Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Tuesday…

Obama commuted only one sentence in his first term, causing critics to charge that he was being too stingy with his power. Last December, Obama cut time for eight defendants sentenced under old guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses more harshly than those involving the powder form of the drug. Critics blamed the disparity for longer sentences being handed to black convicts, and Obama changed the sentencing standards for future cases beginning in 2010.

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Thousands and thousands of people like Scrivner are serving punishingly long sentences in federal prison based on draconian policies that were a relic of the “tough on crime” antidrug laws of the ’80s and ’90s. Thirty years after skyrocketing urban violence and drug use sparked politicians to impose longer and longer sentences for drug crimes, America now incarcerates a higher rate of its population than any other country in the world. This dubious record has finally provoked a bipartisan backlash against such stiff penalties. The old laws are slowly being repealed.

Now, in his final years in office, Obama has trained his sights on prisoners like Scrivner, and wants to use his previously dormant pardon power as part of a larger strategy to restore fairness to the criminal-justice system. A senior administration official tells Yahoo News the president could grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people locked up for nonviolent drug crimes by the time he leaves office — a stunning number that hasn’t been seen since Gerald Ford extended amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers in the 1970s.

The scope of the new clemency initiative is so large that administration officials are preparing a series of personnel and process changes to help them manage the influx of petitions they expect Obama to approve…

Obama has granted just 10 commutations out of 10,000 requests. He granted 52 of the 1,600 pardon requests that made it to his desk.

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Later this week, the deputy attorney general will announce new criteria that the department will consider when recommending applications for the President’s review. This new and improved approach will make the criteria for clemency recommendation more expansive. This will allow the Department of Justice and the president to consider requests from a larger field of eligible individuals.

Once these reforms go into effect, we expect to receive thousands of additional applications for clemency. And we at the Department of Justice will meet this need by assigning potentially dozens of lawyers – with backgrounds in both prosecution and defense – to review applications and provide the rigorous scrutiny that all clemency applications require.

As a society, we pay much too high a price whenever our system fails to deliver the just outcomes necessary to deter and punish crime, to keep us safe, and to ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.

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As has been the case with many recent Presidents, Barack Obama has been rather parsimonious with the use of his pardon power. As he neared the end of his second year in office, I noted that he had pardoned more turkeys than people, and at the end of year he finally issued his first pardons of less than a dozen people. As of December 31, 2013, President Obama had pardoned a total of 61 people, an average of 12 pardons per year over the five years he’d been in office. That put him on a pace to issue the fewest pardons and/or grants of clemency of any American President going back to the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. If the Administration actually does go through with this plan, it would more than make up for Obama’s stinginess with the pardon power up until now, and could potentially put up him there with FDR himself, who granted nearly 3,400 pardons or grants of clemency during the 12 years he was in the White House.

While the article doesn’t make clear exactly what criteria the Obama Administration is looking at in making these grants of clemency, it appears that they will be targeted at people who have been convicted of non-violent drug related crimes under Federal Law, which essentially means possession and related charges. Presumably, they will not be granted to people who were arrested with large quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or other illegal drugs to the point where it was obvious that they were engaged in drug trafficking. These non-violent offenders have been among the worst victims of the Federal Government’s War On Drugs because they have seen their lives ruined thanks to overly zealous law enforcement officers and sentencing guidelines that even Federal Judges complain about. If there is another class of Federal offenders who are more worthy of consideration for a pardon or clemency I’d be hard pressed to find it.

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Congress is currently discussing comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would cut minimum sentences by half, give judges more sentencing discretion, and retroactively apply new crack cocaine sentencing standards to prisoners convicted under previous requirements.

One bill, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would cut by half the five-, 10-, and 20-year minimums now required for first and second drug-sale offenses…

Some federal prosecutors have pushed back on efforts to change mandatory sentencing laws, arguing that they believe they are an effective tool in wringing out information involving important drug kingpin cases or major murders…

“Prosecutors’ fears are that our record low level of serious crime in America will begin to rise and nobody will monitor the cost of re-arresting offenders when they commit new crimes, and re-prosecuting them,” says Scott Burns, head of the National District Attorneys Association. “Bottom line, if it ain’t broke why fix it?”

