Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on December 20, 2015 by Allahpundit

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday, saying on ABC’s This Week that there was no evidence Putin’s killed anyone

“Does he know for a fact that he kills journalists?” Trump asked of Romney. “I don’t think anybody knows that, it’s possible that he does, but I don’t think it’s been proven. Has anybody proved he’s killed reporters?”

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“You know, he feels good about me. I feel, frankly, good about him. I think that we can do things with Russia that are to our advantage… It’s a mutual advantage,” Trump said during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon. “Now, they’re jealous as hell because he’s not mentioning these people. He’s not going to mention them, so they’re jealous as hell. So a couple of them came out with: ‘Oh, well, you don’t want to be friends.’ Oh no, we don’t want to be friends. No, we want to spend another five trillion dollars continuing to fight. We gotta be smart. Now, we gotta really be smart because we don’t have any money any more. You know we’re a poor nation — we’re a debtor nation.”…

“Isn’t it sort of nice if, like, countries that we’re always fighting with, maybe we get along? Let them do…” Trump said early in the rally, as he was drowned out by cheers. “Right? I mean, look: We’re all tough guys. But wouldn’t it be nice if, like, Russia and us could knock out an enemy together? Not us bear the full cost, sometimes? You know, we’re always fighting.”…

Trump then said that some of his GOP rivals have suggested that they would refuse to meet with Putin or work with him.

“Then what do they want to do? They want to have a World War III, okay? World War III. For what? For what?” Trump said. “And they have problems, we all have problems. Russia has got plenty of problems. But I’ll tell you what: If Putin likes me, and if he thinks that I’m a good, smart person — which I hope he believes, you know, I am. Actually he’s right, I am brilliant. You know that, right?”

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Charles Krauthammer explained he is going to “conceal carry for the time being” because Donald Trump accepted praise from Vladimir Putin, a leader known for having journalists and political opponents mysteriously die…

Wednesday at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport, Trump poured gasoline on the feud between himself and the syndicated columnist proclaiming,”I got to tell you, Krauthammer is terrible to me. He is the worst! And I’m not allowed to criticize him so I’m going to be very nice. Krauthammer, he’s terrible. He’s terrible!”…

On “Special Report” later on Friday, Krauthammer told Bret Baier, “Well on the thing about the killing the journalists, I took it as a heads up. After all, on Wednesday, he called me the worst of the worst so I’m going to conceal carry for the time being.”

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Republican presidential candidates trailing Donald Trump are making it clear they don’t want the same endorsement the billionaire businessman and entertainer got from Russian President Vladimir Putin

No thanks, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in so many words on the Sunday political talk shows. Even Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate, weighed in.

“What’s next, Fidel Castro?” Perry said on a panel on “State of the Union” on CNN.

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“He’s jailed and murdered journalists, political opponents. He bombed an apartment building as a pretext to attack the Chechens. He is responsible for the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, because he provided the antiaircraft weaponry that was used for that,” Rubio said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”…

Rubio said, “From a geopolitical, realistic level, we have to deal with him but because he’s the leader of an important country that, between them and us, control over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. But he is not someone who is going to go down in history as a great leader.”

In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, when Trump pressed about accusations that Putin uses brutal tactics – including killing journalists and political opponents, Trump said, “I think our country does plenty of killing also.”

Rubio hadn’t yet heard Trump’s response, but said if he did say that, “it’s outrageous.”

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“Donald Trump is like that stray dog anybody can pet and it will follow you home,” former top Romney adviser Stuart Stevens told POLITICO. “Putin praises him so he loves Putin. It’s embarrassing and sad. He’s a seriously damaged individual who is deeply insecure and needs attention and praise and the source doesn’t matter.”

Another former Romney adviser, who did not want to be named, said emails were flying around Friday morning among ex-staffers and friends after Trump on MSNBC heaped praise on Putin and hesitated to condemn the Russian leader for allegations the Kremlin has killed high-profile journalists critical of Putin, saying “our country does plenty of killing also.”…

One foreign policy adviser to a rival GOP campaign, however, pointed out that a contingent of Republican Putin-admirers do exist.

