Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on March 1, 2015 by Allahpundit

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge

“Obviously we’re not getting good results, are we? I base everything on results,” said Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, one of the many Republicans frustrated with the GOP’s performance, particularly on the Homeland Security bill.

“Our leadership set the stage for this,” Fleming said. “Yet we didn’t really see much messaging, coordination or communication.”…

“The problem is there are a whole lot of us, including leadership, who put out statements saying Obama’s executive order was illegal, unconstitutional. How do you backtrack off of that?” asked Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.

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The House has become an embarrassing spectacle, and the promises of Republican leaders in both houses to govern without hop-scotching from crisis to crisis have been shredded. Speaker John A. Boehner’s control of the tea party faction in his GOP caucus is so slight he couldn’t even manage a three-week funding extension for DHS, let alone approving a budget through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Now, instead of tackling major legislation, Congress will be paralyzed for more days — and perhaps even longer — as House Republicans continue to insist on measures to reverse Mr. Obama’s immigration moves that have no chance of passage in the Senate, no chance of being signed by the president and no chance of becoming law.

We happen to agree with many Republicans that the president’s executive action was a case of executive overreach. But it is reckless in the extreme to wallow in brinkmanship and imperil a key department of government rather than allow the courts to settle the dispute. And it is certainly not what the American people want, expect or deserve from their lawmakers.

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“The only reason is that it’s not the best possible outcome [for the White House] is that they didn’t pass the full-year funding,” an Obama aide said, reflecting on what happened Friday night. “The fact that they’re going to next week, and that we avoided a shutdown, was 99 percent of what we wanted.”…

After spending last year keeping Congress at a distance, Obama aides said they’d been optimistic about finding a way to work with Republicans on some issues in 2015. Now, while the year looks like it will offer fewer opportunities for deals, the White House will be able to exert more pressure on Republicans when they get the chance.

Obama and his advisers believe the lesson for the House GOP is that going forward, they’re going to have to work together with the White House and Democrats to put together bipartisan majorities to pass legislation, abandoning their preference for relying on all-Republican majorities that include the tea party wing.

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Republicans said they expected that next week the House would end up going along with the Senate’s bill funding Homeland Security through September without immigration changes, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

“I don’t think there’s any alternative,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, (R) of Pennsylvania. “When we’re at the end of next week, what do we do?”

More broadly, congressional analyst Chris Krueger of Guggenheim Securities told the newspaper, “The GOP has its largest House majority in over 70 years but that fact is misleading: a 28-seat majority is actually more like a 3-seat majority given that at least 25 Republicans cannot be counted on for the most important votes.”

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Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup…

At least one congressional aide said the deal between Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was to get enough Democratic votes in the Republican-led chamber to avoid the shutdown at midnight Friday, in exchange for Boehner’s promise to allow a vote next week on a long-term funding bill “clean” of the immigration issue.

Boehner spokesman Mike Steel told Fox News that such a deal doesn’t exist. Pelosi’s office has neither confirmed nor denied such a deal.

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The bottom line is any House Democrat could have the power next week to force a vote on a clean DHS funding measure. Here’s how:…

Clause four of House Rule XXII (not to be confused with the more-often cited Senate Rule XXII) provides: “When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.”…

Because such a motion is “privileged” that would then trigger a vote on sending the Senate-amended full year Homeland Security appropriations bill to Obama’s desk without any of those riders designed to block his executive actions on immigration…

If it were to prevail, Democratic aides told CQ Roll Call that Republicans think the plan could protect Boehner from blame that he “caved” to his party’s moderates. Boehner and his allies could just point to House Rules and parliamentary procedure, however obscure and arcane, to explain what just occurred ostensibly beyond his control.

It would still require a majority vote of the House, and therefore would require dozens of Republican votes and likely at least the tacit approval of House leadership.

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[The DHS standoff has] also left even Boehner backers wondering how viable he remains. They admit these repeated confrontations, in which Boehner can’t muster 218 Republican votes for his proposals and has to turn to Democrats for help, leave him looking weak and ineffective — and thus vulnerable to a conservative challenge.

