Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

After a chaotic afternoon, which saw the GOP leadership suddenly pull their [border crisis] legislation from the House floor because of flagging support, lawmakers planned a Friday morning meeting at 9 a.m. to try to plot a path forward. Plans are in flux, and subject to change at any minute, aides and lawmakers warned.

In a Thursday afternoon meeting, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) heard from a number of Republicans who did not want to leave Washington until a package passed the House — a sentiment reflected by nearly every lawmaker who emerged after the meeting ended…

The turmoil is stunning considering how far to the right the GOP leadership pulled this bill. Boehner, McCarthy and Scalise, the new GOP whip, crafted a process that would have given the House a vote on legislation to stop the Obama administration from expanding its deferred deportation program. But even that wasn’t enough…

The political impact of this decision is not clear, but if the House doesn’t vote, Democrats will be able to say that the GOP left Washington for an entire month without passing legislation to address the influx of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.

***

Boehner’s decision to punt on the border bill set off a wild scene on the House floor during a vote on the highway bill. Dozens of moderate and mainstream conservative Republicans, furious with the far-right Republicans who torpedoed the legislation, surrounded Boehner and newly minted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), demanding that they not leave town without voting on immigration legislation…

“America did not send us here to do nothing,” said Rep. Steve Southerland II (R-Fla.), a junior member of the leadership team facing a tough November election.

***

Inside the meeting, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) vowed that if need be, he would miss his son’s upcoming wedding to stay in Washington to pass the bill.

But other lawmakers were punchy.

“Well, let’s see, I’ve been bitching about this for, what, 15 months? Democrats wants the votes and Republicans want cheap labor. They didn’t want to do anything with it, now they’re going to wait until the last minute? You know, I have a forum I’m supposed to be at, I can’t be, on this very subject,” Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio said…

In the meeting, most Republicans expressed support for figuring out some way – any way – to pass a bill that is widely expected to go nowhere but was hoped to give the GOP a political advantage over the recess.

***

In fact, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, told ABC News that he was at the airport when he was summoned back to the Capitol for a closed-door GOP meeting. Rogers said it became clear this morning the conservative defections were growing, but he said he and others believe the House should vote — up or down — on immigration.

“I would like to see us have a vote,” Rogers said in an interview.

There is an unusual air of uncertainty in the Capitol, mixed with a big dose of dysfunction, as rank-and-file Republicans discuss whether to have a vote on immigration before they go home for August recess.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, told ABC News that he believes lawmakers need to vote. Leaving town without doing so, he said, will be difficult to explain to constituents. He supports the immigration bill.

***

Republicans have been repeatedly criticized for not offering a governing agenda if they take power. What happened Thursday underscores why that has been so difficult. Getting the party’s factions on the same page has proved more than difficult. In some states where Republicans control the governorship and the legislature, there has been a backlash to their governing agenda. Kansas and North Carolina are two prime examples.

In Congress, Republicans have spent four years attacking the Affordable Care Act with a series of votes to repeal or defund it. But is there a Republican alternative they are collectively promoting this fall? No. Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) told reporters at a breakfast held by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday that he is working on one — but that it is just one of several GOP ideas on health care.

House Republican leaders say Democrats are hypocritical to blame them for the gridlock and chaos. They point to a series of bills approved with Democratic support that are parked in the Senate with no action. They say Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) should let senators vote on them. But by their own high-voltage missteps, they draw attention away from that and to themselves. They reinforce a narrative that remains not in their favor.

***

(1) Politically speaking, it would be malpractice to skip town having done nothing on this issue — which everyone agrees is an acute, urgent crisis. Conservatives have not been bashful about labeling it as such, and for good reason. So Republicans’ table-pounding about the problem, and endless demands that President Obama go to the border to survey the situation, all looks like cynical, empty point-scoring if they then proceed to do literally nothing about it before heading home for a month. Members will be asked about this crisis over the break. Republicans need an answer to give beyond, “Obama and the Democrats are terrible, and this situation is intolerable.” They need to be able to say, “we’ve passed X bill that accomplishes Y and Z to alleviate the unacceptable status quo” — and then pivot to nailing Obama and the Democrats, etc, etc. Passing nothing would also led Reid off the hook for his shameless obstructionism, rather than applying appropriate pressure via passed legislation. There’s a reason why Reid has been doing everything within his power to derail Boehner’s bill, including floating theories explicitly designed to turn House Republicans against each other. Sprinting into his trap — again! — would be unfathomably stupid.

