Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

Until now, the politics of immigration have been seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and moderate voters.

But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting.

Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming…

The emergency has also renewed questions about the administration’s competence, reminiscent of those raised during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, last year’s botched rollout of the health-care law and more recent revelations of mismanagement that jeopardized care of patients at veterans hospitals.

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According to Brian Bennett’s intensely reported July 5 Los Angeles Times story, U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show that officers took fewer than 4,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras into custody annually for most of the last decade. Then, in fiscal year 2012, officers seized 10,146 unaccompanied minors. Last fiscal year, they took 20,805; between last October and this June 15, they nabbed 39,133. The overused word “crisis” fits the numbers—indeed, “invasion” doesn’t seem too strong. By July 8, however, the White House had downgraded the invasion from a “crisis” to a “situation.”

Many Americans are deeply disturbed by the “situation.” They resent the expenditure of resources and the appropriation of facilities for the detention of the minors. They fear the public health consequences of their dispersion, with reports reliably indicating, despite attempts to suppress the information, the presence of tuberculosis and other unwelcome conditions among them. They also suspect that the president of the United States supports the situation.

Conditions have not suddenly changed in the minors’ home countries. So far as we can tell, the cartels and their customers have a sophisticated understanding of American immigration law (it prohibits the immediate deportation of minors “other than Mexican”) and how the White House enforces it (President Obama, as he made clear in a 2012 executive order regarding illegal minors, would prefer not to). As a Cleveland immigration attorney told Bennett, “The cartels have figured out where the hole is.”

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The surge of Latin American children trying to cross the U.S. border threatens to strain states’ resources and is testing their already fragile relationship with Washington, governors from both parties warned Friday…

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican whose state is housing 1,100 immigrant children at Fort Sill – just 100 shy of total capacity – said she’s still grasping at the scope of the problem and worried about the conditions the children now face.

“We had one case of chicken pox. We’ve had many cases of scabies and lice,” Fallin said.

She added that there’s been no guidance about how long the children will be housed, whether they’re entitled to any taxpayer-funded benefits, from education to Medicaid to foster care. And she’s unsure whether they might be “let loose in the United States” once they turn 18.

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Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.

“We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.

“The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.”

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In a sign of the far-reaching impact of the U.S. immigration crisis and its political fallout, Nebraska’s governor says 200 children who entered the country illegally were sent to his state this week without warning and that federal officials are refusing to identify them or their locations.

Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, said federal officials also wouldn’t answer questions about public school attendance by the children and the potential costs to taxpayers.

“Governors and mayors have the right to know when the federal government is transporting a large group of individuals, in this case illegal immigrants, into your state,” Mr. Heineman told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Saturday. “We need to know who they are, and so far, they are saying they’re not going to give us that information.”…

“There are concerns that this type of activity—placing children in locations across the country—is occurring throughout the United States, and information is not being shared appropriately with states,” the Republican Governors Association policy director, Marie Thomas Sanderson, wrote in an email to members on Friday and viewed by the Journal.

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The thousands of undocumented minors in U.S. detention facilities includes an unknown number of pregnant teenaged immigrants.

The pregnant minors have been moved into longer-term shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide federally funded health care…

Under the 14th Amendment their children will be American citizens if they are born in the United States. It is unclear whether the mothers — and their children — will be deported. Wolfe did not respond to multiple requests for comment on that issue, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.

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Individuals associated with human trafficking organizations are asking Health and Human Services officials to hand over the children who have immigrated to the United States during the recent border surge, according to a congressman who toured a facility where the children are being housed.

HHS is trying to release the children to sponsors in the United States, but those sponsors aren’t always parents. “There have been cases of people who have attempted to be sponsors actually being identified as associated with trafficking organizations,” Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla) told National Review Online after visiting a housing facility at Fort Sill…

“If you can’t pay your coyote or your criminal organization, they will force you into slave labor or they will force you into prostitution,” the congressman said. And of the children who did make it to American custody, “a significant percentage of the children in these facilities have been abused, in one way or another, coming to the United States,” according to Bridenstine.

