Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on March 7, 2015 by Allahpundit

A familiar problem for House Speaker John Boehner has a new name: the House Freedom Caucus…

For Mr. Boehner, the Ohio Republican now in his third term as speaker, wrangling recalcitrant House Republicans has long been part of the job description. Many in the Freedom Caucus have resisted his plans in previous fights, including in the 2013 standoff over Affordable Care Act funding that led to a partial government shutdown…

Last Friday, a group of 52 Republicans, including eight of the Freedom Caucus’s nine founding members, sank GOP leaders’ plan to pass a three-week extension of Homeland Security funding to buy time to search for a way to block President Barack Obama ’s executive action on immigration. Though opponents of the three-week bill included plenty outside the group, including some usually reliable leadership allies, the new caucus helped foment resistance to the funding measure…

“While we lost this battle, we certainly haven’t lost the war for what exactly the Republican conference wants to be when it grows up,” said member Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.), noting the group had received an influx of membership requests over the past week and has demonstrated its clout to GOP leaders. “They understand we are definitely a force to be reckoned with.”

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When an outside group announced it would spend $400,000 in ads pressuring Republicans who voted last week against the three-week continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security, it created a problem for House Speaker John Boehner.

The organization, American Action Network, is run by a former chief of staff to Boehner, and so the ads were perceived as an attack by a Boehner proxy on members of the GOP conference.

“The speaker has nothing but disdain for the people in our group,” one member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group that provided most of the GOP opposition to the three-week CR. “They’re out saying worse things about us than they’re ever saying about President Obama.”

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House Republicans abandoned their futile effort to tie funding for the Department of Homeland Security to the rollback of Obama’s immigration policies on Tuesday, approving its budget for the full year. Speaker John Boehner, having exhausted his options, broke the news to his caucus in a private meeting, and the House followed through with a bipartisan vote a few hours later. It was a complete, and ignominious, capitulation. But the real cost to the GOP is best measured in squandered opportunities, as it wasted the first two months of its broadest congressional majority in decades by picking a fight it could not win.

As the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal wrote on Monday, “the immigration fiasco raises the larger question of whether House Republicans can even function as a majority.” With wider GOP margins following the November elections, the 114th Congress was supposed to be easier for Boehner. But after another humiliation at the hands of his right flank, his grip on his own conference is as weak as it has been during the last four years. Moreover, the GOP’s struggle to enact something as relatively non-controversial as security funding throws into doubt the idea that Republicans could tackle bigger challenges like tax reform, or quickly respond to a Supreme Court decision that could strip Obamacare subsidies from millions of people. “We in the House Republican conference need to have a family conversation about what it means to govern,” Representative Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania moderate, told me just before Tuesday’s vote.

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The House Republican conference is enormous in the wake of their 2014 gains, but it’s not so large as to provide the party leaders with a buffer for governing success.
 
Put it this way: when GOP leaders urge their own members to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and more than two-thirds of House Republicans ignore the call and vote the other way, it’s emblematic of a schism that can’t be ignored.
 
Boehner’s response has been that the party is united on goals, but divided on strategy. There’s some truth to that – nearly every House Republican is on board opposing President Obama’s immigration policy, but they differ on which tactics would be most effective. It’s a qualitatively different kind of split than, say, divisions between rigid ideologues and centrists inclined towards compromise and cooperation.
 
But as a practical matter, the kinds of differences are less important than the end result: a House Republican leadership that cannot effectively lead.

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Maybe it’s time to think of the Republican House as a coalition government.

On paper, the GOP currently has 245 members, but when 50 feel they can walk away from their leadership on any given day, it’s really a plurality, not a majority.

The House, then, is not controlled by one party but is better understood as a playing field for at least three: the party on the right; the dominant Republican core in the center; and the left, represented by the Democrats.

The challenge is to build alliances among these three to get to the 218 votes needed to move legislation. This coalition approach may seem a blow to Republican pride, but it could also be liberating for John Boehner since it brings him back to the role he often forgets: speaker of the House.

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But just as the Roman Senate fell into chaos because of weak leadership, causing a series of institutional deep wounds and eventual collapse into dictatorship, today’s House of Representatives resembles more a broken legislature than one worthy of the world’s preeminent power…

It’s impossible to ignore that Boehner is no Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), either. As does Boehner, both of these more recent Speakers had to deal with enormous issues of national importance, highly polarizing presidents and vocal minorities within their own parties that would rather see the president fail than the country succeed.