(2) On principle, Republicans (at least nominally) hold one of Congress’ two chambers. They’re asking voters to give them control of the other one, too. Yes, it’s true that Harry Reid has promised to kill the House proposal in the Senate and that Obama has issued a veto threat. In other words, even if the House passes something, it won’t become law. Shame on the Democrats for playing such myopic and cynical games. But that is not an excuse for Republicans to abandon attempts to govern. Complaining about the other side’s intransigence rings uniquely hollow when your own side can’t get its act together in support of any solution. If Republicans believe the border situation is a genuine and immediate crisis, they have an obligation to act.

***

The agony of the House border bill seems to have two causes:

1) It has too many substantive weaknesses and loopholes for a bill that is supposed to buttress enforcement (Ryan wrote about the critical Numbers USA analysis here; Bill Kristol noted a number of the problems in his “kill the bill” post here).

2) It fails to address the president’s looming lawlessness in his contemplated new DACA. It seems the bare minimum Republicans could ask for in a border bill would be a provision denying the president the ability to waive more immigration laws. Yet, leadership has been resistant about talking about Obama’s potential new DACA, let alone including anything on it in the bill. Under heavy conservative pressure, it promised a mostly symbolic stand-alone measure.

Heaven knows the leadership has had trouble passing other bills, and it may be that it still gets this one through. But it is clear that just the prospect of Obama’s new DACA is creating an urgency about responding to his lawlessness that it will be very hard for Republicans to ignore.

***

The House leaders are thus far insistent they will not close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They would rather be embarrassed in their failure to do anything than do the right thing and close this program.

They even had some Democrat support, but could not muster enough votes to give Barack Obama more money to cause more problems. So much for the new McCarthy-Scalise team.

This, by the way, is a big win for Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama Both Senators have come out forcefully against the House plan not including DACA. It appears enough Republicans in the House listened.

Think about this for a minute: House GOP Leadership would rather do nothing about the immigration problem than secure the border. Anything they passed would have been blocked by Harry Reid. Anything. Yet they were too scared to come out as the party that supports securing the border. So they scuttled the whole thing rather than take a position popular with the American public.

***

The president and the Senate leadership have made clear they’ll never accept it. So what’s the point of passing it? Leadership’s answer is—well, we’ll get credit for trying to do something. But will they? From whom? The mainstream media? Perhaps for one day. Then the media will focus on what further compromises the GOP leadership will accept in September, on why Republicans won’t go to conference with the original Senate bill or parts of it, and on splits in GOP ranks about immigration. GOP town halls during the August recess will be dominated by challenges about the merits of the bill leadership rushed through—challenges members won’t have an easy time answering and that Republican House and Senate challengers certainly don’t need to be dealing with. Rushing the bill through now will make what Republicans think and don’t think about immigration the lead topic for August. It will take the focus off what President Obama has done about immigration. Rushing through a poorly thought through GOP bill will take the focus off the man who is above all responsible for the disaster at the border—the president.

If the GOP does nothing, and if Republicans explain that there’s no point acting due to the recalcitrance of the president to deal with the policies that are causing the crisis, the focus will be on the president. Republican incumbents won’t have problematic legislation to defend or questions to answer about what further compromises they’ll make. Republican challengers won’t have to defend or attack GOP legislation. Instead, the focus can be on the president—on his refusal to enforce the immigration law, on the effect of his unwise and arbitrary executive actions in 2012, on his pending rash and illegal further executive acts in 2014, and on his refusal to deal with the real legal and policy problems causing the border crisis. And with nothing passed in either house (assuming Senate Republicans stick together and deny Harry Reid cloture today), immigration won’t dominate August—except as a problem the president is responsible for and refuses seriously to address. Meanwhile, the GOP can go on the offensive on a host of other issues.

