Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama stressed patience Wednesday with his administration’s foreign policy, saying that it’s alive and well but will take some time to unfold.

“We live in a complex world and at a challenging time,” Mr. Obama said during a late afternoon press conference in the White House press briefing room. “None of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership. And as commander in chief, I’m confident that, if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.”

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Obama has said repeatedly that a world in turmoil demands American leadership, but this burst of new challenges is showing the limits of that leadership.

Fresh American economic sanctions on Russia couldn’t stop the missile attack on the Malaysian Airlines plane, which U.S. officials believe was carried out by pro-Kremlin separatists aided by Moscow. Obama was also unable to persuade the European Union to join him in penalties aimed at Russia’s most powerful economic sectors, settling instead for more tepid EU actions that strained efforts to portray a united Western front against Vladimir Putin’s government.

In the Middle East, Israel began its assault in Gaza despite objections by the U.S. and the prospect of mounting civilian casualties.

The urgent international issues add to the pile of foreign policy challenges already causing headaches for the White House: Syria’s persistent civil war, the rise of Sunni extremists in Iraq, China’s increased aggression in territorial disputes in Asia.

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Could things get any worse? Well, maybe if the president’s chief spokesman claimed that Obama was bringing “tranquility” to the globe — which is what White House press secretary Josh Earnest did at his daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Fox News’s Ed Henry, citing the Journal report, asked for a reaction to “the notion that the president is a bystander in all these crises.”

Earnest, mentioning the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry’s mediation of Afghanistan’s electoral dispute and progress in recent negotiations with China, argued that “there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has . . . substantially improved the — you know, the tranquility of the — of the global community.”

Tranquility? Where, in Iceland?

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Why has so much of the global order come apart so fast?

For the same reason that, as a friend reports, on the streets of San Salvador those who will smuggle your child to the Rio Grande have been securing an unprecedented volume of sign-ups. When asked about the chances of the child staying in America once the border is crossed, they tell parents: ‘It has never been easier.’

Now the word on weakness is everywhere, even the poorest barrios of Central America

The current White House doesn’t understand how US fecklessness in Syria can reverberate to Ukraine, and from there to the South China Sea, and the Americas, and Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East…

It is not just American interests that a flailing White House threatens. It is that of peoples everywhere.

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The United States has a position of sorts in each of these arenas, but it’s not powerful in any of them. American influence has faded.

The world’s governments no longer worry as much as they once did about what Washington wants, partly because Washington doesn’t know what it wants. U.S. policy has become erratic and half-hearted, subject to arbitrary change without notice.

Barack Obama, who apparently distrusts American power, personifies this approach. He moves capriciously from subject to subject. One week he’s furious about Syria and announces that Bashar al-Assad has to go. When Assad doesn’t go, Obama loses interest. He seems always to be making a fresh start. When he’s not doing that, he’s “pivoting,” shifting his interest from one continent to another. He seems detached much of the time, then committed, then detached again.

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His policies have been alternatively passive (Libya, Egypt), incoherent (Russian reset) and feckless (Syria). But the fact that the current U.S. economic recovery is the slowest in post-WWII history — spanning 70 years — is surely a key factor in Vladimir Putin’s adventurism.

This brings us back to Reagan’s link. Putin may recognize that Russia’s economy is a thin deck of cards. But he surely doesn’t fear the weak American economic position. Ditto for the broken economic dictatorships in North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, and the rising economic dictatorship in China. They don’t fear us.

In fact, America’s economic weakness is so worrisome, one suspects our friends are losing respect for us, too. Whether in Europe, Asia, Latin America or Israel, our allies know that America has been the backstop for freedom. If not us, who?

But can they say that now?

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From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our President lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems.

Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

If you can reduce your presidency to a Starbucks visit, a man with a horse-head mask, shooting pool and visiting Joe Biden’s burger joint for lunch, you can have a successful presidency as you have defined it, even if the world is disintegrating.