Imperfectly and always messy, Gingrich and Pelosi nevertheless managed to use their power to simultaneously advance their party’s agenda while allowing the government to function, to govern and serve the national interest.

Maybe it’s time to face reality. While the right wing of the House GOP clearly has an anti-Obama agenda that overwhelms their pro-America rhetoric in its practice, they have been unusually empowered by a Speaker who capitulates to this caucus’s most puerile, un-strategic instincts on an ongoing basis. Boehner has allowed his power to flow away, like water flowing down a mountain, without any resistance.

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By picking the losing fight anyway, Boehner once again painted his party as obstinate and clueless, and himself as slavishly beholden to a small, vocal wing of the party. It could have been worse. Had Boehner really allowed a DHS shutdown to occur — and weeks ago he said he was “certainly” willing to let that happen — it would have been a PR disaster for the party. Terrorism in the Middle East and Europe have dominated headlines for months, and a Homeland Security shutdown would have given Democrats a golden opportunity to assail Republicans for leaving America vulnerable…

Since grabbing the Speaker’s gavel, Boehner has been unable to figure out how to get around his party’s right wing. In every battle, Boehner must weigh the demands of an obstreperous cadre that considers “compromise” a four-letter word against a course of rational governance. And when the hardliners’ demands win out, Boehner forges ahead with no game plan to extricate his party from disaster. The fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling standoff, the government shutdown, the DHS fight, and on and on — all are products of Boehner’s floundering political machinations.

At times, Boehner’s stumbles have blown up in epic fashion. On multiple occasions, he canceled votes at the last minute when it became clear he lacked the votes to avoid humiliating revolts from his own caucus. In his race to please the base, he couldn’t even sue Obama properly, as two law firms quit his long-promised litigation over the Affordable Care Act…

In other words: Boehner is either terrible at his job, or he hates the GOP.

***

Mr. Boehner has made mistakes, one of which is bending too much to the shutdown caucus. But let’s say the no-compromise crowd did succeed in humiliating the Speaker, and he resigned. What then? Whom do coup plotters want to put in charge?

Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan has support across the House GOP, but why would he want to run a majority that is hostage to the whim of 50 Members who care more about appeasing talk radio than achieving conservative victories?

Republicans need to do some soul searching about the purpose of a Congressional majority, including whether they even want it. If they really think Mr. Boehner is the problem, then find someone else to do his thankless job. If not, then start to impose some order and discipline and advance the conservative cause rather than self-defeating rebellion.

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But for argument’s sake, say the motion to vacate succeeds and Boehner is successfully pushed out. Now what?…

It’s not enough to just say Boehner needs to go. House lawmakers would need to find someone to replace him — which is easier said than done…

Even if things got to the point of new nominations, Republicans who back Boehner would probably just nominate him again, and they say he has enough support to block any other Republican…

Here’s an alternate scenario: Boehner could step aside, embarrassed, and Republicans could agree to rally behind someone else. But who would it be? No one has made a serious attempt to position themselves for the speakership.

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House Rules provide a privileged (meaning it takes precedence over other business) resolution to vacate the office of the Speaker. It can be offered by any Member. It would be a simple majority vote. If the entire House was voting, 28 Members would be needed to depose Boehner with all of the Democrats. Once vacated, a new Speaker election would ensue.

Again, as I argued in January, House conservatives do not need a formal candidate to take his place. Many will argue that they do, but they are wrong. It would be nice, but it is not crucial. The dynamic would be similar to that in 1998, when after Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston stepped down, House Republicans themselves recognized the need for a new person to unite around. Nobody was running. They gravitated to Denny Hastert and tapped him to be Speaker. The process of “vacating the chair” is to show that Boehner cannot continue, signaling that it is time to find a replacement. A viable replacement will likely not step forward until then…

The Hill is … reporting that Democrats are now flirting with supporting Boehner on such a vote. This is just a bluff to prevent such a vote and preserve their de-facto majority. National politics is far more polarized than in state capitols with a much bigger spotlight. Even with a wink and nod in the short term by party leaders, it is simply not viable in liberal districts to have a vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A on your record. Democrats will have to vote, and they will vote against Boehner. They will do so because they have to, and because they can have a partisan victory of seeing the chaos and demise of the current leader of the Republican party.

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An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.

Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.

And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.

It is now clear that none of us will see the America we want via any kind of politics that includes the Republican Party. Ergo, they must be erased from the pages of history as quickly as possible, so that a better party can replace them.

