman: He’s deeply committed to centrist causes — federalized education, legal status for undocumented immigrants — that alienate key Republican groups; and he’s vaguely willing to go along with vestigial conservative issues that Republicans don’t care as much about, like standing up for Wall Street (Jeb was on a Lehman Brothers advisory board before that bank’s collapse, and now sits on a Barclay’s board) and opposing marriage equality, a stance he’s sought to downplay by focusing on states’ rights…

This is not to say Jeb doesn’t have assets. The Bush name is no longer toxic; indeed, his brother is now remembered fondly by most Republicans. He was a successful governor of a big key state, with a reputation for moderation, even if it’s been a while. And he can surely raise money. When I tweeted some skepticism about Jeb on Monday morning, two progressive journalists, Chris Hayes and Judd Legum, immediately responded with the conventional wisdom: Republicans “tend to go with moderates and known quantities,” as Legum said.

So that’s the best case: Mitt Romney. The worst case? Mitt with a dollop of Fred Thompson, the halfhearted victim of a halfhearted draft.

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“He’s the smartest guy I know on education,” McCain said in a brief interview in the U.S. Capitol. Asked if Bush’s support for Common Core was an issue, McCain deflected. “What he did for education in Florida … that’s a clear record of success.”

Is he a viable candidate for president, there’s a lot of question about the fact that …? “That his name is Bush?” McCain said, finishing the question. “Somebody else’s name is Clinton.”

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bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 1:41 AM

There’s terryannonline, Terrie and Terry. One of the Terrie/Terry’s liked Mitt cuz he spoke French which made her swoon. One was a dairy farmer from Indiana who liked Mitch Daniels…

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Hi! I think I remember the “French” connection, LOL I’m going to stop now and find my notes. I know it wasn’t the one that liked Daniels. Thanks for the add’l info!!

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:01 AM

I saw some web story this afternoon that really gave me pause. The piece was from a liberal I think. Basically, it was wondering whether the the left should let Jeb Bush win in 2016. The left is figuring that they could take a slight hit in 2016 by letting Bush get elected thinking he could force the republicans to finally get amnesty passed with the end result being that the left gains a permanent democratic majority. I hate to say it, but it could work–especially when I think about the spineless reps we have in the House.

KickandSwimMom on April 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

That makes surprising and scary sense. And another thing, if Bush won, by 2020 the country would be so * s i c k * of another Bush that our loses in 2008 would look like small potatoes compared to 2020.

I think Jeb just wants to be president. It’s like he is saying “hey, my dad was prez, and my brother, so I should be able to be also.”

anotherJoe on April 8, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Good points..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM

I can’t justify to myself dumping FF over what Mozilla did to Eich.

non-nonpartisan on April 8, 2014 at 2:02 AM

It’s a plot. Probably by the Democrats.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 1:49 AM

You have it on Win7 right? Couldn’t you copy it and put it on Win8?

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Hi. HA hasn’t been loading most of the day. I got so much done today!

Murphy9 on April 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

LoLz..i hear you..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 1:58 AM

Don’t get the idea that I know much about these things, I was just annoyed at the PC garbage that wasn’t hurting anyone. The same people that would slap you silly for smoking around them are probably big Pot supporters.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

We mustn’t forget the media’s status quo r collaborators role…

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 2:04 AM

I can’t justify to myself dumping FF over what Mozilla did to Eich.

non-nonpartisan on April 8, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Agree..You shouldn’t dump it..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

It doesn’t appear to have an “address” or link on the page. There probably is a way and I will get my son check it out.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

I think you mean they will stop production of keys. There should be a ton of surplus for several years.

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I know that when Microsoft announced the same thing about XP, that you couldn’t find XP on Dell. Then they received such an uproar, they put them back on their website for sale. However, choice was limited.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Agree..You shouldn’t dump it..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Speaking only for myself, I agree.

Led Zeppelin – Over the Hills and Far Away

non-nonpartisan on April 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM

And, detested a certian female politician…

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 1:53 AM

That’s what I thot.

BB

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Cindy Munford on April 8

that same PC garbage is in the ACA…
smoke..your rates are double…
ghey with aids…not so much..
heroin addict….not so much..
drunk…not so much
over weight…not so much..
but if you smoke…the whip..!!

