Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen weathered another round of heated questioning at a Monday night hearing where lawmakers challenged his credibility over the discovery that years’ worth of emails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have gone missing.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has subpoenaed a former IRS lawyer to testify at another hearing on the emails Tuesday morning, publicly tangled with Koskinen on Monday night. In one fiery exchange, Issa told him: “We have a problem with you and you have a problem with credibility.”

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Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival…

Unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information is a felony offense that can result in five years in prison, but the Department of Justice did not bring criminal charges.

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The thing about dogs eating homework is, it could actually happen. This can’t.

This is “The dog ate my hard drive, broke into another building, ate the backup of the hard drive, then broke into six other top officials’ offices and ate their hard drives also.”…

And here we come to a third major difference between the IRS’ apparent gross abuse of power and criminal coverup and Watergate: Watergate was a much bigger deal simply because the press was relentless about following up on every detail.

Today the media’s reasoning is roughly as follows: The IRS went after some conservative groups and is engaged in an illegal coverup. We also don’t like these groups, also believe they deserve special scrutiny, and also think there’s something inherently shady about conservatives (but not liberals) who try to buy political influence. If White House staff says they weren’t involved, we’ll take their word for it. Pardon us if we’d rather cover something more relevant to American lives today. Like the 82-year-old name of the football team that plays in DC.

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It’s not Commissioner Koskinen who lost the emails, he’s just on the wrong side of a bad policy that doesn’t require the IRS to be as records-conscious as the citizens it polices. But in the traditional IRS power relationship, it’s usually the subjects of its audits who feel the unfocused and overly harsh attention of a system that assumes they are guilty.

One of the big complaints I hear from voters, particularly conservative voters, is that the government exempts itself from the burdens it puts on everyday people. So members of Congress are treated differently under the Affordable Care Act than regular citizens, President Obama can decide which laws he wants to follow and which ones he doesn’t, and the IRS doesn’t have to be as circumspect as the rest of us. Sometimes there are good explanations, like the congressional “exemption” from the ACA, but since the IRS is stingy with its benefit-of-the-doubt powers, it has a high bar with the public.

Democrats mocked the elaborate displays of outrage at the hearing—always a safe thing to do—but you don’t have to share Ryan’s view that the IRS is engaged in a cover-up of a scheme to target conservatives to recognize a more universal element to Ryan’s anger. The IRS expects all of us to maintain rigid compliance, spelunk-on-demand for every receipt, and is highly skeptical of what might be garden-variety mistakes until we prove otherwise. So if the congressional system of inquiry feels a little itchy, tight, and irrational, perhaps this will be a learning opportunity or a good topic for the next pricey conference.

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Why does this matter deserve heightened scrutiny from the rest of us? Because crimes against democracy are particularly insidious. Representative government involves a type of trade. As citizens, we cede power to public officials for important purposes that require centralized power: defending the country, imposing order, collecting taxes to promote the common good. In exchange, we expect public institutions to be evenhanded and disinterested. When the stewards of power — biased judges or corrupt policemen or politically motivated IRS officials — act unfairly, it undermines trust in the whole system.

Trust in the federal government has declined dramatically since the 1960s. Some Americans now are predisposed to believe that their government — the product of their own choices, channeled by durable, admirable institutions — can’t be trusted with the collection of metadata or with the use of drones (which might be employed by the president, according to Sen. Rand Paul, to kill citizens at cafes).

I’ve often criticized such attitudes as conspiratorial and destructive. A democracy needs respected, capable public institutions. No traditional conservative, in this sense, can be anti-government. We need government to do its job, to play its role and to justify the power and resources we properly cede to it. “Respect for its authority,” said George Washington, “compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty.”

But the IRS has managed to feed anti-government sentiments by inhabiting anti-government stereotypes. It has undermined respect for authority. And it doesn’t seem even to understand the damage it has done.

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Via RCP.