“There is a circle within the Republican Party—people like Pat Buchanan and others—who think that Putin is the best thing since sliced bread,” said an advisor to one of the Republican candidates who is also a Russia scholar. “And I don’t know if Trump would want to be associated with Buchanan or not, but his comments put him in that category.”

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What the two men share, and recognize in each other, goes beyond strong polling numbers, an affinity for incendiary language and a contempt for those (with President Obama leading the list) they regard as weak. What really attracts them is a common worldview in which money talks and democratic norms are for suckers.

Much as Mr. Putin has muzzled free expression in the media, marginalized political opponents and scrapped contested elections, Mr. Trump has blithely endorsed shutting down parts of the Internet, praised President Franklin D. Roosevelt for interning Japanese Americans during World War II and openly contemplated registering Muslims in America.

Where Mr. Putin sees corruption as the norm, Mr. Trump similarly regards public service as a marketplace in which anyone and everyone can be bought. “I give to everybody,” Mr. Trump told a New Hampshire audience in the summer. “They do whatever I want. It’s true.”…

But believe the American tycoon when he says that Mr. Putin is a man with whom he would “get along,” and who, “in terms of leadership, he’s getting an ‘A.’ ” The feeling is mutual, and revealing.

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The thinking goes: Putin wants to see a Trump presidency because the billionaire is someone he knows how to deal with, a straight shooter who would put aside things like human rights and armed invasions and get down to business. And they have similar styles, macho and brusque, with varying undertones of authoritarianism.

But Putin’s embrace of Trump is much darker — and echoes the endorsements the Kremlin has made elsewhere. This isn’t an autocrat seeing a fellow strongman. It’s an adversary who has found a new tool…

Trump’s antics have made the U.S. the laughing stock of the world, coupled with the idea that his cocky, xenophobic, uninformed pronouncements have revealed the country’s true face. Each week brings a new round of the circus, coupled with endless soul searching about what it all means (this week: either it will lead to Weimar America or the end of the Republican Party). This is the sort of chaos and destruction that Putin thrives on.

Putin supports Donald Trump because of the threat that Trump poses to the U.S.

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He was not caught in a “gotcha.” He was not misquoted. He was not led down the garden path by the “liberal” or “mainstream” or “pro-Obama” media. Rather, he said, as plain as day, that he has “always felt fine about Putin”; he called him “strong” and a “powerful leader”; and he suggested that he should be respected for his “popularity within his country.” Nothing could prise him from this reverence. When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German…

This, it should go without saying, is a disgrace of the highest order. It would, of course, be unseemly to hear anybody in the United States downplaying the murder of dissenters. But a presidential aspirant? In the Republican party? Two of Donald Trump’s opponents in this race are in America because their parents were forced out of Cuba by exactly the sort of regime that Trump is now applauding. How quickly the center of gravity would change were he the nominee. “I know not what course others may take,” Patrick Henry exclaimed in 1775, “but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” “Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit,” argued Ronald Reagan in his second inaugural. “He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader,” says Donald J. Trump.

This will not “finish” Trump off, of course, for Trump is the focal point in what has essentially become an unfalsifiable conspiracy theory in which the “establishment” is always wrong and Trumpism is always the solution. Facts, frankly, no longer enter into this calculation; reason, too, has become an afterthought. It is quite the spectacle to watch a group of voters simultaneously slamming Barack Obama as an inexperienced, Constitution-hating celebrity, and then to enthusiastically propose a mirror-image as his replacement. But watch this you can. Fire up Twitter right now and scroll through the excuses that are being advanced in favor of Trump’s pro-Putin lovefest. Do you think the incumbent president would have got away with this? Would Ted Cruz?

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When informed that her country’s president, Vladimir Putin, had called Trump “brilliant,” [Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot] told The Huffington Post, “When Putin came to his first term or second term, nobody [in Russia] actually thought that this is serious. Everybody was joking about it. And nobody could imagine that after five, six years, we would have a war in Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, and these problems in Syria,” in which Russia has become involved…

“You have to seriously think about giving a microphone and opportunity of public speaking to persons like Donald Trump. Because we have so many serious problems, and to follow and comment [on] every word of this man is really not the best idea.”