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If the world were a classroom, America is the star quarterback who’s also the 4.0 class president. He’s not the back-row stoner riding an endless case of senioritis. He’s the kid who gets others involved, by going first. Always going first.

If you want to prevent a fight, you show up with your mates. Strength in numbers, as the saying goes. We’re the only country who can get everyone together, and put on the same jackets, and show up in that alley, ready to do what’s necessary. Which is whatever it takes to guarantee respect for the dead and justice for their families.

But if we don’t get up early, make the calls, and show up, no one else will. And what you’re left with is a field of death, whose stench might never reach your nostrils. Until it does.

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The world can go away and sort out its own problems while America cuts back on defence spending, removes missile shields from Eastern Europe (in spite of the rise of imperial Russia), and “pivots” toward Asia largely for trade purposes. Not that that direction is unproblematic either: China is becoming increasingly aggressive toward Japan. Indeed, this is the geopolitical picture as we see it now: with the wilful decline of the West’s influence, the new superpowers – Russia and China – will fill the vacuum. China will become an economic and military force that could subjugate much of Asia, with inevitable consequences for the financial security of the West. Russia will lay claim to as much of the old Soviet territory as it dares, and will deal with Islamist terrorism (because it has its own concerns about Chechnya and the Muslim minorities within its sphere of influence) in its characteristic way – and it won’t be pretty.

At his White House press conference on Friday, Mr Obama had it both ways: he made it repeatedly clear that the US regarded Russia as implicated in this “criminal outrage”. But his demands were all for a “credible international investigation”. Over and over again he insisted that we “don’t know what exactly happened yet”. When asked if this event had changed his calculus on Russia’s actions in Ukraine, he said it again: it was too soon to decide. We would have to wait for the results of the investigation. (“All of us need to take a step back and see what’s happened.”) The US would continue to support Ukraine’s integrity and independence. But we mustn’t get ahead of the facts: “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this thing.”

All right, so when we have the facts, and we’ve got to the bottom of this thing, what then?

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Via the Corner.


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Well it deserved another round of golf.

ajacksonian on July 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Could things get any worse?

We ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM

4th?

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

0bama and his cabinet and administration are a disaster of epic proportions…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on July 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

“We live in a complex world and at a challenging time,” Mr. Obama said during a late afternoon press conference in the White House press briefing room. “None of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership. And as commander in chief, I’m confident that, if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.”

Look, Ma, someone gelded Jimmy Carter!

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on July 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

There’s an apartment block in Gaza that needs another human shield, so that the body count gets high enough that maybe Israel will stop defending themselves.

Now off with you ;)

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM

It’ll take some time to unfold?

I’d laugh if it weren’t so tragic. The moronic idiot has no plan, unless it’s all out nuclear war then yes, that’ll take some time to ‘unfold’.

Once libfree either spits or swallows what obama givs him daily, maybe he can tell us what the grand plan is, eh?

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Meanwhile the Obama facilitated invasion of America by armies of third worlder nation killers continues unabated.

VorDaj on July 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

*gives.

Yep, an edit button would be so cool.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Allah, that’s is a good point and I like the way you framed that sentence.

Parmenides on July 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Rude and looney, present!

I’m drinking water today though. They have any on ice behind the bar?

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

“Make an armadillo smile and the world is your oyster.”

joekenha on July 20, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Obysmal spent the weekend at Camp David, shooting skeet and resting up for his foray to Martha’s Vineyard.

We have no leadership at the helm looking out for American interests. We have a dope putting his energies repeatedly on the wrong horse (who just so happened to dominate the Sunday talk shows).

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

If the world were a classroom, America is the star quarterback who’s also the 4.0 class president. He’s not the back-row stoner riding an endless case of senioritis. He’s the kid who gets others involved, by going first. Always going first.

Yeah, your right Allah, but we Do have the back row stoner! Lucky us.//

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

“… That is why Obama is tranquil.”

