Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016.

For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq War, ran to the right of President Obama and is associated with the Wall Street-friendly centrism espoused by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Progressives feel they are in a political golden age in which questions about income inequality are growing louder, anti-gay marriage laws are falling and the growing Hispanic electorate regards the GOP with skepticism. Given all that, they don’t want to be stuck with a standard-bearer they see as too centrist…

“Every candidate who thinks about running will be faced with a whole set of questions, on holding Wall Street accountable, on combatting student debt, on expanding social security,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.Org Political Action. “Whether it’s Secretary Clinton or Sen. Warren or others, all of them are going to have to address the issues that progressives really care about.”

***

In recent weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun a calculated transition from respected diplomat to fierce advocate for the 99 percent, using a “haves versus have-nots” message to build support among progressives who are desperate for a strong voice to battle Wall Street, protect entitlement programs such as Social Security and promote income equality.

But for Mrs. Clinton, a rich, successful woman and part of one of America’s most powerful political families, there are questions about how effectively she can carry that banner if she runs for president in 2016…

“If Hillary Clinton campaigns on reforming Wall Street, jailing Wall Street bankers who broke the law, expanding Social Security benefits and investing in government jobs — and fights those fights in a way that shows her heart is in it — voters will reward her,” [Adam Green, co-founder of the increasingly powerful Progressive Change Campaign Committee] said. “If it sounds like lip service, a more genuine-sounding populist, Democrat or Republican, may capture the imagination of voters.”

***

Hillary Clinton is by her own admission months away from deciding on whether or not she will run for president. But even before any other would-be candidate can do so much as set up an exploratory committee or cook up an excuse to visit to Dubuque County Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, Democratic officials are stumbling over themselves to announce that they support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

And it just so happens that many of those Democrats were the very same ones who in 2007 were among the first to breach conventional wisdom and line up behind up the little-known Illinois senator…

Political observers have various theories about what is at play here. Although no one contacted for this article would admit to being pressured to get on board early after last cycle’s betrayal, in HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, the authors, Washington-based correspondents Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, revealed that the Clintons kept an “enemies list” of who had not been loyal during the campaign. Clinton loyalists downplayed the significance of the document, but it has been hard to not notice that over the last six years Bill Clinton especially has vigorously campaigned on behalf of those who supported Hillary.

“They certainly know that the Clintons take note and keep score,” said Larry Sabato, a political historian at the University of Virginia. “This is not a couple that easily forgives and forgets. So this is kiss-and-make-up time for most of these people.”

***

Everyone knows about the “Ready for Hillary” Democrats — the rapidly proliferating parade of elected officials and activists getting behind Hillary Clinton’s increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign.

But there’s also a smaller but increasingly vocal group making its presence felt lately — call it the “Wary of Hillary” Democrats. They’re not outwardly opposing a Clinton candidacy. But they are anxious about the spectacle of a Clinton juggernaut, after seeing what happened when she ran a campaign of inevitability last time…

“She is an enormously capable candidate and leader, but I do worry about the inevitability, because I think it’s off-putting to the average voter,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a longtime Obama ally, told CNN earlier this month. “And I think that was an element of her campaign the last time. As an enthusiastic Democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around.”

***

Burned by disappointment, many liberals want to vote with their heads, not their hearts, this time around.

And the Hillary-Industrial Complex is ready to exploit that sentiment. The HIC is the vast network of loyalists, retreads, activists, pols, hacks, fans (in and out of the press), Friends of Bill, and, of course, Friends of Hillary who want to see a Clinton restoration. They are waiting for her to run like 19th-century land speculators anticipating news that the railroad will go past their lots…

In her first campaign-style speech on the economy last week at the New America Foundation, Clinton mentioned Obama exactly once. (He’s worked hard, she said.) She referenced her husband a half-dozen times and talked at great length about how we need to return to the policies of the 1990s. (The Clintons remain convinced that the 1990s boom was a function of Bill’s expert tweaking of the dials and knobs on the master control board of the economy.) It wasn’t even subtle. No mention of the stimulus, cash-for-clunkers, Obamacare, or Dodd-Frank. As economics writer James Pethokoukis noted, “It was like Hillary was placed in suspended animation in 2008 and just recently revived to give a stump speech about the evils of the Bush tax cuts.”

