Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

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Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat. While our fellow citizens are free to draw varying conclusions and inferences from the facts, surely there can be consensus that every relevant fact must be uncovered.

There are still witnesses whose testimony has not been heard. Just last week, we learned the administration has withheld relevant documents from Congress, despite a subpoena request. Some produced documents are so heavily redacted as to be meaningless. The select committee should strive to uncover every relevant witness, document or other piece of evidence so our fellow citizens can know the facts and the full truth.

“May justice be done, though the heavens fall.” That adage governed my time as a prosecutor in state and federal court, and it would serve us well as we uncover the truth about Benghazi.

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The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal. Half the House has asked to “serve” on the committee, which is understandable since it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid any real work while waving frantically to right-wing voters stomping their feet in the grandstand.

They won’t pass a serious jobs bill, or raise the minimum wage, or reform immigration, but House Republicans think they can earn their pay for the rest of the year by exposing nonexistent malfeasance on the part of the Obama administration. On Thursday, they voted to create a committee to spend “such sums as may be necessary” to conduct an investigation of the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The day before, they voted to hold in contempt Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official whom they would love to blame for the administration’s crackdown on conservative groups, if only they could prove there was a crackdown, which they can’t, because there wasn’t.

Both actions stem from the same impulse: a need to rouse the most fervent anti-Obama wing of the party and keep it angry enough to deliver its donations and votes to Republicans in the November elections. For a while it seemed as if the Affordable Care Act would perform that role, but Republicans ran into a problem when the country began to realize that it was not destroying American civilization but in fact helping millions of people.

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Clyburn doesn’t have a problem with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, though. “I know Gowdy very well,” he told the Washington Examiner. “I’m against the thing, so, it ain’t got nothing to do with Gowdy. I’m against doing it, I don’t care who is chairing it, I’m against it. So, Gowdy’s got nothing to do with my position.”

“An evil tree can’t bear good fruit,” Clyburn concluded.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who serves with Gowdy on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that he likes Gowdy but expressed a little more uncertainty about whether he would run a fair process.

“I don’t know,” Cummings said outside the House chamber. “I like Gowdy, I like him a lot. And, I’ve only seen him in a prosecutorial role, so I don’t know.”

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While virtually all Democrats are united in opposing the formation of the committee, which will investigate the deaths of four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens, rank-and-file Democrats argued during a closed-door meeting Wednesday leadership’s inclination to boycott the committee would be a mistake

“I think it would be very valuable for people to see us fighting, particularly a fight I know we can win. The other side on this is clearly acting politically and they do not have a leg to stand on and I say that as someone who has spent hearing after hearing on Benghazi,” Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence committee, told BuzzFeed. “I think if we had a talented team of thoughtful, articulate members, we could draw a huge contrast between a nakedly political, fact-less other side,” added Himes, who is one of several members who has raised the issue during recent meetings with leadership…

“You know, I tend to side with [Maryland Rep.] Elijah Cummings, who said you’d make something illegitimate seem fair, but at the same time he knows that if we leave our people in there unprotected they will be bludgeoned,” Cleaver said. “I probably lean a little more toward being in the room.”

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Pelosi wants Democrats to have a say in subpoenas, access to documents and depositions. Boehner’s staff says they have made fair concessions, and will include Democrats in the process. But Republicans are not going to give Democrats veto power over who they call to testify…

It’s unclear how Democrats will proceed. Pelosi has weighed completely boycotting the committee, appointing a handful of Democrats or tapping lawmakers to fill the five seats that she is allotted. She first spoke to Boehner on the floor, then met with her leadership team and followed that up by sending a letter to Boehner Friday afternoon saying she wants to work with him to change the committee’s procedures…

Some senior Democrats — like Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)— have made the case behind closed doors that their boycott would highlight what they consider GOP overreach. Others, like Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), argue the party needs to be present to fight back…

In a Democratic leadership meeting Friday morning, lawmakers were divided on whether they should participate. For example, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) suggested Democrats participate, while Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) advocated a boycott.

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There is no way on earth the Democrats should lend this committee the least bit of legitimacy. They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus.

