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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PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 2:17 AM

My sister looked like my dad, and even more like his sisters. On the other hand, I resemble my mother in my face, more so when I was younger.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:20 AM

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 2:21 AM

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

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Good evening, Dire. :) It’s wonderful to see you.

Have you heard anything from our friend, Spark, today?

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:23 AM

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:23 AM

I have not seen him tonight..:)

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 2:26 AM

She’s A Mystery To Me

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:27 AM

I found sparky.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:28 AM

Dire Straits on May 29, 2014 at 2:26 AM

You know there’s a rumor that he’s been banned. No one has seen him today. Ken emailed Ed, but we won’t know until tomorrow.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Bloodrock – Fancy Space Odyssey

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:31 AM

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:28 AM

I had thought you were simply a racist troll, now I realize that you’re also suffering from diminished capacity.

You’re a cur.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Hypnotized

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:32 AM

On a serious note: all it takes around here for people to start freaking out is for someone to be missing less than 24 hours.

Did ever occur to anyone that sparky maybe busy doing something else for the day? Just curious

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Goodnight, Dire.

Goodnight, Nova.

It was good to see you both.

Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:34 AM

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Guessing you clicked that link it posted, and it wasn’t good.

There is a malignancy about trolls. Why would anyone repeatedly and intentionally antagonize people and attempt to manipulate them, unless it is to gratify some pretty sick needs?

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Point Blank – Free Man

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:38 AM

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:28 AM

I had thought you were simply a racist troll, now I realize that you’re also suffering from diminished capacity.

You’re a cur.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 2:31 AM

I would rather have diminish capacity any day of the week than be a humorless worrier. Any day. Sparky is not dead so stop pretending you have to go buy funeral clothes on no budget.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Mystery Train

G’night, Jackie

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:40 AM

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Nice fat sound.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:41 AM

There is a malignancy about trolls. Why would anyone repeatedly and intentionally antagonize people and attempt to manipulate them, unless it is to gratify some pretty sick needs?

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:36 AM

That’s why I almost completely ignore them.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Nice fat sound.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:41 AM

=) I like the album it came from. Every song is in that vein. They got poppier, and worse in my opinion, as time went on.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:44 AM

That’s why I almost completely ignore them.

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Moi, aussi.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Moi, aussi.

novaculus on May 29, 2014 at 2:44 AM

=)

Here’s a link to the first Point Blank album if you are interested.

Point Blank – point blank 1976 (full album)

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 2:47 AM

It’s A Long Way Down To The Top

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Too bad Kossoff died so young. You probably know he influenced Angus.

AC/DC – It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock n Roll)

non-nonpartisan on May 29, 2014 at 3:05 AM

I had that album back in the late 70s… I seem to recall being told that Backstreet Crawler opened for Clapton, and Clapton took “guitar lessons” from Kossoff while on tour, if you can believe that…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Liked the Point Blank, BTW… nice slide work.

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Not bad. Folk are still around.

tommy71 on May 29, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Housekeeping. Anyone not into political cartoons probably missed these two speeches buried in RWM’s Memorial Day posts.

My God, I really wonder where we’d be today if some of our current members of Congress were residing during World War II. I think that we’d all be speaking German right now and the world would have a severe shortage of Jews. These people like Harry Reid. That son of a b!tch is like a man in combat who won’t provide you the cover of fire that you ask for so you end up getting your ******** head blown off! People like him don’t know anything more about the process of defending modern freedom than they do about fornicating . . .

– General George S Patton (according to RWM)

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 3:39 AM

OMG, Redeye is hilarious tonite…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Circumscision, weasels, foreskins, and Rudy Giuliani…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:49 AM

With Dennis Prager, talking about buying young men cigars at a cigar bar… ROFL

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:50 AM

OMG, Redeye is hilarious tonite…

PointnClick on May 29, 2014 at 3:40 AM

I LOVE Redeye !!! Andy is yummy !! Greg is funny as he!!..
At the end of last nights show, they had a piece where they showed Greg’s Mom clips from the past – she ‘was’ pretty funny too !!! May Mama Gutfeld Rest In Piece… She was a fine lady.

