Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has not officially declared a bid for the White House in 2016, his presidential ambitions were on full display here as he traveled across the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Paul kicked off a three-day swing thru Iowa on Monday, taking him to eight different cities along the way and several fundraisers for congressional candidates…

“I don’t have to remind you who won in Iowa for the presidency last time and the time before. I am not casting any blame on any individual but Iowa didn’t do their part, ya’ll gave us the president who is messing up the country,” he said, noting that a “bigger, broader coalition” must be created for success.

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“Rand Paul is for real—a 100%, dead-serious contender, and anyone who underestimates him should have his head examined,” said Phil Musser, a Republican strategist who advised GOP presidential hopefuls Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney but is unaffiliated with any potential 2016 candidates. “He has changed the perception that a Paul could never win the nomination.”…

Mr. Paul’s candidacy, by contrast, is taken as fact. On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) unabashedly linked Mr. Paul with the last native son of their state who sought the White House, calling him “the most credible candidate for president of the United States since Henry Clay.”…

Sen. Paul’s inner circle includes about a half-dozen veterans of his Senate campaign and the presidential campaign of his father. Sen. Paul’s leadership PAC has hired three veterans of presidential campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan, a step toward a national campaign that no other 2016 hopeful has taken. “We’re trying to have a basic infrastructure in place before the general election, so if he formally announces after November we’re ready to go,” said Steve Grubbs, a former Iowa Republican Party chairman running Mr. Paul’s leadership PAC in that state.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Hillary Clinton is not “fit to lead the country” Friday, mocking the former secretary of state’s comments about her wealth and condemning her response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi…

Paul asked his audience to observe a “moment of silence” for Clinton’s finances.

“Somebody must have been praying for her,” he said, “because she’s now worth 100, 200 million. I tell you, it was really tough giving those speeches.”

But at least she didn’t suffer alone, Paul joked: “She had her limo driver with her for the last 17 years to commiserate.”

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sought to undercut Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential rival for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, by reviving an immigration-related attack used in the 2012 campaign…

“President Obama won’t send them home, and Gov. Perry has done the same thing by giving them in-state tuition. That’s a beacon without any kind of border security,” he said.

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He has been working to make the case that he has appeal beyond the GOP. “The GOP base is frankly not big enough to win national elections; it’s not big enough, in probably some states, to win statewide elections,” he said.

He said winning national elections will require a “bigger, broader coalition” and new ideas. His examples include reaching out to minorities and urban dwellers with a focus on criminal justice, education reform and slashing taxes and regulations for potential employers in impoverished urban areas…

Paul, asked to elaborate on his plans for 2016, said, “We don’t really have a definite plan yet but I’m told beyond thinking about it, that some of it is coming out to meet people and see whether or not your message resonates, see whether or not you can help other candidates to win, that kind of thing.”

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But, Paul said during a speech in Iowa City this afternoon, getting to the bottom of the government’s financial troubles means “you have to look at entitlements.”

“I’m not for getting rid of Social Security or getting rid of Medicare,” Paul told the audience of about 130 mostly gray-haired Iowans. “I’m saying how do you save them? Social Security’s $6 trillion short. Medicare’s $35 trillion short. The way you save them is you’re going to have to have some tough love.

“Those of you on Social Security and Medicare, nothing will change. My generation will have to wait a little longer to get it. It’s the only way to fix it. You can fix two-thirds of the Social Security problem by raising the age two months a year for about 30 years,” he said.

Paul said President Ronald Reagan did that in 1983, moving the age for eligibility for retirement benefits from 65 to 67. It’s necessary to make another shift because life expectancy is now 80 years old, Paul said.

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What’s new is the way Paul is courting African-Americans. He has moved beyond the economic arguments that anchored those previous outreach efforts to embrace criminal-justice reform with a passion unprecedented in modern Republican politics. Few Democrats, in fact, have matched the fervor of Paul’s case against drug laws that have disproportionately incarcerated minority men. While reform isn’t imminent, he could be helping to clear the space that will ultimately produce it. “We haven’t really seen a Republican, and I can’t think of many Democratic senators, who [has] been this out front in trying to reform the criminal-justice system,” says Jeremy Haile, federal advocacy counsel for The Sentencing Project, a group that advocates for rethinking sentencing rules…

Paul has walked his talk by cosponsoring legislation with Democrats, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders; restore voting rights and access to welfare and food-stamp benefits for more former prisoners; and reform the juvenile-justice system. That agenda might not precipitate an immediate GOP electoral breakthrough with African-Americans, but it’s serious enough to provide the party its best opportunity since Kemp to engage that community.