***

Via RCP.

***


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XYFdldfYEJk
Thunderstruck AC/DC
The mood I’m in.

Bakokitty on August 1, 2014 at 2:36 AM

TENNESSEE PRIMARY UPDATE :: :

The climate change pushing amnesty shill Lamar Alexander has his primary on Aug 7th. Lamar has been acting unconcerned like it will be an easy victory for him. BUT look at this, there’s a logic for concluding that actually Joe Carr is likely leading:

There’s not a lot of polling out, but lets get down to what we know. First, a poll by Triton Polling reported on July 14th shows Lamar leading by only 43 to 36, a 7 point margin. In May the same poll conducted by Triton showed Alexander leading by 44 to 20, by 22 points: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/14/Poll-Joe-Carr-Jumps-Sixteen-Points-In-Fight-Against-Lamar-Alexander

Now, if you look at the two Triton polls as showing a trend, obviously by now (since the July 14th poll) Joe Carr should have gained additional ground and thus narrowed or eliminated that 7 point Lamar lead.

But “internal polls” from the Alexander camp are reported to show a 30 point lead for Lamar. (Kind of like internal polls for Cantor showed a huge lead for him right before his defeat.)

One reason why the supposed internal polls are very suspicious is because earlier internal polls from Alexander, taken before the rise of the amnesty issue and before Carr received endorsements from Palin and Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, these earlier internal polls show no change at all in Lamar’s massive lead. That doesn’t make logical sense. So I’d dismiss Lamar’s “internal polls” as little more than propaganda.

More importantly, what gives credence to the idea that Lamar’s internal polls are bogus and the Triton poll is more accurate is that, for the first time, Lamar just now has mentioned Joe Carr by name. Up until this point Lamar has been acting like he’s above it all and doesn’t even know his opponent, but Lamar has just began a major mudslinging attack of Carr: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/07/31/months-avoidance-lamar-alexander-acknowledges-challenger-joe-carr-name/

SO LAMAR IS VERY CONCERNED! That’s not consistent with his “internal polls.” Lol.

anotherJoe on August 1, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Bako, William, be careful. Google it. That’s Barky talking. (I got hosed too)

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Huh? Who’ s Barky? The donkey in the WH?
What is it a pheckin troll? If it’s the donkey in the WH, don’t even get me started.
Guess I’m not attuned to your ? Hosed? :(

Bakokitty on August 1, 2014 at 2:41 AM

this could have went sideways quickly…

Sierra Leone cyclist tested for Ebola at Commonwealth Games

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sierraleone/11004974/Sierra-Leone-cyclist-tested-for-Ebola-at-Commonwealth-Games.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Lighten up, Bako. Those are quotes from Obama, pieced together by a fellow traveller for whatever reason, but likely to remind us of the world we live in. By ‘hosed’ I mean I fell for it too.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Islam – 270 Million people killed in 1400 Years – What Every Human Must Know!

williamg on August 1, 2014 at 2:20 AM

I found what people say is an outstanding book: The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis

It really is supposed to lay bare the evil that we face. And you don’t even have to read the book. I’ve just been reading the often detailed Amazon reviews and learning a lot.

anotherJoe on August 1, 2014 at 2:49 AM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM
Oh, ok, I see that WH site well just proves the rat eared half&half is a muslim,,he thinks that caterwauling in the morning is the prettiest sound he ever heard. I can think of a prettier sound but I will refrain from uttering it.
Thanks Demetrius;)
InkyBinky can go pee up a rope!

Bakokitty on August 1, 2014 at 2:49 AM

ya that’s money well spent..

Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11004928/Afghanistan-has-cost-more-to-rebuild-than-Europe-after-Second-World-War.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Looks like my FB buds are finally releasing me…. LOL.
Thought I’d just insert this as I leave …

Psalm 122. P.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+122&version=NIV

Love y’all.
Will read every word in the AM, so behave !!
LOL.

pambi on August 1, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Christian convert Meriam Ibrahim reunited with family in New England

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11004972/Christian-convert-Meriam-Ibrahim-reunited-with-family-in-New-England.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 2:56 AM

The Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

-William Blake

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Beware the poison tree…and those who grow them.

