Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

Rand Paul came to Chicago yesterday and did something a Republican thinking about running for president typically wouldn’t do: subject himself to a nearly hour-long grilling by the one-time chief political strategist for President Barack Obama.

“You are an intriguing person,” David Axelrod, the former White House senior adviser, now leading the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, said at the start of his on-stage conversation with the U.S. senator from Kentucky.

Paul, a favorite of the limited-government Tea Party movement who is considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, used stops in Chicago — Obama’s hometown — as the latest venues in offering himself as a different kind of Republican pushing his party to grow beyond its base.

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Sen. Rand Paul is taking full advantage of Congress’s recess with a tour of speaking engagements in Real America. But more importantly, he used the time away from Washington to cultivate a decidedly different image: not the libertarian spark plug most people think of when they think of Rand Paul, but an old-fashioned, issues-oriented compassionate conservative.

Speaking at Josephinum Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school in Chicago, Paul talked to parents and students about public-school alternatives and supported the right for religious schools like Josephinum to receive federal money. School vouchers and charter schools have long been conservatives’ workaround to push against the public education system without seeming like they were pricing out low-income students…

Since starting his first term in the Senate, Paul has made a point to travel around the country speaking to urban communities struggling with poverty—not exactly a friendly setting for Republican politicians.

Some have said that promoting school choice and urban revitalization is part of Paul’s grand plan to welcome minority voters into the GOP’s fold.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) shot back at Bob Dole on Tuesday by arguing that a lack of political experience can be seen as positive.

Speaking to reporters in Chicago, Paul said that he was first a physician and then became a senator, despite people advising him to work his way up through the public service ladder as mayor and state legislator.

“I absolutely disagree with that because I think in some ways, when you have people who are career politicians, they’ve been beaten down by the system and are so part of the system that they can’t see all the problems of the system,” Paul said, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

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Despite the factual and political accuracy of Paul’s lamentations about Reagan-era fiscal policy, will conservatives reflexively outrage about this? Will it become fodder for the likes of Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum to pledge their undying love for Reagan’s ghost, in contrast to that turncoat Rand?

If any of the above does happen, it will be more of the same from conservatives. Overlooking the party’s 1980s failings is a key component of Reagan idolatry, and, sadly, it would prove they still have no interest in thinking about economics in a truly principled manner…

Yes, Reagan had to contend with a Democratic Congress, but many of the above policies were directly supported and/or proposed by the president. There’s simply no way around it; and Republicans would be better off listening to Rand Paul’s tough words rather than dismiss them as blasphemy.

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In case you missed it, a minor controversy has erupted over Rand Paul’s recent comments about abortion…

From a pragmatic standpoint, however, Paul seems to be saying two things: 1). That he believes in the Thatcher maxim that first you win the argument, then you win the vote, and 2). That the pro-life cause is best served when it stresses areas where their is consensus (banning late-term abortion, for example) and doesn’t get too far over its skis (talking about rape, or stressing “personhood,” transvaginal ultrasounds, etc.)

The real problem for Paul, in my opinion, is that he’s having an honest discussion about a very sensitive topic. There’s no place for that in politics!

This is what happens when politicians think out loud and actually verbalize the things they are thinking. We often complain about scripted politicians who stick to talking points and sound bites, but there’s a good reason why the most boring, disciplined politicians seem to succeed. Would Paul have been better off by simply parrying the question? Probably.

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Many other Republicans are nervous about Paul’s rising stock, much more than they were about the presidential bids of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)…

In a general election Paul would have to defend his proposals to raise the Social Security eligibility age and eliminate capital gains taxes. He would also have to fend off questions about his 2010 statement that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was wrong to prohibit businesses from discriminating against customers and his 1990s description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.”

“He’s never had to defend these views. At some point in a debate with the Democrats, he’ll have to defend these views,” said a senior House Republican aide…

“If there’s a nut movement in the country that he hasn’t found, please call me. He’s now getting involved in the sagebrush matter with Mr. Bundy,” said the GOP staffer. “I worry about a lot of things, but my biggest concern isn’t that Barack Obama is going to take me out at Starbucks with a drone.”

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Kentucky voters are apparently split on whether home-state Sen. Rand Paul should run for president in 2016.

