Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

This weekend, Sen. Rand Paul will headline a “conservatarian” conference in San Francisco. So, just what is a conservatarian? Hard to say…

[David] Boaz—the leader of the premiere libertarian think tank in the country—had never heard of the term “conservatarian,” and threw some cold water on the idea that this type of libertarianism is a novel idea for Californians.

Which brings us back to the original question—is “conservatarianism” a new, tech-minded branch of libertarianism, or is it the same old philosophy with a shiny new buzzword?

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Potential GOP presidential contender Rand Paul said Wednesday that no one should question Israel’s actions in a time of war.

“I wouldn’t question what they need to do to defend themselves,” the Kentucky Republican told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on “The Blaze.” “These are difficult decisions people make in war when someone attacks you. It’s not our job to second guess.”…

“The first thing I do is say absolutely no money goes to Hamas, no foreign aid gets in the hands of Hamas,” Paul responded. He added that he’d make sure Israel’s defense was well-supplied and funded — and even proposed an Iron Dome equivalent for the United States.

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Paul has donned a yarmulke and danced to Hebrew songs. He has prayed at the Western Wall and visited a prominent New Jersey yeshiva (a religious school where a major GOP contributor served as his tour guide). He’s dialed into one of the country’s most popular Jewish radio programs and held off-the-record conference calls with Jewish leaders across more than 30 states. He has introduced pro-Israel legislation (title: the “Stand With Israel Act”), speechified about it in the Senate, and, relentlessly, sought a private audience with the wealthiest and most influential Jewish Republicans in the nation…

The charm offensive has two goals at its core. The first is to try to establish Paul in the foreign policy mainstream of Republicanism, particularly on the signal issue of Israel, which is of key importance to both Jewish voters and evangelical Christians. The second is to win over, or at the least neutralize, the moneyed class of hawkish Israel defenders—free-spending billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer chief among them—who Paul’s advisers know represent among the most significant impediments to his becoming the party’s next standard-bearer…

“I’m not buying it,” said Elliott Abrams, who served as a top national security adviser to President George W. Bush and is now a senior fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations. Paul and Abrams had a private sit-down on Capitol Hill last fall. “You can’t be an isolationist and credibly pro-Israel. The idea that you’re isolationist for every other country and every other issue in the world except Israel just is not persuasive.” (Paul, for his part, vigorously rejects the “isolationist” label.)…

As former Sen. Norm Coleman, an RJC board member and influential Jewish political figure who has been courted by Paul, said, “He’s doing a very good job clearing up the perception that he’s not his dad.”

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Perhaps more interesting than this hawks-versus-libertarians dispute, which is an old argument, is who Paul’s antagonists have been. Both Perry and Cruz are politicians who’ve long been associated with the Tea Party, as Paul has. Perry, in his ill-fated 2012 campaign, warned of “military adventurism,” called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and advocated cutting off aid to Pakistan. Cruz was lumped in with Paul in the category McCain derided as “wacko birds” after Paul’s 2013 drone filibuster. Yet both Perry and Cruz are anxious to differentiate themselves from Paul by turning him into a peacenik caricature. (As Dave Weigel points out, there is personal animosity behind the Perry-Paul spat.) Paul and his allies, for their part, tend to see a neoconservative conspiracy in the way he’s so often used as a punching bag. In an interview last year, Paul described his antagonists to me as “the perpetual war caucus,” and added, “I think much of their chagrin is they see that we’re winning. They’re on the losing side of history.”

Rand Paul is performing an admirable service for the Republican Party: forcing it to have an uncomfortable family conversation—airing an internal dispute that otherwise might get papered over. A confident and opportunistic politician, Paul is eager to take on his critics; by doing so, he believes he can rid the GOP of the stain of Bush’s policies and expand its appeal among voters alienated by Iraq.