So I’m now a Democrat. The worse, the better.

***

Conservatives were, in the Washington Post’s notorious phrasing, “uneducated, gullible, and easily led.”

If we let this pass without tumult and retribution, we are just as the Washington Post said of us…

The time for a third party is now upon us. The Establishment has refused to compromise and find common ground; they are determined to just win and deliver their political deliverables to the Wall Street wing that serves as their paymasters.

A failing organization which will not be reformed must instead be destroyed.

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President Obama’s Executive Order was not issued in a vacuum in which Congress had not acted, but instead was a direct declaration that the law would henceforth be enforced in a manner completely opposite from the written law on the books. Each and every person in Congress – Republican or Democrat, immigration hardliner or amnesty proponent, should have objected strenuously to this, if only for the sake of protecting the right of Congress to pass laws that will be enforced as written. Even if you agree with the President’s policy, if you are a member of Congress who cares at all about the rights of Congress to exist and do their job, you could not agree with the way the President went about accomplishing it.

The fundamental error which the framers made – which, in their defense, was perhaps not foreseeable at the time – was the way that the concept of “self interest” would change in the festering culture of Washington, DC in the early part of the 21st century. It was assumed by the framers that Senators and Representatives would always view the most powerful self interest they had as their right to write the laws of the country and to enlarge their own political power. They could not have foreseen – even in their most pessimistic visions – the fawning culture of lobbyists and the perks it would provide Senators and Representatives in the modern world. They could not have understood the way in which, as politics polarized, political parties and their self interest would ultimately become the only way to get and keep this power, along with all its attendant material benefits – nor the way that protecting a Congressman’s post-Congressional lucrative lobbying career would become the highest goal of nearly everyone who assumed the office…

The new reality in America is this – unless Congress is someday composed of two-thirds members of the opposite party of the President (which is an increasingly remote possibility in our increasingly polarized country), the President can from now on do whatever he wants. Only the Supreme Court remains with the power and the will to stop him, and only then when it feels like it or is ideologically opposed to what he has done. The most democratically responsive branch of the Federal Government now exists for the almost exclusive purpose of determining who receives the largest share of the taxpayer money with which the taxpayers are to be bribed for their re-election. Before long the executive branch will be likewise emboldened to act in regular defiance of the judiciary, as it currently is of Congress, and who will stop it then?


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They can’t be trained either.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 12:20 AM

You presume, that they have not, in fact, been trained to sit on their lard asses and wait for someone to give them gubmint cheese…

oscarwilde on March 8, 2015 at 12:23 AM

I hope Sophie’s an innie.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 12:27 AM

oscarwilde on March 8, 2015 at 12:23 AM

I discovered a lost song. Well, it was lost to me. Bowie’s “Sold Love.” I forgot all about that song. And I stumbled across it looking for something else on the intertubes.

Funny thing is, that song use to be in one of our sets when I had my band back in NJ. Forgot all about that song.

Good tune.

Walter L. Newton on March 8, 2015 at 12:28 AM

Try typing “Soul Love” Walter

Walter L. Newton on March 8, 2015 at 12:28 AM

The end of this track is sublime. If you like horns you should check it out.

Scotty J on March 8, 2015 at 12:40 AM

Walter L. Newton on March 8, 2015

…you were gone before I saw the change in your job status last night…………..congrats! ………….you journalistic weirdo!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 12:42 AM

I hope Sophie’s an innie.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 12:27 AM

…YOU!…don’t know?……………maybe!…I do have a chance!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 12:44 AM

John Boehner is a worthless, gutless, scumbag piece of garbage.

WisCon on March 8, 2015 at 1:01 AM

I read somewhere that rich people don’t worry so much about accumulating savings as they do taking the time to put in place generous life insurance policies.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 1:04 AM

John Boehner is a worthless, gutless, scumbag piece of garbage.