About one-third of Bluegrass State voters, or 31%, say the freshman senator should make a White House bid, while 34% say the Republican shouldn’t seek the presidency, according to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

Another 32% say they don’t know enough about Paul to say what he should do in 2016.

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Let’s say the Kentucky legislator makes a strong run — winning some states and coming close in others — but doesn’t win the nomination, a scenario that seems more likely than not. He has something going for him in the veepstakes that other Republican also-rans would not: a constituency that might well defect in large numbers from the party in November.

Assuming Paul loses, the Libertarian Party will have an easier task than usual: It will be able to concentrate its organizing among the people who voted for Paul in the primaries. That could easily amount to enough voters to deny Republicans a victory in the general election. (In other words, the libertarian candidate in this situation would be Ralph Nader in reverse.)…

Because Paul has a distinctive constituency … he still has a pretty good shot of being on the ticket — even if he doesn’t make it to the top spot.

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What the GOP needs is an honest, stringent account of how it has ended up where it is – a party that has piled on more debt than was once thought imaginable and until recently, has done nothing much to curtail federal spending. Reagan was a great president in many ways, as Paul says explicitly in these clips.

But Reagan introduced something truly poisonous into American conservatism.
It was the notion that you can eat your cake and have it too, that tax cuts pay for themselves and that deficits don’t matter. This isn’t and wasn’t conservatism; it was a loopy utopian denial of math. And the damage it has done to this country’s fiscal standing has been deep and permanent. It is one of modern conservatism’s cardinal sins. And Paul is addressing it forthrightly – just as he is addressing the terrible, devastating consequences of neo-conservatism for America and the world in the 21st Century.

What we desperately need from the right is this kind of accounting. It’s what reformers on the left did in the 1990s – confronting the failures of their past in charting a new future. Taking on Reagan on fiscal matters may be short-term political death, as Corn suspects and maybe hopes, but it is vital if the GOP is to regain some long-term credibility on the core question of government solvency. Compared with the ideological bromides and slogans of so many others, Rand Paul is a tonic. And a courageous one at that.

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…do you have a cat recipe?

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’ve heard the Fu King Restaurant has their BYOC special…

viking01 on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

This year-except for the premiums going up a bit and having to change doctors-nothing will really change. Next year all the employees and dependents are going to High Deductible accounts w/
HSA.
I have a few meds that run 150+s month/ out ins.)as does the husband. I also am under the regular care of a doctor because of my asthma.
That HDHP won’t cover anything until the deducts are met.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

;)

CoffeeLover on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM

It was but someone from here talked to me and made me realize that getting your mind right could include a dose of HotGas from time to time, and I agreed. I’m not commenting as much as I used to, time for me to read more and bloviate less.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Tomorrow is a new open reg day. Gird yer’ loins…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM

How appropriate…
tomorrow is HotAir’s 8th anniversary!

Brat on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

This is a desert, don’t let all the farming fool you.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Yes, Southern CA is a desert. The Texas panhandle is not.

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

TXUS on April 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

She’s a 30-ish conservative woman.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Greetings! Today the family and I traveled to Birmingham and practiced “reasonable gun control” with our Glocks and AR-15s. :)

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

This place goes to hell at night.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Well, the locals think that we’re in a desert. By locals-I mean those that were born here.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Don’t worry. Congress comes back next week.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

We’ll good evenin’ to you too.

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

well don’t say I said it….but stay away from the “touristy” spots :)

They make me crazy but they are our biggest economy producer.

CoffeeLover on April 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I would always stay away from touristy spots anywhere. I hate crowds. My friend in England calls tourists “grockles”.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

All I can say is good on ya. Myself is gettin’ busy but tonight I’ve had too much screech and easter presints (Derby cream) to be productive … my client has a security audit, i’ve promised they will pass by May 1st so this is my last night for a while.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Brat on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

That means that I’ve been commenting here…7 1/2 years.
I REALLY need to get a life.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Ok that didn’t come out right… Damn auto correct…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

VorDaj on April 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I think you might be right.

CoffeeLover on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Tomorrow is a new open reg day. Gird yer’ loins…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM

And Gerd your Oswalds.

Myron Falwell on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I’m not commenting as much as I used to, time for me to read more and bloviate less.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

If only more people in the country were willing and able to switch from “broadcast” to “receive” mode, I believe it would go a long way towards saving the republic.