AND SPARKY

Sparky if’n you are reading this, I HOPE you are NOT banned /!!!????!!!!
I LOVE YOUR BRAIN !!!!! I crack up several times a night reading your stuff !!!!
Night before last, you were exceptionally FUNNY – I copied & pasted about 20 or more of your BRILLIANT quotes- to save them for when I need a chuckle !!! LOVE YOUR BRAIN !!!! kathyk p.s. ‘Bmore has a webpage set up for you to contact him http://temporaryarea4.blogspot.com/ – so you can ‘splain whasup… MISSED YOU Tonight !!!!! smooooooch !!!!!

kennedyk49 on May 29, 2014 at 4:07 AM

The American Revolution had nothing to do with inequality.

You just made that up.

using your words, americans were just envious of king george, they should have not questioned his divine right to rule, they were just envious and envy is a sin! american people were sinful!rofl!

nathor on May 26, 2014 at 3:05 AM

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/25/the-perils-of-piketty/comment-page-2/#comment-8111585

Hey nathor, I never got back to that thread. I just saw this. And having seen it, I just wanted to let you know that you’re a moron. It’s too late to fisk the steaming pile you answered me with, but to be clear — my not answering you had nothing to do with you presenting irrefutable arguments that shut me up. With your own personal growth in mind, that’s not a conclusion you should entertain. To be clear, you’re a moron, and that’s a steaming pile.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 4:12 AM

Did KoolAide get booted?

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I’ve been going back over some prose poetry lately. I thought I’d share three of them. These are by Russell Edson. I think they are some of his very best, and I offer that up with the caveat that I don’t like some of his work at all. I believe this is proper and correct for all good poets, in that they move us to emotion. Whether we feel positive or negative about any given work, we are moved.

The Canoeing

We went upstairs in a canoe. I kept catching my paddle in the banisters.
We met several salmon passing us, flipping step by step; no doubt to find the remembered bedroom. And they were like the slippered feet of someone falling down the stairs, played backward as in a movie.
And then we were passing over the downstairs closet under the stairs, and could feel the weight of dark overcoats and galoshes in a cave of umbrellas and fedoras; water dripping there, deep in the earth, like an endless meditation . . .
. . . Finally the quiet waters of the upstairs hall. We dip our paddles with gentle care not to injure the quiet dark, and seem to glide for days by family bedrooms under a stillness of trees . . .

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Here’s the second:

The Fall

There was a man who found two leaves and came indoors holding them out saying to his parents that he was a tree.

To which they said then go into the yard and do not grow in the living-room as your roots may ruin the carpet.

He said I was fooling I am not a tree and he dropped his leaves.

But his parents said look it is fall.

Russell Edson

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:24 AM

Did KoolAide get booted?

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 4:13 AM

Gee I hope not Bluegill, KoolAid2 was one of my favorite commenters. What makes you ask?

And how have you been?

hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 4:26 AM

The third:

A Stone Is Nobody’s

A man ambushed a stone. Caught it. Made it a prisoner.
Put it in a dark room and stood guard over it for the
rest of his life.

His mother asked why.

He said, because it’s held captive, because it is
captured.

Look, the stone is asleep, she said, it does not know
whether it’s in a garden or not. Eternity and the stone
are mother and daughter; it is you who are getting old.
The stone is only sleeping.

But I caught it, mother, it is mine by conquest, he said.

A stone is nobody’s, not even its own. It is you who are
conquered; you are minding the prisoner, which is yourself,
because you are afraid to go out, she said.

Yes yes, I am afraid, because you have never loved me,
he said.

Which is true, because you have always been to me as
the stone is to you, she said.

Russell Edson

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:27 AM

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:24 AM

Deleting bookmarks like they’ll keep me out of Heaven, over here. :) Posting little, peripheral this and that. Trying to close as quickly as I might one of life’s chapters.

– If you hear what I’m saying.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 4:30 AM

I do hear you, and I’m doing the same. :)

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:31 AM

I guess Bluegill still doesn’t talk to me. Does anyone know what BG is asking about with KA2?

hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 4:38 AM

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:38 AM

hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 4:38 AM

I have no idea, hawkdriver.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 4:39 AM

VA Hearing Legal Alert:
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Veterans Affairs hospitals secret waiting lists allegations
United States Department of Justice
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3h

House votes to fund Justice Department investigation of alleged mismanagement of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities – @thehill
Read more on thehill.com
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May 29, 2014, 12:09 am
House votes to fund Justice Department investigation of VA
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The House late Wednesday night adopted a proposal to provide funding for a Justice Department investigation of the alleged mismanagement of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-Colo.) amendment to the 2015 appropriations bill for the Justice Department, Commerce Department and science programs was adopted on a voice vote after 12 minutes of debate at nearly midnight.

