Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

A medical network with roughly 9 million patients, 950 facilities and 85 million annual appointments is bound to have glitches, but critics say the VA Health Care System’s far-flung rash of problems ­reflects an ailing agency…

A spokesman for Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said Miller was pleased by Shinseki’s announcement, but wondered why it took so long. Reports about the veterans at the Phoenix hospital surfaced more than a month ago.

Miller said in a statement Friday that Shinseki and President Barack Obama were engaged “in an endless discussion regarding allegations, investigations and unreliable internal VA reviews” while “overlooking VA’s very real, very deadly and very well-documented delays in care problem.”

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A medical network with roughly 9 million patients, 950 facilities and 85 million annual appointments is bound to have glitches, but critics say the VA Health Care System’s far-flung rash of problems ­reflects an ailing agency…

Symptoms are consistent whether described by patients, grieving widows, veterans organizations or members of Congress: A monolithic federal department described as too big to die suffers from some sort of bureaucratic malaise, though the diagnosis is unclear…

Joe Newman, the project’s communications director, said giant federal bureaucracies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs are tough to reform. “They’re by design these big, lumbering beasts that move slowly and can’t really put out fires quickly,” he said.

Kettl said the VA is so enormous and complex it resists change from within, as well as outside criticism. Even if Shinseki wants to overhaul the system, Kettl said, he’s just one man “pushing a very, very large rock up a very steep hill.”

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[E]ven Democrats have begun to ask: If this really is the Obama administration’s “year of action,” why wait for action on the VA?…

Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) said he doesn’t think this argument will move anyone but the Republican base — which has already written off Obama as failed manager — and could potentially turn off voters.

“If they’re trying to convince the public that the Obama administration is not competent, this is another arrow in their quiver,” Rendell said. “But if someone’s going to conclude that the Obama administration is incompetent, this pales in comparison to the implementation of the ACA. Voters understand that this was a problem for a long time, and Congress had a role, whereas the implementation of the ACA was squarely on the shoulders of the Obama administration.”

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Mr. Obama evidently thinks that if he says the right things, he needn’t actually do anything. It’s worked in the past. But many mainstream journalists are as furious as the rest of us about how veterans have been treated. Liberal pundits Eugene Robinson and Dana Milbank are among those who have demanded a thorough housecleaning.

More journalists also have begun to notice the president talks a better game than he plays.

“Firing Shinseki would suggest he was actually taking responsibility, rather than just talking about taking responsibility,” said John Kass of the Chicago Tribune.

Because journalists are paying so much more attention to this scandal, it’s risky for Mr. Obama not to clean house and puzzling that he hasn’t. Is Mr. Shinseki a long-lost relative? Does he have blackmail material?

Perhaps Mr. Obama fears that if the massive failure of this government-run health care system is fully exposed, people may wonder what it portends for Obamacare.

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It’s an especially dangerous scandal for President Obama because it fits into an established narrative about his presidency: that he’s a skilled politician and speechmaker but a lousy manager.

The biggest problems Obama has faced in the White House — aside from unrelenting opposition from Republicans in Congress — have come not from making policy but from trying to implement it. The calamitous launch of his healthcare plan last fall is the biggest and most painful example, but it’s only one of several.

The 2009 economic stimulus plan’s “shovel-ready” projects that took months to start, the confused response to the 2010 BP oil spill, the flap over IRS scrutiny of conservative organizations, even the State Department failures that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012 — all were mainly lapses in management, not policy…

Until recently, Kamarck noted, the White House didn’t have a high-ranking aide assigned full time to monitoring how programs were being implemented. That’s one of the reasons for the failure of the healthcare website; the engineers foresaw it, but nobody high up was pulling that information out of them.

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The list of his failures is nothing short of staggering, from shovel-ready jobs that weren’t so shovel ready to the failures of healthcare.gov to the VA debacle. But it also includes the president’s failure to tame the debt, lower poverty, decrease income inequality, and increase job creation. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay and didn’t. His administration promised to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian jury in New York but they were forced to retreat because of outrage in his own party. Early on in his administration Mr. Obama put his prestige on the line to secure the Olympics for Chicago in 2016 and he failed.