Too many people simply pay no attention to the issues, and a depressing number of folks – on all sides – are more or less impervious to facts. Sucks that tribalism is hardwired into the human psyche. Alas.

Inkblots on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Don’t worry. Congress comes back next week.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Were they gone?

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

lol Hey Doc!

CoffeeLover on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Smart azz.
The dirt here looks like sand. It feels like sand too.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Why don’t all of The Journalists just run off a cliff into the sea…….

williamg on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Greetings! Today the family and I traveled to Birmingham and practiced “reasonable gun control” with our Glocks and AR-15s. :)

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Hello Doc.

John the Libertarian, who commented on her in the thread about dating and race, will like this.

Actress Stacey Dash target shoots with AR-15

non-nonpartisan on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Hi CL!

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Why don’t all of The Journalists just run off a cliff into the sea…….

williamg on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Thay have to wait for word from the White House.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

The dirt here looks like sand. It feels like sand too.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Are those camels and pyramids beyond that oasis?

viking01 on April 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Rand Paul has contracted “Newt Gingrich Syndrome”, which is a need to expound, and often at length, on nearly every matter on the planet, and it is probably fatal.

VorDaj on April 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Yes. They more they talk, the more often they trip over their big egos.

non-nonpartisan on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

They should have paid attention during their geography classes. Also, they should get out more.

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

There can be only one. You goofs ain’t it.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Here endeth the lesson.

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I’m on Simon and Garfunkel tonight. April Come She Will … in case anyone hadn’t noticed.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Ok, I’ll play: The Boxer

I did get to see these guys in concert during their last “reunion” tour. They were fantastic.

climbnjump on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Yes. They more they talk, the more often they trip over their big egos.

non-nonpartisan on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

He needs to learn that just because they ask him a question doesn’t mean he has to answer it in great detail.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Dunno much about Appalachicola (sp?).

Trivia o’ the night…
Alabama has tried to buy the Panhandle from Florida 7 times…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Ah. Beat me to it. This is one of two non-classical concerts i ever attended (second was S&G in Toronto):

ELP in montreal … actually, I was there in 1976 but this seems to be a soundcheck … otoh, aaron copeland … awesome!!

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Pirates- Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Make fast the guns tonight we sail
When the high tide floods the bay
Cut free the lines
And square the yards
Get the black flag stowed away
The turk the arab and the spaniard
Will soon have pennies on their eyes
And any other laden fancy
We will take her by surprise
I will take you and make you
Everything you’ve ever dreamed

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I didn’t know that but they can’t have it….those beaches are too awesome :)

CoffeeLover on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Trivia o’ the night…
Alabama has tried to buy the Panhandle from Florida 7 times…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

That’s very interesting. I wonder why.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

climbnjump on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

lol … next on my list … I’ll click your link after ELP is done with hoedown

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

ELP in montreal … actually, I was there in 1976 but this seems to be a soundcheck … otoh, aaron copeland … awesome!!

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

must have been a great night!

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Oops … I’m on FF4TCM … hoedown will be later.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

e dirt here looks like sand. It feels like sand too. annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

There’s a reason for that.

It’s the same here.

Sometimes I get tired of nothing but stone,, dirt. Gravel.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

A friend got tickets. He had been to see Pink Floyd a few weeks earlier. It was 1st concert in same stadium. He got proper seats for Pink Floyd and had figured that general admission on the field was a better deal so we arrived early and were about 20 rows back (in front of the lighting gear set up on the field).

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

That’s very interesting. I wonder why.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Ports and tax revenue. This started way back in the 1800′s after AL became a state. Florida keeps saying “no”.
I blame the Spaniards and Global Warming. :)

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Well, the locals think that we’re in a desert. By locals-I mean those that were born here.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I love ya Twerp, but them thar Texas locals are wrong. This is what a desert looks like.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I started reading the QOTD and couldn’t get past the Dole thing. LOL. Dole is a two time loser at the national level. He first ran for national office almost 40 years ago…and he persists. naturally the leftist media lap it up

and the RINO wing gives him a standing O.

r keller on April 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I rarely use wikipedia for a source, COL, but I can’t go wrong with the sources in a debate ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Those GA laws on gun carry?

We had them here in AZ, too.

Brewer vetoed them.

They passed, and she shot them down.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Our youngest Daughter has this one down on her Acoustic guitar.