*I had a hard time getting that poem to post.

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 2:58 AM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 2:46 AM
Well, Thank you, but I really don’t need a ” fellow traveler” to remind me of the going to hell in a hand basket world on fire that we all live in….
Pardon my loss of my usual good sense of humor, but the world doesn’t seem too funny to me today.
But a glass parking lot in the mid-east would cheer me right up! :D

Bakokitty on August 1, 2014 at 2:58 AM

A Soul That’s Been Abused – Robillard/ Earl

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:02 AM

No need to thank me, Bako. Unfortunately, look at a map. ‘Parking lot’ might not cover it. I’ll be cowering in the corner over here. Call me if you need me.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:03 AM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Good evening, Demetrius. :) Good to see you.

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Bojemoi, jack. I am pleased.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:06 AM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:06 AM

lol! ;) I’ve been working. Checked in, saw your handle, thought I’d parachute in for a bit. :)

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:08 AM

TENNESSEE PRIMARY UPDATE :: :
The climate change pushing amnesty shill Lamar Alexander has his primary on Aug 7th. Lamar has been acting unconcerned like it will be an easy victory for him. BUT look at this, there’s a logic for concluding that actually Joe Carr is likely leading:

There’s not a lot of polling out, but lets get down to what we know. First, a poll by Triton Polling reported on July 14th shows Lamar leading by only 43 to 36, a 7 point margin. In May the same poll conducted by Triton showed Alexander leading by 44 to 20, by 22 points: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/14/Poll-Joe-Carr-Jumps-Sixteen-Points-In-Fight-Against-Lamar-Alexander
Now, if you look at the two Triton polls as showing a trend, obviously by now (since the July 14th poll) Joe Carr should have gained additional ground and thus narrowed or eliminated that 7 point Lamar lead.
But “internal polls” from the Alexander camp are reported to show a 30 point lead for Lamar. (Kind of like internal polls for Cantor showed a huge lead for him right before his defeat.)
One reason why the supposed internal polls are very suspicious is because earlier internal polls from Alexander, taken before the rise of the amnesty issue and before Carr received endorsements from Palin and Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, these earlier internal polls show no change at all in Lamar’s massive lead. That doesn’t make logical sense. So I’d dismiss Lamar’s “internal polls” as little more than propaganda.
More importantly, what gives credence to the idea that Lamar’s internal polls are bogus and the Triton poll is more accurate is that, for the first time, Lamar just now has mentioned Joe Carr by name. Up until this point Lamar has been acting like he’s above it all and doesn’t even know his opponent, but Lamar has just began a major mudslinging attack of Carr: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/07/31/months-avoidance-lamar-alexander-acknowledges-challenger-joe-carr-name/
SO LAMAR IS VERY CONCERNED! That’s not consistent with his “internal polls.” Lol.

anotherJoe on August 1, 2014 at 2:37 AM

^^THIS. A MILLION TIMES THIS. ^^

Beating Lamar Alexander would be huge.

Spread the word, everybody!!

bluegill on August 1, 2014 at 3:10 AM

People on Twitter, use meme generators.

Good way of getting a point across.

Here’s a (free, I think) app you can get for your iPhone or iPad:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meme-factory/id493405859?mt=8

Works amazingly well. You can use your own pictures. That’s what I use.

bluegill on August 1, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Land carefully, jack. Start on your feet, roll to the side, end on your back. You’ll be fine.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:15 AM

I can never think of witty or funny stuff to write, though. So mine are kinda straightforward. But those pics have more impact than just text.

bluegill on August 1, 2014 at 3:15 AM

That’s excellent advice, Demetrius. Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Spoza son disprezzata – Giacomelli- (Bartoli)

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a bedsheet on his back is beyond me. Except I tried it a few times. You would be amazed at what you learn about yourself. (and gravity) Lights out. The smoking lamp is out. Silence about the ship. Catch y’all on the further. Oh yeah, and ‘Islam delenda est’.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Ukraine MH17: Rebels ambush army convoy near site

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28599315

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 3:34 AM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 1, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Goodnight, Demetrius. :) Sleep well.