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Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

“Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,”
Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.”…

Sometimes fraud is remarkably obvious. Latham says any child that plans to attend Lynn Public Schools must make an appointment with the Parent Information Center and provide identification and residency information in order to be accepted and placed into one of the public schools.

In one instance, an unaccompanied alien minor brought a warrant for his arrest to the center and provided it to center officials.

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The court system is so overwhelmed that it can currently take three years to get a hearing, and many believe the delays will only get worse in the months ahead. For many immigrants, the delays in the court system work in their favor because they know they have so long before their cases are resolved.

“This situation just happens to be a magnitude unlike anything we have ever seen,” said Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which runs the courts.

Immigration courts in the United States have long been troubled. The courts, overseen by the Department of Justice, have more than 375,000 cases being handled by just 243 judges, according to the agency…

“The system is so dysfunctional,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “They get to stay, and the more time they spend here, the more difficult it is to get them removed.”

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First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform.

“So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.”…

“We cannot afford to wait on Congress to lift up our next generation,” she said, Breitbart reported. “We can’t afford to wait on anybody when it comes to our kids’ future. Your grandparents and parents didn’t wait for opportunities to come to them. No, they packed up their families and moved to this country for a better life.”

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Immigration from nearby countries — and, to some extent, all modern immigration — presents absorption problems that were not present with, say, European immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th century. To have a few unassimilated ethnic and linguistic minorities is normal in a large, modern country. But it is one thing to have a couple of Ukrainian churches in Philadelphia or a handful of German-speaking communities in Texas. It is another thing to have a socio-linguistic Berlin Wall or three running through practically every community in the country. Adjacency to Mexico, along with easier travel and communication, makes assimilating Mexican immigrants more difficult than assimilating the Irish generations ago. This is not at all helped by opportunistic political entrepreneurs such as La Raza and MEChA, which cultivate racial sentiment and separatism within Hispanic communities. Some parts of the country, such as my native West Texas, have long been Anglo-Hispanic cultural hybrids, and that can be a wonderful thing. It is not necessarily a good model for the country at large.

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Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

There are only about nine truly original stories in all the world, my friend. Embroidery is the best we can do to make them fresh.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

There are only about nine truly original stories in all the world, my friend. Embroidery is the best we can do to make them fresh.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

But … but … I’m living mine!

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

It isn’t often OC takes over DJ dooties…and he’s doing a FINE job.

[sends JaiB and OC Whatchudrinkin's...enters under "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Contenders"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Used to do it all the time five-six years ago…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

There are only about nine truly original stories in all the world, my friend. Embroidery is the best we can do to make them fresh.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I watched “A Man For All Seasons” on tv tonight. Which story number was that?

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

lol! And I say good on you for that, Alien. :) Write it down. :)

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Layla

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Call me nuts if you will, but just this past weekend I saw a UFO. It was definitely, positively a UFO, but I’m not the type to report that kind of stuff.

My biggest concern was; what the hell did they want on the north end of my property?

I won’t go searching up there till the fall, when the grass is dry, the air is cold, and the ticks are gone.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

What did it look like, and what did it do?

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I’ll just use the Other Door…she’ll NEVER catch me going out THERE… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

You don’t know Alice. At 300 lbs. the woman can still out run any cop or drug dog in Broward County.

katy the mean old lady on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

There are only about nine truly original stories in all the world, my friend. Embroidery is the best we can do to make them fresh.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I watched “A Man For All Seasons” on tv tonight. Which story number was that?

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

If it’s the one where the husband gets an idea for a sure money-making scheme and the wife makes fun of him when he fails, that’s number 3.

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Hey Jude

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

lol! And I say good on you for that, Alien. :) Write it down. :)

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Making it up as I go along … maybe I should write it down.