She has all my Zeppelin albums on her IPod now…

This one is one of their masterpieces.
give a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1z4vkPWkLQ

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Heh, gotta love Senator Cruz (and Lee, too!)


Ted Cruz Facebook

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Smart azz.
The dirt here looks like sand. It feels like sand too.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Hey, I live on the edge of a REAL desert. Not a pretend Texas desert. It’s called the Mojave Desert for a reason.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Boxing now … it’s getting slow and the night is still early … guess i’ll have to wait for Dire and Canopfor to show up. I will have to resort to SRV if it doesn’t pick up … daughter already dropped by to complain about the volume on ELP.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

This place goes to hell at night.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

You love us and we know it :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Question for all you experienced Hotairians — if I don’t comment for an extended period of time, as in months or years, will my account be terminated?

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I saw it.

I know it’s old-but I still don’t like it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I’m on Simon and Garfunkel tonight.
gh on April 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Simon & Garfunkel with Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Quote of the century

As Erin Ching, a student at 60-grand-a-year Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, put it in her college newspaper the other day: ‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity.

This chick thinks she’s smart. Pity the land and her parents.

Told you often that we are the true liberals.

Evening “domestic racist terrorists”

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

No.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Question for all you experienced Hotairians — if I don’t comment for an extended period of time, as in months or years, will my account be terminated?

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yes, after 10 days of inactivity Allahpundit will auction off your account to the highest bidder… <— Insert extremely evil laughter here…

Just kidding…

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Damn auto correct…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Would that be the ducking auto correct by any chance?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I think Rand would be a great candidate if not for his stance on illegal immigration. It’s a crucial issue because adding tens of millions of mostly socialist illegal aliens to the electorate is an existential threat to our freedom, liberty and prosperity. Amnesty and open borders is a bigger threat to our freedom and liberty than neocon adventurism overseas. (Although their police-state and surveillance-state here at home is a threat.) That’s why I’ll be supporting Jeff Sessions or Steve King for POTUS, or somebody else that opposes amnesty in ’16, not Rand Paul. But like one of the quotes in the QOTD says, I think Rand would be an acceptable VP. Also I would certainly vote him back into the Senate to fight for all the many things I agree with him on besides illegal immigration, but not for POTUS.

I think the only way the GOP establishment is going to stop Rand Paul from winning the nomination, (other than cheating, which I’m sure they’ll do), is if their candidate genuinely opposes amnesty and open-borders and would reign in the NSA and generally be a constitutionalist that is competitive with Rand Paul on those issues, but that opposes selling out the American people through amnesty.

Otherwise, if the GOP establishment’s candidate supports amnesty and Rand Paul basically does, too, then between the two people are going to choose Rand, IMO.

FloatingRock on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Only game in town. Bought the CD a few years ago. Still prefer Deep Purple and will resort to something from fireabll if the action does not pick up. Newtie seems a bit slow tonight.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

He needs to learn that just because they ask him a question doesn’t mean he has to answer it in great detail.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I don’t have much faith in him to figure it out. I wish I did.

non-nonpartisan on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Thanks…

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Question for all you experienced Hotairians — if I don’t comment for an extended period of time, as in months or years, will my account be terminated?

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Only if the hammer comes down…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Hey, I live on the edge of a REAL desert. Not a pretend Texas desert. It’s called the Mojave Desert for a reason.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Texas is plains. I know somebody who lives in the high desert. Apple Valley.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

kcewa on April 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

You do know you are risking a “country boy” repsonse?

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

This chick thinks she’s smart. Pity the land and her parents.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Pity the land? Yes.

Pity her parents? No. That’s where she learned it.

climbnjump on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

As Erin Ching, a student at 60-grand-a-year Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, put it in her college newspaper the other day: ‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity.

If Erin is Chinese or Korean, there are places she could go where she would most definitely not be bothered by differences in opinion…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Good Evenin’, Paladin. :)

Wonderful to see you, as always.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I know somebody who lives in the high desert. Apple Valley.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I have a 98 year old great-aunt living there…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Lubbock is technically part of the high south plains area of Texas.
The junior college is South Plains College.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Now they want to dictate love.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Only if the hammer comes down…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

“Thou the hammer, I the anvil” would actually make a decent line in a song about a website that manipulates and abuses its users. If such websites existed.