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And why are the curtains, bedding, dishes and furniture and stuff always ‘hers’ when we get b!tched at for doing something wrong? Didn’t I help buy that stuff? She even says the TP is ‘her’ expensive good stuff when ‘my’ cat shreds it…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Same reason if you have kids and they screw up, it’s then “your”kid . It’s just rules you men have to put up with :/

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Just wait until something happens to the mechanical things, OC…like the toaster, blender, twalet, car, A/C, stove, fridge…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Oh, yeah. That stuff is always mine when something goes awry. ‘Your sink is clogged again…’

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Means another trip to SC for me! Looking forward to it!
lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Congratulations, LH! Keep us informed!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Blessings and prayers ascending…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Oh, yeah. That stuff is always mine when something goes awry. ‘Your sink is clogged again…’
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

It’s so nice to feel wanted, isn’t it, OC… :P

PS The plumbing’s my job here…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Thanks. I’ll try to do that. My daughter has a house full staying at her place right now, so I’ll be staying with other family members not far away. They don’t have internet.

They live in teh styx, you know.

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

They live in teh styx, you know.
lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Thank God for libraries, LH ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Same reason if you have kids and they screw up, it’s then “your”kid . It’s just rules you men have to put up with :/

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I’d like to know who wrote them rules and when I signed off on them. I even heard about ‘my’ damned rabbits eating in her garden the other night. What, am I Yosemite Sam now?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Good night COL, see you in the morning.

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Blessings and prayers ascending…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Thank you, OC. It’s greatly appreciated!

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I’d like to know who wrote them rules and when I signed off on them. I even heard about ‘my’ damned rabbits eating in her garden the other night. What, am I Yosemite Sam now?
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

You really need to review the fine print on your marriage license, OC… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Thank God for libraries, LH ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Closest library to this small town USA would be….30 miles, I think.

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Closest library to this small town USA would be….30 miles, I think.
lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I’m sure someone will help you out, LH…if not, when you get back to civilization will do ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:35 PM

What, am I Yosemite Sam now?
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

You look that good with a ‘stache?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

She’s got some mighty fine radishes in her garden, and keeps a clean and cheerful home. Even if I do have to smoke outside…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I’d like to know who wrote them rules and when I signed off on them. I even heard about ‘my’ damned rabbits eating in her garden the other night. What, am I Yosemite Sam now?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Tell her the rabbit poop is beneficial for the soil and she will get bigger,better veggies. o_O
Oh and there is no signing up for anything, it just falls under the clause ” she who must be obeyed “.

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:37 PM

She’s got some mighty fine radishes in her garden, and keeps a clean and cheerful home. Even if I do have to smoke outside…
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Looks like you picked a good ‘un, OC…put another way, the trade-off was well worth it ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:38 PM

blah blah blah! it’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on June 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Ohhh…too much emotional rollercoaster for me tonight, between the bummer of Cochran winning and anticipation about the baby. And I’ve still got things to do before I head down that way (namely finishing a Power Point presentation that I’m tempted to procrastinate on).

I’ll wish you all a good night. Take care!

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Oh and there is no signing up for anything, it just falls under the clause ” she who must be obeyed “.
Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I have that movie!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 PM

it just falls under the clause ” she who must be obeyed “.

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Looks like you picked a good ‘un, OC…put another way, the trade-off was well worth it ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:38 PM

My sainted ma’ loved her, so does my only sis…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I’ll wish you all a good night. Take care!
lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Niters and sleep well, LH! Prayers ascending!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 PM

My sainted ma’ loved her, so does my only sis…
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Wow. That was half the battle, OC!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

You look that good with a ‘stache?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Not quite that impressive…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

G’night, Lineholder.

Doc Holliday on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Wow. That was half the battle, OC!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Sometimes I think my family likes her better than they do me…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Well, Iron Man is kicking butt and it’s very hard to type about now…

Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused

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

Y’all know what to do… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Blessing to your daughter and baby LH, may she have a safe delivery and you have a safe trip.

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Good evening HA. {{{HUGS}}}
Tell me, the pooch in this vid, who at HA does he remind you of?
As Rush sez, “There is no incorrect answer.”

Miss Newtie, Newtie, Newtie, having more fun than I am, I see. Shame. (Notice I’m scolding as I pour more wine in her glass.)