“Some of these 52 [Republican who voted no] are more worried about protecting their own careers than protecting their constituents from ISIL. They are more worried about primaries than they are about the country,” said a GOP lawmaker close to Boehner, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “This is all aimed at Boehner. They want to take Boehner out.”…

One conservative member, who asked for anonymity to speak frankly, said the mood of his colleagues will depend on how Boehner handles himself over the next week. If he tries to put a “clean” DHS funding bill on the floor for a vote, or doesn’t make overtures to conservatives, anger could boil over, the Republican said…

“He is the speaker of the United States House until he’s not,” Lucas said.

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Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there’s a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on a clean DHS funding bill, conservatives would make a motion to vacate the chair, a direct challenge to his job

Moderate Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent acknowledged he has also heard about conservatives using the fight over this DHS bill to try to remove Boehner.

“Right now, we have to get serious, I think a lot of people better get serious about governing and it’s time for all of these, you know D.C. games to end. I mean all these palace coups or whatever the hell is going on around here has to end, and we have to get down to business of governing.”

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The procedural maneuver to declare his office “vacant,” while almost certain to fail, would further demonstrate the depth of frustration with Boehner among disgruntled Republicans who have challenged his leadership before. It would show how weakened Boehner has become and how difficult it may be for this Congress to get much accomplished…

A majority of House members present and voting would be required to oust the speaker, Huder said. Before that vote can be taken, a series of procedural steps are required, and those earlier votes would require help from House Democrats to pass…

Some Republicans opposed to Boehner have recently formed a new group called the “House Freedom Caucus.”

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Professor Larry Larmer of the University of Wisconsin-Extension writes that, “When the chair is vacated, the chairperson’s rights of participation are the same as those of any other member.”

“Upon vacating, the chairperson is not permitted to resume the duties of presiding until the issue pending at the time of vacating is no longer before the group,” Larmer continued.

It’s not the kind of parliamentary procedure that gets whipped out every day, and CNN didn’t elaborate on how a motion to vacate the chair could remove Boehner from the speakership. Parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester defines vacating the chair as “To temporarily relinquish the chair so that the presiding officer can participate in debate.”

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If somehow a motion to vacate the chair did succeed and Boehner were pushed out—perhaps if all 188 Democrats and some 27 Republicans voted for it—House rules would call for the chamber to start debating the motion within two legislative days, and members would begin to nominate other candidates. Yet past attempts at taking down Boehner have shown there is no unifying alternative. Of the 25 votes cast against him in January’s speaker election, the next-highest candidate received 12, while members as far-flung as Rep. Ted Yoho and Sen. Rand Paul received one vote apiece. That history causes Boehner’s allies to question the validity of claims that he is in trouble…

Even if the quixotic maneuver got to the point of nominating alternatives, Rep. Mike Simpson, one of the speaker’s close friends, said his allies would simply renominate Boehner. Those close to the speaker believe he has at least 150 backers, enough to block any other Republican candidacy…

The plot could work, then, only if it embarrassed Boehner to the point where he decided to willingly step aside—and some of his allies do wonder whether he has had enough with being constantly undercut.

“This has got to have an affect on him, personally, just psychologically. To have to go to the mat on these issues. He ran for it, he knows what the job entails, but we certainly made it pretty difficult on him when we seem to fight so much among ourselves,” Rep. Steve Womack said. “From the speaker election to the other issues, he’s just been really put through the process. I hate it that our conference has so many issues, so many factions among itself, that we can’t get our team together and all be singing off the same sheet of music.”

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[W]ith leadership taking flak, it’s far from clear if the new Congress, with the first GOP majority in eight years, will be able to deliver on the thorny policy issues — trade, tax reform, budget cuts — they promised voters…

“I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama’s lawlessness,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare)…

“While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can’t advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards,” he said.

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House Republicans who have opposed measures to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because they haven’t also rolled back President Obama’s executive action on immigration need to be louder, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Sunday.