Coffman said that the allegations, particularly after a VA inspector general report earlier in the day found that veterans at the Veterans Affairs facility in Phoenix waited an average of 115 days for an appointment, merited a Justice Department review.

“When our service members are deprived of the quality health care they have earned, we must demand justice from those who are found responsible,” Coffman said.

Specifically, Coffman’s proposal would provide the U.S. Attorneys within the Justice Department with an additional $1 million in fiscal 2015. It would be offset by cutting funds for the Justice Department’s general administration salaries and expenses account by the same amount.

Coffman said that a VA inspector general investigation would not be enough.
“We have received credible allegations from numerous employees that multiple VA supervisors are instructing them to destroy evidence,” Coffman said.

But Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee, argued the inspector general report had not indicated that the quality of care – apart from wait times – was substandard. He warned that a Justice Department investigation would be unnecessary.

“I think we don’t want to create a situation where we don’t have veterans seeking care based on misinformation,” Fattah said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/207529-house-votes-to-fund-justice-department-investigation-of-va

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 4:52 AM

I guess Bluegill still doesn’t talk to me. Does anyone know what BG is asking about with KA2?

hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 4:38 AM

He is out of Detroit and In FL on vacation…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:03 AM

Speak Gently
G. W. Langford

Speak gently! It is better far
To rule by love than fear
Speak gently; let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here!

Speak gently to the little child!
Its love be sure to gain;
Teach it in accents soft and mild;
It may not long remain.

Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear;
Pass through this life as best they may,
’Tis full of anxious care!

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
Whose sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart!

Speak gently, kindly to the poor;
Let no harsh tone be heard;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word!

Speak gently to the erring; know
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again.

Speak gently; Love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind;
And gently Friendship’s accents flow;
Affection’s voice is kind.

Speak gently; ’tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy, that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

Fini.

thatsafactjack on May 29, 2014 at 5:06 AM

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/12/is-cursives-day-in-classroom-done/2642071/

How can there not be enough time to teach cursive anymore? Pathetic! Schools have more than enough time to teach cursive and also keyboarding.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:21 AM

Gee I hope not Bluegill, KoolAid2 was one of my favorite commenters. What makes you ask?
And how have you been?
hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 4:26 AM

Sorry, just saw your comments. I have been great!

I was wondering about that person, since I hadn’t seen them in awhile. Usually they post comments in this thread.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:23 AM

VA Hearings:

VA Official Denies Destroyed Wait Lists Were Secret
May 28, 2014 11:48pm
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A senior official at the center of the Department of Veterans Affairs wait list scandal told Congress that he does not believe the documents, which are all believed to have been destroyed, were secret.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee held an uncommon primetime hearing Wednesday evening that extended late into the night to examine the VA’s lack of compliance with a May 8 congressional subpoena for documents that lawmakers hope could shine light on a hidden wait list that schedulers allegedly used to manipulate a backlog of veterans waiting for health care.

Dr. Thomas Lynch, M.D., a senior VA official tasked to lead an internal investigation into the accusations, said that the lists, which included about 1,700 veterans, were destroyed in late 2012 through mid-2013 once the patients were rescheduled because they contained confidential “patient identifiable information.”

Through more than four hours of testimony, Lynch contended the lists were not intended to be secret, but rather were automatically generated by the VA’s scheduling system, known as VistA, to help employees track appointments that needed to be re-booked.

“I did not think they were secret lists,” said Lynch, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Operations. “When you cancel a patient, it generates a document that says these are the patients you canceled. It provides information about their Social Security number, the date of their appointment and the time of their appointment so that you can use that information to reschedule the patient.”

VA Acting Inspector General Richard J. Griffin released an interim report Wednesday that confirmed scheduling manipulation at the Phoenix VA Medical Center that was “systemic” at facilities throughout the country and risked forgetting or losing track of veterans seeking care.

Lynch said he has made three trips to Phoenix to investigate the alleged misconduct since finding out about the issue on April 9, although he admitted he has not met with any veterans or doctors during his visits.

“We learned during the course of the second visit that the transfer and the use of this document was occurring during the course of rescheduling patients because they were trying to provide care more promptly and because they were trying to consolidate clinic profiles to make the clinic management more efficient,” Lynch testified. “Once the rescheduling has occurred, the list is no longer necessary, so it is appropriately destroyed.”