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Palin does think ahead, but our current strategy isn’t working. You’re wrong: the left are not going to be in the minority, certainly not everywhere, if the Republicans keep acting like Democrat-lite. Doing what is morally right is always the correct thing to do. Inflame the left? How much more kooky can they get? What can they say that’s more extreme and will convince more people of the correctness of their position? They’re already importing the next generation of La Raza voters, and minorities will keep voting for them regardless, against their interests. Because conservatives are already considered evil beyond the pale.

If not now, when? That’s Boehner’s big play: not the hill to die on, we’ll get ‘em next time, honest!

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Palin makes nice speeches now and then, but she isn’t stellar at thinking ahead. Really. She turned a situation in AK against herself, when she could have used it to absolutely bury the liberals there. And for what, to bow down before mccain in a VP run that went to crap because mclame demanded she not criticize or tell the truth about obama?

SO not thinking ahead.

If not now, when? When it will matter, that’s when. Why toss away any political capital in an impeachment session when you know damn well it will go nowhere after the house wastes valuable time on it? Not that the house doesn’t waste all their time now, but this is even worse. How bad can liberals get? Really? Have you no imagination? With the media 95% on their side, you think about that and the lemmings that digest their garbage and come back and tell me what they AREN’T capable of.

It’s a chess game. Palin is trying to stay relevant by speaking what we’re thinking, but we’re just wishing at the moment. It’s not going to happen, and making a point at the expense of solidifying the opposition isn’t much of a deal IMO.

Let’s get the senate, even if it’s moderate RINOism, it’s going to drive rat ears absolutely nuts. THEN we push push push the bastard over the edge. Not a long drive for him really. Obama will make a fatal mistake that will resonate for decades, I can almost guarantee it. THAT is something we can capitalize on….if we’re smart about it.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

If it’s the one where the husband gets an idea for a sure money-making scheme and the wife makes fun of him when he fails, that’s number 3.

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

No, it’s about the last good man getting his head chopped off because the King wants babies. Also, the Pope is Catholic. Some things never change.

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Let’s get the senate, even if it’s moderate RINOism, it’s going to drive rat ears absolutely nuts. THEN we push push push the bastard over the edge. Not a long drive for him really. Obama will make a fatal mistake that will resonate for decades, I can almost guarantee it. THAT is something we can capitalize on….if we’re smart about it.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Now that sounds like a plan. Of course you may be ridiculed for stating that the R’s need to take the Senate before they can throw some weight around …

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Heart shaped box

Hey, wait, i’ve got a new complaint..

Where’s Scrumpy?

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Hope I threw a tune out there for everyone, I try to be eclectic with my choices…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Hey, wait, i’ve got a new complaint..

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Line from a song?

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Stairway To Heaven

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Led Zeppelin rules … along with Rush.

wutzupdak on July 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Hope I threw a tune out there for everyone, I try to be eclectic with my choices…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I’m partial to Haydn. Got any cantatas in that record stash?

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I don’t have a strong opinion on whether Palin is the best strategist, but she is stellar at seeing what’s coming. And the lefties aren’t going to go easy because Republicans didn’t offend them by impeaching Obama, it makes no difference. When you’re already nuts, you can’t threaten to go further.

Moderate RINOs control of the Senate? Just as likely to lead to gun control and wholesale amnesty as any alternative. They might even take up the Dems favorite project du jour: repealing the 1st Amendment.

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Hope I threw a tune out there for everyone, I try to be eclectic with my choices…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Good choices, OC.

crankyoldlady on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

[sends JaiB and OC Whatchudrinkin's...enters under "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Contenders"...]

Newtie and the Bartenders on July 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Good news, Newtie… I heard today that DHS dumped a bunch of immigrant kids in your neck of the woods… Holiday…

PointnClick on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

It depends on who’s text book your looking at and who’s class you’re sitting in. There aren’t hard and fast numbers and writers don’t select from a menu. However, there are basic story lines that are original, and the rest is embroidery… or elaboration on those original themes… if you will.