“We haven’t made the case strong enough. We know it’s unconstitutional and we know it’s unfair,” Jordan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”…

The conservative lawmaker played down a potential coup against Boehner should the Speaker introduce a “clean” funding bill for DHS that does not include measures to roll back Obama’s executive actions, saying he was “most interested” in upholding the Constitution.

“That’s not gonna happen. That’s not the issue.”

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Is Obama still President? Wake me up when it’s over.

faraway on March 1, 2015 at 10:38 PM

Love – “Singing Cowboy”

Anti-ControI on March 1, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Does everyday the Federal Government is shutdown mean America is more free?

Mmmmmm

PappyD61 on March 1, 2015 at 10:43 PM

‘Night All!

It’s time to…

Put out the fire, call in the dogs, an’ head it on back to Bowlegs.

Fallon on March 1, 2015 at 10:47 PM

No sh!t!!…what happened to the good old days when all the 12 year olds in school were singing = “barack hussein obama, Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! “????

elvis lives on March 1, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Walking the Dog

Rolling Stones

The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band

[1964]

Emperor Norton on March 1, 2015 at 10:55 PM

No sh!t!!…what happened to the good old days when all the 12 year olds in school were singing = “barack hussein obama, Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! “????

elvis lives on March 1, 2015 at 10:50 PM

They’re young adults now and are all unemployed and depressed?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Roy Rogers – “Git Along, Little Dogies”

Anti-ControI on March 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Del usually isn’t around during QOTD so he isn’t aware of you humor.

He probably thought you were a troll, or a smart A$$. :)

Barred on March 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Horatia on March 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

Mawage, that bwessed union

Axe on March 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

*bwessed awangement

Axe on March 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

No sh!t!!…what happened to the good old days when all the 12 year olds in school were singing = “barack hussein obama, Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! “????

elvis lives on March 1, 2015 at 10:50 PM

But, if they grew up in Chicago, they’ve probably all been shot to death.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

That song by Love was pretty heavy…time for some light refreshments.


Roy Black & Anita – Schön ist es, auf der Welt zu sein 1971

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Doctor. You are particularly devilish tonight. PS – thanks for the awesome video :-D

elvis lives on March 1, 2015 at 11:05 PM

“Some of these 52 [Republican who voted no] are more worried about protecting their own careers than protecting their constituents from ISIL. They are more worried about primaries than they are about the country,” said a GOP lawmaker close to Boehner, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “This is all aimed at Boehner. They want to take Boehner out.”…

Isn’t there something twisted about this accusation from the “GOP lawmaker close to Boehner”?

Given that Obysmal wants to use increased DHS funding to advance his lawless amnesty, shouldn’t the GOP caucus get on message and demonstrate that the House bill funds DHS and that the House does not intend to rubber stamp unconstitutional behavior?

Who exactly is worried about protecting careers here, and who exactly is protecting constituents from ISIS?

This clown should have been directing his acidic ire toward the Senate Dems, who put party above national security.

onlineanalyst on March 1, 2015 at 9:46 PM

That is exactly the kind of political dishonesty most of us have come to expect from the Democrats. Little wonder so many in the base want to see Boehner and his ilk kicked to the curb.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:06 PM

John Boehner is not a leader. Anyone blaming the tea party for this debacle is just wrong, the tea party didn’t do this, the feckless leadership of John Boehner did this. The same person who felt it was wise to take 50 votes to repeal Obamacare is the same person who went along with this.

The Republicans need leaders in the House and the Senate and they don’t have it. Until they do, the country is in danger and the Democrats win. Who would allow Democrats to filibuster debating a bill they could amend? McConnell didn’t take the bull by the horns and make that impossible. Boehner is right, the House did do their job, albeit in the wrong way. (They shouldn’t have passed the budget in December) but McConnell, by his inaction, has thrown them under the bus.