Alekhina, who as a member of Pussy Riot is currently taking part in the “Recycling Religion” group art show at SoHo’s WhiteBox Art Center, offered this advice to American voters: “If you want in your country to have your own Putin, you can vote for Donald Trump.”

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Shkreli spent about a decade working in hedge funds, getting his start as an intern at Jim Cramer’s firm at the age of 16.

What a great link. Thanks.

Misha on December 21, 2015 at 1:47 AM

And just like that I’ve been scooped by science.

Posted 26 minutes ago:

Move Over, Graphene: The Latest Super Material Is Borophene

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 21, 2015 at 1:48 AM

Don’t graphene either. That stuff gets everywhere, and I do mean…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 21, 2015 at 1:41 AM

I love it when I have to look something up. ;)

Misha on December 21, 2015 at 1:49 AM

Man does this place echo when it empties out.

Somebody turn off the lights if you’re the last one out.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 21, 2015 at 2:00 AM

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You got it, huh?

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 12:16 AM

I did. Thanks! :)

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:01 AM

Donald Trump tops 30% in Illinois. Ted Cruz followed at half his support at 15% with Rubio at 13%.

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:05 AM

Charles C.W. Cooke gets it deliberately wrong again.

From Allahpundit’s linked article:

When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German. Then, for good measure, he took aim at the American system: “Unlike,” he added, “what we have in this country.”

Charles C.W. Cooke, or as I call him “that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name”, knows full well that Trump wasn’t ‘taking aim’ at our system. He also knows full well that Trump meant that as a whack at Oboozle’s utter failure to lead.

In other words, that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name is a deceitful purveyor of falsehood in service of his political bent. He is no better that those he denigrates — actually worse, since he attempts to snipe at Trump with a statement that he pretends to misinterpret.

Deceitfully attacking and cowering at the same moment does not impress, Mr. He of the Many Splendorous Initials.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:06 AM

^^^^^^This part should have been in blockquote:

When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German. Then, for good measure, he took aim at the American system: “Unlike,” he added, “what we have in this country.”

Bad hillbilly.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:10 AM

Charles C.W. Cooke gets it deliberately wrong again.

From Allahpundit’s linked article:

When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German. Then, for good measure, he took aim at the American system: “Unlike,” he added, “what we have in this country.”

Charles C.W. Cooke, or as I call him “that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name”, knows full well that Trump wasn’t ‘taking aim’ at our system. He also knows full well that Trump meant that as a whack at Oboozle’s utter failure to lead.

In other words, that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name is a deceitful purveyor of falsehood in service of his political bent. He is no better that those he denigrates — actually worse, since he attempts to snipe at Trump with a statement that he pretends to misinterpret.

Deceitfully attacking and cowering at the same moment does not impress, Mr. He of the Many Splendorous Initials.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:06 AM

I hope no one is surprised at this. Cooke is a prissy little lying ass. But he’s no different than the rest of the media, when there is no news *there*, they twist things up to make it a story nonetheless.

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:14 AM

Putin thinks global warming is a hoax. I admired that about him before this little Trump story.

fossten on December 20, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Yup:

Putin: Global Warming Is ‘A Fraud’

http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/29/russias-putin-says-global-warming-is-a-fraud/

anotherJoe on December 21, 2015 at 2:33 AM

I hope no one is surprised at this. Cooke is a prissy little lying ass. But he’s no different than the rest of the media, when there is no news *there*, they twist things up to make it a story nonetheless.

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:14 AM

Yeah, I’m familiar with that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name. He is a self-important twit; he is even worse on television than in written form — bad as his pieces are, his pompous pronouncements are sick-making on the tube. I don’t understand AP’s apparent man-crush.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:38 AM

Yeah, I’m familiar with that arrogant ass with the self-impressive long name. He is a self-important twit; he is even worse on television than in written form — bad as his pieces are, his pompous pronouncements are sick-making on the tube. I don’t understand AP’s apparent man-crush.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:38 AM

AP has a history of yukking it up with people like him on twitter. So I’m sure that is where it started.