For instance: the love story. Many ways to tell it, but it’s still the same original storyline. Entities meet and develop romantic and enduring emotional attachment.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Good news, Newtie… I heard today that DHS dumped a bunch of immigrant kids in your neck of the woods… Holiday…
PointnClick on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

o_O

I might have to move to Myakka…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Haydn Trumpet Concerto

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

OC comes through! Of course a concerto isn’t a cantata, but cultured beggars cannot be so gauche as to be choosy.

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Led Zeppelin rules … along with Rush.

Oh ya … and BACH (J.S.)

wutzupdak on July 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

It couldn’t hurt. :)

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Evening HA

How to Think about Immigration
The U.S. government is generally expected to act in the interest of the people of the United States.
By Kevin D. Williamson

Finally, we might consider that an administration that can find the time and resources to illegally quiz unwelcome political groups about the contents of their prayers under penalty of federal prosecution but not the time and resources to see to basic questions of public order is either comprehensively incompetent or acting in service of something other than the national interest.

Good Kevin Williamson, it’s the latter.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
A little Bach to honor my Lutheran Faith…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I like this OC DJ.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

What did it look like, and what did it do?

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

This might get long, but I will try to be short about it.

I was outside having a smoke, facing more or less north, when I saw a bright light up in the sky, about 30 degrees above horizon in the north just pop into being. I thought it was a meterorite, I see them often enough because it’s kind of dark out here in the boonies. It didn’t flash out and fade like one though, it just got a little bigger but not brighter. Instead of brighter it changed to orange, then it cycled to reddish-orange to greenish and back again.

I was awed when it registered in my head that it was not only NOT a meteor, but it was less than 1/4 mile away, on my side of the woods on the north end of our property. It was oval horizontally and cycling in color as I said, but no longer anywhere near as bright. It made absolutely no noise at all and stayed as still as a rock just above the grass line in front of the woods. The only thing there of any note is a stream, trees, grass, and lots of rocks.

It stayed there for a good 5 minutes by my estimation. That’s all it did as far as I could see from here, just hover there silently. Then it shot straight up. When it got to the point where it was a dot again it went all white, then disappeared.

I was bummed because I didn’t even THINK to grab a camera. Stupid. But I was also very reluctant to jump in the truck and go chase it, not knowing what the hell it was or why it was there.

I’ll check the area out, I know exactly where it was, but I’m not doing it until the ground is all dried out (keep getting torrential rain when it gets close to drying up) and I know I’m not gonna get covered head to toe in ticks for looking through the grass along the deer trails.

All in all, it was a sight, but completely unproductive. Probably my fault, but I don’t have much experience with that kind of thing. (Kinda glad of that too, in a way)

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Alien on July 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

There are only about nine truly original stories in all the world, my friend. Embroidery is the best we can do to make them fresh.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

My English lit professor told me that in college. 9 original stories, 3 variations on each story, 32 subplots based on each variation. One you know all 9 original stories, you recognize the story variations as you read them.

Once, many years ago I had a terribly painful and profound epiphany, I realized that just as in literature, in music there are only 7 original songs. Every song you hear, is just a variation on one of the 7 original songs, started in a different place, and played by the individuals performing it as a reflection of their individuality. Embroidered by the performer as you would describe it.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Lorde – Tennis Court

Axe on July 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I abhor violence. I don’t want any of this, but it is inevitable, at this point. Our government is utterly lawless. Our representative republic is gone. These people no longer serve the interests of the American people, they serve their own elite interests, and the citizens of the United States have become tax cattle to be managed, milked, and controlled. And the security state they have erected is not designed to protect US, it is designed to protect THEM.

Sharpen your tusks. I simply don’t believe we are going to be able to vote our way out of the pig trap.

If you don’t know who said this, it’s time to find out.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

James Taylor covered this. This version is much better in my opinion.