McConnell and Boehner don’t talk, what sort of leadership is that? So, why all of the morons think it’s alright to blame the tea party for this, the tea party wants what’s best for the country. Now, they may need guidance to get there, which is what leadership is all about, but they aren’t the villains here, poor leadership is.

bflat879 on March 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

Doctor. You are particularly devilish tonight. PS – thanks for the awesome video :-D

elvis lives on March 1, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Sure thing-probably my favorite Elvis song…

“Devlish” eh? Oh, I hope not…

Alone again or – The Damned

(Love cover)

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:09 PM

When facing mistreatment by the media, Breitbart urged conservatives not to play by the rules as defined by the mainstream media. “These people don’t fight fair,” he said. “The left does not fight fair, and so I’m basically saying to conservatives, you don’t have to fight fair.”

We need more “happy warriors”…

Fallon on March 1, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Andrew Breitbart also called the American Mainstream Media the single most dangerous enemy that America faces today.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:10 PM

Del usually isn’t around during QOTD so he isn’t aware of you humor.

He probably thought you were a troll, or a smart A$$. :)

Barred on March 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Wow — I came across like that?

Good to know.

Ah, I hope he was making fun of my warped sense of humor.

Maybe the stream-of-consciousness thing threw him off. It’s Sponge Puppy’s fault. He taught me all of that stream-of-consciousness junk.

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

I want to experience a bit of repressiveness.

You learn best by seeing, touching and feeling.

Walter L. Newton on March 1, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Been to Africa lately?

Plenty of repression, fear and danger goin’ on all over the place.

Bon voyage.

Solaratov on March 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

That song by Love was pretty heavy…time for some light refreshments.

Roy Black & Anita – Schön ist es, auf der Welt zu sein 1971

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Ok…

Babe – “I’m a Rock Machine”

Anti-ControI on March 1, 2015 at 11:12 PM

One more comment, in the same vein. Where is the alternative to Obamacare? We’re talking about a bill that was passed 4 years ago, where is the alternative? Where are the Republican ideas for immigration? We know what the Senate bill looks like, where is the Republican bill? Once again, this isn’t a tea party problem, this is a leadership problem. Would the tea party agree with everything in either bill? Probably not, but they deserve to have some input in a bill and the country deserves to know where Republicans stand on these issues. Where is John Boehner’s leadership in getting this done.

Mitch McConnell is the leader in the Senate, why didn’t he declare the DHS bill a budget bill and not allow a filibuster? He may have been right or wrong, but Reid threw those rules out so he could pack the courts, why isn’t McConnell being a leader? Again, this isn’t the tea party doing this.

I sincerely hope this is just growing pains and the party gets smart in the next week but, given what I’ve seen from Boehner in the past 4 years, and what McConnell has already demonstrated, I doubt I’ll get my wish.

bflat879 on March 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM

I notice a lack of universally famous cyber goth queen Pentafunk Jenny in tonight’s offerings. One moment.

Axe on March 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM

It’s All Over Now

Rolling Stones

The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band

[1964]

Emperor Norton on March 1, 2015 at 10:34 PM

I always liked that song. For a “break-up” tune, it has a certain cheery quality.

onlineanalyst on March 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM

He carries a .44, his doggies eat jimson weed, and the only law is right.

profitsbeard on March 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Wow — I came across like that?

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

Well, not to me, but I’ve seen you in action before. :)

Barred on March 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Barred on March 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

Wow — I came across like that?

Good to know.

Ah, I hope he was making fun of my warped sense of humor.

Maybe the stream-of-consciousness thing threw him off. It’s Sponge Puppy’s fault. He taught me all of that stream-of-consciousness junk.

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

Oh, well, that’s probably your problem right there. You go throwing a Spongepuppy stream of conscience at folks unawares, and it’ll straight knock over their teakettle.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Wayne Newton – Danke Schoen

Nah, just kidding. :) It’s Pentafunk Jenny again.

. . . but here’s Wayne.

Axe on March 1, 2015 at 11:16 PM

McConnell and Boehner don’t talk, what sort of leadership is that? So, why all of the morons think it’s alright to blame the tea party for this, the tea party wants what’s best for the country. Now, they may need guidance to get there, which is what leadership is all about, but they aren’t the villains here, poor leadership is.

bflat879 on March 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

Yes, and the LSM’s constant assault on the TEA Party has always pissed me off.