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Anyone seen m̖̯͙͕̹̲̤̏͌̂̾́͂̿͋̕͜ͅû̡̙͙̜̤̯̳̳̹̀͂͑͂͋̽̕̚r̨̙͔̹̫̹̘̤̀͐͋̀̽̒̅̄͛͜p̢͇̠͈̰̺͈͉͇̐̋̉̂̎̓̀͘͝h͇̼̳̺͚̭͇̟͋͆́̄̾̅͋͂͜͠ý̨̲̲̠͚͎̠̭̓͒̽͐͒͘͘͠ͅ9̡̩̻̮̫̩̜̖̍̾̐̾̾̆̎̄̕ͅ?

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 11:50 PM

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 11:50 PM

What is that mess in your post?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Good night Darlin’!

KCB on June 24, 2014 at 11:52 PM

OK, hitting the sack early–goodnight all! Good luck to lineholder’s newest young one.

Doc Holliday on June 24, 2014 at 11:53 PM

What is that mess in your post?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM

It sez tomorrow’s going to be a better day, but you have to stay up all night to make sure it starts off that way. ; )

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 11:50 PM

What is that mess in your post?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Ancient Chinese secret.

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Good night Doc.

KCB on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

I have been on a crazy schedule lately and haven’t been able to comment much. But tomorrow, if I have time in the afternoon, I am going to try to put together and post a teaser video for my new upcoming YouTube channel. I wanted to give the HotAir community the first glimpse at it.

Stay strong! Until next time!

bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

G’night Doc and lh…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

It’s not Commissioner Koskinen who lost the emails,

but we are the ones stuck with paying the arrogant bass-turd to sit there and lie for the one who actually aided and abetted jihad against us and then destroyed the evidence .

burrata on June 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I have been on a crazy schedule lately and haven’t been able to comment much. But tomorrow, if I have time in the afternoon, I am going to try to put together and post a teaser video for my new upcoming YouTube channel. I wanted to give the HotAir community the first glimpse at it.

Stay strong! Until next time!

bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Looking fw to it, Susan T. Have you apologized to hawkdriver?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Ǫ͉͈͈͖͔̬̲͜m̰̩̺̖̻̳̱̳ͅa̢̼͍̩͉͕̘̞̻h̢̧̧̩͎͍̬̤͜a͚̦͚̙̭̗̲̳̭Ç̱̗̟̠̬̙͍̜o̧͎̦̜͚͓̭͜ͅn̳̣͉͇͇̱̭̯͜ş͇̪̻̼̟̲̻̜e͇͍͇͕̱̦̫̣ͅr̢̘̻̙̞̪̞̣̱v̭̮͈͈̹̝̮̹͓a̡̹͇̻̖̹͖͎̣t̨̨̖̫̩̩̪̻͜i̡̡̜̫̞̙̗̺͇v̦̤̭̝̜͖͜ͅͅȩ͉̫̤̠̖͉̤̟

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davidk on June 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM

bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Look forward to outing you then gilled one.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Hey OC,
What a day huh? Where’d everybody go?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Look forward to outing you then gilled one.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM

She claims you owe her the apology, B…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Hey OC,
What a day huh? Where’d everybody go?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Still in the open thread…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:03 AM

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

In general or for something in specific?

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Still in the open thread…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:03 AM

That is so yesterday…

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

In general or for something in specific?

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM

For you supposedly outing her. It was in the open thread several pages back…
She claimed you finally cleaned up your act…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Good night folks. Damned disappointing night.

KCB on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM

bye ken!

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Whoa, OC, saw your comment that everyone was on the Open Thread, made a comment that showed up, now both gone. Wierd

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Bakokitty on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

When I was a teenager and my parents fought-sometimes my mother would want me to go talk to my father because she wasn’t ‘related to him’.
By that time they had been married around 20 years and had 2 kids-but she wasn’t related to him.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Whoa, OC, saw your comment that everyone was on the Open Thread, made a comment that showed up, now both gone. Wierd

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

No, it is still here, Rhonda…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Now the comments are back.

Ah, darn, night Ken.

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Good night.

KCB on June 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Ah, darn, night Ken.

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Good night.

KCB on June 25, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Chris McDaniel on CSPAN:

Now on C-SPAN 2
Primary Night Election Coverage

Tonight’s primary election coverage includes

victory and concession speeches,

from Mississippi’s Senate runoff and New York’s 13th Congressional District.

http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-2

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Good night folks. Damned disappointing night.