Jimmy Jones – Handyman

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

All in all, it was a sight, but completely unproductive. Probably my fault, but I don’t have much experience with that kind of thing. (Kinda glad of that too, in a way)
Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

By the time you have a chance (ticks willing) to get there, any ground signs might have disappeared.

I guess it will depend on how strong your curiosity is, Dili.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Yep, exactly why we shouldn’t go off half cocked until we know what we’re dealing with after November. Either way it probably won’t be favorable. A RINO senate is not what I want, but it’s better than what we got.

It’s like comparing poop to vomit. Which is preferable?

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

But, is our new DJ on speed? :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

I like this OC DJ.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I used to spin tunes quite a bit back in the day, don’t you remember?

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

People are going to think you are on the payroll, Schad…

PointnClick on July 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I guess it will depend on how strong your curiosity is, Dili.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I’ve thought about it every day, and the curiosity is actually getting stronger. At the same time I’m a little wary about what might be there. Radiation is a worry from what I’ve heard about other hovering craft.

Dammit. I’m going to have to take the 4×4 tractor out there and mow as I go, see if I can get there without sinking.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

But, is our new DJ on speed? :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Hey Oc,, big bottom…

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

If you want to go that direction: Lotti, Crucifixus

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
A little Bach to honor my Lutheran Faith…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

THANKS! One of my favorites … along with the Prelude and Fugue in E flat major and Pasacaglia and Fugue in C minor (organ).

wutzupdak on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Drone

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Hey Oc,, big bottom…

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Good ‘un…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Yep, exactly why we shouldn’t go off half cocked until we know what we’re dealing with after November. Either way it probably won’t be favorable. A RINO senate is not what I want, but it’s better than what we got.
It’s like comparing poop to vomit. Which is preferable?
Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

With all of the stuff zero’s laid on our doorstep, with all of his admissions of threatening to take/taking unilateral actions, up to and including usurping the functions of Congress, whyinell should we wait until November?

My only regret is that the Senate trial would be behind closed doors… :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

This might get long, but I will try to be short about it.

Please don’t ever worry about that sort of thing with me. =)

I was outside having a smoke, facing more or less north, when I saw a bright light up in the sky, about 30 degrees above horizon in the north just pop into being. I thought it was a meterorite, I see them often enough because it’s kind of dark out here in the boonies. It didn’t flash out and fade like one though, it just got a little bigger but not brighter. Instead of brighter it changed to orange, then it cycled to reddish-orange to greenish and back again.

I was awed when it registered in my head that it was not only NOT a meteor, but it was less than 1/4 mile away, on my side of the woods on the north end of our property. It was oval horizontally and cycling in color as I said, but no longer anywhere near as bright. It made absolutely no noise at all and stayed as still as a rock just above the grass line in front of the woods. The only thing there of any note is a stream, trees, grass, and lots of rocks.

It stayed there for a good 5 minutes by my estimation. That’s all it did as far as I could see from here, just hover there silently. Then it shot straight up. When it got to the point where it was a dot again it went all white, then disappeared.

I was bummed because I didn’t even THINK to grab a camera. Stupid. But I was also very reluctant to jump in the truck and go chase it, not knowing what the hell it was or why it was there.

I’ll check the area out, I know exactly where it was, but I’m not doing it until the ground is all dried out (keep getting torrential rain when it gets close to drying up) and I know I’m not gonna get covered head to toe in ticks for looking through the grass along the deer trails.

All in all, it was a sight, but completely unproductive. Probably my fault, but I don’t have much experience with that kind of thing. (Kinda glad of that too, in a way)

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Thanks for sharing. That was awesome.

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

That’s an excellent summation, Mr. Wilde, and an astute and interesting observation on your part regarding the music, too. :)

I confess to a profound sadness when I realized the validity of the statement regarding the nine original stories.

I can imagine that you must have had a similar experience when you observed the seven original songs limitation, too.