Rocky Mountain High…

Yoop on July 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Indeed, this is the geopolitical picture as we see it now: with the wilful decline of the West’s influence, the new superpowers – Russia and China – will fill the vacuum. China will become an economic and military force that could subjugate much of Asia, with inevitable consequences for the financial security of the West. Russia will lay claim to as much of the old Soviet territory as it dares, and will deal with Islamist terrorism (because it has its own concerns about Chechnya and the Muslim minorities within its sphere of influence) in its characteristic way – and it won’t be pretty.

I’ve been saying this to people outside the US since 2002. Almost none of the people I talked to regarding this issue had any idea what it meant, much less how it might affect them.

I reckon they’ll be learning it the hard way, now, along with all the rest of us: this is what happens to the world, throughout history, when the country that serves as its linchpin at a given time begins to fall apart.

Shorter version: we’re so screwed…

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Obysmal spent the weekend at Camp David, shooting skeet and resting up for his foray to Martha’s Vineyard.

We have no leadership at the helm looking out for American interests. We have a dope putting his energies repeatedly on the wrong horse (who just so happened to dominate the Sunday talk shows).

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I’ll bet the pu$$y was using a 410 gauge.

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Obysmal spent the weekend at Camp David, shooting skeet and resting up for his foray to Martha’s Vineyard.

We have no leadership at the helm looking out for American interests. We have a dope putting his energies repeatedly on the wrong horse (who just so happened to dominate the Sunday talk shows).

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I’m sure the Camp David staff will be relieved to see him go…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

We have no leadership at the helm looking out for American interests. We have a dope putting his energies repeatedly on the wrong horse (who just so happened to dominate the Sunday talk shows).

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Respectfully disagree: what we have is a pResident who was weaned on the socialism of Frank Davis et.al., who refused to lead because he didn’t like the work that comes with it, and who excuses his lack of leadership by saying that the US shouldn’t be doing it.

The Left wanted their affirmative action presidency and they got it, qualifications or desire to lead be damned.

And now we’re seeing the consequences of this choice in so may places, both at home and abroad, that the sight of it is nothing less than dizzying.

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM
OT: How’s the German Shepard?

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I’m drinking water today though. They have any on ice behind the bar?

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Yep, I have a key. Help yourself to ice until Newtie gets here…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

OT: How’s the German Shepard?

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

He is doing ok last I heard…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

And still, there are true believers, such as coolrub chick and libdie, who think obaka is the BESTEST POTUS EVAH!!!!!

Damn, he’s so…well, um…cool!!!!

SQUEEE!!!!!!

ladyingray on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I’m late. I was over on American Thinker reading “10 Reasons Why I’m No Longer a Leftist”. It’s very good but long. If you want arguments to use against your left wing haters you’ll find some there.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: As I have oft heard my European friends implicitly admit, the one thing that Europe hates more than a strong America is a weak one.

For all of those that have screamed and shouted about American ‘imperialism,’ I hope you enjoy the Russian, Chinese, and Islamic versions of actual imperialism.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Yep, I have a key. Help yourself to ice until Newtie gets here…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Thank you kindly, I do believe I will.

I nearly sweated the shirt off my back outside today, I’m parched. It was almost 80 freakin degrees out there!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM
Good! I had one as a kid, loved mine,but as a teen was terrorized by two who got out of a neighbors yard, thought I might get bit but stood ever so still until the guy came and got them. I remembered not to run. Phew!

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Good evening, RWM. :)

You don’t think that Obama taking the law into his own hands and legislating from his desk, ruling by his will alone, is ‘imperialism’?

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

For all of those that have screamed and shouted about American ‘imperialism,’ I hope you enjoy the Russian, Chinese, and Islamic versions of actual imperialism.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

As much as I hate seeing it, these people deserve it. It’s the one reason I can keep from getting REALLY upset with the situation. They bought this hell, I’m gonna enjoy seeing them roast in it before we get a president that will actually lead and correct the situation.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Look, Ma, someone gelded Jimmy Carter!

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Is that even possible?

Kraken on July 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

ladyingray on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Quiet you!!