Well, the knuckleheads out there will one day pay dearly for this “social justice”/”wealth redistribution” scam through a lower standard of living and fewer Liberties…if they aren’t already. Unfortunately, they’re taking us down with them.

But I realized some years ago that free enterprise capitalism is dead. The ones who control the lion’s share of the wealth have no interest in competing, and will continue to get their puppets in the various governments of the world to maintain the status quo in their best interests. They could have been stopped, but now it’s too late.

So, eat, drink and be merry!

———

To the poster a few pages back, yes, sadly, Obummer is still president.

Hell-Squirrel Nut Zippers

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

Evening HA

Boehner/McConnell are traitors, Exhibit I

And, Exhibit II

Both men said they refuse to be silent on the issue, but feel like their voices are muffled by the lobbying dollars of America’s richest billionaires.

“Who is the lobbyist for the unemployed American?” Berry said.

Brown added, “Americans will continue to suffer at the expense of this program, and lobbyists and senators will continue to get more wealthy.”

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Well, not to me, but I’ve seen you in action before. :)

Barred on March 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Again, good to know. Talk about “confidence building.” ;)

Oh, well, that’s probably your problem right there. You go throwing a Spongepuppy stream of conscience at folks unawares, and it’ll straight knock over their teakettle.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

That stuff gets everywhere. Ever see the movie, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”? Well, that … was coffee.

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:22 PM

bflat879 on March 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

Yes, and the LSM’s constant assault on the TEA Party has always pissed me off.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

The majority of the Mainstream Media are straight up Marxist Revolutionaries pretending to be liberal progressive democrats. They attack the Tea Party because the Tea Party threatens their Marxist Revolution.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Well, the knuckleheads out there will one day pay dearly for this “social justice”/”wealth redistribution” scam through a lower standard of living and fewer Liberties…if they aren’t already. Unfortunately, they’re taking us down with them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

If they’re the “knuckleheads” who “will one day pay” —

what does that make us, who are paying for it NOW?

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Babe – I’m a Rock machine 1982

Hmmm…not a bad little tune…and three pairs of nice legs! :-)

Suzanne Fellini – Love on the phone 1980

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – ‘Move It’

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:36 PM

The majority of the Mainstream Media are straight up Marxist Revolutionaries pretending to be liberal progressive democrats. They attack the Tea Party because the Tea Party threatens their Marxist Revolution.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

All of them? Maybe, but most strike me as being knee-jerk liberal simpletons who don’t really think things through.

Unfortunately, they’re taking us down with them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

If they’re the “knuckleheads” who “will one day pay” –

what does that make us, who are paying for it NOW?

Alien on March 1, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Yeah, I addressed that. The difference is that we’re not the ones supporting this “hope and change” nonsense.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

All of them? Maybe, but most strike me as being knee-jerk liberal simpletons who don’t really think things through.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM

The majority of Marxist Revolutionaries are always knee-jerk liberal simpletons who don’t really think things through, that’s why Joesph Stalin called them useful idiots.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:44 PM

Because even cowgirls get the blues, “Just Keep Me Moving”…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwEYqrfRGhQ

Regardless of her “orientation,” k.d. lang has the greatest voice, lyrics, and delivery.

onlineanalyst on March 1, 2015 at 11:45 PM

Cyber Goth Queen Pentafunk Jenny

Interesting. Don’t know whether to be scared or turned on?

NITZER EBB – Blood Money

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM

The majority of Marxist Revolutionaries are always knee-jerk liberal simpletons who don’t really think things through, that’s why Joesph Stalin called them useful idiots.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:44 PM

Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” mocked a group who he identified as the Marketing Division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.

The Marketing Division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation is a bunch of mindless jerks who’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

Pretty much the same thing Stalin said about the useless idiots.

oscarwilde on March 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM

When I first read about the Venona Files, the author of the article said the KGB referred to them (Libtards) as “suckers”…yep, both pretty much sums them up.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:58 PM

Hmmm…not a bad little tune…and three pairs of nice legs! :-)

:)

I can’t stand Europop, which is almost always completely juvenile (where would rock ‘n’ roll be without English-speaking countries? :)) but those lyrics were funny.

