Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on June 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

A Shiite militia seized control of an Iraqi town Saturday, blunting the advance toward Baghdad of radical Sunni fighters in a sign that the widespread mobilization of paramilitary forces may be starting to have an impact…

In the town of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, residents said that the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia had made the difference and that fighters with that Iranian-backed paramilitary movement were in control…

The Sunni and Shiite groups are now facing each other on the northern outskirts of the town, he said, marking a new front line in what is fast becoming a Sunni-Shiite war.

Both sides in the conflict claimed Saturday to have inflicted large numbers of casualties.

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With just a few thousand fighters, the group’s lightning sweep into Mosul and farther south appeared to catch many Iraqi and American officials by surprise. But the gains were actually the realization of a yearslong strategy of state-building that the group itself promoted publicly…

Though the group got its start battling the Americans in Iraq, its success after the occupation ended was largely missed — or played down — by American officials. In the middle of 2012, as the group strengthened and United Nations data showed civilian casualties in Iraq on the rise, Antony J. Blinken, the national security adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., wrote that violence in Iraq was “at historic lows.”…

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who argued in favor of arming Syrian rebels, said last week at an event in New York hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, “this is not just a Syrian problem anymore. I never thought it was just a Syrian problem. I thought it was a regional problem. I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state.”…

The group’s rise is directly connected to the American legacy in Iraq. The American prisons were fertile recruiting grounds for jihadist leaders, and virtual universities, where leaders would indoctrinate their recruits with hard-line ideologies.

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Iraqi-Americans staged a protest asking the United States to return to Iraq and keep their government from collapsing

Those gathered warned that if American’s don’t return, Iraq will fall to a group even worse than Al-Qaeda.

“This group is bloody, this group is tremendously violent, and this will signal an era that is not good, it will signal the dark days in Iraq,” said Ishak.

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Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday signaled openness to air strikes in Iraq even as he stressed his reluctance to entangle Americans too deeply in an Iraqi fight…

“I think we aided the Iraqi government for a long time, I’m not opposed to continuing to help them with arms,” said Paul, a libertarian-leaning lawmaker.

“I would not rule out air strikes. But I would say, after 10 years, it is appalling to me that they are stripping their uniforms off and running. And it concerns me that we would have to do their fighting for them because they won’t fight for their own country, their own cities.”

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Iraq War veterans in Michigan and across the country are watching with dismay, bitterness and even sadness as the same insurgency they fought against took control of two major cities — Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit — last week…

“We spent a lot of time and effort to secure that region of the world and to have it kind of just fall apart,” said Christopher Kolomjec, an attorney from Grosse Pointe Farms, who was a Marine major during heavy fighting in Fallujah in 2006 and 2007.

“You can’t help but be extremely disappointed and frustrated that the sacrifice we made might be in vain. For every veteran who has been to Iraq, it is a constant battle to not become bitter.”…

“The one thing we can’t do is nothing,” he said. “You can’t just turn your back on them.”

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Most of Obama’s detractors engage in what I call “woulda/coulda/shoulda” criticism. That is to say, if the President had only invested more time and effort in negotiating a status of forces agreement with the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, left a residual presence there, enforced his chemical weapons red line in Syria and backed the moderate opposition there, we wouldn’t be seeing the ISIS jihadi rampage playing out in both countries.

But given the limited amount of intervention this administration, Congress, and the public would support, even under the best of circumstances, the U.S. could not have stopped the dynamic that is occurring…

As for Iraq, the al-Maliki government’s insistence on maintaining Shia dominance and privilege, and repressing Sunnis, created the perfect ferment for ISIS’s spread. No amount of U.S. military power summoned by any administration could have compensated for this kind of bad sectarian governance. That and the weak institutions of the Iraqi state have allowed ISIS to thrive.

No matter how much progress the U.S. made in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, the dysfunction that now shapes Iraq’s future was driven by factors set into motion by the very act of the invasion, Iraq’s nature and its location. And those same factors limit now what the U.S. can do; they should make Washington wary of getting sucked back in.