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM

We mustn’t forget the media’s status quo r collaborators role…

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 2:04 AM

the press are criminally liable in the whole bit..
they know crimes against the citizens are being committed
by this white house and refuse to report it..
be no different than if you knew someones plans
to rob a bank and you do not report it
one difference…
its the presses JOB to report it…criminally liable..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:12 AM

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 2:04 AM

I would venture to guess that they had more people looking into her life than any other politician ever. I’d like to know if they missed vice presidential/presidential candidate, John Edwards mistress and love child or chose not to report it.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:13 AM

non-nonpartisan on April 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Very Nice..:)

PS..Bells..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Edwards was a candidate
and the Woman …the press..
both lied..
why would you think the rest of the lap dogs were different..
they all lied…for access.. and the progressive cause..
dozens must have known..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:17 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Is the government subsidizing the treatment for AIDS or is it just because the drugs have been around long enough to have gotten reasonable. I have to say they did a good job and finding a way to extend the life span for people with AIDS and help those in the third world.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Cindy Munford on April 8

don’t know about subsidizing..
I know many millions have been spent..(maybe billions)
and much has been learned…
as you said…some good results..
were there other more pressing illnesses that
couldn’t get that kind of pub and funding….??
I think yes

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:22 AM

PS..Bells..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM

did you notice Brian Johnson did the podium interviews at the F1 race Sunday…
did a good job I thought…knows how to work a crowd.

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:26 AM

Gohawgs on April 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Hi! I think I remember the “French” connection, LOL I’m going to stop now and find my notes. I know it wasn’t the one that liked Daniels. Thanks for the add’l info!!

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Ok, the one that I recalled was Terrye. Some of the discussion was during the debates when most all of the Candidates were in. Probably a different person. She and joana often agreed with one another:-)

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Schumer added that, if the party does not embrace Bush’s version of immigration reform “this year,” the 2016 cycle is “almost certainly” already lost to Republicans…

Once again the very liberal NY Democrat Chuck Schumer is trying to help the Republicans. What a guy! I just hope that Obama and Harry Reid aren’t angered by all the help Schumer is giving to us to help us win elections.

RJL on April 8, 2014 at 2:33 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Interesting isn’t it? I can find it in my heart to begrudge them, that was a terrible way to die. Plus they were leaving a lot of orphans in Africa. I have been finding it harder and harder to donate to many of these medical fundraisers. I was really disappointed in Susan G. Komen Foundation. I become more cynical by the day.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:38 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:26 AM

I’m sorry I missed that..Brian Johnson is a very humble person..I like his attitude..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:12 AM

It was always the MSM/Press etc that Breitbart targeted and rightly so as you say also. Corruption is very very deep.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

The Romantic Warrior – Return to Forever

Stay with it until 2 minutes in, when the fun starts. After 100-150 listens, you’ll really start to get a feel for it.

Jaibones on April 8, 2014 at 1:49 AM

The first time I heard this, was in my very first Music Theory class, way back in 1981. I feel for it right then and there. Music wasn’t even my major yet, but I was hooked.

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Hey, how about this jackazz from Louisiana?

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:42 AM

I confess I don’t know what the Susan G. Komen Foundation did..

but your point is very true…
day by day….more cynical..

was it always that way and we just never heard about it??
have charities always played us for the dupes ?…

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Good evening Dire…

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

It doesn’t appear to have an “address” or link on the page. There probably is a way and I will get my son check it out.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Oh, that’s good. I’m sure it will be an easy thing to do.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:44 AM

was it always that way and we just never heard about it??
have charities always played us for the dupes ?…

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Yes. Charities are and always have been scams. They make the people who are sponsoring them filthy rich, while spend penny’s on the dollar on the actual charity. Most charities administrative costs are 90% of what they take in. Yea, you can put me in the cynical column.

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Corruption is very very deep.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

I would rather have Pulitzer Prize winner on my resume, ten years on
than I was the press dweeb that kissed the emperors bum..

and someday the invites to the cocktail parties will be over
for this WH and the press…
bumm kisser isn’t a resume enhancer..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:48 AM

Jeb Bush is worse than Huntsman. What kind of joke is this? There’s no way he could win the nomination.

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 2:49 AM

oscarwilde on April 8

evening
agreed..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:50 AM

Hey, how about this jackazz from Louisiana?

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Good grief! I hate the apology! All that means is please let me keep my seat. No, dirtbag you need to resign.

“I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this.”

Privacy, he didn’t think of his children or wife before, but now he wants privacy.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

According to the story he hasn’t even been in D.C. for six months. Good thing I’m not a constituent, he’s done.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:57 AM

I have got to go to bed. Good night everyone. Sweet dreams.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM

sleep well CM…be safe

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 3:03 AM

What a bunch of idiots:
http://twitchy.com/2014/04/08/the-riot-has-begun-uconn-students-celebrate-in-defiance-of-derek-the-ra/

I would support that RA!