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[I]t’s fallen to Rand Paul to revive his party’s standing with black Americans. After the splashy performances that sealed his reputation (a filibuster here, a standing ovation at Berkeley there), Paul has settled into something of a grind as the rest of the GOP’s presumptive presidential contenders take turns trying to cement themselves as the party’s antithesis to all things Paul…

Rand Paul seems to understand what all of America’s would-be Anti-Rands do not: The GOP cannot content itself with picking up “spare” minority votes here and there, mostly from Latinos, and celebrating the relative handful of black figures who stubbornly insist on being Republican.

As a Floridian Anti-Rand like Marco Rubio can attest, the Republican Party doesn’t really have a generic race problem. Lots of minority voters are simply for what the Democratic Party offers, not against the GOP because it strikes them as racist. Black Americans, however, have a different, distinct experience with the GOP. One minute, they were the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower. The next, they were the party opposed to the Civil Rights Act. No amount of theorizing or intellectualization can get around the impact of that change…

If the GOP’s contending candidates won’t at least accommodate his politics of race, the Anti-Rand who rises to the top faces the discouraging prospect of appearing to oppose them. In that case, defeating Paul will come at the cost of losing to the ghost of Goldwater.

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In a brief speech before a panel moderated by Nicole Austin-Hillery of the liberal Brennan Center for Justice, the Kentucky senator and libertarian icon called the criminal justice system the “largest impediment to voting and employment in this country.” The U.S legal system, he said, has trapped many nonviolent felons in a place where they “can’t vote and can’t work.”…

Traditionally, the politics of enfranchising felons has fallen along partisan lines. Democrats want to expand the electorate, and Republicans want to restrict it. But Paul’s advocacy for allowing felons to vote seems to be based mostly on conscience. After all, there can’t be much political gain in appealing to a class of citizens who aren’t yet able to vote…

Instead, the voting rights advocacy puts Paul in a unique position moving forward. Increasingly, the Kentucky Republican seems to be pushing a libertarian brand of compassionate conservatism—without the big-government trappings of the Bush era. His emphasis on issues such as felon voting and the plight of Christians in the Middle East is designed to resonate with evangelicals without alienating moderates. It’s not entirely clear what the ideology of a Rand Paul Republican would look like in 2016, but as Tuesday’s event shows, it certainly won’t look quite like the platform of any other politician.

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Early polls of the 2016 contest have shown Paul leading about half the time in New Hampshire and generally running toward the front of the pack in Iowa as well. Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) both led these two states early on but have since seen their support fall off (thanks toe Christie’s bridge scandal and Rubio’s dabbling with comprehensive immigration reform), and nobody else is as consistently toward the top in both states.

It’s very rare that a presidential candidate excels in both of the two early states, given Iowa is dominated by evangelical Christians and New Hampshire has a more moderate bent. And it’s generally assumed that any candidate who wins both of would likely end the race right then and there — as was (essentially) the case on the Democratic side in 2004 with John Kerry.

Paul’s unusual profile appears to have appeal to these disparate constituencies. He has spent considerable time appealing to the kind of Christians you’d see in Iowa, but his libertarian streak fits nicely with New Hampshire as well. He talks to both tea party crowds and to non-traditional Republican groups, including historically black colleges…

Paul isn’t the only one who could seems capable of pulling off an unprecedented two-state sweep, but for now, he seems to have the best chance.

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Via Reason TV.


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SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

lol…

bazil9 on July 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Oh, look. A loon/troll…

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Don’t be mean to terryann. She’s quite pretty. Unlike that hagfish as you call it.

Judge_Dredd on July 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

You don’t say…

Judge_Dredd on July 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

:-)

terryannonline on July 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Oh, look. A loon/troll…

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM


Those are fairly rare

Maybe if we stay very still and quiet …

… it will go away and be rarer still!!!