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Iraq is very probably going to divide into three. This is not a good thing, but the window of opportunity for avoiding it may have closed. Yes, to Obama’s shame, he lifted scarcely a finger to keep it from closing. But that is irrelevant to discerning the policy-choices before us. Neither the Sunnis nor the Shia seem able to trust the other to hold the government, a trans-sectarian nationalist civil society identity simply has not emerged in strength (neither has a trans-sectarian party), and most Kurds are merely waiting for the best chance to leave (which I think has to be now). That is, the real question is not whether partition happens, but how. Does it as India’s did, with sectarian violence that kills nearly a million? Does it leave one the Sunni portion governed by ISIL, which will enslave its population, gobble up most of Syria, and carry war into Jordan, Lebanon, Manhattan, etc.? Or does it happen more on our terms, with the most reasonable Sunni militias and strongmen relying upon us for support? With, perhaps, a government admitted by all three sides to be one intended to transition them to partition? If ISIL has to fight against Sunni groups, against the Kurds, against the Shia, and against our help, it has no chance. But if by dumb policy we make the choice for the Sunnis (and the Kurds) to be one of living with ISIL or living under Maliki-ism, its prospects grow immensely…

So a bloody war of partition, which some will call a civil war, is quite possible. If that happens, U.S. policy should be to do what it can to keep the leadership of the Sunni side out of Islamist hands, to encourage the continuance of certain parliamentary democracy and at-least-rhetorical independence from Iran by the Shia side, and everything it can short of NATO-admission to guarantee the security of the Kurds, our natural allies and friends. Behind the scenes, we can hold out the carrot of aid to both sides, and threaten to withhold it or switch if they start slaughtering Christians or other minority groups.

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Obama’s recent miscues are of little relevance to today’s mess. Yes, he was wrong not to arm moderate Syrian rebels earlier in their struggle against the Assad regime. It was worth a try, as he now realizes. And it’s true that the ISIS filled a power vacuum created by the war inside Syria. But Syrian moderates are fighting Assad, not the ISIS. And even if moderates had taken power from Assad with American help—a huge if—they would hardly have been able to discourage the ISIS from crossing the border into Iraq. Were they to somehow have such influence over the ISIS, it would by definition mean that many of these so-called “moderates” are actually like-minded Sunni extremists, just as Obama has feared.

It’s not even clear the situation would be much different if U.S. forces hadn’t left Iraq, under terms negotiated by President Bush, in 2011. There was only so much multi-billion dollar chewing gum and baling wire that could be applied to a country that fundamentally doesn’t want to be a country. Contrary to neocon analysis, our refusal to be drawn in again doesn’t auger a post-Iraq era where we won’t ever use force around the world—a new Vietnam Syndrome in which a generation of liberal Democrats sour on all assertions of American military power.

The U.S. is simply getting more prudent about intervention. In their studies of 19th century imperialism, the British historians Ronald Robinson and John Gallagher found that when the “client state” (South Vietnam or Iraq in our time) threatens to collapse, the major power feels forced to intervene. This allows the weaker power to call the tune in the relationship. After all we’ve been through in Iraq, Obama is rightly insistent that we reverse that dynamic. He wants the Maliki government in Baghdad to get its act together on genuine power-sharing before commencing U.S. military action. It’s the only leverage we have…

The president thought his legacy would include withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. By the time this plays out, he’s more likely to be remembered for inserting U.S. diplomats into Iraq, where they’ll revise Gertrude Bell and draw a new map of the region. It’s hard to imagine now, but that may come to represent the strong presidential leadership we all still crave.