How embarrassing to see college students behave like barnyard animals over a silly ball game. Expel all the rioters!

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Good grief! I hate the apology! All that means is please let me keep my seat. No, dirtbag you need to resign.

“I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this.”

Privacy, he didn’t think of his children or wife before, but now he wants privacy.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

He ran as a Christian. As a Christian I can forgive him his transgressions, but as a citizen, I cannot accept him as a politician. If you cannot be faithful in something as important as your marriage, then how can you be faithful as a steward of the Public Interest or trust? Fortunately he is not my congressman and must answer to his constitutes. Unfortunately, his constitutes probably don’t have any better morals or ethics than he does.

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 3:05 AM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 2:48 AM

They have a lot to answer for, sooner or later. I think of the American people that have to suffer for what they have done. Jobs lost and no work in site, family breakups, healthcare lost, cost of living on all fronts, Rules & Regulations everywhere.

Congress shares the blame as much as the MSM= Total Corruption.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Jeb Bush is worse than Huntsman. What kind of joke is this? There’s no way he could win the nomination.

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Remember, no one said Romney would lose either.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:07 AM

According to the story he hasn’t even been in D.C. for six months. Good thing I’m not a constituent, he’s done.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Certainly didn’t take long. I wouldn’t be surprised if they dig a little deeper, it may have been going on before he was elected.

Have a good night’s sleep, that’s where I’m headed. Haven’t been up so late for months, LOL

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:10 AM

Congress shares the blame as much as the MSM= Total Corruption.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:06 AM

completely…the whole lot of em..

whats the unemployment U6 number now??..
were talking carterland I am sure..
and not a peep….
criminally liable..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Remember, no one said Romney would lose either.
bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:07 AM

No one said Romney would lose? Not sure I follow you.

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Jeb Bush is worse than Huntsman. What kind of joke is this? There’s no way he could win the nomination.

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Yes, yes he is. He is slightly worse than Huntsman.

Jeb can raise the $$$ and has the organization in place that could give him the nomination. He is probably looking to run, lose, and win a spot on the ticket. I don’t think Mrs. Columba Bush wants to play First Lady since she doesn’t like the limelight.

Punchenko on April 8, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Remember, no one said Romney would lose either.
bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I remember when Jeb and Poppy met with Barry. I also know Bush Family & Associates have cronies in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio.

Punchenko on April 8, 2014 at 3:16 AM

Very Nice..:)

PS..Bells..:)

Dire Straits on April 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Grand Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band

PS Lanceman’s GF from St. Pete? She’s lovin’ it! The shocking moment a crazed topless woman DESTROYS a McDonald’s before pausing to enjoy an ice cream cone

non-nonpartisan on April 8, 2014 at 3:17 AM

U6 at 12.8%

http://unemploymentdata.com/current-u6-unemployment-rate/

add in the low labor participation rate and I bet were 22%ish or a tad over..
when 20 some percent of the citizens cant find a job..
47 million on EBT assistance..
how does anyone in DC get re-elected..?? D or R..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 3:19 AM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

He ran as a Christian. As a Christian I can forgive him his transgressions, but as a citizen, I cannot accept him as a politician. If you cannot be faithful in something as important as your marriage, then how can you be faithful as a steward of the Public Interest or trust? Fortunately he is not my congressman and must answer to his constitutes. Unfortunately, his constitutes probably don’t have any better morals or ethics than he does.

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Well, I understand what you’re saying. However, a Christian would resign. His sin is against his God first of all, then his wife and children. A non-Christian would make the same speech he did. One expects much more from someone claiming to be a Christian. Christians are held to a much higher standard. He’s asking for time to earn back their trust? He was given trust when he was elected. That’s my opinion.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 3:20 AM

U6 numbers by state (from jan..but hey its the feds..so its not late)

and have a peek at the bottom…NYC and LA…LA at 19.8%…
the state of cali 17.3%..they believe Jerry moonbeam Brown
will come to save them…

http://www.bls.gov/lau/stalt.htm

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Always vote Republican because if you are going to be murdered it’s better if it’s done by a friend.

VorDaj on April 8, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Cripes. My Outlook 2013 was loading like a snail. Found out it was iTunes that scrothched it up.

Removed iTunes and now my puter is a screaming rocket.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Apple was scrothcing up my Thunderbrd too.