Not only was there precious little talk of Obama, there was precious little talk of her four years on Obama’s once-vaunted “team of rivals.” She listed none of her major accomplishments as secretary of state, probably because she had none. (She did open with a reference to some bureaucratic reshuffling on her watch.) No serious student of foreign policy thinks our strategic standing in the world improved on Clinton’s watch as America’s chief diplomat. That alone doesn’t mean she was a terrible secretary of state — lots of people in that job tread water. But it doesn’t inspire either. Meanwhile, the most famous thing she did in that job was nothing — on the night of the Benghazi attack. She also traveled a lot, which is nice.

***

A broad array of Democrats — including Hillary Clinton’s allies — are meeting this week to hammer out a united front on national security issues, including a clear response to Republicans over the Benghazi controversy.

They see an opportunity to wrest control of a narrative that some allies fear could be damaging to Clinton if she moves ahead with a 2016 presidential campaign…

Some of the expected attendees of the briefing have been communicating over the past few weeks in calls and through an email listserv, with the goal of keeping the broad-based group informed about the news accounts of the committee’s anticipated activities.

A wide range of people are on the listserv, including people who work for groups like Media Matters, former Hillary Clinton foreign policy adviser Andrew Shapiro, former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor and several current and former Hillary Clinton aides.

***

Republican praise of the Clinton era over the last several years could reverberate in the 2016 presidential race, giving the Democratic front-runner a core talking point…

On many occasions, Republicans have touted Bill Clinton’s administration as a way to bash Obama. They maintain the 42nd president negotiated in good faith, and Obama doesn’t…

“If Hillary Clinton does indeed run in 2016, one of the most powerful weapons she will have in her campaign arsenal is ‘Republicans, in their own words.’ It’s a treasure trove of sound-bites and footage that could leave Republicans kicking themselves when it is all said and done.”…

O’Connell said, “Need to distance yourself from the albatross known as Obama? Roll the tape. Want to tout your bipartisan credentials to woo independents? Roll the tape. Have to show that you’re a pragmatic problem solver? Roll the tape.”

***

Rove, however, was on to something. He exposed a Clinton weakness that has nothing to do with her brain and everything to do with her skin. It is too thin. She despises the media and trusts us not at all. This is a theme of the Auletta piece and a similar one by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman of Politico. One veteran of Clinton’s campaigns put it this way to them: “Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change.”

I suppose she’s entitled. The press has investigated her, pummeled her, poked into her personal life, questioned her sexual orientation, accused her of adultery, said she had thrown a White House lamp at her husband (I wonder why?) and is responsible in some fuzzy way for the four deaths at Benghazi. Presumably, her link to the VA scandal has yet to be uncovered…

What gave Rove’s speculation legs was Clinton’s penchant to roll into a defensive ball and act as if she’s hiding something. Had she a reputation for openness and candor, no one could possibly think she has suffered a grievous head injury. It was this allergic reaction to the press that hurt her so much when she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. If she runs in 2016, it will hurt her if she does not get over it.

***

Put it all together, and you start to get a picture of what a Clinton challenger might look like: probably male, moderate and anti-establishment.

Who matches that profile?

Webb, for one. He has been both a Democrat and Republican. Maybe Brian Schweitzer, the former Montana governor who mixes liberal and conservative positions and is not a fan of the Washington, D.C., establishment. A candidate like Joe Biden, who has been in Washington for over 40 years – probably not…

What should be noted is that early major Clinton endorsements also seem to be coming from the left, according to University of Stanford professor Simon Jackman‘s ideal point estimates. Of the 21 senators who have endorsed Clinton, 13 are to the left of the median Democratic senator, and only eight are to the right. The book “The Party Decides” tells us that this group holds a large sway over who gets the nomination, because they tend to represent the various interest groups within the party. Therefore, this hints at a potential challenger having more room for support on the right than the left.