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Barack Obama had a legacy earlier than any other American president. He was the first black president before he was even inaugurated. Very shortly after that, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. From the start, he was supposed to go down in history as “the Peace President”. This has all turned into a tremendous disadvantage…

Mr Obama is not a pacifist. He sees the utility of force in individual tricky situations. It would not be at all surprising if he uses a bit of it soon, in drone or aerial form, in Iraq. What he does not see is its strategic value. He does not grasp, apparently, that the Pax Americana, under whose protection we have lived since 1945, has existed because it has always been backed by the credible threat of force. Weakness is provocative to bad actors, and some of the world’s worst have now been provoked. This seems to have come as an almost complete surprise to the Obama White House. The Peace President is starting to leave a legacy of war

All my life, many people, by no means all of them on the Left, have complained about the extent of American power. They have seen it as bungling, bullying, crude, even oppressive. Sometimes, particularly in regard to the Middle East, they have been right. Europhiles have sought to counter American power by building up the EU’s strength. Nationalists have sought to expel it and be “ourselves alone”. But they have said these things and made these gestures in the knowledge that US power has been real. Will they be pleased if what they thought they wished for is actually happening? It feels as if the world is in for a more dangerous time than any since the Carter/Brezhnev era of the late Seventies – or worse, because more unpredictable.

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[T]he revolution was never going to be straightforward. This is the true lesson of Iraq. But it is also the lesson from the whole of the so-called Arab Spring. The fact is that as a result of the way these societies have developed and because Islamism of various descriptions became the focal point of opposition to oppression, the removal of the dictatorship is only the beginning not the end of the challenge. Once the regime changes, then out come pouring all the tensions – tribal, ethnic and of course above all religious; and the rebuilding of the country, with functioning institutions and systems of Government, becomes incredibly hard. The extremism de-stabilises the country, hinders the attempts at development, the sectarian divisions become even more acute and the result is the mess we see all over the region. And beyond it. Look at Pakistan or Afghanistan and the same elements are present…

However more than that, in this struggle will be decided many things: the fate of individual countries, the future of the Middle East, and the direction of the relationship between politics and the religion of Islam. This last point will affect us in a large number of ways. It will affect the radicalism within our own societies which now have significant Muslim populations. And it will affect how Islam develops across the world. If the extremism is defeated in the Middle East it will eventually be defeated the world over, because this region is its spiritual home and from this region has been spread the extremist message.

There is no sensible policy for the West based on indifference. This is, in part, our struggle, whether we like it or not.

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Kasey got his start at KRLA in Los Angeles (Ithink). They broadcast out of a fancy hotel near Pasadena in the 60′s. I used to go to the studios to watch him when I was just a puppy. I feel old.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Wino on June 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Well, whatever their ultimate goal may be, it’s definitely not good.

The illegal alien crisis is almost ignored right now. However, there are multiple things going on, and any of them by themselves are huge stories.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

but you are not yet beyond redemption.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Wow… And I thought I was a delusional dreamer….

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

canopfor on June 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Good evening friend..Hope grandson gets better..He has good folks looking after him..:):)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Dire Straits:Thank-you for that, gawd I miss my grandfather:)

canopfor on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Wait a damn minute. Are you NSA?

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Maybe if you bothered to read your CP facebook inbox once in a while.

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

oscarwilde on June 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

lol! You’re my favorite troubadour, Sir Wilde. :)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Evening J.

Evening HA

This is not new to the thinking. Only the obtuse are surprised at it.

obama is the most transparent.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Civilization, civilized behavior, is a choice. It’s not just one choice made at any given moment in time, but a series of choices, taken together, that create civilization. That express civilized behavior.

An excellent way of stating it and something that conservatives seem to grasp better than leftists.

However,there is no single nation, other than ‘Islam’, to which we can look for the impetus behind ISIS. Unlike Germany, we have no geographical locale, no head of state, no single state, to hold responsible for ISIS… except Islam and the failures of an entire region to educate its own people to hold responsible for ISIS and the many other groups like it.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 11:47 PM

That is a major distinguishing feature of Islamic civilization.

ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, the PLO, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Black September, Fedayeen, PFLP, Al-Fatah, etc.