KCB on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM

“When life gives you lemons…”

It’s my opinion that something very good is going to come out of this. And that the GOP establishment won’t like it lol

non-nonpartisan on June 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Oh. I’ll have to look for that to update her blog.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM

It’s my opinion that something very good is going to come out of this. And that the GOP establishment won’t like it lol

non-nonpartisan on June 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I’ve given up hope , looks like even God is mad at us.
The diablo incarnate rules this country now.

burrata on June 25, 2014 at 12:18 AM

CSPAN @cspan · 9m

VIDEO: Chris McDaniel (@CMForUSSenate) speech http://cs.pn/Tux8kg #mssen

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320130-3/chris-mcdaniel-primary-night-speech

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:20 AM

CSPAN @cspan · 32m

VIDEO: Sen. Thad Cochran (@thadforms) Victory Speech http://cs.pn/1mdkMnc

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4501905/sen-thad-cochran-victory-speech

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:22 AM

I’ve given up hope, looks like even God is mad at us.

God’s not a collectivist. I know He’s not mad at me. =)

Use the Force, your intuition, Luke anyone who knows how.

The diablo incarnate rules this country now.

burrata on June 25, 2014 at 12:18 AM

If so, it’s only in appearance.

non-nonpartisan on June 25, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Oh. I’ll have to look for that to update her blog.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Heh…
I was hoping you would…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:23 AM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, Dammit!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery system...sends out a Triple Whatchudrinkin to DavidK upon his arrival...send out Double Whatchudrinkin's to everyone else...usual caveats apply...]

Newtie and the Bartenter on June 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I’ll have what the gentleman on the floor is having…

PointnClick on June 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Two things:

wow;

and

holy sh|t

regarding the offensive content gathered in one easy-to-access place;

and

how much work that must have been.

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Brietbart is saying McDaniel is thinking about this.

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Nah. Just copy it off and paste. Very easy. A pleasure actually.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

I do it for her gratis.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I do it for her gratis.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Your yeoman work is much appreciated…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 AM

***************** RANGEL *************************************!!

June 24, 2014
Representative Charles Rangel Primary Night Speech

Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) spoke to supporters following the New York Democratic primary election.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320130-4/rep-charles-rangel-dny-wins-primary

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:36 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Slow QOTD… I think people got drunk early watching the returns…

PointnClick on June 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Why does it feel like the OJ verdict moment?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Sorry, I just came back.

Did you have to go back and search all that stuff, or had you been bookmarking it all along? Because I remember her being really obnoxious back in 2012, but I haven’t been hanging out here as much since then and sort of forgot how bad it was.

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Slow QOTD… I think people got drunk early watching the returns…

PointnClick on June 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Everyone is in the open thread, not here. That is how it always works on an election night…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Mostly just as I go along. I had to go back and redo some do to a tech issue. Other than that I just add when I can. Its an old blog. Been around a while now I think. ; )

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:53 AM

The World Is A Much Crappier Place Tonight Than It Was Last Night……….

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/24/Cochran-McDaniel-Results-Legal-Challenges

williamg on June 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Anniversary

Enuff ticks.

kcewa on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Why does it feel like the OJ verdict moment?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

….because it is…….and it’s time for some Street Violence!

williamg on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Rent seeking always wins…

kcewa on June 25, 2014 at 12:58 AM

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Free piggy back rides if you take your spurs off.

Parmenides on June 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Like the hearings…just going thru the motions?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Free piggy back rides if you take your spurs off.

Parmenides on June 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Hehehehe.

Sure, but I get to keep the whip, hat, and six shooters.

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Anymore For Anymore

Hey, won’t you come on with me
I hear the mister’s voice is callin’
And soon the country all around me
Will come to look the same
There’s a place from where I came

Anymore for anymore
Hear those angels say
But anymore’s too much for me
I’m goin’ on my way

Pile up the chairs and the table
And put the tinder to the timber
We’ll light the night sky
Leave the ember
To fade with yesterday
We’re leaving come what may

kcewa on June 25, 2014 at 1:05 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Why does it feel like the OJ verdict moment?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

31giddyup: Lol, ya I think its gonna get challenged too!:)

Rangel Declares Victory; Espaillat Says Race Too Close To Call
June 24, 2014 11:59 PM
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UPDATED 05/25/14 12:57 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel declared victory in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary in a long speech to his supporters late Tuesday,

while opponent state Sen. Adriano Espaillat said the race was too close to call and went home for the night.