Overseas the range of Obama’s failures include the Russian “reset” and Syrian “red lines” to Iran’s Green Revolution, the Egyptian overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and Libya post-Gaddafi. The first American ambassador since the 1970s was murdered after requests for greater security for the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi were denied. (For a comprehensive overview of President Obama’s failures in the Middle East, see this outstanding essay by Abe Greenwald.) The president has strained relations with nations extending from Canada to Germany, from Israel to Afghanistan to Poland and the Czech Republic to many others. All from a man who promised to heal the planet and slow the rise of the oceans.

But that’s not all. The White House response to everything from the VA and IRS scandals to the seizure of AP phone records by the Department of Justice is that it learned about them from press reports. More and more Mr. Obama speaks as if he’s a passive actor, a bystander in his own administration, an MSNBC commentator speaking about events he has no real control over.

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I’d contend that the stickiest scandals are the ones that confirm preexisting suspicions — that draw neon outlines on an existing portrait. The Iran-contra affair confirmed a public impression that Ronald Reagan was disengaged. Bill Clinton’s infidelity was further evidence of indiscipline. More recent, the image of Chris Christie as a bully was reinforced by a staff that engaged in malicious bullying.

This is precisely why President Obama’s VA scandal is the most serious and damaging of his presidency. It is the Obama administration in sum and in miniature: incompetent management of a health system, defended by crude media manipulation.

Each of these elements deserves some unpacking. The incompetence comes in the aftermath of HealthCare.gov — the Technicolor failure of technocratic liberalism. Again, the White House is shocked, saddened and angered by the management fiasco of a manager under its direct control. In both cases, a presidential priority was badly mishandled over a period of years, and the president seems to have learned about it on cable news. Obama has defended himself by assuming the role of an outraged bystander — which, when it comes to leadership, is more of a self-indictment than a defense.

Modern liberalism involves centralized, bureaucratic authority and therefore presupposes administrative competence. But the caliber of technocrats chosen by Obama — including former health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki — throws the entire enterprise into question. Are the best and brightest really this dull?

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Obama came to the White House with a carefully cultivated image for almost preternatural competence — an image no one esteemed more highly than he did. “I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” he had told his campaign staff. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that . . . I’m a better political director than my political director.”…

The Obama administration hasn’t been distinguished by cool, cerebral, sure-footed professionalism, but by something closer to amateur hour. From the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act to the bloody aftermath of the intervention in Libya, from enabling political witch-hunts at the IRS to being repeatedly outmaneuvered by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, from swelling the debt he was going to reduce to embittering the politics he promised to detoxify, Obama’s performance has been a lurching series of screw-ups and disappointments.

The 44th president — who once said that his accomplishments could compare favorably with those of any of his predecessors with the “possible exceptions” of Lyndon Johnson, FDR, and Abraham Lincoln — has always had a huge opinion of his executive gifts. The American people no longer share it. As a political creature, Obama’s talents are undeniable. When it comes to competent governance, they turned out to be anything but.

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News flash to Obama sycophants — Bush left office in 2009. Whatever he did — good, bad or ugly — is over. This is the seventh-inning stretch in Obama’s ballgame, and it doesn’t take a lot of independent thinking to know things aren’t going well.

You can whine all you want about “Bush, Bush, Bush.” You can deflect Benghazi into a tale about 9/11, if in some twisted way that makes you feel better. Bring up Iraq, if you like. Spit and hiss about Dick Cheney for all the good it will do.

This is Memorial Day Weekend 2014. With only two more Memorial Days left in his presidency, the truth about Obama is spilling out.

There’s enough road behind us now to know that the road ahead doesn’t look much different.

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“Forget for a moment that Republican outrage,” said King on his CNN show this morning. “More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent.

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Murphy9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM

The VA system and Obamacare need to be junked.

Murphy9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Good evening. It was a warm day.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I was supposed to find out that Obama had steel in his spine. Must be that Chinese steel.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM

More journalists also have begun to notice the president talks a better game than he plays.

you own him, idiots…

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Get rid of the unions and bonuses for ALL tax payer paid employees.

ladyingray on May 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I was supposed to find out that Obama had steel in his spine. Must be that Chinese steel.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Uriah Heep – Stealin’

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

More journalists also have begun to notice the president talks a better game than he plays.