PolAgnostic on July 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I was going to buy a Jewish necklace. Maybe I’ll just hold off on that.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Caroline Glick on Hamas

Article is from yesterday. She has 3 more since, including a skype interview where she covers some of this:

When our forces came to Sejeiyah, Hamas sent children into the street wearing suicide vest and with rifles and orders to shoot at our soldiers. One soldier told his parents that a terrorist carrying a baby in one hand and a rifle in the other hand charged and him and his comrades. The Obama administration announced yesterday that it is sending $47 million in taxpayer money in “humanitarian aid” to Gaza. Who exactly do Kerry and Obama think will benefit from this aid? This is direct funding of a terrorist regime and murder machine.

gh on July 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Doh.

east, northeast and southwest.

-> “east, southeast and northwest”.

DarkCurrent on July 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I was going to buy a Jewish necklace. Maybe I’ll just hold off on that.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I bought jarred matzoh balls today…

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I bought jarred matzoh balls today…

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I bought some gafilterfish. I thought it was herring.

Judge_Dredd on July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

B9 is da house.

bazil9 on July 23, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Still around?

KCB on July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I was going to buy a Jewish necklace. Maybe I’ll just hold off on that.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

My daughter made me get her one of these.

Maybe I should worry.

cozmo on July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Still around?

KCB on July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Just for a few..
Muah!

bazil9 on July 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I bought some gafilterfish. I thought it was herring.

Judge_Dredd on July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Love me some pickled herring on rye, but then I am Danish/German Lutheran. We eat weird shit too, just like the Jews…

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

gh on July 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Evil monsters. I truly believe that islam is the antichrists religion.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Just for a few..
Muah!

bazil9 on July 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Bout time! MUAH!

KCB on July 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Hate these early mornings. But I gotta run. Off I go!

Judge_Dredd on July 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Evil monsters. I truly believe that islam is the antichrists religion.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

YUPS.

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Evil monsters. I truly believe that islam is the antichrists religion.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

It’s a cult and nobody wants to see it that way. I remember all the cult stuff back in 70′s or 80′s. This is exactly like one of those small cults just way bigger.

crankyoldlady on July 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

I agree with Merm.

In other news I got a Freud Dado stack. Square bottom cuts very clean.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Keep Obama in preznit, you know?

He gave us a phone!

He gonna do more!

Galtian on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

When you’re one of a handful-and you don’t drive-and there’s 2 mosques in your city…well it helps not to stand out.
I DID send a nasty email to the local temple asking why they hadn’t publicly stood up in support of the Jewish state.
Female ‘rabbi’-very liberal.
The reason that nothing’s been done is likely because 1.They sympathize with the ‘poor gazans’. 2. They are ‘D’ before they’re ‘J’. 3. They’re a bunch of p*ssies.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I’m new. Is Twerp the one that makes funny animal noises?

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

OY.
Tears.

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Most Israeli haters are American Jew Libs. Shameful!

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Parm needs to post that cute pic of the bunny and the grocery basket so you’ll know.

(:

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM

It’s a cult and nobody wants to see it that way. I remember all the cult stuff back in 70′s or 80′s. This is exactly like one of those small cults just way bigger.

crankyoldlady on July 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

A cult yes. Big enough to be able to contribute to the death of millions if not billions.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM

HA!

Relative of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood’s victims on execution: ‘I don’t believe he was suffering. It sounded to me like was snoring’ – @cnnbrk

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I’m new. Is Twerp the one that makes funny animal noises?

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM


Nope.

Twerp GLARES

Has been glaring from very beginning.

PolAgnostic on July 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Notice that one of the commentors was a ‘Dr. Shahid’.
A shahid is another name for a homicide bomber…a ‘martyr’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Hi B9 – welcome back.

Evening HA

The oaf, who’s chief.