Benghazi is and has been for some time a witch hunt that perverts all notions of democratic accountability and that obviously carries one purpose and one purpose only—the humiliation or worse of as many Democrats as possible, preferably the big cheeses (Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton). Ever since Watergate, the Republicans have wanted one of their own, one in which they’re the good guys, forcing a Democratic president to resign in disgrace. They tried it with Bill Clinton, but he just kept getting more and more popular as more and more Americans came to see the Republicans’ coup d’etat, their attempt to criminalize errant but perfectly legal behavior, for what it was—an affair…

Gowdy’s antics on Issa’s committee are legendary among Democratic Hill staffers. He’s as big a blowhard as sits on that committee. Read Simon Malloy’s Salon piece from Tuesday, which just destroys Gowdy and also ought to worry any sane American. He developed the habit during these recent hearings of posting his cross-examinations on YouTube. During an IRS “scandal” hearing in which he rebuked Lois Lerner, he even added some heroic background music. He also suggested to Greta Van Susteren that the Obama administration was withholding evidence from Congress, and when she asked him if we’d see it, said: “Yeah. Well, you know, I can’t prove to what I don’t know. I don’t know whether the documents have been destroyed.”

And that is this sleazy rabbit hole in its most perfect summation.

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The Benghazi select committee, nascent as it is, is already disappointing those members of the political class who predicted it would become a Republican self-inflicted wound. Far from uniting Democrats around the notion that the White House is being subjected to a witch-hunt, the decision to convene a select committee appears to be tearing the Democrats in Congress apart.

“I admit, Benghazi is to progressives what climate change is to conservatives: No matter how much the right wing shrieks about it, and purports to have new evidence of wrongdoing, we don’t believe it,” wrote Salon editor Joan Walsh this week displaying a unique degree of candor and self-awareness. “The difference is, progressives are right.”…

“Pelosi’s allies appear split,” Politico’s Sherman and Lauren French reported on Friday. “Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to colleagues Thursday evening suggesting that just one Democrat should sit on the panel. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a veteran of congressional investigations, signaled he wants multiple members of his party on the committee.”

In response to the lack of unity, Pelosi marshaled all the sarcasm she could ooze at a Friday morning meeting with the members of her caucus. “Thanks a lot for giving me leverage over the last couple of days,” she scolded.

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If the rest of the administration had followed the military’s example, the Benghazi controversy would likely be over by now…

First, there was the attempt to blame the attack on outrage over an anti-Muslim Internet video — a claim that was quickly discounted by everyone who has investigated the matter…

Then the administration failed to make available a single witness who was actually on the ground in Benghazi the night of the attack.

And recently, of course, Republican complaints that the administration has withheld documents were dramatically confirmed by revelations of emails the administration failed to produce to Congress.

The administration’s stance long ago exhausted whatever patience existed among Hill Republicans. Members are “really tired of getting jerked around,” another aide said recently. That’s a succinct explanation for the creation of the new select committee.

But it didn’t have to be that way. The rest of the administration could have cooperated like the Defense Department. If it had, Washington would be talking about something else now. Instead, the fight goes on.

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“Republicans in general did not seem to have this appetite to find out what went wrong when incorrect intelligence was used to push the war in Iraq,” Tapper observed. “Do you see why some people might say, ‘Why is this more important than that war which resulted in the deaths of more than 4,500 American soldiers and countless innocent Iraqis?”

Gowdy appeared not to answer that question, and repeated a line in which he had used earlier in the day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “At the end of the day, you may say he’s not very smart, but no one’s going to say that I’m not fair,” Gowdy asserted. “This is not going to be a kangaroo court, and if I thought it were I would not have participated.”

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Via Breitbart.

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MEGYN KELLY: Do you think it’s worth the risk?

KRAUTHAMMER: If you were doing this purely as a partisan matter, if you were simply a consultant brought in to tell the leadership of the Republicans is it worth doing this for political reasons to help you at the election, I would say no. On the on the other hand, I’m an American and I believe in truth.


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Nite Scumps.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

It’s all good, so pray for me eh!! :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Since it is Friday….Speedwagon

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:32 AM

That’s very sweet of you, Ken. Thank you!

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Scrumps, you there?

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

It’s all good, so pray for me eh!! :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Got it :)

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Love is:

Magical
Believing
Fun
Sweet
Caring
Sharing
Honorable
Two hearts
Entwined
As one
United
Soul mates
Forever

Time to skip town.

God Bless you all that remain.

Good Night!! :)

** swoosh **

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

I can empathize with you. I smoked for about 20 years. Stopped cold turkey. It’s tough, but it can be done.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

This video convinced me. This guy would be a star.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

One of my all time faves!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

=)

The Allman Brothers Band – Ain’t Wasting Time

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

swooshed back for Tommy

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Nite, Scrumps.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:41 AM

I can empathize with you.

I smoked for about 20 years. Stopped cold turkey. It’s tough, but it can be done.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

I quit with E cigs 2+ years ago.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

New studies have been done about Nicotine, and it sounds promising!