You can call them by any number of names but it boils down to the Sword Of Islam. These sorts of religious/stateless raiders have always been a part of the Islamic way of war. As the Islamic reformation gathers steam we have seen more and more of them over the decades.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

oscarwilde on June 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

lol! You’re my favorite troubadour, Sir Wilde. :)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

But I don’t ant to be a troubadour, they all get killed in Bombay…

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

The delusional devil of the US media

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Hey my youtube account is up to $4.15… I have made enough to buy a beer, anyone want to split it with me?
oscarwilde on June 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I’m trying to post a couple of your links, Oscar. Will that help to get your videos to show up at the end of other videos? If so, that can help you build a traffic flow, yes?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Otay,..me going, everyone have a great night,
nice talking to you Hawk,…heres one for da road,
below:

Oh,..and a belated HAPPY Grandfather and Fathers Day.

Iraq PM will Liberate every Inch:
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The Associated Press @AP · 1h

Iraq prime minister vows to “liberate every inch” of territory captured by Islamic militants: http://apne.ws/1jt442U

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on June 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Wait a damn minute. Are you NSA?

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Maybe if you bothered to read your CP facebook inbox once in a while.

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Bwaahahahaha!
They are both driving hubby crazy. I’m home in Texas on family business. Miss all of them.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Wow… And I thought I was a delusional dreamer….

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Well, since they ain’t gonna’ ban her no matter how blatant she abuses the terms of service. We might as well try to bring her back from the idiot side.

I mean, if Darth Vader could do it…

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and even defended the White House’s controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government.

Team Obama’s decisions in Iraq are coming under intense criticism from experts and lawmakers across the political spectrum in light of the seizure of key Iraqi cities by a violent Muslim extremist group that is seeking to transform the nation into a strict Islamic state.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/clinton-was-leading-champion-of-iraq-withdrawal/

Maybe President Hillary Clinton isn’t such a slam dunk after all.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

… Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons.

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

I was at a restaurant earlier, and the TVs were on showing basketball. It seems like Iraq is the furthest thing from many people’s minds.

Will Americans start caring and paying attention?

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

oscarwilde on June 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I’m trying to post a couple of your links, Oscar. Will that help to get your videos to show up at the end of other videos? If so, that can help you build a traffic flow, yes?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Newtie, I love you, you are so sweet and kind, but honestly, I am beyond clueless how it works… It makes no sense to me…

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Good night Canada!

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

It will never happen… unless he tries to stage a coup come election ’16.

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

The delusional devil of the US media

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Damn, you linked to TEH KRUGMAN. That may be grounds for banning. I can’t read it. Just seeing him and his crazed eyes makes me want to puke.

Doc Holliday on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

David Bowie- Space Oddity

RickB on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Well, since they ain’t gonna’ ban her no matter how blatant she abuses the terms of service. We might as well try to bring her back from the idiot side.

I mean, if Darth Vader could do it…

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

She voted for Obama twice I’d bet money on it. OFA/MM trroll.

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Why are you laughing? Mine was never hit by anything. Am I wrong to assume they must have had some rule?

hawkdriver on June 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM

If we can trade Kerry for five more terrorist commanders, I nominate bluegill to replace him as Secretary of State …

ShainS on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I was at a restaurant earlier, and the TVs were on showing basketball. It seems like Iraq is the furthest thing from many people’s minds.

Will Americans start caring and paying attention?

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

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I’m sorry, did you say something ? . . . . . I was watching the NBA Championship final . . . . .

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Well, since they ain’t gonna’ ban her no matter how blatant she abuses the terms of service. We might as well try to bring her back from the idiot side.

I mean, if Darth Vader could do it…

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Yea… but Darth Vader had Luke Skywalker to lead him back into the light… who wants to lead a Hsagfish anywhere?

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Very nice work.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Thanks.

I am probably a lot more cynical than you are but its nice to read posts that make you think and reconsider some of what you believe.

I am mostly worried that we are losing the war with Islam because we don’t even know the terms under which the conflict is taking place.