Plus, for a year Iraq begged him to bomb ISIS is Syria, as they were gathering. He didn’t want to bomb his bros and didn’t want to expose his failures in Iraq. Now he owns IS (the former ISIS). Heads will roll.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Heads will roll.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Believe they have been rolling for awhile already troble is it’s the wrong ones.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Only that stupid woman, who fills in at state, Baghdad Bobbie II, spoke about it, as if it were a checkmark she had to address.

oaf is annoying people in traffic.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

troble–trouble

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Believe they have been rolling for awhile already troble is it’s the wrong ones.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

IS(IS) slips in via the open borders.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

PolAgnostic on July 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Oh. So she makes non-humorous animal noises then. I’ll make a note of it.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

IS(IS) slips in via the open borders.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

yeah.

wifarmboy on July 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I hear horses.
;1)

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Notice that one of the commentors was a ‘Dr. Shahid’.
A shahid is another name for a homicide bomber…a ‘martyr’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

There was an article today at Breitbart saying that the Iraqi muzzies wanted the Christians to join them in the fight against IS. I told them if IS should be overcome then the Iraqi muzzies would turn on the Christians.

“Dr. martyr” agrees:

Dr Shahid ‏@DR_SHAHID Jul 19

@EjmAlrai So Yahood (Jews) And Nasara (Christians) Who Were Helping ISIS (And Still Helping, Arming, Aid) Will Never Be Muslims Friends ;-)

Thanks for the translation lesson.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Oh. So she makes non-humorous animal noises then. I’ll make a note of it.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Better sleep with your eyes open.

viking01 on July 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

It is just a lie, as the Daily Beast quote asserts, to say Republicans opposed the Civil Rights Act.

The follow-up lie is that the southern Democrats became Republicans later. They did not.

Strom Thurmond switched later that year, but no other prominent Democrats did. Within a couple of years, the only “name” Democrats who switched were Jesse Helms and Mills Godwin, neither of whom were in Congress at the time of the CRA.

The leftist myth must be vigorously confronted and debunked at every chance.

Adjoran on July 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Me too.

Radar shows a nice one really close and heading this way.

cozmo on July 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I hear horses.
;1)

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

A pale horse?

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

One minute, they were the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower. The next, they were the party opposed to the Civil Rights Act.

What the buk ?

burrata on July 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Down with the Obama Regime.

May he rest uneasy unsure if he should flee back to Kenya out of fear of living the rest of his (too long)life in a Supermax cell.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Oh. So she makes non-humorous animal noises then. I’ll make a note of it.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Better sleep with your eyes open.

viking01 on July 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Watch out for the thwacks coming your way, SP!

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I hear horses.
;1)

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

That could be alyt. She does a good horse noise when her throat isn’t hoarse.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Too tired.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Down with the Obama Regime.

May he rest uneasy unsure if he should flee back to Kenya out of fear of living the rest of his (too long)life in a Supermax cell.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Just don’t put him in the same cell as Hustler Holder or they’d be gettin’ it on before the door shut.

viking01 on July 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Me too.

Radar shows a nice one really close and heading this way.

cozmo on July 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Ahhh! The rain is coming down.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 PM

A pale horse?

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Sho nuff.

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:55 PM

So Rand Paul flatly rejects the label, “isolationist,” eh?

So what?