Lynch said he did not know specifically which schedulers destroyed the lists, drawing the ire of lawmakers.

“It’s important that we identify the people that actually did the destruction of these things,” Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., said. “I just don’t understand how you can conduct an investigation about the alleged destruction of documents and not actually talk to anybody or know the name of anybody who actually did the destruction.”

The VA Inspector General’s interim report found that the practices are “systemic” throughout veteran hospitals, and his probe has now expanded to 42 VA facilities throughout the country.

“Veterans’ health is at stake, and I will not stand for a department cover-up,” House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said during the hearing. “To fulfill our congressional oversight duties, it is absolutely essential to receive the documents that we have requested from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The scope of the May 8th subpoena was very narrow, and was sufficiently tailored to provide reasonable time to produce the documents in full.”

The subpoenas requested the VA produce all emails and written correspondence regarding the destruction or disappearance of alternate or interim wait lists sent and received by 27 various VA officials between April 9 and May 8.

While the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Michael Michaud, acknowledged the VA has been more responsive over the past several days, he said he was “not wholly satisfied” with the department’s compliance with the committee’s investigation.

“I am not happy,” Michaud, D-Maine, said. “We do expect answers. We’ll get to the bottom of this to uncover the truth and ensure a solution is implemented that never allows something like this to happen again.”

After the interim report was released, dozens of Members of Congress called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, including Rep. Doug Lamborn, who spoke out during the hearing to demand that the secretary step down.

“I was waiting for information to be gathered to make my judgment and now it is in,” Lamborn, R-Colo., said. “Even if the secretary did not know in advance of these wrongdoings — and I don’t believe he did — these violations should not have happened on his watch.”

While at least 58 Members of Congress, including at least 20 Democrats, have called for Shinseki to resign, one House Republican suggested that President Obama is ultimately responsible for the department’s transgressions.

“I think this goes all the way to the desk of the president of the United States,” Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., said.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/va-official-denies-destroyed-wait-lists-were-secret/

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 5:25 AM

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:23 AM

I guess everyone takes a break from it every once in a while.

hawkdriver on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Morning everyone. WTF is canopfor doing here at the wee hours?

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 AM

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:21 AM

My kids were writing in cursive at 5. Montessori. They don’t have much use for it in real life any more (21 and 24 this year) and mainly communicate by text messaging. Laptops for school and work.

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Morning everyone. WTF is canopfor doing here at the wee hours?

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Dunno about canopfor, but I got up do drink a few beers. Couldn’t sleep. Maybe he wanted some tea…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Morning everyone. WTF is canopfor doing here at the wee hours?

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Breaking news is a harsh mistress.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM

My kids were writing in cursive at 5. Montessori. They don’t have much use for it in real life any more (21 and 24 this year) and mainly communicate by text messaging. Laptops for school and work.

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:29 AM

My friend Laurie is teaching her adopted son from Guatamala to write in cursive. Why, I don’t know. He is eleven…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:32 AM

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Montessori starts preparation for cursive writing at 3.

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM

My kids were writing in cursive at 5. Montessori. They don’t have much use for it in real life any more (21 and 24 this year) and mainly communicate by text messaging. Laptops for school and work.
gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Handwritten notes will always be needed, though less than in the past.

I would never hire anyone who couldn’t write and read cursive. Someone who doesn’t have that skill is not fully literate.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:36 AM

My friend Laurie is teaching her adopted son from Guatamala to write in cursive. Why, I don’t know. He is eleven…
OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Why? Probably because she wants him to be a literate person who can express himself beautifully in a number of ways. Failing to ensure that your child knows cursive is a form neglect.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:39 AM

I’m not sure I can still write in cursive. I turned 59 in February and I learned cursive on Big Chief tablets with the dashed lines. I went to printing early on as an adult and abandoned cursive except for my signature. It is pretty useless IMO…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:41 AM

I was at a store recently, and I wanted to leave a complaint in writing right then and there for the manager. There was no email. I requested several blank papers from the printer and wrote out my comments in cursive. Handwritten notes have a special impact.

Also, cursive is much faster than printing.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Also, cursive is much faster than printing.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:42 AM

No it isn’t. I can print much faster…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Funny how the Koreans have time to teach their students keyboarding and also beautiful handwriting…and they still score so well in math and other subjects, as a whole, in comparison.

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Good morning. I see nothing shocking happened overnight. I appreciate the poetry.