***

In the 2008 battle with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton won Latinos and the white working class overwhelmingly. She lost black voters overwhelmingly and liberal whites by a good margin. She split the unions and the Robert Rubin Democrats. Importantly, her coalition was probably large enough to win, had she run a better campaign. Obama’s victory among pledged delegates was a scant 127 out of a total of 3,424. His entire margin of victory rested upon his superior organization of low-turnout caucus states like Idaho and Maine, where Clinton’s potential coalition was probably stronger. So, assuming that Team Clinton learns the rules of its own party this time around, a would-be challenger will actually have to build a bigger coalition than Obama’s…

In the end, Clinton’s greatest advantage might be the continued political weakness of Obama. History is not on the side of the Democrats as they try to win the White House for a third consecutive term. A party has only done so once in the postwar era—in 1988, when Ronald Reagan’s job approval was in the mid-50s by Election Day. Currently, Obama’s is mired in the mid-40s. Yet Clinton has a personal reputation that might transcend Obama’s unpopularity, and she polls extremely well at the moment. So long as that continues, risk-averse Democrats of all demographic stripes might be inclined to put aside their internecine battle to prevent a Republican victory, something they all equally oppose.

***

There is tremendous momentum swirling around Mrs. Clinton that will begin to gather steam as soon as she announces her candidacy. A Hillary win would seem like a glorious victory for feminism, one of the 20th century’s greatest social movements. Remember how much difficulty 2008 GOP nominee John McCain had running against a freshman senator with a thin résumé who managed to position himself as the triumphant final act of the Civil Rights movement…

Furthermore, do not underestimate how many millions of Independent and even Republican baby-boomer women who helped sow the seeds of the feminist movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s will be cheering her on.

How does the male Republican presidential candidate maneuver around this movement? By persuading voters that an issue or personality flaw in the movement’s leader is more important than the triumph of the movement.

In the case of Hillary Clinton, that issue and personality flaw is “trust.”

This is where the gloves come off and all the past Clinton scandals of both Bill and Hillary come back to life. The campaign must come down to a simple question: “Can we trust the Clintons in the White House again?”


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Stevie Nicks – Stand Back

RickB on May 29, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Doc Holliday on May 29, 2014 at 12:58 AM

The light at the end of the tunnel… ;-) Dang, but I sure hope the socialist R’s don’t muck it up!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Spark… *Smoooch* ;)

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

I’ll bet you Spark has one of these:-D

Judge_Dredd on May 29, 2014 at 12:54 AM

My little brother has a t shirt that says, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look.”

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Lucianne’s site had some odd wars raging back about 2004 or thereabouts and I figured it was time to move along. Then some of their advertising got increasingly aggressive so I’ll check their headlines occasionally but haven’t posted in ten years or so.

When I’m being absurd I’ll try to make it obvious (such as the Coulter comment lunacy) but sometimes someone somewhere will go off the handle anyway.

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Yes but like KochForBrains they become tedious after a while. I remember visiting Obama pages on Facebook and every one of those drones parroted the same garbage. Then they’d list his accomplishments which were A, not his, B, work someone else did that he signed his name to or C, for example that idiotic Lilly Ledbetter bullsh*t, totally meaningless. Here we are, almost 6 years after the fact and women still aren’t paid the same as men? I thought LLA cured that? And then we find out that women aren’t even worth much inside the administration.

Judge_Dredd on May 29, 2014 at 12:50 AM

How about “tedious right off the bat”?

I can be amused reading the illiberals’ comments when they’ve been culled by people like rogerb and Del D. I do not want to directly bother with the illiberals’ inanities myself. I’ve had my fill, years ago. =)

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:02 AM

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

I saw some guy today in Wal-mart wearing a shirt that said “I Heart Vay-Jay”…or words to that effect…

My first thought: That dud had NO woman in his life…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:03 AM

How about “tedious right off the bat”?

I can be amused reading the illiberals’ comments when they’ve been culled by people like rogerb and Del D. I do not want to directly bother with the illiberals’ inanities myself. I’ve had my fill, years ago. =)

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Well sometimes I’m in a mood to play with them. Just for the heck of it. But it gets old fast sometimes. And don’t forget NotCoach in that list with Del & Rogerb. But I’ve got to roll even though I don’t want to leave. GF is home and she’ll get mad if I ignore her. See everyone in the funny papres. Sparky too hopefully.

Judge_Dredd on May 29, 2014 at 1:05 AM

I am hoping this woman will do a photo shoot with Kate Upton. It has to happen.