Suzanne Fellini – Love on the phone 1980

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – ‘Move It’

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Meri Wilson – “Telephone Man”

Eddie and the Hot Rods – “Telephone Girl”

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 12:14 AM

The GOP leadership needs to be destroyed. They do not even try to win these battles. There was an article here the other day that put it well – they don’t even want to fight Obama on all these patently illegal actions. It’s all blather and show but when the rubber hits the road they cave every time.

There should be an active attempt to defund the NRSC and NRCC until they put actual Republicans who will fight for the Constitution in charge.

WisCon on March 2, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Meri Wilson – “Telephone Man”

Heh, probably just the second time in my life I’ve heard that song. I don’t think it’s half bad! LOL-did you see the next one is “Peter the Meter Reader”

The Eddie and the Hot Rods was pretty decent, too…they really rocked in that one.

Skeeter Davis – Gonna get along without you now (HQ)

Teresa Brewer – Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now (1964)

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 2, 2015 at 12:31 AM

The biggest problem we have is the continued insistence by most people on the right that the Republican leadership is being “outmaneuvered” or “outsmarted”. That’s naive wishful thinking. Worse, it’s straight-up stupidity. McConnell and Boehner have both been saying that they want an amnesty. They don’t call it that, of course, but they want to legalize the illegals. Obama has given them what they want, and they aren’t going to screw it up. They have just put on a lame excuse for a show of resistance and now they’re going to say they put up a fight and got beat. As I said on another thread, they’re claiming they went down fighting, but they just went down on their donors.
Wise up. If you call yourself a Republican and you want limited, constitutional government, you need to face the fact that you’re the RINO. The GOP belongs to the C of C.

mikesixes on March 2, 2015 at 12:57 AM

Are we really so different from the Russian?

Orthodox Priest Gives Russians One More Thing To Worry About

The Russian literary world barely batted an eye when a little-known writer, Aron Shemaiyer, published a dystopic e-novella, “Machaut and the Bears,” last year.

But interest is now picking up, with the revelation that Shemaiyer is the nom de plume of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the influential spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Suddenly, the plot of “Machaut” — which describes the apocalyptic destruction of 2043 Moscow at the hands of Islamists, Ukrainians, and gays — seems less like the ravings of a lonely keyboard warrior and more like a well-informed window on what scares the Kremlin most.

“‘The press secretary to the president of the Moscow Confederation and Assembly of Revolution Leaders, Tasho Pim, has warned that people who fail to comply with the new ban on intolerant thinking will be subject to involuntary euthanasia,'” a news report announces in the opening scene, followed shortly by an ad for a “happiness generator” called the HaHaHa 25.0. (The full text of the novella is available here.)

What follows is a chaotic world Chaplin himself characterizes as a “liberal hell” — vegan breakfasts, dreadlocked African legionnaires, “intergender” ad executives who go by the personal pronoun “it,” and, considering the author, a curiously detailed hookup involving graphic language and a “sex-generation belt.”

By the end of the story, the Moscow Confederation has fallen amid fighting between Free Russia fascists, Caucasus militants, and Ukrainian nationalists; in appropriately Biblical style, the once-great city has been reduced to rubble by nuclear bombs.

Chaplin insists the spectacular ending — which he praises as “absolutely Christian” — is not meant as hyperbolic fantasy. To the contrary, he tells Nezavisimaya Gazeta, it’s what will inevitably happen to Russia “if we continue to follow ultraliberal values into a dead head.”

“These values can only end in totalitarianism because they’re lifeless, they’re antihuman, they rape the very nature of the individual and society,” he says.

Russia-watcher Paul Goble suggests the hyperbolic tone of Chaplin’s story reveals how nervous the ruling elite may be about the fragility of the Russian Federation. It also, he says, underscores a growing divide between Moscow and the rest of the country.