By scrambling the usual party alignment, Paul also has the potential to reshape the sentencing debate, much as Bill Clinton did with welfare reform. The question is whether Paul, as Clinton did, can convince his party to join him.

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A politician attempting to iron out his position as he seeks higher office isn’t new or remarkable. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another possible presidential contender, has been doing the same as she blitzes the country on her new book tour. Ditto for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. What is remarkable, however, is the effort Rand Paul has put into clarifying where he stands on the issues just this past year, which, if anything, is a testament to his provocative political history.

In an MSNBC interview last week, Paul denied ever objecting to parts of the Civil Rights Act, even though fact checkers concluded he was trying to “essentially erase what he said in 2010″ about the landmark civil rights legislation…

Before Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year, Paul chided Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for issuing a preemptive warning to Vladimir Putin to keep his hands to himself. “Some on our side are so stuck in the Cold War era that they want to tweak Russia all the time and I don’t think that is a good idea,” he told The Washington Post at the time. But a few months later, the isolationism he and his father, Ron Paul, preached went out the window. The younger Paul urged the president “stand up to Putin” by reinstituting missile-defense shields in former Soviet republics like Poland. The entire transformation was thoroughly captured on Red State.

Or take Syria, where Paul staked out four different positions with respect to the U.S. effort to remove chemical weapons from the regime of Bashar Assad in 2013.

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Rand Paul had the benefit of observing both what made his father likable and popular, and what made him an also-ran. The elder Paul had many elements of a marketable message—but sounding, as he does, a bit like someone who might stop you on the street to hand you a pamphlet about gold, he was the wrong messenger. Paul has clung to their shared isolationist, minimalist government ideals—particularly marketable is his opposition to the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, which has generated outrage and diplomatic upheaval—while moving toward the center-right establishment. He is comparatively statesmanlike, and wears his willingness to do what it takes to win on his sleeve—but unlike in scripture, the sins of the father may be visited on the son in presidential politics.

Last week, as it emerged that Paul was leading the polls in Iowa–where the caucuses will be held in 17 months–and in New Hampshire–the location of the first primaries, his father offered his opinion on the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in the form of a column. In it, he chided “western media outlets” for rushing “to repeat government propaganda on the event”; and President Obama for holding a press conference “before an investigation” had been conducted. He wrote: “western media and politicians joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; It had to be Putin, they said.”…

“The very thing that makes him formidable could very well prove to be the very thing that makes him difficult to vote for—and that’s his last name,” Hogan Gidley, a veteran Republican operative, told me. To be electable, Paul will have to find the balance between appealing to the libertarian base that he inherited, and to establishment voters. “I don’t know that it’s balanceable,” Gidley said. “It’s just a very difficult balance. Rand Paul is a very talented politician … but the question you asked me wasn’t ‘Is he a skilled politician?’ The question was, ‘Is he skilled enough to master that balance?’ And I don’t think he is, and I don’t know that anybody is.”

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annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2014 at 4:51 AM

Glad you don’t mind your job. That’s important.

I was a lot more liberal as a teenager, but I was soon cured. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan helped a lot to rid me of liberalism.

That guy wants open borders, amnesty, special rights for LGBT, and abortion at any stage for any reason. Sounds like a typical dim.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 4:55 AM

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 4:49 AM

see the site Alt just posted…14 bullet points..
thanks for the example Alt..!!… morning..

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 4:56 AM

We had a nice heavy rain last night.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 4:56 AM

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 4:55 AM

They live in Silicon Valley. Might explain it.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2014 at 4:58 AM

morning COL…
hope you slept well,,
and are feeling better..