Gonna hang around a bit now lol…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:41 AM

I am still here :) wot up!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Good night Chrissy.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Oh, hey!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Feels great, doesn’t it?

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Scrumps, the way I’m going, I’ll end up as an healing evangelist. And when that happens, if I come to your part of the country, I’ll come to HA, and invite you for a healing crusuade. That’ll be fun.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Song.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

I smoked for about 20 years. Stopped cold turkey. It’s tough, but it can be done.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

It is tough, my whole family smoked, no one died from lung issues, no cancer, nothing smoking related, I know I needed to quit cigarettes, the tar and tobacco chems, well, let me say since I took up the e-cig, I feel a HUGE difference!! apart from what ails me (not smoking related, genetic) I am as healthy as I can be… :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

The Corrs – Only When I Sleep

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Good for you! That’s great!

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

Scrumps. If you don’t mind me saying so, you gotta give divine healing a shot. I believed, and its worked wonders for me. Just a polite suggestion. Don’t beat me up over it. :-)

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

What was your experience with that?

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:45 AM

I would like to see that :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

Feels great, doesn’t it?

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:45 AM

I take pride in it every day! Big victory! HUGE!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

As well it should be!!

I have quit cigarettes about 6 months I guess, if it takes me another 18 months or less with an e-cig, it will happen!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Another

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

….Midnight Comes Too Soon!….

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Non-non, I don’t know you well enough. Suffice to say that the last one year has been truly miraculous.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Awesome! Stay strong. We can stay so long the HA Newbies will call us crackpots!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM
But ur smoking so it was a different healing you got… that’s so good!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

Good for you, Scrumps. I really miss your poetry. To me, that defines your essence. Am I getting too philosophical? Lol.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

hahahaha they can call me whatever, just don’t call me late for supper!! ;)

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can NEVER hurt me”

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Why would you want to join with joana?

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

When I mentioned her earlier in the thread, this is the ridiculous comment which prompted me.

As for accomplishing things, first of all one needs to understand that absolutely nothing can or will be reversed without winning elections. And for that, we need Republicans who can doublespeak properly. Without coming across as phony or as flip-floppers. And Rand Paul is doing that well – notice how not even AP has been able to accuse him of flip-flopping. Has Rand Paul actually questioned voting-ID laws? Has he done anything to curb voting ID-laws? Has he even suggested he would? He’s merely showed empathy.

joana on May 9, 2014 at 11:37 PM

She’s a lunatic lol

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Scrumps. If you don’t mind me saying so, you gotta give divine healing a shot. I believed, and its worked wonders for me. Just a polite suggestion. Don’t beat me up over it. :-)

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

…..yeah, someone – as a person – making the choice to quit smoking helps that person, too…….

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

Thank you sweety, I am in such a poetry slump, it will pass, and I will be inspired once again :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Seven Bridges Road

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

…..big UPS to you! Congratulations, Scrumpy…..

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

That’s a good series….Daryl’s House.

There’s no way that man is 67 years old!

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

Thanks my friend!! :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

I know. Lotsa talent. Digging something up I want you to feedback. 1 Sec.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Why would you want to join with joana?

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

….never expressed that desire…

….doze are different Tings…..

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Here and now

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

They have a good sound! And I like the song. Still listening…..

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Genetically, my family have always been heavy smokers and drinkers. Both the paternal and maternal side. But none, I mean none of them have passed away before the age of 95. They always stick around till a ripe old age. So I told God that I wanted to live till 120 here on earth. Lets see what happens. So at my current age of 43, I’m practically a teenager. Lol.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Screams of time
Time flashing past
Like a ghostship
Without an anchor
Nothing secures me
Not even time
No friend to me
Where does it go?

I know not where
It’s just gone,
A flash, blinding
Losing true sight
Of my dream
It’s a blur
I, me, alone
Stand still time

Let me dream
A while longer
Let me taste
A semblance of
Victory over time
Back into the past
Recreate the beginning
Or let it wither…

Desert sands drip
Light fades darkly
Moon shadow ghosts
Parade before me
Haunt my waking
Hold me tightly
Before I fade away
Into nothingness obscure

There is no reality
Just shadows slipping
Memory fades into
Oblivion, darkness deepens
Where is the Love?
Is it here
Inside me hiding
Waiting for the word

Screams of time
Time flashing past
Like ghostships dancing
Without an anchor
Nothing secures me
Not even time
No friend to me
Where did it go?

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Love Train

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

LOL. In comparison to 120, you’re still wet behind the ears.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Your family has very strong genes!!