Judge_Dredd on July 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

There’s an apartment block in Gaza that needs another human shield, so that the body count gets high enough that maybe Israel will stop defending themselves.

Now off with you ;)

Wanderlust on July 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Don’t let coolrepublica derangement syndrome poison your mind.

coolrepublica on July 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Imperialistic in ruling, but not as in ‘imperialism,’ as it is generally understood.

If Obama is interested in building any kind of empire, it is one within whatever borders we have left. He isn’t reaching out past those borders to increase the size and scope of the United States. He is allowing invaders to come in to stake their own claims to our territory, resources, assets, rights, culture, tradition, history, and power.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

The Kerry video is alarming.

Could he possibly believe all that?

aquaviva on July 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Agreed.

Let’s just hope that the world isn’t past the point of no return when that finally happens.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Aw, CR, bless your heart. You don’t make us deranged.

Your kind of stupidity is hard to come by.

You entertain, like a brain damaged court jester.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

For all of those that have screamed and shouted about American ‘imperialism,’ I hope you enjoy the Russian, Chinese, and Islamic versions of actual imperialism.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

As much as I hate seeing it, these people deserve it. It’s the one reason I can keep from getting REALLY upset with the situation. They bought this hell, I’m gonna enjoy seeing them roast in it before we get a president that will actually lead and correct the situation.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

“They bought this hell, I’m gonna enjoy seeing them roast in it before we get a president that will actually lead and correct the situation.”

As much as I share some of your sentiments, I’m afraid we may have bought this hell as well( via the lofo’s)
You are more confident we will find a president who can and will lead than I am.

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

The Kerry video is alarming.

Could he possibly believe all that?

aquaviva on July 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Kerry: “Just starting to bite… Biggest… bunch of crooks (referencing republicans)…”

Rank & file unionized idiot standing on stage with him: “It’s scary!”

Translation from/for the scumbag war criminal/tax evader, in a word? Yes.

Judge_Dredd on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

AFK______> dinner :)

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Why the heck should we care?

Did you invite us? No.

Are you going to share the leftovers? Hmm?

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Obama to World: “Let the looting begin”

faraway on July 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I thought that was a good article as well. I’ve heard the #4 argument, i.e. “If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs”, numerous times from Liberals.

The life of the individual means very little to them. It is power over our society that they crave, and “general welfare” gives them cover.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Everyone in the whole wide world is racist for giving obama all these crisis to deal with during his reign. No other president had all this to manage and the world is just racist to put all the responsibility and blame on obama./s

jaywemm on July 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Just watched a little of the Road Warrior.I have an urge to sharpen my knives.

docflash on July 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

coolrepublica on July 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

You need to include a link to some familiar popular music to make it work ;)

DarkCurrent on July 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Judge_Dredd on July 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

pfftttt

ladyingray on July 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Resist We Much on July 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I’m glad I asked and glad you answered. Together, we’ve broached a subject that is in desperate need of airing.

Under ordinary circumstances, and not so long ago, I’d have agreed with you.

Now, however, I’m not so sure. It’s appears increasingly likely that Obama has embarked on a scheme of rank colonialism. His real ‘fundamental transformation’ of this nation. It’s about resources and capital.

I believe he, and American corporate interests, are anxious to expand this nation’s borders to include, at a minimum and for the time being, Mexico and Central America. Eventually, South America will be included in the same way Mexico and Central America are being brought into the fold, and Canada will be bound to that conglomeration of nation states through proximity and trade necessities. These areas are rich in cheap labor and rich in terms of natural resources.

The plan for this was already outlined and had been begun with Perry beginning implementation of the Trans-Texas Superhighway. The NAFTA dream to unite Canada, the United States and Mexico into one large trading zone. Outwardly, that plan was ‘cancelled’ due to the outcry from Americans, particularly those scheduled to see their property seized under eminent domain, but quietly, parts of that plan have been implemented since.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I nearly sweated the shirt off my back outside today, I’m parched. It was almost 80 freakin degrees out there!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

80?!?!?!?!?!? That’s cold, man…It’s still 96 here and it’s 7:45 in my little patch of Texas…102 earlier in the day…

Y’all got any sweet tea back behind the bar there??

bimmcorp on July 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The life of the individual means very little to them. It is power over our society that they crave, and “general welfare” gives them cover.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I’ve often thought they can’t experience reality or it holds no meaning for them. It’s all about slogans.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Whatevs. This is why I’m tranquil.