WisCon on March 8, 2015 at 1:01 AM

…with maggots on it…so you can’t see what the piece of garbage is!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:04 AM

I hope Sophie’s an innie.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 12:27 AM

…YOU!…don’t know?……………maybe!…I do have a chance!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 12:44 AM

Oh, you have a chance alright… A chance to end up playing pinochle with Jimmy Hoffa for the rest of eternity…

oscarwilde on March 8, 2015 at 1:06 AM

I mean, as a matter of building and maintaining a position of familial wealth.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 1:06 AM

Some people should probably buy life insurance, in other words.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM

I hope Sophie’s an innie.
Axe on March 8, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Brb. I’ll go find out.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM

If I wasn’t clear.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM

oscarwilde on March 8, 2015 at 1:06 AM

…the powers to be…were just looking for Hoffa’s body, where I live…in Milford, Michigan……………….that’s not good!………….for me!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:17 AM

hope Sophie’s an innie.
Axe on March 8, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Brb. I’ll go find out.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM

…in case you are wondering Sparky,………………that is …my tongue…THERE!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:22 AM

WTF? …anybody else having trouble with this site, with the ‘quote’ button?…NO!… I have not been…drinking!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:29 AM

Racial stereotypes are not a bad thing, says equality chief

In the Channel 4 programme, Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True, Mr Phillips says: “For ten years I led Britain’s equality commissions. It was my job to make sure that different racial and religious groups got on. Campaigners like me sincerely believed that if we could prevent people expressing prejudiced ideas then eventually they would stop thinking them. But now I’m convinced we were utterly wrong.”

Anti-racism has become an “ugly new doctrine” that endangers lives, fosters abuse and encourages the growth of protest parties such as Ukip, according to the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Mr Phillips argues that anti-racism, like many revolutions, started out with good intentions and ended up with “thought control and worse”.

Andrew Norfolk, the Times journalist who exposed the abuse of teenage girls by Asian gangs, was a liberal-minded person, he says, yet was “vilified for saying something that liberal Britain did not want to hear”.

kcewa on March 8, 2015 at 1:31 AM

…Hot Air died nationwide, with the time change?

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:37 AM

Hello JEBH, it’s not time change in the west. :) unless we are in the Twilight Zone…..then again?? Who knows.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 1:44 AM

JugEarsButtHurt on March 8, 2015 at 1:22 AM

Hehe. Ok Axe, we are only teasing. We would never hit on your dream guuuurrrll.

Even though she is a smokin hottie brainac with pretty toes. (Sparky gave her pedis) that’s how I know. He told me.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 1:57 AM

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 1:44 AM

I love the theme song to twilight zone. It’s perfect.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 3:00 AM

If I wasn’t clear.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM

You aren’t clear. You are blury. Stay blury so the spotted wereturtle can sketch you blury just they way she wants. Maybe your arm will be clear. Or maybe the bucket.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 3:03 AM

Honkey Tonk done.

Tlaock done.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 8, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Ray Davies – Run Away From Time

Christien on March 8, 2015 at 3:16 AM

Even though she is a smokin hottie brainac with pretty toes. (Sparky gave her pedis) that’s how I know. He told me.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 1:57 AM

She’s where sex goes when it’s feeling aimless and unsure of itself.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 3:22 AM

You aren’t clear. You are blury. Stay blury so the spotted wereturtle can sketch you blury just they way she wants. Maybe your arm will be clear. Or maybe the bucket.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 3:03 AM

lol :) — I’m out of that.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 3:23 AM

What is our best hope at stopping amnesty? The courts? Is the executive order still on hold by the judge? I haven’t been able to read about this lately. It is so upsetting to me. It literally makes me so tense and it makes my stomach hurt. I have had a lot going on lately and I have been avoiding reading about it. It infuriates me.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:26 AM

I literally had to delete Twitter from my phone several months ago because I had so much going on and needed to focus. It was making me too stressed out. In the same way I had to take a break from reading about amnesty news. It is so distressing to come back to it now and to see what a sorry state we are at.

But I have to think there is hope?

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:28 AM

But I have to think there is hope?

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:28 AM

:-/

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 3:37 AM

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:26 AM

Amnesty is sickening on so many levels.

SpongePuppy on March 8, 2015 at 3:38 AM

We need stronger leaders in the GOP. We’re having problems in Tennessee with the likes of Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

Bob Corker has gotten so weird it’s mind-boggling. Lamar should just call himself a Democrat,and then there’s Bob over on the side lines babbling about things nobody is even talking about…supposedly to keep himself entertained. We’re not exactly sure. We just know that when an issue comes along that we’re upset about he is sure to fire out a form letter than says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

The Pelosi/Reid era put fear in our GOP leaders. I believe it is going to take a while to roll that back. Hopefully Nancy will be in a wheelchair drooling on herself soon so we can finally get this country back on track. All Harry has to do is “exercise” and we’re safe, apparently. I remember the good old days when Nancy or Harry would say stuff and everyone would laugh like “Yeah…like that could happen” and then the next thing we know the GOP is bending over handing all power to them. It’s called CORRUPTION and BRIBERY.