I, too, drift to my rest.

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2014 at 3:36 AM

sleep well ms J…

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 3:38 AM

^^THIS. A MILLION TIMES THIS. ^^

Beating Lamar Alexander would be huge.

Spread the word, everybody!!

bluegill on August 1, 2014 at 3:10 AM

Yup. And I found this link with a short passage that shows a kind of down home quaintness or something to the campaign:

Staffers from the Nashville area wearing “Beat Lamar” T-shirts passed buckets down the rows of the Life Fellowship Baptist Church on Thursday evening, hoping they would bring in funds that might give Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr an extra push moving toward election day.

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/119268/candidate-carr-looks-for-local-push-in-race-against-sen-alexander

anotherJoe on August 1, 2014 at 3:40 AM

that didn’t last long..

“Editor’s note: We’re seeing reports that IDF artillery units near Kerem Shallom have opened fire in response to apparent Hamas mortar fire in the region; we looking into it. – Tom”

“Hamas officials: 4 Palestinians killed in Israeli tank fire in southern Gaza, Israel has breached 72-hour ceasefire”

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.608331

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:12 AM

Good morning. I’ll probably go back to bed after a bit. I was up later than usual.

Going to be in the 80′s every day for awhile.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Hope you catch up on your sleep Miss COL. Still in the low 100′s here. Suppose to cool down to 99 and 98 in the next two days here. I’d like to go to bed but I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed. Guess it beats bugged eyed and thorny tailed. : ) {{{hugs}}}

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:11 AM

I’m glad it’s not as hot as that here. I can’t stand the cold but I can’t stand extreme heat either.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 5:17 AM

At least we don’t get high humidity. We’ll get breezes in the morning and its good to get the dogs out then for a walk. By 11am, it’s to toasty to be out running around. Waiting for school to start so camp grounds will be available along the coast where it’s cooler.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Waiting for school to start so camp grounds will be available along the coast where it’s cooler.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Where do you go along the coast?

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Vandenberg Air Force Base. They have a coast line there that is beautiful The campgrounds are away from the beach because of the wildlife but you can spend the day there in designated areas. It’s actually been in the 70′s there. Pleasant.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:46 AM

Waiting for school to start so camp grounds will be available along the coast where it’s cooler.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:27 AM

I had hoped to go out there in winter but now I’m getting too old and my health is deteriorating. Besides I have cats.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Wish the UN would just go away. They are so corrupted.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Jerry Garcia – Bird Song

Happy Birthday Jer!

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Wish the UN would just go away. They are so corrupted.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Yep.

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Sorry about your health COL. I have MS and it’s starting to affect my walking and I have trouble with temps too.
Trying to camp as much as possible now. Having elder dogs limits us too. They like going with us. If they were younger they’d be too rambunctious to take. They are mellow enough now to hang out with us.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Morning KCEWA.
Ah, Jer’s birthday. Cool.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Sorry about the MS. Bad thing. I guess we just have to play the cards we’re dealt. Everyone seems to have some health problem now especially when you get older. Good you get out and do things you like.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Dogs can travel with you. Cats aren’t so good at it.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Would someone be kind enough to pass this “shark story” on to ALT, when she’s around ?

She may have already seen it, but I don’t know. Linked from DRUDGE.

listens2glenn on August 1, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Jerry Garcia-Comes A Time

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Your right COL about cards were dealt. I consider myself lucky because the symptoms came late in life. Could have happened sooner. Yah, making the most of it while I can. It’s the progressive kind.
Well, going to give it another try putting the head down. The video with that Garcia Bird song is pretty cool. Don’t let your cats see it COL. Teehee.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Don’t let your cats see it COL. Teehee.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Heh. I’m very worried about these disease that we used to keep out. Now that the border is unsecured all this stuff will be coming in. If I had kids I wouldn’t put them in school.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Thanks for the tunes KCEWA. Have a good day!

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

The IDF says at the beginning of its operation, the Palestinians in Gaza Strip had 10,000 rockets. They now have about 3,000 rockets.

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Thanks. You have a good day, too!