However, just as you continued pursuing originality and innovation with your music, I determined to find means to make those nine stories work for me and I push toward as much originality as I can summon.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Then you quit and just rejoiced or shrugged at others’.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

But, is our new DJ on speed? :)
Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

After a fashion…he has them lined up like incoming flights to PIA (Philly International Airport) at twilight…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

It’s like comparing poop to vomit. Which is preferable?

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Which is the poop, and which the vomit?

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Then you quit and just rejoiced or shrugged at others’.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I think I stopped when I quit HA for about a year. I have taken several lengthy and extended breaks from here over the years…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:38 PM

However, just as you continued pursuing originality and innovation with your music, I determined to find means to make those nine stories work for me and I push toward as much originality as I can summon.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Better not to put 9 dots or any chains or other restrictions around our ‘necks’ or thoughts. I don’t believe in such. Both of you are plenty creative and hallelujah that you’re independent thinkers. Not even two stories are the same, even if twins wrote them. Music too. I don’t care if anyone argues against it :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Oh, FFS…

DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama

Tearing down the First Amendment, one imagined slight after another…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I don’t care if anyone argues against it :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

lol! Why am I not shocked to read this, Paladin?

Those revelations along the way in our art only spurs us on to reach for that stunning originality that we believe, in our very marrow, exists within our grasp.

It is the single thing that motivates when all else falls away along the wayside.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Ok, it’s early yet, but I am whipped. Yesterday and today I saw 70 people each day. That’s a HUGE number of patients. Thankfully, I am off tomorrow. I will see you fine folks then..have a great evening.

Doc Holliday on July 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Ok, it’s early yet, but I am whipped. Yesterday and today I saw 70 people each day. That’s a HUGE number of patients. Thankfully, I am off tomorrow. I will see you fine folks then..have a great evening.
Doc Holliday on July 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Niters and sleep well, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

That’s an excellent summation, Mr. Wilde, and an astute and interesting observation on your part regarding the music, too. :)

I confess to a profound sadness when I realized the validity of the statement regarding the nine original stories.

I can imagine that you must have had a similar experience when you observed the seven original songs limitation, too.

However, just as you continued pursuing originality and innovation with your music, I determined to find means to make those nine stories work for me and I push toward as much originality as I can summon.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Yea, it hit me pretty hard. At least until I realized that even among the 7 original songs, each one was in itself as much the writer reveling themselves as it was the song that they had written.

What still breaks my heart though, is Mozart and Malemsteen, and how both express themselves with such breath taking beauty. The heart breaking part is knowing that I will never produce anything that rivals what they have done. Some people truly have a gift for telling the stories or singing the songs in a unique manner that makes them their very own, even though they really are not. they are, in the end, really all of our stories, and all of our songs. Some people just put that extra special spark of magic in them when they tell them or sing them.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

good news, Newtie… I heard today that DHS dumped a bunch of immigrant kids in your neck of the woods… Holiday… PointnClick on July 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Nogales is a nice town. Just south of here.

Btw,, taxi dude,, your post on your site about how to fix it?

Spot on.

You write well. I enjoy reading it.

They can dump them where ever. They are being hidden.

It’s Tucson, and we don’t even know.

I’m telling you,,, they are good at hiding it.

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Drone

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Could be, but never saw a drone that big or emitting those colors, silently.

But you never know. What the heck would the gov’t want with my ticks and weeds though?

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Tearing down the First Amendment, one imagined slight after another…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Why are they bothering? They’ve got 46 votes in the Senate right now to repeal the 1st Amendment outright. If the Republicans won’t make an issue out of that, then what good are they as an opposition party?