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At a congressional hearing earlier this month, Holder fielded complaints about the new commutation effort from a Republican who thought it too aggressive, and a Democrat who said it didn’t go far enough.

“Can you give me any precedent of previous attorney generals’ offices who have solicited petitions for pardons or clemency limited to a particular category of crime?” Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) asked. He wondered why DOJ wasn’t seeking clemency applications from those convicted of “white-collar crime or campaign finance laws or a host of other areas that have been over-criminalized, all who also do the overcrowding that we’re very concerned with, but have a much lower recidivism rate.”

Holder, a former judge and chief federal prosecutor for Washington D.C., said the clemency effort was aimed specifically at sentences driven by laws setting mandatory minimums for drug crimes. “We’re dealing with a particular problem, and that is that I think the pendulum swung a little too far in the ’80s,” he said…

”The President has authority to grant clemency to certain individuals who are no longer dangerous to the community. But I hope President Obama is not seeking to change sentencing policy unilaterally,” Hatch said. “Congress, not the President, has authority to make sentencing policy. He should continue to work with Congress rather than once again going it alone, and I’m willing to work with the President on these issues.”

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The way our system deals with bad laws is to change them by legislative repeal or amendment, not for the president to decree new laws unilaterally. And, in fact, the drug laws have been changed: Crack is still treated more harshly, but the crack floor for the 10-year minimum was raised (by a factor of more than 5) from 50 to 280 grams. Similarly, for the 5-year mandatory minimum, the ratio is no longer 100:1 — while it is still triggered by 500 grams of powder cocaine, it now takes 28 grams of crack, not 5 grams…

President Obama is using the pardon power to rewrite the statute unilaterally. The time drug offenders spend in jail will be based on his subjective notion of fairness, not the policy embodied in our drug statutes. This is not faithful execution of the law, which is the president’s core constitutional duty. It is the execution of Obama’s whims.

Holder’s announced reasons for this policy are bogus. Because the federal and state governments have concurrent jurisdiction over narcotics offenses, the feds focus on drug importation and distribution felonies, while the states cover mere possession and use. So it simply isn’t true that thousands of people are languishing in federal prison simply for drug possession or addiction…

Finally, Attorney General Holder and the Obama administration may be the worst imaginable officials to carry out a commutation program based on the president’s pardon power. When he served as deputy attorney general under Attorney General Janet Reno, Holder was infamously at the center of the Clinton administration’s pardon scandal. He was a key figure in the 1999 pardons of FALN terrorists; and the pardon process he engineered for Clinton resulted in the release not only of Marc Rich but of two convicted Weather Underground terrorists. So obviously, his idea of “nonviolent” probably does not conform to what most Americans think of when they hear that term.

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Anthony Papa, a spokesman for the Drug Policy Alliance, called the administration’s reforms a step in the right direction. “I hope governors with the same power at the state level follow his lead and reunite more families,” Papa said. “With half a million people still behind bars on non-violent drug charges, clearly thousands are deserving of a second chance. Congress should act immediately to reduce the draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences that condemn thousands to decades behind bars for non-violent drug offenses.”

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crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Bishop!
When’s the next sign up day–soon right?

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Dang it COL!

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Now WHY would Idi Hussein want all the black muzies out of prison and on welfare on the streets ?

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

He commuted only one during his first term because he plans on flooding the streets with criminals on his way out the door. I guess the “but, but he only did one in his first term” is supposed to soften the blow, somehow. That and he wanted to get reelected.

The rising crime rate will be blamed on the next president because the crimes will be committed after Obama is gone.

Buddahpundit on April 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

So, Obama is for criminals and illegal aliens

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hey RWM! That first ‘toon is hilarious and right on point.

How’s your chest ?(the injured part I mean. Gosh you guys are a bunch of pervs)

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I thought all those convicts needing com-mu-tatin’ are the Just-Us Department?

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

So how much did the drug cartels kick back to Holder and the Mooch to get their guys back ?

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

How’s your chest ?(the injured part I mean. Gosh you guys are a bunch of pervs)

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Real…. and spectacular.

(ducks and runs)

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Lets not forget he released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens last year.

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Free the Mummy guy! Fast track his ***** authenticity!