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 6:11 AM

I’m going back to bed for awhile. I have to go to the laundromat since it wasn’t open yesterday.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 6:15 AM

COL-
Felt I should put my two cents in on schooling. Considering what’s not taught and what they want to teach (common core crap), I’d be home schooling my daughter. Glad she got the schooling she did. She continued on and received her masters. Whew!
As far as diseases go, my sister picked up a parasite in a hospital waiting room. I’ve heard of more thing being picked up in pubic places… I can only imagine what crossing the border now.
Have a good day too.

31giddyup on August 1, 2014 at 6:15 AM

American Ebola Patient Coming To U.S.

I feel for these people…but, No. Not a good idea.

CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 31 (Reuters) – A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday.

CNN and ABC News reported that a second American infected with Ebola was to be flown to the United States. CNN identified the U.S.-bound patients as Brantly and Writebol. Reuters could not independently confirm the reports.

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Good Morning, Patriots, Sockpuppets, and Trolls!

In their self-absorbed Political Greed, America’s professional politicians are setting the stage for the possible fall of our nation.

My take: The Illegal Alien Invasion Continues. Congress Chases Its Tail.

kingsjester on August 1, 2014 at 6:54 AM

From Democracy for America:

“I don’t want to go back to my country because I don’t want to die.”

That’s what 15-year-old Saul Martinez told Congressional officials last Tuesday. Saul is just one voice speaking for tens of thousands of children who are trapped on the U.S. border right now after fleeing unthinkable violence in their home countries.

Republicans want Americans to think this is a border crisis — but it isn’t.

These children are refugees fighting to stay alive. They’ve come to America for our help and sending them home or not is literally a question of life or death. Yet House Republicans couldn’t muster the political will to take any action at all to help them, thanks to the meddling of Sen. Ted Cruz and other hardcore Tea Party politicians.

It’s time to stop letting Republicans play politics with children’s lives. If Congress won’t act, President Obama must.

Don’t let racists in Congress hold back lifesaving services from child refugees in need. Tell President Obama to reclassify unaccompanied minors from violent Central American countries as refugees and send in FEMA to provide emergency food, water, and shelter immediately.

Howard Dean is calling Republicans racist for wanting to uphold the rule of laws par for the course.

Patriot Vet on August 1, 2014 at 7:08 AM

The IDF says at the beginning of its operation, the Palestinians in Gaza Strip had 10,000 rockets. They now have about 3,000 rockets.

kcewa on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

They also had something like 32 terrorist tunnels they don’t have now too.

Sadly, the media doesn’t care about the truth. Today’s WaPo has an editorial in their “Post Everything” column which is devoted to bringing outside voices into the WaPo. It features a woman raised in Gaza whose comments are under the headline ‘why are they killing children’- a question her own children have supposedly asked her. And her lament about what to tell them even as their gravely ill grandmother is unable to travel to Cairo because the Gazans endure closed borders.

It is one of the most foul one-sided pieces of propaganda I’ve seen in a very long time. I wish I could tell this woman that it is her own vile neighbors that are causing children to die and BTW the Muslim animals raining down rockets on Israel don’t care if the kill Israeli children…. how are you going to explain that to the brats you supposedly have?

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 7:14 AM

These children are refugees fighting to stay alive. They’ve come to America for our help and sending them home or not is literally a question of life or death. Yet House Republicans couldn’t muster the political will to take any action at all to help them, thanks to the meddling of Sen. Ted Cruz and other hardcore Tea Party politicians.

Howard Dean is calling Republicans racist for wanting to uphold the rule of laws par for the course.

Patriot Vet on August 1, 2014 at 7:08 AM

If the litmus test is children struggling to stay alive, there are other children in much worse conditions that should be saved first. Where is the Dem plan to help the children of Haiti, Darfur, or Nigeria.

Case in point about a 10-year-old girl from a story this week Nigerian authorities have arrested two suspected Boko Haram members who were found travelling with a young girl with explosives attached to her, the Nigerian government has announced.

Is Herr Docktor saying a Nigerian childs life is of less worth than some child from El Salvador invading this nation to meet up with relatives already living here illegally.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Good morning. I’ll probably go back to bed after a bit. I was up later than usual.