We have to do more to protect ourselves.

MomofFour on March 8, 2015 at 3:40 AM

Call me what you will but I will not vote Republican or donate to any Republicans as long as John Boehner is speaker.

Baggi on March 8, 2015 at 3:41 AM

A comment in another thread here today really put into words what my problem with the site has been. I can’t find the comment now, but it criticized some HotAir authors for often being too obsessed with “narrative” journalism at the expense of seeking truth and fighting for what’s right.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:41 AM

:-/
Axe on March 8, 2015 at 3:37 AM

We can and will and must stop it.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:43 AM

What is our best hope at stopping amnesty? The courts? Is the executive order still on hold by the judge? I haven’t been able to read about this lately. It is so upsetting to me. It literally makes me so tense and it makes my stomach hurt. I have had a lot going on lately and I have been avoiding reading about it. It infuriates me.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:26 AM

Do you care about your health? If you do, you need to change how you think – letting yourself get stressed about the Weeper and the Turtle and amnesty does no one any good, does it?

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 3:46 AM

We can and will and must stop it.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:43 AM

We can try. But it isn’t entirely within our control.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 3:56 AM

Do you care about your health? If you do, you need to change how you think – letting yourself get stressed about the Weeper and the Turtle and amnesty does no one any good, does it?
Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 3:46 AM

I just feel like there is something I should be doing. That’s why I get stressed out. I get stressed thinking I should be writing to reps about it or posting about it or something.

It’s infuriating because amnesty could be stopped. So many people can be doing so much more. It’s one reason I am disgusted by some bloggers. Useless phonies IMO. They could be using their visibility to fight amnesty.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:59 AM

The Kinks – Got To Be Free

Christien on March 8, 2015 at 4:02 AM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UAxARJyaTEA
Time Enough at Last…..best TZ episode evah!
Wait, what? that really happened, where do you think I’ve been sitting? I mean I gave a holler and none of you answered, and Burgess was no help he just kept muttering to himself and crying, men are such babies.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 4:03 AM

I just feel like there is something I should be doing. That’s why I get stressed out. I get stressed thinking I should be writing to reps about it or posting about it or something.

It’s infuriating because amnesty could be stopped. So many people can be doing so much more. It’s one reason I am disgusted by some bloggers. Useless phonies IMO. They could be using their visibility to fight amnesty.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:59 AM

It’s good that you care, but if you are getting stressed out by the way you think, your effectiveness will be limited.

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:09 AM

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:09 AM

You are right.

And it always helps to see many other people on here and elsewhere who also care very much about the issue.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 4:15 AM

Time Enough at Last…..best TZ episode evah!
Wait, what? that really happened, where do you think I’ve been sitting? I mean I gave a holler and none of you answered, and Burgess was no help he just kept muttering to himself and crying, men are such babies.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 4:03 AM

Men are babies when sick

So i’ve been sick for the past 5 days now, and im still expected to juggle 2 kids, house chores, and cooking. But my husband gets sick and he turns into a cry baby

:)

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:17 AM

You are right.

And it always helps to see many other people on here and elsewhere who also care very much about the issue.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 4:15 AM

I am right with you about illegals and the fecklessness of the GOP, as are many others here. HA is a good place for us to vent… :)

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:24 AM

I just feel like there is something I should be doing. That’s why I get stressed out. I get stressed thinking I should be writing to reps about it or posting about it or something.

It’s infuriating because amnesty could be stopped. So many people can be doing so much more. It’s one reason I am disgusted by some bloggers. Useless phonies IMO. They could be using their visibility to fight amnesty.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:59 AM
At this point in time writing to your rep or posting is really, sadly a waste of time. They don’t care and they don’t listen. I’ve called and written, tried voting for who I thought was on our side as did many. We got shafted. You think your pissed, how would you have liked it if you came here legally, played the game right, especially in a time when there was NO govt.assistance allowed, then they want to let these greedy illegals in and give them the proverbial keys to the kingdom ahead of those abide by our laws. The dems and repubs are one in the same. Bastards!
Excuse me I’ve got to get my hose ready, there is a certain tree that needs watering.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 4:24 AM

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:17 AM
Lol, such whinners! And then they wait for us to get better and clean up their mess they too lazy to do while we are sick. Although I’ve got mine trained to cook for me, but clean not so much( he sucks at cleaning ) @_@

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 4:32 AM

Pentafunk Jenny

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 4:43 AM

Say, Axe?