On a lighter note:

There once was an ichthyosaurus,
Who lived when the earth was all porous,
But he fainted with shame
When he first heard his name,
And departed a long time before us.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:45 AM

No it isn’t. I can print much faster…
OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Didn’t you just say you didn’t think you could write in cursive? So how can you compare?

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:45 AM

PinkoCommieRooskyRebelGoons,.up the ante:

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 34s
MORE: AP reporter who witnessed helicopter’s downing in Ukraine says what happened to its crew not immediately clear: http://apne.ws/1iuKenC

The Associated Press @AP · 10m

BREAKING: Ukrainian military helicopter shot down by rebels over Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Morning everyone. WTF is canopfor doing here at the wee hours?

gh on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 AM

gh: Ya I know,..still on the Veteran Affairs Hearing
News Hunt,…packing it up soon—:)

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I’m not sure I can still write in cursive. I turned 59 in February and I learned cursive on Big Chief tablets with the dashed lines. I went to printing early on as an adult and abandoned cursive except for my signature. It is pretty useless IMO…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:41 AM

I think you can still buy those big chief tablets. I had a hard time learning to write clearly in cursive when I was in second grade. I started printing in college when it became obvious I couldn’t read my notes. I still do that and only in capitals to save time.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I am so shocked about this. Common Core is no good.

I thought Rachel Jeantel was an exception, but she’s the kind of idiot our schools are producing. It’s more than about just cursive. Our schools are churning out millions of illiterate morons!

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:52 AM

I’m really angry about this right now. I have to get going.

And, Hawkdriver, I wasn’t ignoring earlier. Was just watching some random videos on YouTube.

Until next time, HotAir!

bluegill on May 29, 2014 at 5:54 AM

I appreciate what you do, Canopfer.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:55 AM

I think you can still buy those big chief tablets. I had a hard time learning to write clearly in cursive when I was in second grade. I started printing in college when it became obvious I couldn’t read my notes. I still do that and only in capitals to save time.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I still print in all caps. I can write in cursive, but why bother when printing is so much faster? My mom had beautiful Palmer penmanship and could do calligraphy. My dad, a decorated WWII vet printed everything…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM

House Veterans Affairs hearing on healthcare inquiry turns testy

May 28 2014 7:30PM
********************

Veterans Affairs officials came in for a bipartisan tongue-lashing Wednesday night from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, with lawmakers accusing the VA of “stonewalling” requests for documents pertinent to the investigation into long wait times for healthcare.

The contentious committee hearing came hours after an interim report from the VA’s inspector general was released. It found systemic problems throughout the VA network in scheduling veterans for medical appointments, as well as “instances of manipulation” to mask long waits.

“Until VA understands that we’re deadly serious, you can expect us to be over your shoulder every single day,”

committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) warned three VA officials at the hearing. Earlier in the day, Miller called for VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to resign.

Although the VA has produced more than 5,500 pages of documents, Miller accused the agency of stonewalling the panel and failing to produce all of the documents it has sought.

The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Michael H. Michaud of Maine, added, “Let me be clear. I am not happy…. We do expect answers.”

The inspector general’s investigation has expanded to 42 sites, up from the 26 previously reported. VA facilities in Phoenix, San Antonio and Fort Collins, Colo., have been identified as subjects of the review, but the inspector general’s office has declined to identify others. That has frustrated members of Congress eager to know about facilities in their districts.

“I think every member of Congress is going to be looking at their local VA centers and wanting to know the truth on what’s happening in their own communities,” Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said.

Miller grilled VA officials about an email written by a Los Angeles VA employee alleging the facility was manipulating wait times. In the email obtained by the panel, the employee asked where to report “inappropriate scheduling practices.”

Another email obtained by the panel showed that a Los Angeles VA official had dismissed the worker as “an angry employee who did not get her performance award.”

Thomas Lynch, the VA assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations, told the committee that the

“only concern that I am aware of” related to Los Angeles was the cancellation of old radiology orders. He said Los Angeles VA officials had assured him the orders were canceled “only after a careful review.”

“Well, let me give you a little hint,” Miller told Lynch. “VA won’t tell you the truth.”

Lynch pledged to look into the matter.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) took Lynch to task for traveling to the Phoenix VA to investigate allegations of secret waiting lists, but failing to meet with the whistle-blower who helped bring the issue to public attention.
Lynch said he was concerned such a meeting might interfere with the investigation.