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:45 AM

Phyllis Schlafly:

Trump is ‘last hope for America’

http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/top-conservative-trump-is-last-hope-for-america/

My feeling is that if we help Trump lose we may have this regret: we didn’t know what we had until it was gone. If we dilly dally around with Cruz we may, through Iowa, impart a blow to Trump. Cruz is not The Real McCoy as far as being the bold force standing up and moving the Overton Windows on illegal and Muslim immigration. So why would we shoot ourselves in the foot when we have exactly what we need in Trump?

And believe me if the immigration problem is not radically altered this country is going socialist, and following this current little wave of immigration will be a tsunami to permanently multi-culturalize and thirdworldify this country.

Cruz’s often stated view of legalization for the illegals and disagreement with Trump’s deportation plan is less than what Trump has offered us. And is less than what is required to reverse the problem, anchor babies and all.

Furthermore, not good is Cruz’s tepid approach to the Muslim immigration problem:

Cruz Rejects Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428204/ted-cruz-rejects-donald-trump-muslim-immigration-ban

anotherJoe on December 21, 2015 at 2:51 AM

AP has a history of yukking it up with people like him on twitter. So I’m sure that is where it started.

NWConservative on December 21, 2015 at 2:45 AM

That had crossed my mind as well. There was a time when AP would have called out such a cheap tactic as pretending to not know that Trump was speaking of the feckless leadership of Oboozle, and making the plainly false statement that he took aim at the American system.

That is deceit of the most despicable nature, and it shouldn’t be linked to by a site with any standards without being excoriated for what it is.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 2:59 AM

At least Russia isn’t being overrun. They are holding on to their piece of dirt. We don’t know if Democracy and Freedom will even survive the rest of the century, in the West. It’s pretty shaky already. They lock you up in Europe and Canada for saying the wrong thing. In America, they don’t lock you up, but they often take away your livelihood. Look at Ms Puerto Rico today; she dissed Muslims and now she’s outbid a job. I hope Russia holds on, some of our descendants may end up over there.

cimbri on December 21, 2015 at 3:02 AM

“Journalists” are all concerned because, they think, Putin has killed journalists.
This makes Cruz’ point at the November debate that journalists would be more concerned about illegal immigration if their jobs were at risk because of it.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 20, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Indeed.
BTW, I listened to Trump schooling George Stephanopoulous, and I think he is “playing” the media again, just like his wrestlers “play” each other – but they all think he is serious.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:18 AM

Move Israel to California Texas, then nuke the place only way to be sure. /s

djohn669 on December 20, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Why do you want to punish the Israelis?

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:20 AM

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/263560-michael-moore-to-trump-we-are-all-muslim

canopfor on December 20, 2015 at 8:47 PM

No, we are not.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:22 AM

Shut up! Really?!?

Obviously he is one of those people who flourish in a safe environment – and we are all the better for it!

smokeyblonde on December 20, 2015 at 9:19 PM

Well, when you choose “HonestLib” as a nom, you’re going to get challenged…and HL rose to the occasion beautifully… :-)

Newtie and the Beauty on December 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM

I note that our most vigorous trolls also use a variant of that oxymoronic nom-meme that just begs for contention: nonpartisan, urban elite, libfreeordie — but HL is more conservative than some of the self-styled conservatives here, and combines meekness and strength with a wicked sense of humor.

HA is the richer for his membership in the Commentariat.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:28 AM

Charles C.W. Cooke:
When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German.

1. Obama kills journalist. See Breitbart, Andrew.
2. Obama kills political opponents. See IRS.
3. Obama invades countries. See Libya, Syria.

Rix on December 20, 2015 at 10:22 PM

A little hyperbole on #2, and no evidence on #1, but then, the media charges against Putin are also full of hyperbole and low on evidence (although no one gets killed in a thugocracy unless the top thug approves).