Rangel was seeking a 23rd — and final – term, while Espaillat said it is time for a fresh face on Capitol Hill.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting very early Wednesday, Rangel had 47 percent of the vote compared with 44 percent for Espaillat.

Rangel came out at his Harlem campaign headquarters and addressed supporters late Tuesday while only about 70 percent of the precincts had reported in. He announced that he wanted to “sweat this one out together” with his supporters rather than watch the results in private.

He went on to ask how many precincts had been counted, and learning that he was a few points ahead, he expressed concern about which areas still had yet to have their votes counted. As the lengthy speech went on, Rangel continued to receive live updates on the vote count, pondering at what point it was time to declare victory.

Finally, after speaking for more than half an hour, he called Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) to announce the victory.

Meeks announced “the chairman has won” as balloons came down. Rangel went on to thank many supporters, before finally saying: “I can’t thank you enough. It was a great victory,” and leaving the stage shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.

But there was no concession from opponent Espiallat, who had already left his campaign headquarters for the night by the time Rangel declared victory.

Espaillat came out to address the crowd at his own Inwood headquarters, saying his team had reviewed the results, and “we have decided the race is too close to call.”

Soon afterward, Espaillat got in a car and left his campaign headquarters without conceding.

Shortly before 1 a.m., his campaign released a statement.

“As we learned in 2012, every single vote needs to be counted in this race. Given the thousands of votes outstanding, the people of Upper Manhattan and The Bronx deserve a full accounting of every vote to achieve a complete and accurate tally in this race,” Espaillat said in the statement said.
(more…)
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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/24/rangel-declares-victory-espaillat-says-race-too-close-to-call/

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Why does it feel like the OJ verdict moment?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

….because it is…….and it’s time for some Street Violence!

williamg on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

You are kidding right? For The Lord of all that is holy soya you are kidding.

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 1m

RT @jameshohmann: 45 NRSC staff/volunteers in Mississippi knocked on 65k total doors, 50k from the primary to run off, per party official.

Retweeted by Zeke Miller
Alexandra Jaffe @ajjaffe · 1m

In #NY13, Rangel chall. Espaillat not conceding: “Given thousands of votes outstanding, ppl of Upper Manhattan & Bronx” deserve full count

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:08 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:08 AM

NOW is the Time!………….

williamg on June 25, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Hey QOTD commenters who are always quick to call anyone a troll, let me introduce you to a true one

Say hi to Williamg. I think he is really trolling all of you or he has gone and lost his damn mind. Lol

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:53 AM

‘Nite, Bmore.

Sleep well.

jaime on June 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Reuters Politics @ReutersPolitics · 1h

New York Congressman Charles Rangel wins Democratic Primary: NY1 http://reut.rs/1mdp1PJ
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Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:02am EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/25/us-usa-election-rangel-victory-idUSKBN0F00AC20140625?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

You are kidding right? For The Lord of all that is holy soya you are kidding.

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:07 AM

A little less crack smoking and a little more attention paying and you just might notice that lots of folks are mighty tired of the Government lying to them all the time, and destroying their constitutional rights.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Bmore: Night,..me too is packing it in:0

And Nighters to everyone as well——————–:0

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Why does it feel like the OJ verdict moment?

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

….because it is…….and it’s time for some Street Violence!

williamg on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Not yet WG. Gotta get thru the Nov. elections first.

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

or he has gone and lost his damn mind. Lol

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Like you, chica?

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Nite Canopfor! Thanks for your posts!

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

You are kidding right? For The Lord of all that is holy soya you are kidding.

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:07 AM

A little less crack smoking and a little more attention paying and you just might notice that lots of folks are mighty tired of the Government lying to them all the time, and destroying their constitutional rights.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

What he said was black voting for Cochran is comparable to the OJ verdict and called for street violence. Yeah if I were you I would back away for him just about now. But you are free man, stand next to him as he burns up and feel the heat. Good luck!

coolrepublica on June 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Like you, chica?

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Yo… get your eyes checked vato… that aint no chica…

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

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