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 4:59 AM

There has been record low turn out for primaries in many states this year. I don’t understand the apathy.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 1:49 AM

They don’t think it makes any difference. The DC gang does what they want to and don’t listen to us anymore.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 4:52 AM

Oh yes that is so true. I also live in a blue area so can understand what you mean.

However, I believe most independents and moderates want a secure border. The crisis going on is probably alarming to everyone except leftists. We would never get their votes anyway.

I do believe if Barry gives mass amnesty that it will backfire on the dims, I don’t think he cares. In fact, I think he wants the Rs to take the Senate next year so he can continue to demagogue and pass EO.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 5:02 AM

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 5:02 AM

i think you are right..
if Barry EO’s millions in…
his party is out..
that is a 70/30 looser nation wide..

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 5:04 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2014 at 4:58 AM

I have relatives that lived in Texas for years and then moved to that area. They couldn’t get out fast enough. They are happy to be back in Texas again.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Just dropping this off. Got up for water, heading back to bed.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/technology/russian-gang-said-to-amass-more-than-a-billion-stolen-internet-credentials.html?_r=0

31giddyup on August 6, 2014 at 5:06 AM

thanks for the chat cat_o
I need to get some sleep..
cheers…

be safe at work Alt…cheers..

have a wonderful morning COL… :)
night kids..

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 5:08 AM

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 5:04 AM

It should result in a huge backlash. Among other things it will make the border crisis even worse, as more head here for amnesty.

I’m sure that privately many dims are worried about this. It cannot end well for the party, not to mention the damage it will do for the country.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 5:09 AM

going2mars on August 6, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Good night G2M! I need to head to bed soon too.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Everybody’s leaving me. I’m watching Highway Patrol. Old, old program from the 50′s. I like seeing the way they did things back then.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 5:37 AM

I’m still here.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2014 at 5:43 AM

I’m still here.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2014 at 5:43 AM

I’m going back to read last night’s. Hope you have a good work day and give em heck.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Good morning

More and more attacks and abductions in Afghanistan as the drawdown occurs
-retired. Military guy on mj

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Touting new poll with gop @19% and dear leader @40%
MJ offering awesome advice for the gop……puhleeze
75% in the wrong direction

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:11 AM

How does obama stay at 40%

Chuck fudging the numbers?? What is the split between d and r

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM

MJ…..ts not the president’s fault

Nicole …yes it is….obama makes everything political ….trashing everyone

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:19 AM

How does obama stay at 40%

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Morning. I’m sure the Dow has something to do with it. The illusion of prosperity for investors (who know better) probably convinces the low information dopes that something is going right.

Jaibones on August 6, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Rand Paul, besides being unfocused has never run anything. If he were the nominee (and there actually is an election) I would probably have to vote for him. But it’s a million years until then and many hings are going to happen before then. He’s being very smart to set things up early.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Morning jaibones

Good point
:)

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Remember when Playboy magazine reportedly offered Sarah Palin $4,000,000 to pose nude?

Then Michelle Obama was offered $50 by National Geographic?

And when KFC offered the “Hillary” meal, consisting of two small breasts and two large thighs?

Now KFC is offering the “Obama Cabinet Bucket.” It consists of nothing but left wings and chicken poop.

davidk on August 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Good Morning, Y’all!

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.

– Joe Biden, 2007

My take: Shocka! 54% of Americans Believe That Obama Is a Lousy Leader

kingsjester on August 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Border tensions increase…in Europe…

“Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos.

Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the heat in France’s port city of Calais, frustrations rising as the Africans jockey for space while trying to sneak into Britain – the dream destination some 30 kilometers (20 miles) away.

Migrants fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East arrive in Calais with hopes of crossing the channel on a ferry or on trucks laden with cargo. Their numbers in the city at the edge of the English Channel have swelled to up to 1,300, overwhelming the city, aid agencies and police.

“Calais has been taken hostage,” Mignonet said, blaming in part a Franco-British cooperation accord that he says puts the brunt of the burden on Calais. Like other officials, the deputy mayor complains that the British police presence effectively extends Britain’s border to France.