On #3, Obama broke them without buying, but Putin wants to keep his new countries.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:35 AM

It looks as if Hillary has been caught with her pantsuit down in claiming that Trump videos are recruiting jihadists. Check out the video that credits her hubby, Obysmal, Kerry, and even W. Bush for that distinction.
http://www.youngcons.com/hillary-falsely-claimed-isis-was-using-trump-in-recruiting-videos-turns-out-2-prominent-liberals-make-an-appearance/

onlineanalyst on December 20, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Not even Politifact would back her up, claiming that all the “evidence” were — claims that ISIS might or could use Trump’s declaration, but hadn’t yet done so.
Maybe she was just instructing them what to do next?
Be interesting to see if ISIS takes the hint.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:37 AM

So, no one’s mentioned Steve Harvey’s epic fail at the end of the Miss Universe pageant? Truly one for the ages. Won’t spoil it for anyone, but let’s just say it was chock full of Schadenfreudeliciousness, happening so soon after his on-air mocking of The Donald.

The Trump Curse claims another victim. Brrr! Spooky!

Fortyback on December 21, 2015 at 3:50 AM

The Mayhem You Do Not Hear About
Strategy Page ^ | 16 Dec 2015 | James Dunningan
The flood of illegal migrants (African, Afghan and Arab) into Europe is causing culture shock all around. This is because most of the refugees come from cultures that tolerate many forms of child and wife abuse that are frequently prosecuted felonies in Europe (and the West in general). The shortage of interpreters and fear of being branded “culturally insensitive” has European police and social workers inclined to look the other way. Unless there is a murder as dead bodies cannot be ignored. But the vast majority of the abuse does not go that far…
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Don’t let happen here. STOP Muslim immigration!

The answer: Trump.

anotherJoe on December 21, 2015 at 3:55 AM

A little hyperbole on #2, and no evidence on #1, but then, the media charges against Putin are also full of hyperbole and low on evidence (although no one gets killed in a thugocracy unless the top thug approves).

My point exactly. Putin is charged and indicted by the media, and y’all know how far and balanced they are. There is a theory that the worst mistake Putin committed was not to invade Crimea but to cross the gay mafia; that’s what drew so much fire from the West.

On #3, Obama broke them without buying, but Putin wants to keep his new countries.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:35 AM

While Putin wants his country to conquer parts of other countries, Obama wants the entirety of his country to be conquered by other countries. Which one is worse?

Rix on December 21, 2015 at 4:07 AM

Shalom AnotherJoe

anotherJoe on December 21, 2015 at 3:55 AM

Honor Killings…it’s only a matter of time. Do you think Putin and Trump can team up and preserve the character of both nations? How many ex KGB are still alive and do you think they want world domination or just rebuild of Russia. Is George Soros looking to be leader of global domination? or is someone else pulling the strings?

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 4:10 AM

Good morning Rix…polonium…it’s not for breakfast anymore.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 4:13 AM

Good morning Rix…polonium…it’s not for breakfast anymore.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 4:13 AM

Don’t tell me you actually believed that stupid story about polonium. When a thug of that magnitude wants you dead, you end up with cheap lead in your skull, not expensive radioactive stuff in your diet.

Rix on December 21, 2015 at 4:33 AM

Rix on December 21, 2015 at 4:33 AM

Which polonium story do you doubt?

gh on December 21, 2015 at 4:39 AM

Good morning y’all
Short work week but it’ll feel like a full one

Safe travels to all this week

cmsinaz on December 21, 2015 at 4:42 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on December 21, 2015 at 5:54 AM

Racistanyway on December 21, 2015 at 5:54 AM

Good morning.

gh on December 21, 2015 at 5:59 AM

Two Party Evil Money Cult.

MSM liars.

Lazy Non Voters.

Action Is Required.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2015 at 6:09 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2015 at 6:09 AM

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AWK, what the heck has got you so hot this morning? Early in Texas, too… about 5:15 AM
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Or did you just drop in to remind us to Get Busy! LOL

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 6:17 AM

mika not too happy with hillary’s response about bernie’s ‘breach’
basically pot…kettle

cmsinaz on December 21, 2015 at 6:18 AM

Hi EB Santa is on his way. May your stocking and tree be filled with fun and factory model goodies.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:40 AM

cmsinaz on December 21, 2015 at 6:18 AM

Hillary seems to be very vulnerable to mischief

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:42 AM

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:40 AM

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Good Morning {{{NUKE}}}
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I love doing my own Christmas shopping! How are you this fine Monday Last Day of Autumn AM?