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:46 AM

Lol, such whinners!

haha

And then they wait for us to get better and clean up their mess they too lazy to do while we are sick. Although I’ve got mine trained to cook for me, but clean not so much( he sucks at cleaning ) @_@

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 4:32 AM

I am not a typical male this way, in that I really hate being fussed over when I don’t feel well.

I am having an IM conversation with my ex-wife at the moment, and this topic kind of came up because she asked me how my cold is going. She herself doesn’t like to be alone while sick, and she wants me to be more like her, which I find very funny. :D

Her first hubby was a big baby when sick, btw. :)

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:48 AM

I’m here to catch you………….

RWM doesn’t appreciate you enough: therefore she’s not good enough ‘for you’.

Here’s a PB&J and a DP.

Sleep well.

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:49 AM

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:49 AM

I’m really just kidding. I’m too old for you. But I want you to know that you make me LOL – no, Guffawwwww- every single day – and I thank you for that!

If RWM doesn’t appreciate you, ditch her.

And. Sip.

I don’t think she’s the cat’s meow. Sorry. I’m a J.D. (from the U.S.) and I don’t always agree with her legal analysis.

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 4:48 AM
Hey A-Ci hope you feel better soon, I know what you mean about being left alone when you don’t feel good, that’s me too, I’ll just give a yoohoo for sometime light to eat, then leave me be. I’m kinda cranky like that :/ when I’m sick. Hubby’s great about cooking or foraging for food.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 5:02 AM

Hey A-Ci hope you feel better soon,

T/y. :)

I am feeling better every day, fortunately.

I know what you mean about being left alone when you don’t feel good, that’s me too, I’ll just give a yoohoo for sometime light to eat, then leave me be. I’m kinda cranky like that :/ when I’m sick.

Sounds like we’d get along well this way. :)

Hubby’s great about cooking or foraging for food.

Bakokitty on March 8, 2015 at 5:02 AM

I am glad you have him, and that he is at least somewhat trainable. :D

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 5:11 AM

Jody Miller – “Queen of the House”

Anti-ControI on March 8, 2015 at 5:17 AM

<— has discovered gaping hole in social skills

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:19 AM

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:49 AM

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Um . . . :)

TY 4 compliment, also dp.

I dunno what to say so I’m going to link Pentafunk Jenny again.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:21 AM

<— has discovered gaping hole in social skills

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:19 AM

You’re fine.

I am here to remind you that you are quite brilliant.

RWM doesn’t get it – or you. I am so sorry to be the one to tell you.

Don’t shoot, lol. Just sip a DP – and be your sublime self.

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 5:24 AM

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:21 AM

HAHA

Too bad I’m not younger.

Ditch her. You’re so much better………….

Thank you for soooooooooooooo many laughs. Literally. When I read QOTD in the morning I am buoyed and LAUGHING to start my day.

What could possibly be better than that?

:)

You Are So Sublime.

Thank you.

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

MOSH – McQueen

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:42 AM

Sponge, if you can part yourself from you brad nailer, which I’m quite sure you have been holding for several hours, please conjure Jackqueline.

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:46 AM

G’night now, Axe and All.

Sleep well and dream good dreams……………

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 5:48 AM

G’night now, Axe and All.

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 5:48 AM

Night. :)

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:52 AM

. . . pentafunk . . . pentafunk jenny

<— going for . . . sandwich

cat

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 5:54 AM

Spring Forward, Fall Back, Kneel to Your Masters
by Tim Cavanaugh

INC on March 8, 2015 at 6:12 AM

Unhappy Hour
Daylight Saving Time: A bad idea.

by John J. Miller

INC on March 8, 2015 at 6:23 AM

Daylight saving time — still mostly a scam
by Brad Plume

INC on March 8, 2015 at 6:24 AM

5 Weird Effects of Daylight Saving Time
by Laura Poppick

INC on March 8, 2015 at 6:26 AM

Morning SL, cmsinz, and esr1951, 33F with a high of 64F and partly clouded. Sore from working in the yard and who knew rose bushes could bite, got around 50. Got some gadget at the grocery store to make stuffed burgers and filled them with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Looked like a pregnant meatball to me, but tasted good. I have 15 clocks, yes I just counted them, in the basement and only two set themselves automatically for the change in time.