BL@KBIRD on April 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Why is it every time these jack wagons change something you and I have to pay for their stupidity?

No Time Clock on April 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Worth a look

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Well, when your AG was responsible for the most egregious pardon of all time, Marc Rich, why not take another look at the standards. I still would like to see a full investigation of that pardon and whether there are any multi-million dollar bank accounts in Switzerland, Lichtenstein, or other offshore havens in the name of Holder or Clinton.

TXUS on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

What are the odds the people he releases will predominantly be found in Red states, as a way of punishing those states for not supporting him?

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Also, the First Lady doesn’t know how to hold her hand to her heart during the National Anthem

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Why is it every time these jack wagons change something you and I have to pay for their stupidity?

No Time Clock on April 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

becuz that’s the only way Mooch will be proud of our country !

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Let us harken back to the days of yore when no-one was taxed for harkening. Ye oh those were the days my friend we’d thought they’d never end but they did and we are scrotched

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Also, the First Lady doesn’t know how to hold her hand to her heart during the National Anthem

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

LADY ?
:O

burrata on April 21, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Also, the First Lady doesn’t know how to hold her hand to her heart during the National Anthem.

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Doesn’t Moochelle usually sit on her thumb when the Anthem plays?

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

While we are on the topic of marsupials why not ponder this imponderable; if Moochelle was a marsupial which one would she be?

A: the rat faced Roach eating wombat with razor wire teeth.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Spectacular.

*deep sigh*

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

ABC is in on the act as well

7 Moments of Extreme Cuteness At Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Pic#1 – Even the Easter Bunny knows where to put his right hand

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Attack of the Fifty Foot ‘Possum ?

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

There was a couple enjoying a lobster dinner at a restaurant in Beijing China and Moochelle tunneled through the earths mantle with her wood chipper jowels, came up through the floor boards and clean through the table to devour their meal.

True story.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I figure I’ll survive on small critters.

Buying lots of .22LR.

wolly4321 on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

When’s the next sign up day–soon right?

Doc Holliday on April 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

24th

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Indeed, faraway. The cow of the land looks and acts…cow-like.

Lets not forget he released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens last year.

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

The youth is choomed in CO. They need voters for Nov. 2014, first, then for 2016.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

So, Obama is for criminals and illegal aliens

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

He is a constitutional law criminal.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Second Term Stinkburgers

Resist We Much on April 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

A superb roundup of ‘toons!

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I rather like Andrew McCarthy’s take on this issue. Obysmal is attempting to re-write law…again.

onlineanalyst on April 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM

….but with just over a million bucks in grazing fees at stake, obama and reid aren’t about to let Bundy off without some dead cattle and some tazing for his family. That’d be round one punishment. Round 2 will come after the militias clear out.

Then the whole Bundy ranch will suddenly suffer a nuclear accident.

No. I’m not kidding. Reid is a power hungry corrupt fascist and has one of obama’s testicles in his tattered boxing glove, squeezing and threatening to pop it if not allowed to run rampant in Nevada on behalf of his son, fascist reid jr.

Where’s the investigation, holder?

Meanwhile obama searches for crackheads to pardon….

Diluculo on April 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Let us harken back to the days of yore when no-one was taxed for harkening. Ye oh those were the days my friend we’d thought they’d never end but they did and we are scrotched

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Governmental hustering. Because of governmental hustering, we now have “free harkening zones” — whereas before, everywhere was a free hakening zone.

I would these sons of unknown fathers and mothers of ill repute would all be conjured back to that shadowed realm from whence they are predestinate.

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I figure I’ll survive on small critters.

Buying lots of .22LR.

wolly4321 on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Been about 11 months since I saw a box of .22

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Welp, you should start designing plans for the design of a conjuring device designer that will design plans for a conjuring device.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

How many people come out of prison drug free? Is he trying to create a living hell for the next person in office?

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

They need voters for Nov. 2014, first, then for 2016.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

In addition to all the fraud.

Good evening Schad. =)

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM
wolly4321 on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I wonder what Ratso tastes like?

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Welp, you should start designing plans for the design of a conjuring device designer that will design plans for a conjuring device.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Huh?

31giddyup on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

How many people come out of prison drug free? Is he trying to create a living hell for the next person in office?