Harry Reid flatly rejects the label, “crook,” too. That doesn’t make him honest, does it?

~~~

Rand Paul will never be on a national ticket for the GOP, EVER. His “frontrunner” status is about as big as Christie’s was, high teens in preference polls among a large field of undeclared candidates two years before the convention. But Christie has far more chance of the being the nominee than Paul does, and Christie has no chance at all.

You would think people would think twice about signing on as blind groupies for first term Senators after Obama, but the GOP is a cross-section of the country, and after 40 years of effective federal and union control over public and higher education, we have lots of ignorant citizens.

Adjoran on July 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I hear thunder.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I hear horses.
;1)

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

A pale horse?

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Several.

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM

For better or worse, I think Paul is going to be our candidate, but I think probably wins the general because he’ll cleave off enough of the Democrat coalition.

crrr6 on July 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

You need to watch being in that heat. I’ve had heat exhaustion, and I know it’s debilitating.

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM

To Hell with all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

To Hell with all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

To Hades with all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I’d like to hear a Pale Rider headed to DC to clean up the mess, knock heads & take names as needed.

viking01 on July 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM
I’ve had it about 5 times in the past 2 weeks.
I normally wear long sleeves for modesty-but in the heat I switch to tees .

annoyinglittletwerp on July 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

You need to watch being in that heat. I’ve had heat exhaustion, and I know it’s debilitating.

INC on July 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Also keep a space blanket (aluminized mylar) in the car which doubles as a heat reflector.

The closest thing to portable shade and for only a couple bucks in the sporting goods department.

viking01 on July 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

bazil9 on July 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

{{B9}}

oscarwilde on July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Ahhh! The rain is coming down.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Okay, where are you?

I was watching the light show.

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM

… held away from the body, of course.

viking01 on July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Ahhh! The rain is coming down.

davidk on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Okay, where are you?

I was watching the light show.

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM

19966

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Yes! Finally found where I had put the Betty Crocker Cooky Book. So many memories making delicious cookies with my grandmother.

DisneyFan on July 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

That’s really bad.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-heat-exhaustion/basics/art-20056651

Watch yourself, girl. I know you can write the book on perseverance, but don’t do so to the point of hurting yourself.

INC on July 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

IS(IS) slips in via the open borders.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

And every other terrorist group as well. Only a matter of time when we’re going to see a multi-city, coordinated attack, with suicide bombs in malls/other public places, and RPGs and commercial airliners downed from the ground.

The next attacks will be intentionally spread out, not just NYC or DC, for maximum fear and economic disruption purposes.

When you have a regime, as we do, that treats border security as a second thought, and with enemies whose whole purpose in life is to wipe out the Great Satan, us, the resulting disaster is invited, perhaps even desired.

Tick tock, tick tock.

TXUS on July 24, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Yes! Finally found where I had put the Betty Crocker Cooky Book. So many memories making delicious cookies with my grandmother.

DisneyFan on July 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

My wife just reviewed a cookbook: http://dawnsawesomejourney.blogspot.com/2014/07/72314-book-review-for-booklook-bloggers.html

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Then we ain’t watchin’ the same rain.

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

It’s very rare that a presidential candidate excels in both of the two early states, given Iowa is dominated by evangelical Christians and New Hampshire has a more moderate bent. And it’s generally assumed that any candidate who wins both of would likely end the race right then and there — as was (essentially) the case on the Democratic side in 2004 with John Kerry.

Sadly, on the GOP side, SC and FLA carry more weight than either of these two states…

JohnGalt23 on July 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I’d like to hear a Pale Rider headed to DC to clean up the mess, knock heads & take names as needed.

viking01 on July 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Axes Indian name is pail rider.

SpongePuppy on July 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Not sure why, atm, but have been waltzing thru a lot of OSTs, tonight.
Gotta love Mr. Newman … ahhhh.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9en9voyj83qwx6w/01%20Rock%20Island%2C%201931.mp3

Enjoy.

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Then we ain’t watchin’ the same rain.

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Nope. You’re in Texas?

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

One minute, they were the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower. The next, they were the party opposed to the Civil Rights Act.
What the buk ?

burrata on July 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

It’s true. Blacks were overwhelmingly GOP from the Civil War to the Depression, and I think Ike won the Black vote both times he ran…

JohnGalt23 on July 24, 2014 at 12:21 AM

They no longer hide their contempt for Israel and love for Hamas.

State Dept on Travel Ban: “Our Goal Is To Get Ceasefire In Place So We Don’t Have To Take These Steps

But then they are “offended” when called on.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Private money?:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and CoBank CEO Robert Engel are announcing $10 billion in private funding to invest in rural infrastructure projects across the country.