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

I’m worried about you, Coz. I think, perhaps, it’s possible that you and she have engaged in this game for so long that you both enjoy it. You dish it out, she laps it up. You ignore her, she gets your attention. And so forth…

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

David Bowie- Space Oddity

RickB on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

With a happy ending. Canuck style.

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

I was at a restaurant earlier, and the TVs were on showing basketball. It seems like Iraq is the furthest thing from many people’s minds.

Will Americans start caring and paying attention?

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

As soon as ISIS breaks the rule and shoots at a helicopter.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Well, something’s better than nothing…and it can’t hurt, now can it. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Maybe President Hillary Clinton isn’t such a slam dunk after all.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

She’s not a slam dunk for the nomination. An old white woman? Please. Some young upstart will come along and steal it right after she starts crying.

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

It bothers me to see how much many people care about professional sports and college sports, while at the same time being totally indifferent to certain national and other political issues. The amount of time and effort that people put into following these teams always blows my mind.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

…are you referring to blueballs

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

No, not bluegill. Canopfor was talking about being shot by a Stinger. I told him I missed seeing half of the stuff that was flying around. They hardly ever would shoot at the lead bird. An RPG flew behind my aircraft and in front of my commander one mission and he’s rightfully worked up and upset because I’m not. All I can tell him is I didn’t see it, you did. I have to take your word that it was scary looking.

hawkdriver on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

As soon as ISIS breaks the rule and shoots at a helicopter.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

That might even convince Dear Leader to get off the golf course and pay attention.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Doc Holliday on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

I’ve got to the point that seeing the name in print brings the same reaction.

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

It is now obvious to all but the Obama worshipers, the Democratic party faithful and their MSM propaganda wing that the only war the Obama regime has the will to fight is the war against the citizens of the United States.

Nahanni on June 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Well, something’s better than nothing…and it can’t hurt, now can it. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Did I mention I love you?

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Want Obama to tackle ISIS? Tell him they’re going to tear up the golf courses in Iraq….he’ll drop a nuke on them.

Doc Holliday on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

sharrukin on June 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Oh, I think they’re very clear about that. If you read the Koran, you’ll find the terms clearly spelled out and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

As follows:

The infidel (that would be everyone except for them) will capitulate and convert… or be beheaded.

The new caliphate will be established.

There will be only one religion on Earth. Islam.

That’s it really. So simple even an idiot or a madman can understand it and follow it… and they do.

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

David Bowie- Space Oddity

RickB on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

With a happy ending. Canuck style.

cozmo on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

I like it….

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

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What about “evenin’”?

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Who really cares about LeBron James or if the air conditioning went out in some arena?

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

gh on June 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

This one..You could then go to the right and listen to those links all night..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

You guys want to know who the accidental political genius in all of this is? Joe “Divide it into 3rds” Biden.

preallocated on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Oh, Jackie…what did you do?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Yeah, after the craptastic week the dead broke woman had, you are right.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

It’s weird looking at some photos of Berlin…and realizing that my son took them.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I’ve got to the point that seeing the name in print brings the same reaction.

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

You could do a fine job of creating economic policy by simply doing the opposite of whatever Krugman says. Even he admits his predictions about economics have been almost perfectly…wrong.

Doc Holliday on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Damn, you linked to TEH KRUGMAN. That may be grounds for banning. I can’t read it. Just seeing him and his crazed eyes makes me want to puke.

Doc Holliday on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Just the title will be enough to make you hurl. It tells where his and obama’s priorities are.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Who really cares about LeBron James or if the air conditioning went out in some arena?
bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

So…you’re against a proprietor making money and putting on programming that will keep customers around…

Okay…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Who really cares about LeBron James or if the air conditioning went out in some arena?

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Show some respect. That A/C lacking arena is home to the five time San Antonio Spurs! You pay attention, sort of, and still question rules about shooting down helicopters, BG.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

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It’s weird looking at some photos of Berlin…and realizing that my son took them.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

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Hmmm … sounds like ‘envy’.