Since when do they care what kind of person he is. They are defending the ideology not the guy.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Hey AP hope you get a nice day off tomorrow because of Memorial Day.

rottenrobbie on May 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

The sycophant media has quite a dilemma on its hands: It can’t hold the line for Zero, cover up for his unparalleled incompetence, gloss over his many disasters, while also getting Killery ready for the White House. Killery can’t campaign on more of the same — she has GOT to distinguish herself from Zero, and that means outlining his failures in great detail. What’s the media to do? Continue standing there with their fingers in the holes that keep sprouting in the (word I can’t use because it gets censored out!), or turn to Killery and let her bust loose on what a loser Zero has been? What to do, what to do…

I think the fact that they’re reporting that dems are calling the loser a loser suggests they’re about to go with Option B. And when that (word I can’t use because it gets censored out!) bursts, the waters are gonna rush over Zero and drown him.

Rational Thought on May 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Hi. I had to check my watch to see if it was morning. Good to see you.

Warning: it gets crazy in here at this time.

SparkPlug on May 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Happy Labor day Twerp. Don’t forget to set your clocks 1 hour ahead.

SparkPlug on May 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM

He just keeps voting “present “. He makes no decisions strictly because he is incompetent.

dolfan on May 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I hope y’all can keep me entertained tonight…took an unexpected nap with teh kittehs this afternoon so I expect to be up late…

ladyingray on May 25, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Wow. Early.

wolly4321 on May 25, 2014 at 8:16 PM

The future of obamacare.

The GOP needs to be pounding this.

davidk on May 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Also in case you can’t be here tomorrow, a preemptive Happy Memorial Day to the entire HA family. Praying for the brave souls who gave all for our freedom, and the lost souls who we toy with here every day.

rottenrobbie on May 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

He has no ideas, no solutions. This is affirmative action on steroids.

dolfan on May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

blah blah blah

Shakira la la la Countdown to Brazil World cup

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“Maggie Haberman,” said King turning to a panelist, “that’s what strikes me, what democrats are saying privately in the wakes of the healthcare.gov problems, they see a president who doesn’t want to take command, doesn’t want to act fast. Raising the competence question. Some Democrats, who believe in government, [are saying] this White House doesn’t appear to have its hand on the lever.”

Haberman of Politico agreed, cited more examples, and added: “All of this adds up to somebody who just doesn’t seem at all involved.

That’s your boy!

Murphy9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Uriah Heep – Stealin’

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

One of those groups who change members like I change underwear.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

OH BOY!! Thunderboomers!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM

blah blah blah

Shakira la la la Countdown to Brazil World cup

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Just too easy.

davidk on May 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Haberman of Politico agreed, cited more examples, and added: “All of this adds up to somebody who just doesn’t seem at all involved.“

Funny how we warned people about him and they wouldn’t listen. Now suddenly they discovered it. Hah, hah, ha.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

He has no ideas, no solutions. This is affirmative action on steroids.

dolfan on May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I was thinking of the Peter Principle

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM

The important thing is we dodged that Romney bullet and that Palin dunce.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM

The Peter Pricipal is about someone who is competent rising to the level of their incompetence. He was never competent in the first place.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Hey Spark
Thought I check out the qotd tonight since I’ll actually get to sleep in tomorrow….

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Funny how we warned people about him and they wouldn’t listen. Now suddenly they discovered it. Hah, hah, ha.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

We’ve been warning them since about May 2008, COL–been called every name in the book, too, for our troubles.

And now it comes a A Revelation…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Coca-Cola 500 Live Leaderboard

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

That would be 600.

Kurt Busch did the Indy 500 and then flew over to Charlotte to do the 600.

It was his first Indy Car race ever, and he finished sixth. (IIRC)

Dude has to be in incredible shape to pull this off.

davidk on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Thought I check out the qotd tonight since I’ll actually get to sleep in tomorrow….

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Beware CMS. The freaks come out at night. :)

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

The Peter Pricipal is about someone who is competent rising to the level of their incompetence. He was never competent in the first place.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

His rise certainly was meteoric–and it’s taking forever to sputter and die, too!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Thought I check out the qotd tonight since I’ll actually get to sleep in tomorrow….

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

No Mika? :P

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hey B9…thanks for the heads up :)

Mika is on her own tomorrow JD :)

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

The Conservative Anthem. Britney Spears Work B!tch. lol

“Work B!tch”

You wanna
You wanna

[Chorus:]
You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maserati
You better work b!tch
You wanna Lamborghini
Sip Martinis
Look hot in a bikini
You better work b!tch
You wanna live fancy
Live in a big mansion
Party in France

You better work b!tch [4x]

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Looks like Danica won’t win again.