Oldest son informed me last night that he is adding a criminal justice major along with his accounting degree. I did not mention that the more college the more it costs us as I know where his career is headed. He is a good kid and might say 10 words a day. Smartest of all the kids. We used to shoot together and he is a good shot. For some reason he likes my Beretta 92F best, my least favorite pistol I own. He is turning into a muscle car lover and “borrows” my 05 Vette all the time. Kids!

Found out last night all the kids are still on our car insurance and we are buying all their gas. Things you find out when you are the only one home and actually look through the mail. Also got a certified letter for unpaid property taxes for our lake home. Doh! The county sends the bill directly to the lake house. Only problem, we don’t have a mail-box there. They were able to send the nasty note about selling the place to our “main” address though. I ain’t going to the mailbox ever again. The Wife just laughed!

All me luv SL and good health and well being to the rest.

HonestLib on March 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM

I just feel like there is something I should be doing. That’s why I get stressed out. I get stressed thinking I should be writing to reps about it or posting about it or something.

It’s infuriating because amnesty could be stopped. So many people can be doing so much more. It’s one reason I am disgusted by some bloggers. Useless phonies IMO. They could be using their visibility to fight amnesty.

bluegill on March 8, 2015 at 3:59 AM

We already have amnesty. It is just unofficial. Official amnesty will be to add citizenship. As an aside, early ’90s I ran a construction crew, sheeting/shoring/pile-driving–hard nasty dangerous work, and the crew was split evenly between white, black, and Latino (okay they were Mexican). All my employees have been and are legal.

Other than direct costs (i.e. wages), the hardest workers by far were the Mexicans. When you add efficiency into the equation, they are cheaper to employ. Yes, language issues were frequent, but solvable. Now these was purely manual labour jobs.

Before someone asks….I am against amnesty for illegal aliens of all stripes.

HonestLib on March 8, 2015 at 8:21 AM

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:49 AM

Opinionator on March 8, 2015 at 4:55 AM

I am terrible with names, but not sure I have read any of your comments before. Post more as I would much enjoy reading your opinions.

Cheers.

HonestLib on March 8, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Oh, I missed OP! Hi OP!

*waving*

Driving down I-55 yesterday, just south of Bloomington, IL, there is a red, white and blue windmill right up by the highway, with a sign on it that says: “Obama is a liar and a miscreant.”

MISCREANT!

I couldn’t stop laughing.

Fallon on March 8, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Daylight saving time — still mostly a scam
by Brad Plume

INC on March 8, 2015 at 6:24 AM

I like it because I have found out that if you go to bed while the sun is up….no hang-overs!

HonestLib on March 8, 2015 at 8:37 AM

‘Morning, HL!

I’m on my iPad thingy, on the road. I really should figure this contraption out. I revert back to hunting and pecking on the keyboard of this thing. Your son sounds like a great chip off the old block.

Fallon on March 8, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Daylight savings seems to have wiped out most of the morning crew. Off to get coffee…

Fallon on March 8, 2015 at 8:48 AM

I’m sorry I missed you Opinionator.

I’ve always enjoyed your commentary and I’ve missed reading your insights on the issues.

I hope you’ve been well.

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Blessed Sabbath,Americans!

Dividing the “Indivisible”…

My take:http://wp.me/pSio7-3gb Of Selma, Strife, and Self-Aggrandizement

kingsjester on March 8, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Driving down I-55 yesterday, just south of Bloomington, IL, there is a red, white and blue windmill right up by the highway, with a sign on it that says: “Obama is a liar and a miscreant.”

MISCREANT!

I couldn’t stop laughing.

Fallon on March 8, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Lol!!!
Sounds like it’s Puppy’s lair.

31giddyup on March 8, 2015 at 12:12 PM

The House didn’t even have to pass any legislation to stop Obama. Just issue a statement; ” The DHS will get funded if and when Obama Rescinds his illegal Executive Action.”

Unfortunately the GOP lost the argument when they stated there would be no government shutdown.

Dasher on March 8, 2015 at 12:45 PM

That picture of him the way he is holding that cigarette makes him look like some sort of “Back Alley Thug.”

Nat George on March 8, 2015 at 12:53 PM

MISCREANT!

I couldn’t stop laughing.

Fallon on March 8, 2015 at 8:35 AM

you’re welcome, ‘murica

Axe on March 8, 2015 at 6:56 PM

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