Now that works. Dear Apple, quit asking my about your stupid bonjour program. I DO NOT NEED IT.

Plus mobile me. I don’t need it either.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2014 at 3:55 AM

Unity Ticket 2016: Clinton/Bush.
It’s inescapable….resistance is futile.

kcewa on April 8, 2014 at 4:16 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I noticed some of you were discussing charities. There is at least one place you can check them out. I wrote it down but now I can’t find it. Briefly don’t give money to anyone who calls on the phone. They are mostly phony police scams. Any charity that has expensive commercials on tv are spending may too much on things that have nothing to do with charity. The SPCA for instance. If you send money you get a t shirt? Why not give that to the animals assuming they get anything. The only ones I trust so far are the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Mennonites.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

If you are not a part of the solution…YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

My take: Vichy Republicans Expand Obamacare. Time to “Let Them Go Their Way”

kingsjester on April 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Good morning COL……our main “formal” charity is St. Jude’s.

HonestLib on April 8, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Good morning COL……our main “formal” charity is St. Jude’s.

HonestLib on April 8, 2014 at 7:02 AM

That one is probably ok too. Danny Thomas must have a special place in heaven. He almost single-handedly saved most children from dying of leukemia. I remember when it was a death sentence.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 7:39 AM

“Most people agree — Republican, Democrat, independent, whoever you are — Jeb Bush would be a strong general election candidate for Republicans,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed. He noted in passing, though, that the “brand problems” associated with his brother’s presidency persist though he did not seem believe that would be more of a disqualifier in a GOP primary than a general election.

I mean if you are amongst the Progressive set of thinkers, then of course Jeb is a fine candidate. He doesn’t want a smaller government but a larger one that it more intrusive and at more levels and one that will decide the ethnic make-up of the Nation on its own basis so as to liquidate the voting population under waves of new ‘immigrants’ brought in as an act of ‘love’.

Amongst the Progressive set I’m sure that Jeb is a big hit, along with Big Businesses. Gotta keep those cronies satisfied so that they can cough up the dough, ya’know? Just like Obama. I’m sure that Jeb wouldn’t hand out goodies the way Obama does, but hand out the goodies is what he is all about.

Oh, and Sen. McCain, did Jeb want the FL schools federalized and push to get them taken over by the federal government? Because that is what he is proposing NOW along with the Leftist ‘Common Core’. I’m sure that the Dept. of Education will be just as good at that as the NSA is on spying on our lives, because Education wants to complete that loop from childhood onwards. And it will be as friendly as the IRS to outside ideas. That is what you get when you push ‘Common Core’ and a federal ‘role’ in guiding education, Sen. McCain. Say, Sen. McCain, why do you hate the people of this Nation so much that you want them under constant government surveillance from cradle to grave?

ajacksonian on April 8, 2014 at 7:49 AM

wiki says 2003 was Nextell (are they still in business?)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Cup

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 1:59 AM

2003 was the last year for Winston (thank you, feral gubmint). Nextel came in 2004 and subsequently got gobbled up by Sprint, which eventually wound down the domestic use of the Nextel brand (it’s still used in South America by a company that licensed that usage prior to the gobble).

Steve Eggleston on April 8, 2014 at 7:52 AM

My take: Vichy Republicans Expand Obamacare. Time to “Let Them Go Their Way”

kingsjester on April 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

These people can’t be unaware what the people are saying about them. I can only assume as I said yesterday somewhere that they see our country going down the drain and they want to get everything they can before it does. They’ll get away to some foreign country with their money leaving us to suffer for what they did. These people are beyond despicable.

John Boehner is airing ads in Ohio saying as how he has always been for small business, etc. Just the usual pap they have been handing us for years. I don’t know if he has any opposition.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I noticed some of you were discussing charities. There is at least one place you can check them out. I wrote it down but now I can’t find it. Briefly don’t give money to anyone who calls on the phone. They are mostly phony police scams. Any charity that has expensive commercials on tv are spending may too much on things that have nothing to do with charity. The SPCA for instance. If you send money you get a t shirt? Why not give that to the animals assuming they get anything. The only ones I trust so far are the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Mennonites.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Article on charity watchdog organizations in the Seattle Times…

“A growing number of resources are designed to help consumers find the answers to such questions. Still, knowing which service to use can be as hard as choosing a charity itself.

The sites range from the new GiveWell.org, offering a small number of deeply researched charities, to CharityNavigator.org, with thousands of star ratings for nonprofits based largely on self-reported figures.