Horatia on April 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

John the Libertarian, who commented on her in the thread about dating and race, will like this.

Actress Stacey Dash target shoots with AR-15

non-nonpartisan on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

humuna humana humana BA-ZING!!!!

Gawd I’m in love.

John the Libertarian on April 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I dropped a raw mushroom on the floor and stepped on it and flattened it. Ratso ate it like it was raw meat…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Dunno much about Appalachicola (sp?).

Trivia o’ the night…
Alabama has tried to buy the Panhandle from Florida 7 times…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I have a friend who lives in Carrabelle–she calls her neck of the woods “Alabama South of the Border”…guess that spot of trivia you cited explains everything!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Damn auto correct…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Would that be the ducking auto correct by any chance?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I’m ducking that trucking question….:)

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Hey, I live on the edge of a REAL desert. Not a pretend Texas desert. It’s called the Mojave Sonoran Desert for a reason. oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Iit’s pretty desert down here.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 11:46 PM

This place goes to hell at night.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Shhh! — John the Librarian.

John the Libertarian on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Country Boy – Albert Lee … Phil Emanuel is cued up if noone has the guts to respond.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

If you insist… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Heh, gotta love Senator Cruz (and Lee, too!)

Ted Cruz Facebook

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

He’ll be a contender. Hispanic roots covers CA, Princeton/Harvard covers east coast, Cuban heritage living in Texas covers south, Canadien born covers north.

Hey y’all vote for me eh.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Texas has 5 distinct geographic regions. A little something for everyone. I live in the Hill Country. ALT lives up on the plains. I want to retire to the coast, although the Big Bend area is beautiful, too. :)

The major hospital in Amarillo is High Plains Baptist

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Only game in town. Bought the CD a few years ago. Still prefer Deep Purple and will resort to something from fireabll if the action does not pick up. Newtie seems a bit slow tonight.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Haven’t listened to that album in years. Good one.

Good night all.

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Pity her parents? No. That’s where she learned it.

climbnjump on April 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

True, but I meant that the pay 60 thousand/yr. for this.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

jrsrigmvr on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Good evening, Fred. :)I hope you and yours are well. How’s Mrs. Fred?

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Wait a minute…does this mean I can break in the noobs properly??

[And CUE OSCAR'S EVIL LAUGHTER...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Jackie !!!! … finally a challenge ;-).

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

I dropped a raw mushroom on the floor and stepped on it and flattened it. Ratso ate it like it was raw meat…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

ABC – anything but coleslaw….

viking01 on April 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Is he gonna start tripping soon?

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Texas has 5 distinct geographic regions. A little something for everyone. I live in the Hill Country. ALT lives up on the plains. I want to retire to the coast, although the Big Bend area is beautiful, too. :)

The major hospital in Amarillo is High Plains Baptist

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I’ve been through Amarillo. The streets were named for the presidents in order.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Evening J. – thank you for the new Moore, or new to me :)

I can’t get this quote out of my head:

What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’

The land is in deep trouble.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

PREDATOR , my friend…

I want you to know that I wish you well and that I’m pulling for you. I wish you a swift and complete recovery, gallant sir. :)

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I’m ducking that trucking question….:)

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I thought that article would bring a smile to your face ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

ABC – anything but coleslaw….

viking01 on April 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Heh…
I have another 5 lb bag of shredded cabbage in the fridge now. Got it last night…

OmahaConservative on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Judge Napolitano “The feds picked the wrong side of the Red River” :)

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Dunno much about Appalachicola (sp?).

Trivia o’ the night…
Alabama has tried to buy the Panhandle from Florida 7 times…

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I have a friend who lives in Carrabelle–she calls her neck of the woods “Alabama South of the Border”…guess that spot of trivia you cited explains everything!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Yep, look at a map and you can see that AL should extend all the way to the gulf, as it does on the west side. But no, FL had to go and stick its butt in the way…there’s no geographic boundary–you pass a sign 10 minutes or so south from my home town that says WELCOME TO FLORIDA.

Doc Holliday on April 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

If you insist… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Oh … the new fangled “modern” stuff … pretty weak sauce … I shall endure this and then see where we are.

gh on April 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

NativeTexan on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I am in North Austin. The hill country is beautiful!

KCB on April 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

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