The announcement is a part of a two-day “Rural Opportunity Investment Conference” that began Wednesday in Washington, D.C., which aims to bring together investment firms, government officials, and business leaders to promote investment in rural communities. Vilsack said the $10 billion fund will not only provide jobs to rural areas, but it will also be a catalyst for further private investments in infrastructure projects nation-wide.

“This is a new way for us to do business,” Vilsack said. “This is us connecting. We’re going to be able to do more projects and create more opportunities as a result.”

The funding, which will be managed by Capitol Peak Asset Management, is part of an ongoing effort by the Obama administration to focus on infrastructure improvements in rural areas. In 2011, the president established the White House Rural Council, and this February, he announced the “Made in Rural America” initiative, designed to help rural businesses export their products to new markets at home and abroad.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-announces-10b-fund-for-rural-infrastructure/

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:24 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Yep

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Sorry, forgot to include ..
‘Rock Island’ from Road to Perdition.

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

In an interview last year, Paul described his antagonists to me as “the perpetual war caucus”

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. War does not always give over democratic communities to military government, but it must invariably and immeasurably increase the powers of civil government; it must almost compulsorily concentrate the direction of all men and the management of all things in the hands of the administration. If it does not lead to despotism by sudden violence, it prepares men for it more gently by their habits. All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it. This is the first axiom of the science. – Alexis de Tocqueville

VorDaj on July 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM

I didn’t catch this (7/17): http://www.cbsnews.com/news/blues-legend-johnny-winter-dies/

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Shoot .. No edit button .. VERY first music in the movie.
Me wuvs, big time.

Carry on.
;-)

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM

The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today. The cancellation is effective at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT.

Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation.

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16734

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Yep

cozmo on July 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

My zip code starts with a one.

*hangs head*

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:31 AM

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. War does not always give over democratic communities to military government, but it must invariably and immeasurably increase the powers of civil government NSA, DHS, TSA, etc., etc., etc.]; it must almost compulsorily concentrate the direction of all men and the management of all things in the hands of the administration. If it does not lead to despotism by sudden violence, it prepares men for it more gently by their habits [submitting to and becoming used to NSA, DHS, TSA, etc., etc., etc.]; All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it. This is the first axiom of the science. – Alexis de Tocqueville

VorDaj on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM

David Wilkinson is one of a rare breed—an ordained minister and an astrophysicist. He is chaplain at Liverpool University, but has accepted the appointment of Fellow of Christian Apologetics at St John’s College, Durham. We talked with Dr. Wilkinson about the challenge of reconciling science and faith.

http://www.christianity.ca/page.aspx?pid=10832

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

The only good thing about HBO’s The Newsroom is Newman’s theme music (Season 1 arrangement; Season 2′s is not as good) The guy definitely has talent. I’m not a huge fan of OSTs, but I’ll give Road to Perdition’s a listen if it is available on Spotify.

DisneyFan on July 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Most awesome.
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pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Why is everything so mediocre?

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:43 AM

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

https://twitter.com/ratiochristi

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM

DisneyFan on July 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Thanks ..didn’t know that.

HIGHLY recommend the RTG movie !!
Complete package .. Visually stunning, and he OST really seals the deal.

Yeah, OSTs are basically ‘variations on the main theme’, but often worth much !!!

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Coolness ! Thanks.

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM

This can’t continue.

bluegill on July 24, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Where have you been, Hagfish? We were worried about you…

OmahaConservative on July 24, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Why is everything so mediocre?

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:43 AM

From your link:

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood’s lawyers had filed emergency appeals with federal and state courts while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour.”

Gov. Jan Brewer said later that she’s ordering a full review of the state’s execution process, saying she’s concerned by how long it took for the administered drug protocol to kill Wood.

An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution saw Wood start gasping shortly after a sedative and a pain killer were injected into his veins. He gasped more than 600 times over the next hour and 40 minutes.

An administrator checked on Wood a half dozen times. His breathing slowed as a deacon said a prayer while holding a rosary. The 55-year-old finally stopped breathing and was pronounced dead 12 minutes later.

“Throughout this execution, I conferred and collaborated with our IV team members and was assured unequivocally that the inmate was comatose and never in pain or distress,” said state Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan. [Bolding added.]

But:

Relative of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood’s victims on execution: ‘I don’t believe he was suffering. It sounded to me like was snoring’ – @cnnbrk

davidk on July 24, 2014 at 12:56 AM

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

OOPS .. RTP !!!
;-)

pambi on July 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

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