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

I was at a restaurant earlier, and the TVs were on showing basketball. It seems like Iraq is the furthest thing from many people’s minds.

Will Americans start caring and paying attention?

basketball on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM
It bothers me to see how much many people care about professional sports and college sports, while at the same time being totally indifferent to certain national and other political issues. The amount of time and effort that people put into following these teams always blows my mind.

baseball on June 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

…more air!…more air dammit!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

That’s it really. So simple even an idiot or a madman can understand it and follow it… and they do.

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

And the leader of the West and his followers are even more stupid. Heads will literally be chopped off before they get it.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I also think Allah is the best writer at the site. His sense of humor gives the site its character. Noah seems to be mimicking it a bit with his headlines.

Wish Allah could write every day. Every post of his is impressive.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Damn skippy. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Hillary on Taliban 5: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States”

She must have learned this from Joe Biden. Dear Leader was on the golf course and unavailable for comment.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Five time CHAMPION San Antonio Spurs!

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Allah seems to give his all in all the posts and doesn’t ever “phone it in.” He never seems content to just throw up a huge quote from another source, and then introduce it with a throwaway line. He always adds a funny little set-up and then has some good questions or analysis after.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Obama, they are tearing up the Hotair.com QOTD gulf course. What are you going to do about this?

coolrepublica on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

KOOLAID! She’s now attacking Noah!

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Ah yes. John Jorgenson is very interesting. There are some interviews with him on youtube. IIRC, he became obsessed over string bending in his late teens.

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

No. They stand beneath the balcony of beautiful ladies and sing love songs… and get incredibly lucky frequently.

They stroll around the palace gardens and strum lutes and sing haunting ballads.

They have wealthy patrons who pay the bills for new lutes and really cool clothes while they woo fair maids, pursue the muse, and write tunes. :)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

A radio-controlled pteradactyl? You cannot be Sirius?

John McEnroe voice

Parmenides on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

…more air!…more air dammit!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

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Make sure you wrap her head with enough “Glenn Beck approved” duct tape.

You don’t want to be sued, for losing any pieces.

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Dire Straits:Thank-you for that, gawd I miss my grandfather:)

canopfor on June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Don’t we all friend..Don’t we all..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Did I mention I love you?
oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

*smooooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Interesting that Sen. Rand Paul said the People of Iraq were not willing to fight for their own country. Sometimes I feel the same way about our Congress, particularly the Republican leadership. They don’t seem willing to fight for our country when a dictator gets more emboldened each day.

mobydutch on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

No. They stand beneath the balcony of beautiful ladies and sing love songs… and get incredibly lucky frequently.

They stroll around the palace gardens and strum lutes and sing haunting ballads.

They have wealthy patrons who pay the bills for new lutes and really cool clothes while they woo fair maids, pursue the muse, and write tunes. :)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

ROTFLMAO…don’t I wish….

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Obama, they are tearing up the Hotair.com QOTD gulf course. What are you going to do about this?

coolrepublica on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

He doesn’t have to do anything. That’s what you’re paid for. But … You’re doing it poorly.

hawkdriver on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

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Make sure you wrap her head with enough “Glenn Beck approved” duct tape. Corn bread batter

You don’t want to be sued, for losing any pieces.

listens2glenn on June 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I also think Allah is the best writer at the site. His sense of humor gives the site its character. Noah seems to be mimicking it a bit with his headlines.

Wish Allah could write every day. Every post of his is impressive.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

He’s the best blogger on any site IMO. Noah also seems to be good, although I hated his hit piece on Dave Brat. Very uncalled for.

I read Breitbart daily but some of their writers are quite bad. Some articles read like a 12 year old wrote them. However, Breitbart helped put Dave Brat on the radar, and have done mamy articles on the border crisis, so I’m grateful for that.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I had nothing to do with that. Just an observation.:)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I also think Allah is the best writer at the site. His sense of humor gives the site its character. Noah seems to be mimicking it a bit with his headlines.