Coffman retorted: “I think that your concern was it might interfere with the truth.”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-va-house-hearing-20140528-story.html

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM

I appreciate what you do, Canopfer.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:55 AM

COL: Anytime—————————–:0

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 5:57 AM

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 AM

Hagfish thinks we are undereducated cretins…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:01 AM

I still print in all caps. I can write in cursive, but why bother when printing is so much faster? My mom had beautiful Palmer penmanship and could do calligraphy. My dad, a decorated WWII vet printed everything…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM

I can write in cursive too but it becomes harder when your fingers don’t work as well as they used to. Now I seldom even print. I put everything on wordpad. My mother did secretarial work. I often wonder what she would think about typing on a keyboard and not having to go back and erase things and use whiteout and start over.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Hagfish thinks we are undereducated cretins…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:01 AM

I don’t know about you but I certainly am.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Yep. Ma’ also did Gregg Shorthand. Always looked like gibberish to me…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Boyo, those Boinking $%^&*(*&^%$%^&*()(*&^%$%^%&**((&&^%$^%&&*^
……SeperatistsPro-RooskiGoons sure play awfully dirty:
———————————————————

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
9m

Update: Ukraine helicopter was reportedly hit after offloading soldiers at a military base – @BBCNews
Read more on http://www.bbc.com

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27618681

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

I don’t know about you but I certainly am.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Badge of honor, darlin’
How do you feel this morning?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Breaking news is a harsh mistress.

Axe on May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Axe: Lol,…yup, Trooping on, otay catch you peeps later,
need to refuel!:)

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

So dear leader is holding an all day summit on concussions in the NFL

Seriously….. priorities

And the libs feel burned because they voted with their hearts instead of their heads??? They are going to repeat themselves voting for Hillary
We have to vote for the first ____________
Idiots

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Mornin’ darlin’

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Yep. Ma’ also did Gregg Shorthand. Always looked like gibberish to me…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

We used to have a machine that was used by a court reporter. It typed some kind of shorthand. My father worked in offices and used to bring home things they were throwing away. That’s how we got the Royal typewriter I still have.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:07 AM

We used to have a machine that was used by a court reporter. It typed some kind of shorthand. My father worked in offices and used to bring home things they were throwing away. That’s how we got the Royal typewriter I still have.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Wish I hadsaved that kind of stuff, but I never did…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Morning OC :)

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:09 AM

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:07 AM

pica or elite?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:10 AM

So dear leader is holding an all day summit on concussions in the NFL

Seriously….. priorities

And the libs feel burned because they voted with their hearts instead of their heads??? They are going to repeat themselves voting for Hillary
We have to vote for the first ____________
Idiots

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

cmsinaz:

Remember, Hopey stated, that if he had a son,
he wasn’t going to play Football!

Have a great day CMS:)

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Wish I hadsaved that kind of stuff, but I never did…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:09 AM

You’re lucky you didn’t. I’m stuck with a bunch of things I don’t use and can’t get rid of.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:12 AM

LOLZ, canop…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Via twitchy Obama put shinseki on probation

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:13 AM

pica or elite?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:10 AM

I don’t know.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Lol Canopfor… yes he did
Morning :)

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:14 AM

You’re lucky you didn’t. I’m stuck with a bunch of things I don’t use and can’t get rid of.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:12 AM

My cousin cleaned out a neighbors yard yesterday and was stuck with ten tires. It cost him five bucks a piece disposal fee at the dump. Remember when used tires were desirable for landscaping?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Via twitchy Obama put shinseki on probation

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Poor dude…
/

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:18 AM

He is strong on foreign policy because he got bin laden and likes to use drones
-mika

Good lapdog

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:21 AM

My cousin cleaned out a neighbors yard yesterday and was stuck with ten tires. It cost him five bucks a piece disposal fee at the dump. Remember when used tires were desirable for landscaping?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM

I think there are places that recycle them. I know they grind them up and use them under playground equipment or for mulch.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:23 AM

He is strong on foreign policy because he got bin laden and likes to use drones
-mika

Good lapdog

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:21 AM

These people have no idea what foreign policy even means. You don’t want to butt in where unnecessary but you have to keep your hand on all the threads.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM

OC politico has an article that Obama is undecided on shinseki….

Leadership on display
/

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM

WTH isn’t that azz undecided about?

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Yepper COL

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 6:27 AM

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