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

In a word: yes.

Howdy CM.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I wonder what Ratso tastes like?

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Chicken

RickB on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I wonder what Ratso tastes like?

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Perfume and cigs.

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I hadn’t even thought of that.

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I wonder what Ratso tastes like?

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Chicken Capon

RickB on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

FIFY

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Lets not forget he released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens last year.

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

…he seems to like to endanger US citizens!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Before Midnight Doth Strike:

HAPPY FRANKLIN’S TOWER DAY TO EVERYONE!

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Hey! Schad made the best argument, I hadn’t even thought about voters.

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if journalists, a term I use loosely, and the elite were as interested in the victims of crime as they are in criminals?

bw222 on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

31giddyup on April 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

First you need a machine that will design plans to make the machine that you are trying to make.

No one can do it in one step. Ask von Neumann. His self replicating automa could but they don’t count.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I wonder what Ratso tastes like?

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Like the special fried rice I get at the Hood rice shop.(aka chinaman)

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Welp, you should start designing plans for the design of a conjuring device designer that will design plans for a conjuring device.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I’ve no time to design plans for the designer of plans for the designing of the plans for a conjuring device! I’ve already conjured the plans for a device which will restore my rightful place as god-emperor of this pitiable heap of sorrows you call “home” — and I must work on my precepts.

I’m using a bold font and many exclamation points.

And some clip art.

Appendix Sixteen is giving me trouble. On sandwiches, and the juxtaposition of the obligations of non-royal-concubine women-creatures and the obligations of Our Queen and Our concubines.

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Hello WillG..I’m actually not talking to you. ;)

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

“Whichever way your Pleasure Tends -

If you Plant Ice – You’re Gonna Harvest WIND!”

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Perfume and cigs.

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

LOL

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

You are certifiably Madd. And I wish to hire you immediately provided you lend me enough to pay your salary.

(:

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Hello WillG..I’m actually not talking to you. ;)

bazil9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

HaHaHaHaHaHa!!

…You Know I’m a Sucker for that kind of Attention!

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Also, the First Lady doesn’t know how to hold her hand to her heart during the National Anthem.

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

That assumes she has a heart to begin with. And that she has hands, not paws.

TXUS on April 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

You are certifiably Madd. And I wish to hire you immediately provided you lend me enough to pay your salary.

(:

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Maybe you can make money selling Ax’s creative dictionary.

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Before Midnight Doth Strike:

HAPPY FRANKLIN’S TOWER DAY TO EVERYONE!

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

That’s a good one!

Is this true?

The lyrics to this song are about the Ben Franklin’s process of creating the Liberty Bell. To make a bell of such a large magnitude, Franklin invented the method of “rolling the dew.” After the bell is cast and still hot, it is exposed to large amounts of steam. Afterwards, the bell is rolled in large amounts of cotton sheets. Franklin’s peers questioned this technique, upon which Ben replied, “If you get confused, listen to the music play.” Thanks to Andrew Shalit for this information.

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I pushed too many things around at the museum today and it’s starting to catch up with me. Wish I could stay up with you guys but I’m tired.

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Hell yeah. My cell phone wants me to swipe it. I’d rather swipe Axes cell phone since I already have mine.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

You are certifiably Madd. And I wish to hire you immediately provided you lend me enough to pay your salary.

(:

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Now you know what Ed Schultz would look like with long hair and facial piercings.

Bishop on April 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

First you need a machine that will design plans to make the machine that you are trying to make.

No one can do it in one step. Ask von Neumann. His self replicating automa could but they don’t count.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Remember von Neumann’s name from Manhattan Project (hung out at Los Almos with hubs while he did not so super secret stuff there at one time). Now have to go look up stuff of which you speak. I know I’m gonna come back and my head is gonna hurt from reading smart stuff and everything.

31giddyup on April 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

What the heck – Anything Worth Doing Is Worth OVERdoing….

Happy Franklin’s Tower Day!

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Hell yeah. My cell phone wants me to swipe it. I’d rather swipe Axes cell phone since I already have mine.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

You’re just as madd as he is. I feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole when i LISTEN TO YOU GUYS. Accidentally hit the caps lock key again. Happens to me all the time.