Wish Allah could write every day. Every post of his is impressive.

basketball on June 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Allah seems to give his all in all the posts and doesn’t ever “phone it in.” He never seems content to just throw up a huge quote from another source, and then introduce it with a throwaway line. He always adds a funny little set-up and then has some good questions or analysis after.

basball on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

…dammit you guys!…how many times do I have to tell you!…the air goes into the head!…NOT… the knee pads!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Gulf course 101

Clue…nothing to do with greens or balls…

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

So…you’re against a proprietor making money and putting on programming that will keep customers around…
Okay…
Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I kind of put the interest in those kinds of events in the same category as interest in the Kardashians. Seems out of proportion to how much it will end up affecting people’s lives.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Interesting that Sen. Rand Paul said the People of Iraq were not willing to fight for their own country. Sometimes I feel the same way about our Congress, particularly the Republican leadership. They don’t seem willing to fight for our country when a dictator gets more emboldened each day.

mobydutch on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Plus, we are being invaded as well.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Did I mention I love you?
oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

*smooooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Hmmm, any chance this will make Jackie jealous and love me more?

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

He doesn’t have to do anything. That’s what you’re paid for. But … You’re doing it poorly.

hawkdriver on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I would never ever kill the goose that laid the golden egg. I love QOTD too much.

coolrepublica on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Very interesting..He can sure pick a guitar..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Okay Christian peeps. Here’s a question.
A FB friend of mine-conservative-just got married again. She got married by a female ‘minister’ in a PCUSA church. PCUSA is one of the most left-wing, Israel hating denominations out there. the PCUSA is one of the loudest voices in the ‘boycott-divestment’ movement against Israel.
That she would wed in such a church is making me question just how conservative she really is. She’s terrific-but if one is realy conservative-one doesn’t willingly affiliate themselves with the likes of PCUSA.
Am I wrong?

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

It’s weird looking at some photos of Berlin…and realizing that my son took them.
annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Have you heard from Li’l Twerp, ALT? And I mean “hear,” NOT “facebook” or “tweeted,” either…actual voice-to-voice…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Interesting that Sen. Rand Paul said the People of Iraq were not willing to fight for their own country. Sometimes I feel the same way about our Congress, particularly the Republican leadership. They don’t seem willing to fight for our country when a dictator gets more emboldened each day.

mobydutch on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

So true. Most Rs are pathetic.

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Well I’m out. Got to get up extra early tomorrow. Night some.

Judge_Dredd on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

I read Breitbart daily but some of their writers are quite bad. Some articles read like a 12 year old wrote them. However, Breitbart helped put Dave Brat on the radar, and have done mamy articles on the border crisis, so I’m grateful for that.
cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I never thought anything bad of the Breitbart writers. Who do you think is bad? I think some go more for straight reporting and don’t go too much into opinion or injecting themselves into the stories.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Nope-and I won’t.
His phone won’t work outside of the US.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

So…you’re against a proprietor making money and putting on programming that will keep customers around…
Okay…
Newtie and the Beauty on June 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I kind of put the interest in those kinds of events in the same category as interest in the Kardashians. Seems out of proportion to how much it will end up affecting people’s lives.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Bone up on rules of engagement regarding helicopters. That way, you don’t sound like a Kardashian.

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Tony Lee at Breitbart always has excellent pieces about amnesty and Palin.

bluegill on June 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Past time for me to go also.

gh on June 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

No wonder MG conjured the Glade. Look what she just conjured without even trying. I would like to live rent free in her brain and listen to all the stories in high Def surround sound.

Parmenides on June 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Oh my gosh, HornetSting, where have you been?

mobydutch on June 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

oscarwilde on June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I don’t know, you’ve got fair maid Newtie kissing on you right now. ^^^:)

thatsafactjack on June 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Good evening my friend. :)

HornetSting on June 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM

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