Yeah, at your age now, with the medical progress, you and with God’s help will likely live to that ripe old age!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

….never expressed that desire…

….doze are different Tings…..

williamg on May 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Something tells me you and joana have different ideas about what “take back the GOP” means. =)

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

So at my current age of 43, I’m practically a teenager. Lol.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Keep telling yourself that! Glad to see you posting!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Is that an original of yours?

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Ain’t that right!! lol…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:12 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

It sure is.

Most of my stuff is about love and life and stuff I have been thru, tho most of that is not for public reading…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Excellent, Scrumps. Thank you, dearly.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

My Girl

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I posted it a while back on me blog, but took down the link to me nic, cuz I hadn’t done anything for a while, thanks :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Life lessons. I can see that in this piece. You should do more. You definitely have the talent for it!

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Last one I wrote in April:

And so, Spring_

As Winter fades

And green explodes

This wondrous Orb

Our Sun appears

Brilliant and golden.

Brought forth from

Winters dreary slumber

To revive us.

Hail! The breath

Of Warm Spring_

Subdued blue skies

Dotted hereabouts with

Clouds of fantasy.

Flowers emerge thru

Rich brown soil

Colours rich, vibrant

Ahhhh, Spring springs

Awakens my senses!

Sounds of song

Erupts from treetops

Laughter resounds about

From exuberant children

Released from winters

Cold cruel grip.

Spring renews hearts

Minds and souls

Eyes bright, seeing

Natures beautious bounty

Alive and thriving!

Winters frigid cold

Now soon forgot

Warmth surrounds, envelopes

It’s embrace strenghens,

Winter is vanquished!

Summer soon follows

On the heels

Of this our

Awakening from winters

Dreary dismal drabness.

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Lol. now you’re talking like the brit you are. Tres bien

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Thank you so much!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Alice Cooper – Caught in a Dream

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Hey, I can do that poetry stuff:

There was was a young man named Barry

Who married Michelle with legs hairy

And closing his eyes, leapt between thunder thighs

Not bad for a coke-sniffing fairy!

novaculus on May 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

You’re more than welcome! It was meant sincerely. Is tommy71 referring to you in this statement?

Lol. now you’re talking like the brit you are. Tres bien

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

If so, beautiful country, what little I’ve seen of it. The depth of history and the architecture never failed to fascinate me.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

HA late nite company is so fab!!

You all are such great people, makes it worth while to hang out on QOTD, thanks all so much!! {{hugs}}

I am now gonna swoosh on outta here (for real) :)

Good Night Ken, LH, Tommy, wg and non-non!

God Bless and be good!! ;)

** swoosh **

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Scrumps poetry has always been extremely intense. Thats what drew me to it. And her life experiences have been intense too. Not like our normal everyday lives. Suffering has been immense. That gives life and depth to her poetry.

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Kisses and hugs Chrissy!

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

he was… Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Good night

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:26 AM

Hitch a Ride

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

tommy71 on May 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Indeed it does. I hope she will post more for us to read when she has the chance.

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

I like some of the music by Styx, but I’m definitely a Boston fan!

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Folks, I’m dragging.

Last out for me for the night…good night to all.

Ken, I’ll talk to you later. ;-)

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:35 AM

Red Barchetta

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Ken, I’ll talk to you later. ;-)

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:35 AM

XXXOOO! See you soon.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Ken, I’ll talk to you later. ;-)

lineholder on May 10, 2014 at 2:35 AM

XXXOOO! See you soon.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Had to come back and say this you guys; I apologise to you both, esp you LH for flirting with Ken, I am sorry, I didn’t realise you both are an ‘item’…

** reswoosh **

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:50 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:50 AM

You know B9 is gonna have something to say about that.

KCB on May 10, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 2:50 AM

…{{{hugs}}}…

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2014 at 3:08 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jtOh8gIIgk

Scrumpy on May 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Dinah Shore & Mahalia Jackson – Down by the Riverside

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Hey all.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 4:39 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It’s one of those days when we might have rain. I have to get some groceries and then let someone into the museum to do research. Yeah my life is so exciting.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Just tell the democrats that it’s a committee to destroy the constitution and they’ll all come running with drool on their lying mouths.

Don L on May 10, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Yeah my life is so exciting.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Museums … can be very exciting. Love them.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Museums … can be very exciting. Love them.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 5:08 AM

I don’t know about the museum but some of the people here are interesting. The old guy who spends about as much time there as I do is fun. He’s very OCD and hyperactive. He has to have something to do so he paints and waxes the floors and vacuums the rugs. He grew up in town so he’s full of stories. I wish I had a recorder of some kind. He refuses to be recorded like they did with some other locals. He has very definite opinions about everything.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Yep awake and ready to start the work week…

Have a great weekend.