Here are some brief profiles of different charity watchdog organizations:

Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org): Evaluates about 5,500 nonprofits with starred reviews and helpful, graphic-heavy reports that now include evaluations of transparency and links to similar charities. Reports are based largely on self-reported data. In coming years, Charity Navigator aims to add information on charitable program results. People interested in specific categories can find several Top 10 lists of the best and worst charities. Some aspects of the site are free to all users, while others require registration. The site is supported through charitable donations from large donors and individual users.

CharityWatch (charityWatch.org): Formerly called the American Institute of Philanthropy, this 20-year-old organization performs in-depth analysis of about 550 charities. Questions addressed include possible fraudulent valuation of donations, inappropriate categorizations of program expenses and legitimate reasons for seeming financial inefficiency. Lists of top-rated charities can be viewed free, but the group’s full thrice-yearly reports — which feature updates and investigations into wrongdoing in the industry — require a $3 payment for the first sample and then a $40 to $200 yearly membership fee after that. CharityWatch’s work is supported by individual donations.

GuideStar (guidestar.org): This is less a review site than an aggregator of documents on nearly 2 million nonprofits and charities. While the other sites — at their most basic — calculate a grade or star rating for charities based on financial disclosures, GuideStar offers the raw materials for analysis. It’s most useful to those fluent in the language of Internal Revenue Service forms and other financial documents. Some information is available to all users, some to those who register and some to those who purchase premium subscriptions. Funded primarily by subscription and licensing fees as well as a membership program, grants and contributions.

Philanthropedia (myphilanthropedia.org): Acquired by GuideStar earlier this year, this three-year-old site uses subject experts to recommend 364 charities based on quality of services. Nonprofits span 24 categories, and 20 percent of the lists focus on organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thousands of other nonprofits are also rated, but a review can amount to something as short as four words from an area expert.

GreatNonProfits (greatnonprofits.org): Founded in 2007, this site set out to be a sort of Zagat for charities, relying on user reviews to fuel a database of more than 92,000 reviews (one to five stars) of more than 11,000 nonprofits among a list of nearly 2 million (provided by GuideStar) on the site. This method comes with all the pros and cons of user-generated reviews, including high volume but questions about who is supplying them. The site is funded by a handful of foundations, GuideStar, nonprofits and individual donors.

Better Business Bureau Giving Wise Alliance (bbb.org/us/Charity-Reviews): Includes thousands of local and national charity reports based on a review of 20 standards that include transparency in governance, privacy policies and program spending. Those who meet standards are known as “accredited charities” by the group and are eligible to use BBB’s Charity Seal for fees ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. The database is funded by the BBB’s accredited charities and businesses.

GiveWell (givewell.org): This new site focuses on quality rather than quantity, offering nearly a dozen deeply researched analyses of recommended charities out of hundreds that were initially considered. This isn’t the place to check up on that place you just gave money to — unless you are very lucky — but rather a place for choosy donors to find closely vetted nonprofits….”

http://seattletimes.com/html/homegarden/2017114095_charitieswatchdog29.html

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

http://seattletimes.com/html/homegarden/2017114095_charitieswatchdog29.html

workingclass artist on April 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Thanks WA. It concerns me that some people will give money to anybody that asks. As long as it makes them feel good about themselves they don’t care if it works or where the money goes.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Until I met my wife I never knew he was the founder of St. Jude’s. Wife had her cancer treatments there at St. Jude’s. Danny’s real name is……Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz.

HonestLib on April 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Until I met my wife I never knew he was the founder of St. Jude’s. Wife had her cancer treatments there at St. Jude’s. Danny’s real name is……Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz.

HonestLib on April 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I never knew what his real name was. I can’t blame him for changing it. He must have been part of that Lebanese contingent that came here decades ago. Or maybe his parents were.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Ugh! My only comment is that apparently Allahpundit has replaced
Chris Christie commentary with Jeb Bush.

Amjean on April 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Jeb Bush has thrown down the gauntlet to conservatives.We must respond by destroying him.He is a corporate crony,big-business loving anti-American, anti-middle class RINO who cannot win the general election any more than Mitt Romney.He cares more about illegal invaders than American workers whose jobs they take.He cares more for education bureaucrats in Washington, DC than students all over America.Take your amnesty Jeb,take your Common Core-and go to hell! You will not be our nominee.

redware on April 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

redware on April 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Try to be a little more emphatic, Redware. :-) There’s an organized element that is pushing liberal Repubs. Conservatives need to get organized. They’re an election away from being a power but we may not have that long.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Um, we do not speak to hagfish here.