Chaplin, who recently edited a handbook by the Russian Orthodox Church offering behavioral tips for foreign migrants — don’t talk loudly, eat borscht — says it remains the duty of all Russians to fight for the preservation of Russian culture.

“Russia is the third Rome,” he says in an interview with the religious website religare.ru.

“Russia is the only center of unenslaved civilization capable of revealing itself as Christian. So our patriotism is not chauvinism or a call of blood…It’s primarily an understanding of the importance of our unique Christian mission — a mission, I’m convinced, that our people have been put on earth to fulfill.”

oscarwilde on March 2, 2015 at 1:00 AM

OT
Just updated m home computer (Mac)
unable to log in to hotair
Do I need to update Java or anything?

conservative tarheel on March 2, 2015 at 1:18 AM

Dire Straits was here..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2015 at 1:18 AM

Heh, probably just the second time in my life I’ve heard that song. I don’t think it’s half bad!

It was pretty popular, hitting #18 in ’77…I always enjoy hearing it.

LOL-did you see the next one is “Peter the Meter Reader”

She wrote a number of songs like that. :)

The Eddie and the Hot Rods was pretty decent, too…they really rocked in that one.

EatHR had their moments…

Schoolgirl Love

I Might Be Lying

Skeeter Davis – Gonna get along without you now (HQ)

Teresa Brewer – Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now (1964)

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 2, 2015 at 12:31 AM

This is the original of that, from 1951 (ZZ Top ripped off “Tube Snake Boogie” from the A-side):

Roy Hogsed – “Snake Dance Boogie”/”I’m Gonna Get Along without You Now”

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 1:33 AM

Just updated m home computer (Mac)
unable to log in to hotair
Do I need to update Java or anything?

conservative tarheel on March 2, 2015 at 1:18 AM

Probably not…have you tried logging in through another browser?

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 1:46 AM

“The Indian Tomb” Snake Dance scene

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 1:51 AM

HEADS!!!!!………Un Baskets!!!……THAT is all we are Left With!!……..Should they Be Made in Jack “O Lanterns?

williamg on March 2, 2015 at 2:25 AM

Go ask his name. If he be married,
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

Axe on March 2, 2015 at 2:52 AM

Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins

BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

kcewa on March 2, 2015 at 3:34 AM

Only a man would write Juliet.

Axe on March 2, 2015 at 3:43 AM

Dire Straits was here..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2015 at 1:18 AM

Link it or it didn’t happen.

Axe on March 2, 2015 at 3:44 AM

Dire Straits – “Why Worry”

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 4:11 AM

test

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2015 at 4:26 AM

Shalott

Anti-ControI on March 2, 2015 at 4:27 AM

Good morning y’all

Another start to the week……

cmsinaz on March 2, 2015 at 4:49 AM

Howdy! Good morning Hot Air! The hospital won’t leave me alone, so I thought I’d check in, the hospital is now on bypass–that means it’s totally full. Long day ahead, and man am I ready for winter to end!:)

Doc Holliday on March 2, 2015 at 4:58 AM

Hang in there Doc :)

cmsinaz on March 2, 2015 at 5:17 AM

Bibis here and morning joe highlighting the anger and frustation of all of obamas sychophants.

enjoy the suck. a real leader will finally speak to congress.

renalin on March 2, 2015 at 6:10 AM

renalin on March 2, 2015 at 6:10 AM

boy does she despise the gop for inviting Bibi…the venom she spewed….

get over it girlfriend….

cmsinaz on March 2, 2015 at 6:16 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

Embracing our enemies and alienating our friends…

My take:

kingsjester on March 2, 2015 at 6:37 AM

Good morning!

A barn-burner of a column to start the week.

Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us
by Quin Hillyer

The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him….