Most migrants in Calais start the European portion of their treacherous Mediterranean journeys in Italy, arriving on boats in the island of Lampedusa. Last year, total arrivals in Italy tallied 42,000 – which was already surpassed by spring. With the year far from over, over 60,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores.

Overwhelmed, Italy is increasingly waiving European rules to fingerprint migrants, allowing them to move on. Those looking to go to Britain often end up in Calais.

Britain is seen by many migrants as Europe’s Shangri-La, with a more humane treatment of migrants than continental neighbors like France, where there are only 22,000 living units for some 60,000 asylum seekers.

Clashes among migrants are a new phenomenon…

Within France, there is a divergence of views about how well Calais and France cope with the migrant issue….”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_MIGRANTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-05-16-37-53

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Rand Paul, besides being unfocused has never run anything. If he were the nominee (and there actually is an election) I would probably have to vote for him. But it’s a million years until then and many hings are going to happen before then. He’s being very smart to set things up early.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Rand Paul was recently filmed skittering away as two immigration activists confronted Steve King at a campaign event.

King patiently and in a disciplined manner engaged in conversation while being politically bushwhacked by Dreamers….

Paul skedaddles (leaving his lunch) as soon as the bushwhackers identify themselves and their cause to King.

So there’s that….

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM

dear leader is awesome, its congress’ fault for all of the troubles of this country
-lib hacks on mj

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

dear leader is awesome, its congress’ fault for all of the troubles of this country
-lib hacks on mj

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Morning Jew is right. Congress should have impeached him years ago.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Rand Paul, besides being unfocused has never run anything. If he were the nominee (and there actually is an election) I would probably have to vote for him. But it’s a million years until then and many hings are going to happen before then. He’s being very smart to set things up early.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Whatever the GOP needs for 2016 it does not include the Paul family idiocy when it comes to foreign affairs. We have never been an isolationist country and we should not nominate a stupid idiot that makes isolation as the cornerstone of his ideas.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM

heh

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Hmmmm….

“I’m not suggesting Perry will be the 45th president or even the GOP nominee. I am suggesting that no one should underestimate him.

Republicans fret often about how to attract the elusive votes of Hispanics and independents. Perry won 38 percent of the Latino vote in his last election, compared with Romney’s 27 percent nationally in 2012.

As for independents and voters less ideologically wired, they will be looking for results. One does not need a conservative lens to see Perry’s compelling achievement in Texas of withstanding the major economic downturn of our age. Hardcore Hillary voters will probably not be ordering Perry yard signs. But if he speaks skillfully to moderates, with an upbeat message about the ideas he has successfully implemented, he could find takers among voters open to new directions after years of a struggling presidency.

That would be an echo of 1980, when Ronald Reagan broadened his appeal, not by moving to the center but by attracting the center toward him. Media elites that year viewed Reagan as an amiable dim bulb who was satisfying only to his base. As the 2016 GOP field jostles for as much of the Reagan turf as each hopeful can occupy, Perry might similarly disprove the skeptics.

He will have to do more homework and preparation, and bring every bit of the humor and resiliency he can muster to help him stand out in a crowded field. If he is able to create moments that bury “oops” in the ash heap of old anecdotes, we might well see the reverse of his last outing, in which his performance fell well short of expectations.

This time, expectations for Perry are low, which could be a great gift….”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384570/perry-2016-view-texas-mark-davis

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

obama’s approval 40%?

no big whoop, still twice better than congress

morning jew, katrina vandenasty

renalin on August 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

kingsjester on August 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

another good one KJ

the lsm and the kool-aid drinkers keep this idjit at 40%….it boggles the mind….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

OT-

It sounds as if the MI-3 Republican primary was a tad bitter. Most interesting victory speech I’ve ever seen.

Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community an apology,” Amash said. “You had the audacity to try to call me today after running a campaign that was called ‘the nastiest in the country.’

“I ran for office to stop people like you.”

The Liberterian-minded Amash on Tuesday, Aug. 5, soundly beat Ellis, who billed himself as sort of the “anti-Amash” candidate for votes he considered out of touch with Third District voters. Countless endorsements, including the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce to Right to Life of Michigan, fell to Ellis’ side during the past few months, but it failed to carry voters to his camp.