Jaibones on July 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

It was almost 80 freakin degrees out there!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

He thinks 80 is hot.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets

Tranquility rockets

faraway on July 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Y’all got any sweet tea back behind the bar there??

bimmcorp on July 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

It is all help yourself as long as I am in charge. Once the boss Newtie gets here it is subject to change…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

The 44th president is still up for grabs…

Electrongod on July 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

ladyingray on July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Aho

DarkCurrent on July 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Ratso is eating up the ol’ lady’s petunias and ferns out on the porch. There will be hell to pay when she gets home if it’s still light out…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

That could be the case.

I think they’re just power hungry control freaks myself. Using the “general welfare” clause as a guise lets them pursue whatever scope of power they desire while passing it off to the public as being “good” for society as a whole.

Reinforces totalitarian form of government where citizens have little voice.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Sen. Cruz invited Harry Reid to the border, which the senile leader insists is “secure.” As the joke going around has it, I guess Reid can seen the southern border from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton.

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The life of the individual means very little to them. It is power over our society that they crave, and “general welfare” gives them cover.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Individuals are parts of the whole. The whole is what’s important. That’s why they can shrug when a poll tells them eight in ten people oppose the legislation they are about to pass. If eight in ten people oppose the plan, then obviously something needs to be done about public education.

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Right, Axe, It’s always about messaging. They know they are right and if anybody doesn’t agree they need re-educating or they haven’t explained it well enough.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

It was almost 80 freakin degrees out there!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Out there … on the porch in Ontario? WTH dude … 80 is where hot just begins to separate from “a little cool for July”.

Jaibones on July 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Everyone in the whole wide world is racist for giving obama all these crisis to deal with during his reign. No other president had all this to manage and the world is just racist to put all the responsibility and blame on obama./s

jaywemm on July 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

And on top of that Obysmal has to contend with the biggest threat facing mankind: climate change! /s

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

“If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs”, numerous times from Liberals.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Or…..if you want to know the truth in a short period of time….you gots to do a little water-boarding.

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

And on top of that Obysmal has to contend with the biggest threat facing mankind: climate change! /s

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Not to mention having to deal with those damned union caddies…

bimmcorp on July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

It’s 82 here and with the breeze we consider that to be pleasant weather…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The Case of Government as a Racketeering organization.

1. Government is currently in the “Protection Racket” for the protection of the upper 1% of the population that owns upwards of 35% of all wealth.
2. Since the 1990′s the government has been replacing organized crime in the numbers rackets with the “State” sponsored lotteries.
3. Starting in 2012 the Government created totally owned monopolies with in the medical communities moving Trillions of dollars into who’s? Hands.
4. In 2014 the government starts to take over the drug territories with the legalizing but under government control of the supply.
5. In 2010 the IRS approves some political trust fund as tax exempt under 901. Allowing them to move funds to off shore accounts and launder monies in a tax free and Government protected environment.

Wake up America we have been had. This is just low life street tugs doing what low life street tugs do. Just the have better suits on and learned that if the control the legislature then the control the crimes.

jpcpt03 on July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I’m thinking that this is why so much of our own natural resources are being locked away out of reach. Our neighbors resources then become the bulk of what’s available for exploitation in the Western Hemisphere.

This is a way of forcing corporate America into those markets and puts them in direct competition with China, the nation leading the charge to take advantage of South American resources.

Eventually, the idea would be to create an American trade hegemony in the Western Hemisphere.

This also explains the otherwise inexplicable reluctance to negotiate new trade agreements and even more inexplicable complacency of corporate America to the dearth of new trade agreements. Trade is our economy.