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

The lyrics to this song are about the Ben Franklin’s process of creating the Liberty Bell. To make a bell of such a large magnitude, Franklin invented the method of “rolling the dew.” After the bell is cast and still hot, it is exposed to large amounts of steam. Afterwards, the bell is rolled in large amounts of cotton sheets. Franklin’s peers questioned this technique, upon which Ben replied, “If you get confused, listen to the music play.” Thanks to Andrew Shalit for this information.

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Stories about the Liberty Bell are cracked….

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I pushed too many things around at the museum today and it’s starting to catch up with me. Wish I could stay up with you guys but I’m tired.

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

^ Old person’s sex life.

*shakes head sadly*

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

He’s concentrating on this particular segment of offenders because they are predominately black. That’s all.

And yes, we have the highest percentage of population incarcerated now and, not coincidentally, the lowest rate of violent crime in years.

I am against ALL “mandatory” sentences. If discretion is/was abused, the problem was judges, not laws. You deal with that problem by getting better judges, not worse laws.

BUT it is a legislative problem and it is NOT appropriate use of the executive pardon power.

I fully expect a tsunami of pardons in Obama’s final days, including but not limited to Valerie Jarrett, Holder, Lois Lerner, and probably the entire Congressional Black Caucus, as well as many others in his Administration whose names we will not recognize but who will be found to have broken laws at his behest.

He may pardon himself, too.

Adjoran on April 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

<— Running for hills

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Mr. Obama: Let my people go.

Pistonhead on April 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

<— Running for hills

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Come back. All is forgiven.

crankyoldlady on April 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

If all else fails, photoshop… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Bishop on April 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Vaguely human?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I certainly believe you I just needed an entré for that painful pun…

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

A fossil pushing around fossils at the museum? Lol.

Ok COL I know the precambrian explosion was before your time but what about the jurassic?

Just kidding.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

That Cat is High

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

First you need a machine that will design plans to make the machine that you are trying to make.

No one can do it in one step. Ask von Neumann. His self replicating automa could but they don’t count.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

You missed a step – John von Neumann would be laughing…..

You need to develop a Procedure that will govern the Procedure by which one will design a Process to Develop a Machine that will eventually be Secunded to Define The Safety and Non-Safety Functions of as well as Design The Plans for the machine that you are trying to make……,

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Evening B9, and indeed, on the fraudulent voting.

Evening “domestic terrorists”.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Does that mean we are now, all of us, DTs? :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Make sure those released get a bus ticket to Chicago, NYC, LA, San Fran, or Seattle. Heck, Portland too.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Where is PaperGirl? I hope she didn’t run into RockGirl or ScissorsGirl.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Intersting…deepest ocean dive.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Damn! How many crunches does it take to turn a keg into a six-pack? I cut my hair, cleaned my cell; but I can’t even broach this web-cam deal till I’m buff. This is a turning out to be a lot of flipping work.

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Where is PaperGirl? I hope she didn’t run into RockGirl or ScissorsGirl.

SparkPlug on April 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

rotf :)

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

What could have caused this?

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Damn! How many crunches does it take to turn a keg into a six-pack?

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

That requires study on a case by case basis…..

viking01 on April 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

You need to develop a Procedure that will govern the Procedure by which one will design a Process to Develop a Machine that will eventually be Secunded to Define The Safety and Non-Safety Functions of as well as Design The Plans for the machine that you are trying to make……,

williamg on April 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

(throbbing head ache)

Shhh! Simma’ down now, trying to get through this other smart stufff first. ; )

31giddyup on April 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Does that mean we are now, all of us, DTs? :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Badge of honor good lady.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

There were a lot of cows that sure could have used some Presidential clemency before the Domestic Terrorist al BLM SS ran them to exhaustion and buried them alive.

VorDaj on April 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I never understood why, after using this Christopher Cross tune for the first post-NCAA Tourney recap in 1983 when NC State shocked Houston, CBS has used that effeminate One Shining Moment song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I-cxF7jZH8

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Axe on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Persistence pays, Axe…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Get rid of it, soon, Rhonda.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM

VorDaj on April 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

In mass graves. The Bundy family is digging them out.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2014 at 11:56 PM

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