Ellis said he called Amash to congratulate him on the win and left a voicemail asking the incumbent to give Ellis a call. It sounds as though that might not be coming from Amash.

Throughout the course of his campaign, Amash highlighted work in Congress that champions the Constitution and individuals’ civil liberties. He also railed against Washington, D.C., lobbyists and corporate interests, which in turn, threw support behind Ellis.

Amash didn’t mince words for some of Ellis’ supporters, either.

“I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra, you’re a disgrace,” said Amash, noting the former U.S. representative who appeared in a TV ad for Ellis. “I’m glad we can hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance.”

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Rand Paul, besides being unfocused has never run anything. If he were the nominee (and there actually is an election) I would probably have to vote for him. But it’s a million years until then and many hings are going to happen before then. He’s being very smart to set things up early.

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Whatever the GOP needs for 2016 it does not include the Paul family idiocy when it comes to foreign affairs. We have never been an isolationist country and we should not nominate a stupid idiot that makes isolation as the cornerstone of his ideas.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Rand Paul is a “creature of his father”….who is batchit crazy.

And he’s already been corrupted by the swamp fever disease of Washington DC…imho

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

renalin on August 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

yup, they’ve got their talking points…their squirrel is congress and the gop

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:24 AM

cmsinaz on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on August 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM

“Another poll has found that a majority of Americans want illegal immigrants to be “returned immediately” to their home countries.
A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll found that 51% of respondents wanted illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, to be deported, while only 43% of Americans want them to stay if they meet certain conditions….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/05/Wall-Street-Journal-Poll-Majority-Want-Illegals-Returned-Immediately

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Morning COL and it will be 94F and again low humidity. Going to mow the grass this afternoon due to rain this weekend. Terrible wreck happened on the way home on a rural road where most folks drive 70+. Got out and helped those who survived. Took EMSs ten minutes to arrive and I got folks calmed down and had one guy direct traffic as one lane was closed. Did that so the Fire Department would not have to negotiate around a bunch of lookie loos.

Within minutes folks were every where with their cell phones out shooting video? Folks are just plain nuts these days. Have an emergency kit in the truck and know to put on gloves and a long sleeve shirt when helping out.

EMS thanked me and ask me to wait around. I left ASAP as I was not involved in the crash and did not have anything to add.

Life in the back woods. Soon I will have a story about the meth folks who moved in behind us with about 15 trail cams around their rented home. Should be fun.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Within minutes folks were every where with their cell phones out shooting video? Folks are just plain nuts these days. Have an emergency kit in the truck and know to put on gloves and a long sleeve shirt when helping out.
HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

You are a thoughtful citizen….

Youtube is the new Colosseum…and this is unfortunate.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Life in the back woods. Soon I will have a story about the meth folks who moved in behind us with about 15 trail cams around their rented home. Should be fun.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

It’s always good to have someone that knows how to take charge. Do the cops know about the meth guys?

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Youtube is the new Colosseum…and this is unfortunate.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM

That is a brilliant point. You shall forever have my internet respect. H/T to ‘ya.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM

It’s always good to have someone that knows how to take charge. Do the cops know about the meth guys?

crankyoldlady on August 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Lots in our sud-division range between 1.5 to 5 acres and our backyards are woods and you can’t see your neighbours to the rear. I have a separate alarm system for the basement from the rest of the house and a month ago the alarm to the basement door went off. I also have trail cams set up, mostly to see the coyotes, and two individuals were noted.

Called the Sheriff and he told me about the meth problem. Told him he could use our house/yard for surveillance or a place to mobilize assets. Usually on the weekends a unit will be parked in our driveway and they will make a bust soon. Good thing is that I will know when it happens.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

You know, I kind of like that. It may not win any awards from Ms. Manners but it certainly puts some people on notice.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

That’s a lot going on! We lived in a neighborhood in Va. Beach where generations bought and it was a really lovely family atmosphere. One of the younger generation decided to rent a home just down from his mom’s house to run a money laundering location for meth dealers. I can’t describe how the feeling of the place changed when this came to light. It was like a trust had been broken.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Mostly old farts like me, but a few youngins have bought. Problem is resale of a family style house with that much acreage. You can go five miles up the road and find the sames homes on 1/2 acre lots and they of course cost less.