RickB on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Mika is on her own tomorrow JD :)

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

She’ll have to get along without you.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Ha! Speak for yourself, chick ;-)

How are you? Things going okay?

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

We have never had such a narcissistic, lazy, buck-passing, good for nothing President who couldn’t take responsibility for even passing the buck and has others do it for him before this one.

UNPRECEDENTED.

ajacksonian on May 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Beware CMS. The freaks come out at night. :)

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

[looks around...hey, wait a minute...everyone else appears...SANE...*gulp!*...that means...OH NO!!]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

blah blah blah

Shakira la la la Countdown to Brazil World cup

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Just too easy.

davidk on May 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

She disdains hard work. Just like her preezy.

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Coca-Cola 500 Live Leaderboard

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Oh, and thanks for the link. Wife is watching it in the other room.

davidk on May 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Ha! Speak for yourself, chick ;-)

How are you? Things going okay?

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

LOL- I didn’t exclude myself. (;

No..Cabin fever..bad tooth infection had me down last
few days- missed the entire weekend.

You?

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Greenwich is a district of the city of London, in England, a small country near France. The birthplace of Elisabeth I, Greenwich has a long and storied maritime history and is the reference point for both longitude (The “Greenwich Meridian” is 0° longitude) and world time (“Greenwich Mean Time” is the reference against which global time zones are calculated, using offsets). Thus both in time and space, Greenwich is the surface of the earth’s reference point.

Axe on May 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Looks like Danica won’t win again.

RickB on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Gee, but it’s hard to get yer speed up when you’re only running on one cylinder :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

She disdains hard work. Just like her preezy.

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Hi grandpa! How are you today? How’s the family?

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

First, they ignore working and middle-class Brits, then they laugh and call you ‘swivel-eyed loons, and clowns’, then they fight you by claiming that you’re nothing more than xenophobic racists, then you win.

- (Paraphrasing) Mahatma Gandhi

<a href="http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-guardian-revenge-of-swivel-eyed.html”>The Guardian: Revenge of the ‘Swivel-Eyed Loons’! Ukip’s Success Is No False Dawn – It’s Time To Stop The Sneering And Put Away Our Muffin-PM’s Childish Talk Of ‘Fruitcakes, Loonies, And Closet Racists

The Telegraph: Attention Toffs & Muffins: London-land Can’t Ignore This Protest…A Tempest In A Teapot, It is Not.

Local Elections 2014: Nigel Farage’s Success Throws Labour Into Crisis and Severely Undermines Ed Miliband’s Hopes of Winning 2015 General Election

Resist We Much on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

You?

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Doing well. Good day. Just finishing up the last of a presentation.

Good to see you feeling better.

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Thus both in time and space, Greenwich is the surface of the earth’s reference point.

Axe on May 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Where and when did you find this?

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

lol

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Hi grandpa! How are you today? How’s the family?

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Nonchalant – 5 O’Clock

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Ah, congrats and good job.

Did you take that trip to the mountains?

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

What we have in Obysmal is dangerous ideology riddled with utter incompetence. He is a failure, unable to accept responsibility.

To see a press photo of him in Afghanistan with a big cheesy grin as if he has accomplished some mighty feat sickens me. Did someone tell Obysmal that he has a winning smile?

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

It was my Little Friend, wasn’t it… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

cms and I drank brews together..was cool.

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Did you take that trip to the mountains?

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Yes, I did! Absolutely stunningly beautiful that day!

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Afghanistan

I didn’t see that. How was he received by the soldiers or did they put a bunch of extras in uniforms.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

What we have in Obysmal is dangerous ideology riddled with utter incompetence. He is a failure, unable to accept responsibility.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

That sums up the whole commie/commie-related ideologies in a nutshell. Well done, OA!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Resist We Much on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I don’t think I understood any of that. I wish people could speak English. ;)

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Yes, I did! Absolutely stunningly beautiful that day!

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

How nice for you! Do you feel recharged?

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Where and when did you find this?

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I know everything. :)

I was making preparations to spam Resist’s work today — things are afoot in the Kingdom — but she beat me to it.