Murphy9 on May 10, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Hey Murphy.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM

I love to listen to older folks relate what they’ve seen. The work-mate I trade driving with back and forth from Savannah to Ft. Bragg is a bit older than me and a Viet Nam vet. Great stories.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 5:47 AM

America – Ventura Highway

Newtie and the Beauty on May 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

This has always been one of my favorites. It sounds like California to me. I really appreciate everyone who posts songs.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Really COL? Okay, here’s a song devoted and dedicated to one of our commenters with a host of alter egos.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 5:58 AM

heh

Longtime Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) didn’t submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot this year, Wayne County, Michigan, officials said in a report released on Friday.
Conyers, who has represented Detroit in the House for 49 years, came up more than 400 signatures shy of qualifying for the ballot because his signature-gatherers were not registered voters, according to the Detroit News.

A final report is due next Tuesday. Conyers’ legal team is expected to appeal the ruling later this week.

kcewa on May 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

my daughter and I used to go to old graveyard and read the stones. Sounds weird, but it’s pretty interesting.

lineholder on May 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I used to do that too. Reminded me. Someone I know calls it the marble orchard. A few of us were talking the other night and they mentioned someone who said all of her research will be in the house until she moves to First Street. Someone asked what she meant by that and she said it’s the cemetery. It’s on that street and her family doesn’t like it when she talks about dying someday so she just says she’s moving to First St.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM

I see I screwed my link up.

Dinah Shore & Mahalia Jackson – Down by the Riverside

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM

I see I screwed my link up.

Dinah Shore & Mahalia Jackson – Down by the Riverside

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM

That … was about fourteen layers of awesome.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I see I screwed my link up.

Dinah Shore & Mahalia Jackson – Down by the Riverside

non-nonpartisan on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Glad you fixed that.

kcewa on May 10, 2014 at 6:20 AM

“Republicans in general did not seem to have this appetite to find out what went wrong when incorrect intelligence was used to push the war in Iraq,” Tapper observed. “Do you see why some people might say, ‘Why is this more important than that war which resulted in the deaths of more than 4,500 American soldiers and countless innocent Iraqis?”

Because Iraq had on-going Congressional committees reviewing incoming INTEL so as to assess if Saddam was abiding by the cease-fire he had signed. At any moment war could have been restarted if Saddam organized his forces and decided on a series of low-level attacks to push back against the coalition that still had forces on the ground. A cease-fire does not end a conflict and the review of INTEL was continuous ever since the thing was signed. The standing committees had been getting INTEL continuously from before the first AUF for HW Bush all the way to the more succinct AUF that dealt primarily with the cease-fire violations that were on-going.

If you really think there were any problems with Iraq then why not suggest that it be investigated after the conflict is officially over? Congress did that with Pearl Harbor, you know? And after 9/11. In fact, contrary to San Fran Nan, Congress can and does investigate tragedies large and small. When paid government employees are targeted for assassination, then Congress has a DUTY to investigate the reasons behind the assassination and when an Administration stonewalls on that, then Congress has the DUTY for deeper investigations using their subpoena power to judge how the powers delegated by the Constitution and Congress are being used by the Executive Branch. Watergate wasn’t even a tragedy, but a cover-up of a mere political crime and no one was assassinated or even died because of it, yet Congress investigated THAT.

Try to throw an investigation of Benghazi as political theater, then you have to throw Watergate in as well as it was far less serious than what looks like an Administration either hanging an Ambassador out to dry and putting our National Security at risk overseas by not properly backing him or even having a simple evacuation plan which is either through neglect of duty or intent. And the Administration is trying to blame America’s First Amendment as the rationale for those who attacked us to attack us, and that is both a lie and a cover-up. When any Administration does that to Congress, the DUTY of Congress is to investigate WHY it is being lied to as THEY are the paymasters. The House has the power of the purse, and if you antagonize it enough then the purse can and will be threatened which means that funding dries up for the Executive. And if you think that is painful when you are just trying to address a single government program, think of how painful it will be when it can be solved by just sending those who are asked to testify to testify, and hand the documents being asked for in an un-redacted form to Congress. That is ALL that is being asked for. Yet even on this, they are stonewalled.

ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Can’t beat Steyn for rapier wit and insight:
http://www.steynonline.com/6326/bringbackourballs

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Superb, ajacksonian!

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 6:59 AM

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