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

My only regret is that the Senate trial would be behind closed doors… :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Which is one clue that it would go nowhere and spend every bit of political capital gained by people getting pissed over the many things ovomit has done. The latest being the border fiasco, which will hurt minorities more than anyone. Libs can’t afford to lose them, and this has potential…but not if we do a failed impeachment attempt.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Some people just put that extra special spark of magic in them when they tell them or sing them.
oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

And Malmsteen and Mozart are just the tip of the iceberg, Dear Oscar. Think of all the people who have created (in this case) songs of beauty, but the audience is severely limited. If you don’t believe me, open a hymnal. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Thanks for sharing. That was awesome.

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

You’re welcome. I kick myself for not getting the camera or camcorder though. I’d have loved sharing that with everyone. It was there long enough, but I didn’t even think about it. I think I was just in too much curious awe.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Not even two stories are the same, even if twins wrote them. Music too. I don’t care if anyone argues against it :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

This is both true, and false. No two story or song is every the same, because even when told or sung by the exact same person the stories and songs are reflections of humanity. As each person is an individual unique unto themselves, as they tell their story or sing their song they are expressing it through their own unique individuality. This is what Jackie’s embroidery comment was all about. Though we tell the same story or sing the same song, none of us can ever tell it exactly like anyone else did. We cannot, because we are not them.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Oh, FFS…

DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama

Tearing down the First Amendment, one imagined slight after another…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

From that article.

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

The Nebraska Democratic Party called the float one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”

How do these children have the brainpower to breathe? lol

John Lennon – How Do You Sleep

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Why are they bothering? They’ve got 46 votes in the Senate right now to repeal the 1st Amendment outright. If the Republicans won’t make an issue out of that, then what good are they as an opposition party?

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Even if they did, would it not have to be ratified by 3/4 of the states to be passed as a constitutional change?

I doubt it would pass, and congress would burn for it.

Even liberals like mouthing off, that would end it.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I’ve spent considerable time listening to your work, my friend, when we met, and again more recently, and I can tell you that I don’t believe that you should count yourself out on the special spark of magic of which you speak so lyrically.

There are times when we all struggle, as artists, and so much of what we do is solitary, we begin to feel as though we are shouting down a well. The obstacles to creating that piece that shines seem so overwhelming and we begin to feel that it will elude us.

I step back, take a breath, sometimes I let it rest for awhile and work on other projects until I feel that rush of inspiration for that piece that’s so near to my heart, that lightning strike that inevitably comes when I least expect it.

Perhaps you are in one of those phases, just now. Relax, my friend, I know it’s there, it will come to you. :)

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

I don’t care if anyone argues against it :)

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

lol! Why am I not shocked to read this, Paladin?

Those revelations along the way in our art only spurs us on to reach for that stunning originality that we believe, in our very marrow, exists within our grasp.

It is the single thing that motivates when all else falls away along the wayside.

thatsafactjack on July 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

In the face of some mishaps, for example, these gentlemen may bellow at the top of their lungs like bulls, and let’s suppose this brings them the greatest honor, but still, as I’ve already said, they instantly resign themselves before impossibility. Impossibility — meaning a stone wall? Well, of course, the laws of nature, the conclusions of natural science, mathematics. Once it’s proved to you, for example, that you descended from an ape, there’s no use making a wry face, just take it for what it is. Once it’s proved to you that, essentially speaking, one little drop of your own fat should be dearer to you than a thousand of your fellow men, and that in this result all so-called virtues and obligations and other ravings and prejudices will finally be resolved, go ahead and accept it, there’s nothing to be done, because two times two is — mathematics. Try objecting to that.

“For pity’s sake,” they’ll shout at you, “you can’t rebel: it’s two times two is four! Nature doesn’t ask your permission; it doesn’t care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You’re obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well. And so a wall is indeed a wall . . . etc., etc.” My God, but what do I care about the laws of nature and arithmetic if for some reason these laws and two times two is four are not to my liking? To be sure, I won’t break through such a wall with my forehead if I really have not got strength enough to do it, but neither will I be reconciled with it simply because I have a stone wall here and have not got strength enough.

–Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist –more than Gauss.