This is why the house is a rental. Owners did not want to drop the price and rented it out. 83 homes in our sub-division and this is the only rental and the only one for sale. It is nice because on the weekends you might see ten cars all day. Very quite. Well, eight of those ten cars are ours….so there is that!

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The HL yacking hour is over (I can hear the sigh of relief) and have a good day COL, CM, WCA, and all others.

Well to be honest, The Wife just sent me a text telling me to shut up.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sought to undercut Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential rival for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, by reviving an immigration-related attack used in the 2012 campaign…

Lengthy article at the Atlantic…But worth the read…

“Meet the New Rick Perry—Is He the Same as the Old Rick Perry?
Many pundits give the Texas governor slim odds in 2016 after his disastrous presidential run in 2012. Maybe they’re missing something….”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/meet-the-new-rick-perryis-he-the-same-as-the-old-rick-perry/375571/

Lots of liberal head explosions in the comment thread…Double ++ Good

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Youtube is the new Colosseum…and this is unfortunate.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM

That is a brilliant point. You shall forever have my internet respect. H/T to ‘ya.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM

: )

Have a good day as well…(Usually a good idea to listen to the wife)

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The Wife just sent me a text telling me to shut up.

HonestLib on August 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

That works?

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Those Michigan numbers I’d posted overnight were from only ONE county, folks, sorry. (St. Clair)
18k votes out of a population of 150k, TOTAL.
Uncertain of eligible voters.
My bad … Unsure of state totals.
I should leave results-postings to the experts… LOL.

On FB, St. Clair county posters are somewhat surprised/impressed by the Right’s results.
Slowly making headways !!!

pambi on August 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Mr. Paul’s candidacy, by contrast, is taken as fact. On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) unabashedly linked Mr. Paul with the last native son of their state who sought the White House, calling him “the most credible candidate for president of the United States since Henry Clay.”…

Mitch McConnell does not have the personality that I want for Majority Leader, but we can save our energy on that topic, until after we elect a GOP Senate Majority.

So, in Kentucky, funny place, beautiful, but I can’t grasp the mentality that gives you republican reps, but who want a democrat governor handing out Medicaid via Obamacare:

They have a libertarian there, running for Senate, who could be a spoiler, if conservatives don’t get out the vote for McConnell. You know the unions will have buses for the democrat voters, to vote “street by street, alphabetically” and I don’t know how well behaved The Machine is in Kentucky, but Grimes is well connected, and soon they will be doing some stunt with women, saying that McConnell wants them to be raped or not to have “health care” and some of them in Kentucky have new Medicaid cards thanks to Obama Care and the democrat Governor these same people have elected. McConnell is going to need all they help Rand can provide.

I would say: In Kentucky, beware the subversive side of Libertarians, who support democrat populism over conservative sensibility, pushing the libertarian Senate candidate to spoil the race. The Libertarians do want to bring the republican party down, and take it’s spoils.

If they were conservative they would join the conservative party, by their choice, you know they are social liberals, who are “too cool” to choose the “identity” of republican.

Many of the libertarians, though big moralizers are simply moderates with a constitutional edge empowering their ideas of moderation in all things even moderation, and especially moderation where drugs and gay marriage are concerned. Just beware.

Fleuries on August 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Fleuries on August 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

“I think we’ve seen a president who’s inexperienced being an executive,” he tells me. “He’s never been an executive of anything. He was in the Illinois state Senate and the U.S. Senate long enough to find out where bathrooms are, but not long enough to really know how process works.” Americans, Perry says confidently, are ready for someone with a little more seasoning. “I don’t think they want to take a chance on another Barack Obama.” – Gov. Perry

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/meet-the-new-rick-perryis-he-the-same-as-the-old-rick-perry/375571/3/

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Rand Paul rand didn’t he? I’m late to the thread but he sure looked like Sir Robinhood from Monty Python when that latina confronted Steve King. And man did Mr. King handle it well.

DanMan on August 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

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