A population of relatively newly acquired and trained people who’s families originated in those nations, who speak the language and are familiar with the customs of those nations, would be the perfect workforce to send back down into those nations to work and negotiate for goods and services, facilitating that trade hegemony.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Good evening, Axe!

That’s when they shift the narrative to define it as a crisis, and then move forward their agenda that they should ‘never let a crisis go to waste’, isn’t it?

And claim that it is for the sake of the general welfare…for society as a whole.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Individuals are parts of the whole.
Axe on July 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Grasshopper, life for us is all about the whole….well remove the w and….well better stop typing. Bought the wood chipper yet? Chuckle.

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

“None of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership. And as commander in chief, I’m confident that, if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges begin to lead somehow, though I have no clue how or when at the moment… I can’t think straight; I’ve got a bad hankering for a burger and a brew.”

Corrected quote.

IndieDogg on July 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Oh yeah, its been freakin’ scary here. 80′s in the day time, 60′s at night.

This global cooling is weird.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

You are more confident we will find a president who can and will lead than I am.

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I don’t, but I’m still hoping. I’m also hoping that if we do manage to find someone that’s capable of the task that they don’t get buried by liberal idiots that are just voting for their utopian freebies that will never materialize.

Looking around at today’s youth, I’m not really reassured in that department either. But, I’m 50 years old now, my oldest son is going to be 32, my wife is 61, so whatever happens at least my suffering wont last all that long.

Who knows what the future will bring though. Maybe there are some really good things in store for us. Maybe aliens will come down and do brain scans on the world population and evaporate the lazy idiots. Well, that’s what I’d do if I were an alien.

sigh….(swigs water) ahhh, delicious!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

It’s 82 here and with the breeze we consider that to be pleasant weather…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

When it only gets to 82F, we turn on the heat. Not kidding!

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

That’s when they shift the narrative to define it as a crisis, and then move forward their agenda that they should ‘never let a crisis go to waste’, isn’t it?

And claim that it is for the sake of the general welfare…for society as a whole.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

And like Harold Hill, if there isn’t a crisis they create one.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Something else has gone seriously, seriously wrong. I’ve never seen the federal government less afraid of the voters.

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

hegemony.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Never once in my entire life have I typed or spoken the word hegemony until now. Heck, I now will have to look it up to know what it means. Durn, I am so dumb. Happy, but dumb.

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Hey! Good to see you back!!!

Where I first heard it used was during a discussion that I was having with a Liberal over at Politico. It was about Obamacare. Obamacare was sold under the premise that expanding access to health insurance improves access to health care. That might hold true under other circumstances, but because of the way the law was designed, Obamacare pays for access to health insurance at the cost of healthcare (quality, access, and scope of services offered). My viewpoint was that it was dishonest at best and likely to lead to a lot of human costs.

That’s when this Liberal said to me “Well, you can’t make an omelet unless you break a few eggs”.

The ideology, being offered under the guise of general welfare, was more important than the individual’s welfare or well-being.

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets

Tranquility rockets

faraway on July 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Whoa! I think you may be on to something there. Warheads loaded with aerosolized cannabis sativa. Heavy barrage followed by a Cheetos air-drop. How do you say “Dr. Pepper” in Farsi?

partsnlabor on July 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Oh yeah, its been freakin’ scary here. 80′s in the day time, 60′s at night.

This global cooling is weird.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Next two days are going to be near 90 though. I can feel the sweat coming already. There is a bright spot though. The last typhoon that hit the other side of the planet forced a cool dip in the jetstream (polar vortex II, remember?), and one just hit China last night. A big one too. Maybe it’ll do the same. In a few days we’ll have highs in the 60′s again.

LOL.

Global warming….equals globally stupid.

Have you noticed there are virtually NO sunspots on Sol this week? You know what that means, we’re going to have another brutal winter. We may be headed for an ice age! Oh NOES!