Charlotte McKinney

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:01 AM

I got banned from Mediaite for constantly criticizing Tommy Christopher’s MMFA propaganda (and the way he linked to ONLY his articles), but the final straw came when I criticized the Mediaite staff for posting the same exact slideshow that was posted two weeks before…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Sparky if you are are not banned you should work on getting that to happen.Lol

Look at all the love letters coming your way. In no time you could become a martyr like lance. You will have newtie crying over you every night, and dedicating a whole beetles anthology to you, Going to church and lighting candles for your safe return.

Milk it for a few days and bask in the glory.;-)

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Good night J. – nice that you surfaced.

Nite Sparky.

Nite HA.

Nite America.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Judge_Dredd on May 29, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Niters and sleep well, Judge!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Good night judge dredd.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Harlem Nocturne

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Niters and sleep well, Schade!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Goodnight, Paladin. It’s good to see you. Sleep well.

Spark…come home.

I bid you all a fond goodnight.

Still Got The Blues – Moore

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

I never understood what was so important and newsworthy about the chick either…
OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Her skin color.

People seem to love non-white people who speak in a huffy, pompous, ostentatious, look-how-learned-I-am manner.

I have nothing against her poems, and I’m sure she’s a fine person, but I think the praise she receives is way over the top.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Good night everyone, going to bed myself…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

I never understood what was so important and newsworthy about the chick either…
OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Also, one of her big things was writing about race and slavery.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

I am hoping this woman will do a photo shoot with Kate Upton. It has to happen.

Charlotte McKinney

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmm…..

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Niters and sleep well, Jackie and OC!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:14 AM

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Where did that inane and useless shit come from?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

RickB on May 29, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Angelou

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

During Clintoon’s impeachment I used to be an ornery varmint over on CNN’s website tweaking the Leftist double standards on Slick and Ted Kennedy and JFK and RFK. And why Clarence Thomas is somehow so dangerous? but Alcee Hastings isn’t…

Eventually I got bored of it because not only did CNN’s website elves routinely make comments they disagreed with disappear (much like Andrea Mitchell’s editing room on Zimmerman’s 911 call) but from realizing as others have said before that “A Socialist sees it when he believes it.” I’ve also noticed and sometimes quoted and posted quotes Politico’s affiliates made disappear because they at Politico couldn’t handle their DNC worldview being challenged.

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Also, one of her big things was writing about race and slavery.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

People like Maya do not really believe in MLK Jr.’s dream. That’s why they hate non-haters like Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Tim Scott, and Stacey Dash.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Where did that inane and useless shit come from?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 1:15 AM

I just wrote it myself a few minutes ago. You don’t like? It captures my Essence.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Nothing left to do here.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Ok, she got me. I have to confess. Her sexiness always upset me terribly.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Nothing left to do here.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

We can talk about our drams for the future and our lost loves and cry over what might have been. You see plenty to do here.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:19 AM

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:19 AM

I remember having to memorize that in high school!!

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Ok, she got me. I have to confess. Her sexiness always upset me terribly.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Dog bites man story. We know.:-)

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:21 AM

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

I’ve heard that for years about those sites!

And yet, those same people come over to “conservative” and “libertarian” sites and stink up the place…go figure.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Here’s a poetry excerpt:

So much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
Glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens.

– William Carlos Williams

Obama would likely complain about whether those are typical white chickens….

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Niters and sleep well, Axe!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Where is everybody going..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmm…..

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

=)

I posted this one last night. I don’t know if you heard it. I think you’d like it.

King Kobra – Take It Off

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:23 AM

A quiver, a leap
The world shivers.Dust
Is this going to change, when will springtime come?
I await the silence

I breath in the beauty of a misguided , disguised peacefullness.
There is so much hope in a dandelion. Oswestry.

– obama

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

People like Maya do not really believe in MLK Jr.’s dream. That’s why they hate non-haters like Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Tim Scott, and Stacey Dash.
non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

I don’t know about Maya for certain, but she always did strike me as the skin color-obsessed type. Their whole world seems to revolve around being “black.”