–Albert Einstein

:)

Axe on July 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

We cannot, because we are not them.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Like THIS versus THIS

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Why are they bothering? They’ve got 46 votes in the Senate right now to repeal the 1st Amendment outright. If the Republicans won’t make an issue out of that, then what good are they as an opposition party?
Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

More votes than that is needed to repeal the First Amendment, Fenris:

Article V – Amendment

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama

Tearing down the First Amendment, one imagined slight after another…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Thank you for the good laugh, NatB. Fluke the, Holder and obama first. What a bunch of charlatanic thugs!

May the land who brung them, twice, in the majority, get fluked by them, royally. Nothing short will do.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

You’re welcome. I kick myself for not getting the camera or camcorder though. I’d have loved sharing that with everyone. It was there long enough, but I didn’t even think about it. I think I was just in too much curious awe.

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I wish you would have recorded it, too. =) I myself am pretty diligent about carrying a camera with me at all times, since the early ’90s.

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Adjacency to Mexico, along with easier travel and communication, makes assimilating Mexican immigrants more difficult than assimilating the Irish generations ago. This is not at all helped by opportunistic political entrepreneurs such as La Raza and MEChA, which cultivate racial sentiment and separatism within Hispanic communities.

If you want a live example of where non-assimilation leads, compare Canada’s Province of Quebec with any other Province in Canada. Cultural segregation and government-enforced multilingualism isn’t pretty, and it does not lead to success.

landlines on July 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I’m going to go downtown and take pictures.

I’ve seen a lot already.

One of my contracts for landscaping is the train station.

I take care of that property.

So I see some of what goes on.

You would be surprised. Modern day hobo’s exist.

I’m half tempted to become one.

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Diluculo on July 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

My point is, the Republicans should be making an issue of it. 46 Democratic Senators cosponsor a bill to repeal the 1st Amendment. The Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to make an issue out of impeachment, why the heck don’t Republicans make an issue out of the unAmerican things Democrats do? Because they fundamentally agree with them, or they’re wussies. They won’t impeach Obama because they know they have no intention of taking the fight to the lefties and winning public opinion. Again, because half the Republicans are all but lefties themselves, and most of the other half are pragmatists.

Fenris on July 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama

Tearing down the First Amendment, one imagined slight after another…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

A friend of my cousin was involved in that float…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I wish you would have recorded it, too. =) I myself am pretty diligent about carrying a camera with me at all times, since the early ’90s.
non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Being diligent is one thing, Non-Non…having the presence of mind to use it is another…

And then Murphy’s Law kicks in…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I wish you would have recorded it, too. =) I myself am pretty diligent about carrying a camera with me at all times, since the early ’90s.

non-nonpartisan on July 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I think I will be from now on, at the very least take my phone wherever I go if not the digital camera. (kick, kick, kick).

Got to put my son to bed and go crash. Tomorrow is yet another day to drive 40 miles to see my wife in the rehab nursing home since she broke her hip. Another long story, sigh.

Gnite y’all, and Sweet dreams!

Diluculo on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Axe on July 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Well said… all three of you. :)

thatsafactjack on July 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

A friend of my cousin was involved in that float…
OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I thought it was funny, fresh, refreshing, satirical and hilarious.

Then again, I have a sense of humour ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on July 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I know that. My point is: why isn’t this a huge issue in the news? Why are the Republicans ignoring it?

Fenris on July 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Gnite y’all, and Sweet dreams!
Diluculo on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Niters and sleep well, Dili! Hugs, kisses, best wishes and prayers for Dear Mrs Dili!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist –more than Gauss.

–Albert Einstein

:)

Axe on July 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

This, my friend, Einstein did not say to the just above excerpted Dostoyevsky passage.

Math is math, and a brick wall is a brick wall, but art, such as lit. and music are never 2 X 2, never such an abstract.

And rebellion, what would the world be without rebellion?

And all those prolific Russian writers…yes, lots of good, and lots of crap to fill those thousands of pages :)

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

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