Going to be in the 80′s every day for awhile.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Cloudy, light rain, low 80sF. Website is slow and will do some clean up and log back in. Oldest son is getting the lesson that “life is not fair”. More painful for me than him.

HonestLib on August 1, 2014 at 7:26 AM

If the litmus test is children struggling to stay alive, there are other children in much worse conditions that should be saved first. Where is the Dem plan to help the children of Haiti, Darfur, or Nigeria.

Case in point about a 10-year-old girl from a story this week Nigerian authorities have arrested two suspected Boko Haram members who were found travelling with a young girl with explosives attached to her, the Nigerian government has announced.

Is Herr Docktor saying a Nigerian childs life is of less worth than some child from El Salvador invading this nation to meet up with relatives already living here illegally.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Such is the hypocrisy of a Libtard. Taking that thought experiment out to its natural extension, the US should just let all children in looking for ‘help’. Here is the rest of the email. It is from the Executive Director for DFA:

If the President leads, Americans will support him.

A new poll released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 69% of Americans believe that children from violent Central American countries should be treated as refugees and be allowed to stay here.

That’s right, 7 in 10 Americans think these children deserve proper shelter — in homes, not detention centers — and legal assistance while we find long-term solutions to their situation.

But this polling shouldn’t be a surprise. Americans have a long history of helping refugees escaping violent, dangerous, and corrupt regimes. Just over 30 years ago, over 125,000 refugees escaped from Cuba during the Mariel boatlift and were received with open arms. The U.S. government even orchestrated the acceptance of over 14,000 Cuban children during “Operation Peter Pan.”

We did it then, because we did what was right. Americans know that children are not “invaders” — no matter what the Tea Party would have them believe. Now, it’s up to President Obama to act.

Tell the Obama Administration to stand with the American people now: Stop treating the children at the border like criminals who need to be punished. Give them the refugee status they deserve and the humanitarian care they need.

Reports from detention centers are appalling. Children being kept in kennels. Tent cities in desert heat with not enough water or supplies.

That’s not who we are as Americans. There’s simply no excuse for Democrats to be cowed by Republicans trying to make this about politics. We are better than that — and it is well past time for the administration to take action and prove it.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

Maybe I missed it, but I really don’t think that the ‘kids’ are being kept in kennels or tent cities. If they are resorting to this sort of outright lying, they are really desperate.

Patriot Vet on August 1, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Trace Adkins is on fox this morning. Along with that voice he’s very tall. He’s one of the biggest supporters of the troops.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

If it wasn’t for Tom Donohue, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their UN-American member companies Republicans would not be having this conversation now. I don’t what more can be done to combat this against these companies . . . many Americans are burning up the phone lines to Washington fighting this . . . THAN YOU!

Nat George on August 1, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Maybe I missed it, but I really don’t think that the ‘kids’ are being kept in kennels or tent cities. If they are resorting to this sort of outright lying, they are really desperate.

Patriot Vet on August 1, 2014 at 7:35 AM

This is Obama’s world of divisive partisanship, lies, and making winning elections more important than leading the nation.

The media is spending a lot of time on the GOP efforts to pass “something” about the border issue before going on a five-week vacation. Well, it is meaningless. The Senate started their vacation yesterday and Harry Reid isn’t going to call all the critters back to DC to hash out the differences in bills that will ulitimately not be signed by the rat-eared wonder.

I’m tired of the meaningless theater by both parties.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Happy Lammas Day.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 8:25 AM

TGIF EveryOne:

SOB:

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 8m

Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers during the suspected kidnapping of 2nd Lt. Goldin this morning.

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 20m

We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel.