I’m gonna set up a business for the central and south americans crossing the desert. If they can catch a .30 caliber ice cube coming at them I’ll let em have it for free!

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Who knows what the future will bring though. Maybe there are some really good things in store for us. Maybe aliens will come down and do brain scans on the world population and evaporate the lazy idiots. Well, that’s what I’d do if I were an alien.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I like your idea. A lot. =)

Gary Numan – Praying to the Aliens

non-nonpartisan on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

What’s your viewpoint on it, Axe?

Close enough to a single party system that they’ll be covering for each other against voters?

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Something else has gone seriously, seriously wrong. I’ve never seen the federal government less afraid of the voters.

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Their apparatus is in place. They will be making their move soon. I think they would like to wait until after they steal the November election to give themselves credibility but if they see themselves losing control I don’t know what they will do.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Whatevs. This is why I’m tranquil.

Jaibones on July 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Love the Two Hearted! Another good one is Lagunites Undercover Investigation Shut Down. A strong Ale that comes in at 9.75% alcohol.
Yummy!

Mimzey on July 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I was watching “his Girl Friday” with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. That’s the way the press used to be. Pointing out the government’s shortcomings. We wouldn’t be in this mess if there were any opposition from the Repubs or the media.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

…(polar vortex II, remember?)

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Remember it? Heck we’re still enjoying it. Ain’t often you get October in July.

Have you noticed there are virtually NO sunspots on Sol this week?

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Oh yes, this has been the mildest solar cycle in a long time.

It must be global warming.

Those dang SUV’s can even screw up Sol.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

HonestLib on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Good evening, HonestLib. :)

I’ll save you the trouble. :)

In short, in this case, it means he who controls the trade, and controls labor, controls the economy of any nation involved, and through that trade and control of the economy, controls the government of those nations without resorting to military means.

Not literally making them part of the this nation, but ruling them just as effectively, perhaps more effectively, since they’d lack any protections under our constitution and only be protected in so much as their trade agreement and international law allowed.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Have you noticed there are virtually NO sunspots on Sol this week?

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Except, I think that was last week.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Could things get any worse? Well, maybe if the president’s chief spokesman claimed that Obama was bringing “tranquility” to the globe — which is what White House press secretary Josh Earnest did at his daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Obama’a spokesman July 20th 2014

“Tranquility base here, the eagle has landed!”

Neil Armstrong July 20th, 1969.

My how far we have fallen.

bgibbs1000 on July 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM
Haha well, not with THAT attitude!!
It was meager fair, not that you’re interested. :>P

Bakokitty on July 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

That’s a good movie!

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Except, I think that was last week.

cozmo on July 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Well yeah, being that Sunday starts a new week. Still diddly for spots at the moment though.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

GET OUT OF THE WAY and LET AN ADULT TAKE CHARGE!

The World has had enough of your Experiments!

Nat George on July 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I dunno.

But it’s creepy. If the idea here is “it’s a lock,” it’s hard to argue when they appear to be now deporting (shifting) populations across the continent like Assyria managing conquered territory. Which is the paranoid way of looking at the news lately. But it might just be ideological blindness. People with their heads completely up their own asses are probably prone to mistake the whole world as dark.

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Daughtry – Start of Something Good

lineholder on July 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Their apparatus is in place. They will be making their move soon. I think they would like to wait until after they steal the November election to give themselves credibility but if they see themselves losing control I don’t know what they will do.

crankyoldlady on July 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Just observing Obama’s utter disinterest in the plethora of major global and domestic events tells me that they have already made their move, and we just do not know it yet.

I truly believe that America’s ship has sailed…and it has sunk into the murky, oily depths of the Gulf of Mexico right about where Barky’s hole in the ocean floor is.

And the rat’s manned the life boats leaving the rest of us in the galley.

bimmcorp on July 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

You made me have to go check again Cozmo.

2 spots, minor ones so far.

Diluculo on July 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Of course the world has never before been neither complex nor challenging. Who knows what the future will bring.

DemetriusPhalerum on July 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

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