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Where is everybody going..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:23 AM

To hell! :-)

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Cont’d

You tell me there is faith in the stars
I say the plantery motions can never dictate me.
Silence falls like the rain

I will come again
Call me father

– obama

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I just wrote it myself a few minutes ago. You don’t like? It captures my Essence.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Plagiarize much?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Compleyely underwhelmed by Angelou… my wife has a book of hers and I read a little of it. I can name 10 rock lyricists that are better poets…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

President Obama’s second poem, “Underground,” is more exotic and obscure:

“Underground”

Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance,
Tumble in the
Rushing water,
Musty, wet pelts
Glistening in the blue.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I don’t know about Maya for certain, but she always did strike me as the skin color-obsessed type. Their whole world seems to revolve around being “black.”

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

If you grew up in Jim Crow era and you’re not skin color obsessed, you were in a coma. It’s like meeting an ex slave and wonder why they are freaked out by the sight of chains and whips.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Plagiarize much?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Seriously? ROTFLMAO

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Joe Cocker – She Came In Through the Bathroom Window

And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:29 AM

The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner:

PART I
It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?

The Bridegroom’s doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May’st hear the merry din.’

He holds him with his skinny hand,
‘There was a ship,’ quoth he.
‘Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!’
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

He holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years’ child:
The Mariner hath his will.

The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

‘The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the lighthouse top.

The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he!
And he shone bright, and on the right
Went down into the sea.

Higher and higher every day,
Till over the mast at noon—’
The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
For he heard the loud bassoon.

The bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.

The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o’ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe,
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a dismal sheen:
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
The ice was all between.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.

It ate the food it ne’er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!

And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner’s hollo!

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.’

‘God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
Why look’st thou so?’—With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

PART II
The Sun now rose upon the right:
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist, and on the left
Went down into the sea.

And the good south wind still blew behind,
But no sweet bird did follow,
Nor any day for food or play
Came to the mariner’s hollo!

And I had done a hellish thing,
And it would work ‘em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!

Nor dim nor red, like God’s own head,
The glorious Sun uprist:
Then all averred, I had killed the bird
That brought the fog and mist.
‘Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.

The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
‘Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch’s oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

And some in dreams assurèd were
Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.

williamg on May 29, 2014 at 1:29 AM

I don’t know about Maya for certain, but she always did strike me as the skin color-obsessed type. Their whole world seems to revolve around being “black.”

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

The word “shallow” comes to mind. =)

Debbie Schlussel was not a fan lol

Maya Angelou, Racist, US-Hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob, Most Overrated Crappy Writer, RIH

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Some of the crazier websites are Barnes and Noble and the like before Amazon took much of their business away. I remember a Politico affiliate lock-step against the Duke Lacrosse team and maybe still is despite Crystal Mangum facing / doing time now for Murder One. Even the Duke University’s website had their (then) Duke president on a PC rampage which quickly collapsed when Michael Nifong’s agenda became obvious.

I remember seeing the comments of Leftists going berserk at Barnes and Noble over Palin’s book or Oliver North’s book or David Horowitz’ writings of how he woke up and escaped the cancer of Socialism. Very similar to the Rutgers types who couldn’t bear to have their insecurities challenged by Condi Rice during a mere graduation speech.

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:31 AM

I like beer cans with tapered bottoms. They stack so nice and neat in the fridge.

comfortably numb

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 AM

I was gonna post this on Memorial Day, but I was working… a song about a military funeral.

This paints a picture… this is poetry.

floating down
through the clouds
memories come rushing up to meet me now
in the space between the heavens
and in the corner of some foreign field
i had a dream
i had a dream

goodbye max
goodbye ma
after the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
and the silver in her hair shines in the cold november air
you hear the tolling bell
and touch the silk in your lapel
and as the teardrops rise to meet the comfort of the band
you take her frail hand
and hold on to the dream

a place to stay
enough to eat
somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street
where you can speak out loud
about your doubts and fears
and what’s more no-one ever disappears
you never hear their standard issue kicking in your door
you can relax on both sides of the tracks
and maniacs don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control
and everyone has recourse to the law
and no-one kills the children anymore
and no-one kills the children anymore

night after night
going round and round my brain
his dream is driving me insane
in the corner of some foreign field
the gunner sleeps tonight
what’s done is done
we cannot just write off his final scene
take heed of the dream
take heed

The Gunner’s Dream

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:33 AM

“Pop”

Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken
In, sprinkled with ashes,
Pop switches channels, takes another
Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks
What to do with me, a green young man
Who fails to consider the
Flim and flam of the world, since
Things have been easy for me;
I stare hard at his face, a stare
That deflects off his brow;
I’m sure he’s unaware of his
Dark, watery eyes, that
Glance in different directions,
And his slow, unwelcome twitches,
Fail to pass.
I listen, nod,
Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,
Beige T-shirt, yelling,
Yelling in his ears, that hang
With heavy lobes, but he’s still telling
His joke, so I ask why
He’s so unhappy, to which he replies…
But I don’t care anymore, cause
He took too damn long, and from
Under my seat, I pull out the
Mirror I’ve been saving; I’m laughing,
Laughing loud, the blood rushing from his face
To mine, as he grows small,
A spot in my brain, something
That may be squeezed out, like a
Watermelon seed between
Two fingers.
Pop takes another shot, neat,
Points out the same amber
Stain on his shorts that I’ve got on mine, and
Makes me smell his smell, coming
From me; he switches channels, recites an old poem
He wrote before his mother died,
Stands, shouts, and asks
For a hug, as I shrink, my
Arms barely reaching around
His thick, oily neck, and his broad back; ‘cause
I see my face, framed within
Pop’s black-framed glasses
And know he’s laughing too.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

obama’s first

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Filth

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:38 AM

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Not sure what to make of that, Novaculus…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:40 AM

I believe some black writers, possibly like Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, received elevated status as a result of white guilt and to fulfill a desire among some to promote politically correct symbols.

I believe their careers probably benefited greatly as a result of their skin color.

How long will the politically correct affirmative action mindset continue? I think the tide has been turning against it for some time now.

As for Angelou, I’m sure she was a perfectly delightful person, and I offer my condolences to her family.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:41 AM

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Wait… that’s Obama’s work?

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Maya Angelou, Racist, US-Hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob, Most Overrated Crappy Writer, RIH

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Wow, this is news to me. Very interesting.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Only the Lonely

KCB on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 AM

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Sorry but I don’t want a ticket to go there..Count me out..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Not sure what to make of that, Novaculus…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:40 AM

The “poetry” of Barack Hussein Obama. Apparently autobiographical, referring to Frank Marshall Davis.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Did Obama’s father drink Seagrams?

I figure Old Smuggler or Popov would be more likely….fancy drinks with a free pack of rolling papers (or other fabulous prize) for those sending in a proof of purchase.

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 AM

jrsrigmvr on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Excellent tune..Well played sir..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Sorry but I don’t want a ticket to go there..Count me out..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 AM

You better stay here. All who leave this thread go straight to hell. It’s going to be a long night for you. :-)

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

In that context, I just threw up in my mouth a little… I had seen the apes and figs drivel before, but that is awful…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Good Night HA! I’m looking for you Sparky!

KCB on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

You’re familiar with Davis?

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:49 AM

In that context, I just threw up in my mouth a little… I had seen the apes and figs drivel before, but that is awful…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

It makes one wonder just how much about Obama that Harvard etc. has had to hide…

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Maya Angelou, Racist, US-Hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob, Most Overrated Crappy Writer, RIH
non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are vilified routinely in public schools now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if not a single negative word is said about Angelou, despite her apparently shameful record.

There is a definite politically correct, racial double standard.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

“This is not a couple that easily forgives and forgets. So this is kiss-and-make-up time for most of these people.”

….More like “break out the kneepads” time.

Hawkins1701 on May 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Good luck ken!

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Ok, she got me. I have to confess. Her sexiness always upset me terribly.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Those aren’t diamonds. Rotten oysters infected with crabs at low tide. No wonder your man’s brain is on Koch.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Good luck ken!

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Thanks! We are better when he is here.

KCB on May 29, 2014 at 1:52 AM

You’re familiar with Davis?

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Oh, yes… Obama really is an “anti-miracle”, isn’t he? Schooled by that pig, hanging out with Ayers and Dorn, nude photos of his Mom out there… I look at this crap, and I am convinced I got a defective pod in the Matrix…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Compleyely underwhelmed by Angelou… my wife has a book of hers and I read a little of it. I can name 10 rock lyricists that are better poets…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Me, too.

Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas
You know he knows just exactly what the facts is
He ain’t gonna let those two escape justice
He makes his livin’ off of the people’s taxes

The Steve Miller Band – Take The Money And Run

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Ok, she got me. I have to confess. Her sexiness always upset me terribly.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Those aren’t diamonds. Rotten oysters infected with crabs at low tide. No wonder your man’s brain is on Koch.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Koch is not my only man here thank you very much. I have other men on hotair that are my minions. Can you catch them all?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

jrsrigmvr on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Excellent tune..Well played sir..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 AM

nice to see you dire

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 29, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Ok, she got me. I have to confess. Her sexiness always upset me terribly.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Those aren’t diamonds. Rotten oysters infected with crabs at low tide. No wonder your man’s brain is on Koch.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Koch is not my only man here thank you very much. I have other men on hotair that are my minions. Can you catch them all?

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

I’m sure they involve restraining orders and commitment letters.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

You better stay here. All who leave this thread go straight to hell. It’s going to be a long night for you. :-)

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Eddie Money – Two Tickets To Paradise

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 1:57 AM

I’m sure they involve restraining orders and commitment letters.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

None of the above. My middle name is siren. One taste and men will follow me to the end of the earth. Hahaha.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:59 AM

In that context, I just threw up in my mouth a little… I had seen the apes and figs drivel before, but that is awful…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM

“drivel”? How can you call this masterwork drivel? I think I sense some racism?

“Underground”

Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance,
Tumble in the
Rushing water,
Musty, wet pelts
Glistening in the blue.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Compleyely underwhelmed by Angelou… my wife has a book of hers and I read a little of it. I can name 10 rock lyricists that are better poets…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I’ll take Jim Croce over Maya Angelou any day of the week.

I’ll bet he saw more blues than she ever did and with a helluva lot more soul and gratitude.

viking01 on May 29, 2014 at 2:00 AM

I’m sure they involve restraining orders and commitment letters.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

None of the above. My middle name is siren. One taste and men will follow me to the end of the earth. Hahaha.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:59 AM

A little advice. Men might follow you to end of the earth, but they rarely stay with a stupid woman.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs

Well, yeah, it’s a mental illness.

John the Libertarian on May 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

I think there was more of a relationship there than just being “schooled” by Davis.

Davis was a union organizer, card-carrying Communist, jazz fan and sometime pornographer. He was an associate of Vernon Jarrett, communist newspaper publisher in Chicago, and Valerie Jarrett’s father in law. He was a friend of Obama’s grandfather, who was responsible for exposing the young Obama to Davis’ influence. That would be the man who named his daughter Stanley.

Davis wrote at length about his sexual relationship with an underage girl, a relationship that included his wife and included the usual perverse garbage about “teaching” the child about sex.

Google “obama davis stanley” and select “images” for some eye-opening stuff. Davis was know to take “feti$h” photos, and the background of many of them are consistent with a tropical bungalow, with jazz records strewn about.

I’ve long thought it very likely that Obama’s secretiveness about his birth certificate didn’t have anything to do with his citizenship, and everything to do with his ancestry.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are vilified routinely in public schools now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if not a single negative word is said about Angelou, despite her apparently shameful record.

There is a definite politically correct, racial double standard.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Of course this is the case.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

A little advice. Men might follow you to end of the earth, but they rarely stay with a stupid woman.

TinFin on May 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Oh they stay baby! They stay a long time. Did I mention that my first name was Charisma.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Lunge and counter and thrust
Sing me the logic of steel!
Tell me Sir, how do you feel?
Riposte and remise if you must
In logic long known to be just.

Shall we argue, rebut and refute
In enthymeme clear as your eye?
Tell me Sir, why do you sigh?
Tu est fatigué, sans doute?
Then sleep while I’m counting the loot.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Rick James – Super Freak

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:07 AM

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

I’m not a conspiarcy theorist, but have you ever seen THIS…?

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 2:08 AM

No, I had not seen that. Very interesting…

He looks more like Davis that Obama Sr. Now I’m thinking he looks more like Malcolm X than Davis…

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:13 AM

One thing I find fascinating about that video is what I see when I look at my own family… neither my brother or I look too much like my Dad, but my brother looks like my uncles on my Mom’s side, and now that I am on the high side of fifty, I starting to REALLY look like my grandfather on my Dad’s side…

YMMV… I don’t know jack about genetics…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Are we all racist now?

The UK begins to awaken from a long progressive slumber. England is, after all, still and island.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:17 AM

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