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 1h

MORE: Israeli army says soldier is “feared” captured by Gaza militants: http://apne.ws/1zCtW6i

canopfor on August 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM

I’m tired of the meaningless theater by both parties.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

It may not be going anywhere but it’s important to get congress people’s names on it as to whether they support open borders or the law. They go out and say whatever works with a particular audience.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 8:32 AM

WH,….Really?:

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
7m
White House: Reported Hamas attack in Israel would be a ‘barbaric’ violation of ceasefire agreement – @Reuters

canopfor on August 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM

https://twitter.com/costareports

Retweeted by Robert Costa
Ed O’Keefe @edatpost · 50m

Your morning miracle. With @pkcapitol and @costareports. http://instagram.com/p/rJ5AmLxlUK/

Replied to 0 times

Robert Costa @costareports · 2h

from today’s paper: Cruz rises as Boehner stumbles — and how assurance, pizza, and “fellowship” = power http://wapo.st/1n8OwCj

Replied to 0 times

Robert Costa @costareports · 8h

.@danbalz’s take: Republicans deliver another self-inflicted wound http://wapo.st/1uLNqq6

canopfor on August 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

“Well, let’s see, I’ve been bitching about this for, what, 15 months? Democrats wants the votes and Republicans want cheap labor. They didn’t want to do anything with it, now they’re going to wait until the last minute? You know, I have a forum I’m supposed to be at, I can’t be, on this very subject,” Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio said…

Boehner and the “moderate” libturd rinos have no intention of actually stopping the invasion.

I am eternally grateful to the Tea Party members of congress who stopped Boehner and fought back. STAND FAST. Hold to your principles for THEY HAVE NONE.

dogsoldier on August 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

The House plans to resume debate at 10 a.m. today on the emergency supplemental spending bill (H.R. 5230) for the alien surge. Yesterday, the Senate’s emergency supplemental was defeated after Democrats failed to garner enough votes on a procedural motion made by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

God Bless Senator Sessions!!

https://www.numbersusa.com/

Here is the H.R. 5230 bill that Boehner is trying to get passed.

https://www.numbersusa.com/resource-download/hr5230-house-supplemental-border-surge

After reading most of it, I can see why S. Cruz objected and many Americans that manned the phone lines.

bluefox on August 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2014 at 1:41 AM

Nice!

Galtian on August 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

AFFORABLE GOLF BALL ACT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGNon5rHg-w

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM

for those who cant wait to colonize Mars..
perhaps MOXIE will help..
MOXIE ( Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment)

http://www.space.com/26705-nasa-2020-rover-mars-colony-tech.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

perhaps MOXIE will help..
MOXIE ( Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment)

http://www.space.com/26705-nasa-2020-rover-mars-colony-tech.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Get yourself right over there G2. But don’t you think we should start smaller and colonize the moon first?

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

It’s hot here but rain over in Indiana.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

But don’t you think we should start smaller and colonize the moon first?

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

hey..how are you feeling today?
yes COL…we should have been on the moon for a long time now..decades..

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

yes COL…we should have been on the moon for a long time now..decades..

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I’m hanging in like everybody else. Hot is definitely better than cold weather.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

we are warmer today too..70′s..
glad you are feeling a bit better.. :)

laundry done?

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Temperatures on the moon are very hot in the daytime, about 100 degrees C. At night, the lunar surface gets very cold, as cold as minus 173 degrees C
the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere to hold in the heat..
(only a very slight helium atmosphere)
also the lunar pole is one of the coldest place on the Solar system, above -240° Celsius
here is a nice bit from 2013..
How to Live on the Moon

http://www.space.com/21611-moon-base-lunar-colony-guide.html

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I got the laundry done. A colony on the moon would have to be under a dome with artificial atmosphere and gravity.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

http://www.space.com/21611-moon-base-lunar-colony-guide.html

Interesting.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

the moon has some gravity..
how and why would you add more?

doesn’t the place you have your trailer have a laundry room?
it sounded like you had to go down town..??..

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

some are talking about lunar habitats in moon holes..

http://www.space.com/8662-rare-hole-moon-photographed.html

less gravity might make this easier..
and it would also help with the temp swings..

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

we also kicked some Russian butt…getting to and landing on the moon
now the chi-coms want to build a moon base..
so it would be nice to kick some Chinese butt now..

going2mars on August 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

For supporters of the Jewish people….

A piece that an old acquaintance of mine has written. Always did have a way with words. Very timely and poignant reminder.

lineholder on August 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5