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The first time I heard this, was in my very first Music Theory class, way back in 1981. I feel for it right then and there. Music wasn’t even my major yet, but I was hooked.

oscarwilde on April 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM

I went to bed before you night owls. My childhood friend played this for me right around the same date as you. I was in college. A year later I saw them play an acoustic show at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago (Roosevelt) – dream come true. It’s a mesmerizing piece.

Jaibones on April 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

This GOP promise lasted for about 13 hours after the 2012 election:

…We recognize that for most of those seeking entry into this country, the lack of respect for the rule of law in their homelands has meant economic exploitation and political oppression by corrupt elites. In this country, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment to every individual, including more than one million immigrants to whom we grant permanent residence every year. That is why we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking….

GOP theme song.

fred5678 on April 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

This used to get that glorious hammer swinging at HA.

This SOB is a dunce like Sarah Palin wishes he were to get her out of the basement.

Stupid.

Breathtakingly stupid.

Kill the bastard.

thejackal on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/07/bush-illegal-immigration-an-act-of-love-not-a-felony/comment-page-1/#comment-7905489

Frankly, it’s rich that Cruz, the man who was the biggest supporter of wrecking the government from beginning to end, now says that his own method was “a terribly cynical approach.” I wonder if a little self-awareness is creeping into his Teahadi skull.

The next thing to creep into there should be .38 caliber.

BrianJ on April 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/07/house-gop-quietly-passes-bill-to-expand-coverage-choices-under-obamacare/comment-page-2/#comment-7907324

Bmore on April 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Cripes. My Outlook 2013 was loading like a snail. Found out it was iTunes that scrothched it up.

Removed iTunes and now my puter is a screaming rocket.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Hmmm. My Win7 has been acting up since February. The only thing I did was update iTunes. Excessive hi memory usage and my Outlook.com (email) stopped allowing attachments to open & I had to disable Flash Player in order to type on any Hotair threads.

Shortly after updating iTunes tho, I updated IE9 with a Patch Tuesday update. So really don’t know if it was the iTunes or the IE9 update.

Thanks for posting this. I’m going to Uninstall everything iTunes and see if that makes a difference.

Oh, on Win8 or 8.1 I read where Flash Player updates will be included with the Windows updates. Not smart imo.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Bmore on April 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Wow, those two really need to be out of here. I’m sure if Ed or AP had seen those they would have. It’s hard to see everything tho with so many threads & comments. You’ve always been a good mod too:-) It would be helpful if the threads had a “ban worthy” icon for these kind of comments.

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

before I forget this again…
mars – earth – sun alignment…tonight!!

http://www.space.com/25389-mars-alignment-earth-sun-webcasts.html

you can watch it live from Slooh here starting at 7:00pm eastern

http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

YAHOO WARNING:

Because of a major bug in OpenSSL, Yahoo users are advised not to log in to their email and instant messaging accounts, and other services until the bug is fixed.

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | April 8, 2014 — 17:44 GMT (10:44 PDT)

http://www.zdnet.com/heartbleed-bug-affects-yahoo-imgur-okcupid-convo-7000028213/

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

you can watch it live from Slooh here starting at 7:00pm eastern

http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

The Sun & Mars? Wow, that’s a hot combo!! Thanks for the links, that should be interesting to see. Need to set my alarm:-)

bluefox on April 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

“We need to elect candidates that have a vision that is bigger and broader, and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making a point,”

I didn’t realize that saving the country from progressive destruction was just ‘making a point’. It’s nothing more than lip service from yet another scumbag progressive PIG.

Screw you bush, it’s not about your stupid name, it’s about the fact that you’d sell your mother for power. Go away now, off to hell with you.

Diluculo on April 8, 2014 at 2:56 PM

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I don’t get where you are supposed to watch it.

crankyoldlady on April 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

it is a tab…the slooh site has two different web casts..
the first is done
the second starts in about an hour and 50 minutes it says
so 10pm eastern..(scroll to second window)

http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html

and the virtual telescope is here

http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

oh and do not be fooled by the DOWNLOAD bit.. its an advert..
click right on the pic of the stars.. and refresh

sorry im late getting back to you…I was watching..

going2mars on April 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

If Jeb Bush is the nominee, millions of the GOP base will vote 3rd Party to protest another Bush-Clinton contest. And I will probably be one of them. If there is another GOP nominee that sure to lose, I cannot think of him offhand.

WannabeAnglican on April 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

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