Right now, nobody on the world stage speaks for civilization the way Netanyahu does. While Barack Obama babbles about the supposedly “legitimate grievances” of those who turn to jihad…

Netanyahu — who spent far more of his formative years on the American mainland than Obama did, and who took enemy fire at the age when Obama was openly pushing Marxist theory, and who learned and practiced free enterprise at the same age when Obama was practicing and teaching Alinskyism — has spoken eloquently for decades in praise of the Western heritage of freedom and human rights. He also speaks and acts, quite obviously, to preserve security — for Israel, of course, but more broadly for the civilized world. On Tuesday, as he has done for more than 30 years, Netanyahu will talk about the threat to humanity posed by Iran….

Yet Obama not only begrudges the Israeli prime minister the opportunity to make his case against this existential threat to his nation, but he conducts a diplomatic and political assault against Netanyahu of a ferocity rarely seen in the annals of American foreign policy. Obama’s actions aren’t just wrongheaded; they are malignant. They pervert American tradition and American interests, and they attempt to deprive the entire free world of its single most clarion voice for enlightenment values.

Benjamin Netanyahu of course speaks first for Israel, but he speaks also for you and for me, for decency and humaneness, and for vigilance and strength against truly evil adversaries. Congress, by inviting him, is wise. Obama, by opposing him, is horribly wrong. And the civilized world, if it ignores him, will be well-nigh suicidal.

INC on March 2, 2015 at 6:57 AM

For the first time in my life someone other than the U.S. President is called the leader of the free world. Sadly, this is true.

INC on March 2, 2015 at 6:58 AM

Mika Brzezinski and her anti-semitic father can kiss my azz.

Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

Former US diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, who enthusiastically campaigned for Obama in 2008, called on him to shoot down Israeli planes if they attack Iran. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” said the former national security advisor to former President Jimmy Carter in an interview with the Daily Beast.

Flora Duh on March 2, 2015 at 7:01 AM

Republican . . . the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

rplat on March 2, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Great minds,Mrs. Flora Duh.

Good to see you, darlin’.

kingsjester on March 2, 2015 at 7:11 AM

INC on March 2, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Thanks! Another great link.., I am still thinking about the Clarice Feldman link from yesterday!

esr1951 on March 2, 2015 at 7:13 AM

kingsjester on March 2, 2015 at 7:11 AM

You too kj!

Flora Duh on March 2, 2015 at 7:21 AM

Amen KJ

cmsinaz on March 2, 2015 at 7:37 AM

Good mornin’ Hot Gassers!

Did any one notice Matt Drudge has joined the Liberal Media’s Bogus Reporting Game?

If the truth hurts……

Rovin on March 2, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Good mornin’ Hot Gassers!

Did any one notice Matt Drudge has joined the Liberal Media’s Bogus Reporting Game?

If the truth hurts……

Rovin on March 2, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Yes. I noticed it about 2 minutes after Drudge put up the headline and I made note about it on HA yesterday. The article is coming through TWO non-sourced middle eastern papers and then they do a jump-the-shark by quoting a remark that Brzezinski made to JIMMY CARTER (not made to Obama) in an interview on the Daily Beast.

Even if this story is 100 percent truthful this article reads more like it’s from the lefty press instead of truthful conservative writers.

I call bogus unless someone can prove otherwise.

Walter L. Newton on March 2, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Addendum

in an interview on the Daily Beast. IN 2009.

Walter L. Newton on March 2, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Screwing over your voters and the country at the same time, great trick if B&M can pull it off. I think we’ve gone over the edge of the tipping point and the great slide will commence any day now.

Kissmygrits on March 2, 2015 at 8:09 AM

For the record, it’s actually blue and black.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2015 at 1:25 AM

Lolz. Saw this comment too late to ask you about it at the time. Saw you yesterday @ 4:48 on the injured vet thread. Just checking to see if you saw my comment to you.

Bmore on March 2, 2015 at 10:22 AM

No leadership in the White House, none in the House, none in the Senate, none in SCOTUS…and we wonder why this country is so screwed up!

cajunpatriot on March 2, 2015 at 10:59 AM

esr1951 on March 2, 2015 at 7:13 AM

You’re welcome! Both were excellent. I really appreciated Feldman’s column for the historical perspective she provided to frame Bibi’s speech.

INC on March 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM

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