Axe on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The GAR Cemetery in Snohomish, WA has a hauntingly beautiful granite statue of a civil war soldier standing with his musket, guarding 200 union soldiers resting there. The 30′ tall granite obelisk on which he stands is dated 1914 and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 100 years ago tomorrow. News accounts detail the entire town flooding the grounds to honor their lives.

We are having a centennial ceremony noting this, 11AM.

It’s not over ’til it’s over.

Tard on May 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ready to take on the world and then some! ;-)

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I don’t think I understood any of that. I wish people could speak English. ;)

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Oh, you mean “English” English…

ladyingray on May 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I didn’t see that. How was he received by the soldiers or did they put a bunch of extras in uniforms.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

These soldiers look neither happy or enthusiastic. Nice *ahem!* photo-op there, zero…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM

=) Gettem tiger!

bazil9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Britney Pears Work B!tch.

Dedicate to people who like work.

You wanna
You wanna

[Chorus:]
You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maserati
You better work b!tch
You wanna Lamborghini
Sip Martinis
Look hot in a bikini
You better work b!tch
You wanna live fancy
Live in a big mansion
Party in France

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I don’t think I understood any of that. I wish people could speak English. ;)

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I do. I’ve been following this.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Tard on May 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

coolrepublica is wondering if you’ll give up your name for her. She said it describes her too perfectly.

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Resist We Much on May 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Doc was having a similar problems with the blockquote function last night, Sophie.

Translation: It’s not you ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

davidk on May 25, 2014

I very seriously hope it comes back to bite them in the butt, too!

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

. . . and now I have nothing to do. It’s a holiday, I’m supposed to . .

<– Surfing monster porn.

Axe on May 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I do. I’ve been following this.

crankyoldlady on May 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

The only thing I understand is that Oktoberfest is for tossers & sheepshaggers.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

coolrepublica is wondering if you’ll give up your name for her. She said it describes her too perfectly.

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Grandpa! I am being so nice to you.

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

COL…I’m sure she’ll be fine :)

cmsinaz on May 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Axe on May 25, 2014

If it’s animated, coolrepublica might want to join you ;-)

(Hehe…runs quickly away!)

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

And, for those that mistakenly believe that Ukip is a fringe element, which is only drawing from Muffin’s constituencies. Au contraire, mes choutes désolées! Ukip won 40% of LABOUR!!!

What Doesn’t Kill Ukip Only Makes Them Stronger

First, they ignore working and middle-class Brits, then they laugh and call you ‘swivel-eyed loons, and clowns’, then they fight you by claiming that you’re nothing more than xenophobic racists, then you win.

- (Paraphrasing) Mahatma Gandhi

By Daniel Hannan, MEP: 10 Tens Other Politicians Should Refrain From Saying In The Aftermath of Farage & Ukip’s Triumphant

The sneering tone of Nigel Farage’s critics galvanised his supporters.

Resist We Much on May 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Axe on May 25, 2014

If it’s animated, coolrepublica might wants to join you ;-)

(Hehe…runs quickly away!)

lineholder on May 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The important thing is we dodged that Romney bullet and that Palin dunce.

Judge_Dredd on May 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Word.

Ned Pepper on May 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

We spent the night at the Platte River last night. Drank too many Jägermeister & Red Bulls…

OmahaConservative on May 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Obysmal’s backing of the wrong horse (the MB) in Egypt is having a similar poor fallout after his Libyan adventure. Sultan Knish spells out this further failed administration effort in the “Arab Spring.”
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/05/will-rogue-general-undo-obamas-regime.html

“Leading from behind” has been one of falling into chaos.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Grandpa! I am being so nice to you.

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Um…why are you referring to non-non as “Grandpa”?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Grandpa! I am being so nice to you.

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

You’re into lesbian cartoon porn, aren’t you?

non-nonpartisan on May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

We spent the night at the Platte River last night. Drank too many Jägermeister & Red Bulls…

OmahaConservative on May 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Gross! And you are old enough to know better!

Murphy9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

coolrepublica on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Um…why are you referring to non-non as “Grandpa”?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

She is such a strange loon…

OmahaConservative on May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

She is such a strange loon…

OmahaConservative on May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

How were the bobcats?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Gross! And you are old enough to know better!

Murphy9 on May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Yup. But the people that brought the showed up after I already had seven or eight beers…

OmahaConservative on May 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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