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 6:44 AM

Morning SL, cmsinaz, esr1951, Fallon, INC–44F with a high of 72F and clouds.

Sunday grins and learning.

Son leaves for work on the weekend at 0515 and I help him move cars around or scrape windshields. I must have been slow as when I went outside he had just left. It was cold 26F and crisp and clear. I heard him leaving the neighbourhood and turning onto the two lane state highway.

He drives a 1998 Cobra on the weekends and really loves that car. It is funny as he is a GQ kind of kid, but loves his almost muscle car. I say almost as it only has 300BHP. Anywho, I heard him pull out onto the highway and boy did he run through the gears. He was about a mile away and getting it pretty good. I was wondering if he was going to let up on the fourth to fifth shift, as that would mean he was be getting close to 80mph. Yep, he backed off after the third to fourth shift and was only going a little over 65mph I estimated. I warned him about the deer.

What a great sound and I could tell he had little rpm drop between shifts. I could imagine the front end lifting slightly on the shocks as he was punching the throttle. First big ole grin I have had in a while. Brought back memories of me ridge racing my early ’65 mustang with the HP289, four barrel, thrush glasspacks and four speed. At the time the chicks dug that car.

As life has it, that would not be my only grin of the day. On the dot I took my walk at 1945 that evening and Big Girl, Red, and new dog came along. They were doing their typical arguing thing girl talk and somehow they got on the subject of killing animals. This is where I needed Wild Child as her motto is “you got to kill it to grill it”. For some reason Big Girl is against killing all animals now and I mention the chicken we were having for dinner.

For the first time that I can remember, Big Girl got defensive with me. Since I have been through this period of kids stretching the boundaries, I egged Big Girl on a tad. I told her about the time when I was a kid the farmers would pay up to shoot wild dogs that were killing their calves right after they were born.

Big Girl was aghast and during this conversation she blurts out for me to “Shut-UP”. I almost chuckled out loud as I had a feeling something like that would be said. I put on my stern face and gave her the look. Her backpedaling was something to behold. I let her squirm for a while and gave her the talk. While giving the talk, I remembered back to being 17 and trying to stay out of jail.

All ended up well and the boundary she was pushing is temporarily out of order. I did my best not to grin where she could see it. For some reason she is all up for raking leaves with me this coming weekend. Kids, I sure do love them.

All me luv SL and holiday cheer to the rest of the fine folks here.

HonestLib on December 21, 2015 at 6:46 AM

pompous katy kay stating that europeans would hate a rich billionaire and that they would never get elected.

you mean like berlusconi?

renalin on December 21, 2015 at 6:53 AM

I had a horrible headache and was unprepared for it. My daughter gave me a hot compress and I took 4 ibuprophen. I have a meditation called Medical Assistance Program that also helped. I feel better now TY.

Have you seen the stories about the woman in Las Vegas attacking people on the sidewalk with her car? She had a 3 yo in the car. 1 dead, 36 injured and half a dozen in critical condition. Lots of speculation.

Being your own secret Santa has its advantages. BTW did you know there was 1 more reindeer? Schmuel…because someone has to worry.

Jest wishes

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Schmuel…because someone has to worry.

Jest wishes

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM

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LOL

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 6:58 AM

Jest wishes

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM

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Hope you feel better… I love that meditation stuff (and “Tylenol”)

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 6:59 AM

EB how are you and how is your weather. My email is soulstar_46*yahoo.com
Would like to hear about the meditation stuff you love.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 7:03 AM

EB how are you and how is your weather. My email is soulstar_46*yahoo.com
Would like to hear about the meditation stuff you love.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 7:03 AM

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Thanks, Nuke… kinda busy right now but I’ll email later today In the meantime, look at the Russian Men Singing…

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Google of “Hitler did not kill himself”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Trump’s defense of Putin is just the strangest thing yet. How are the Trumpsters faring with that?

CivilDiscourse on December 21, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Indeed nuclearoptional

cmsinaz on December 21, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Oh sure, the economy is collapsing, the terrorists are winning, Hillary the lefty criminal will be president. But the big news, OMG, OMG, is that Steve Harvey announced the wrong contestant as Miss Universe and had to correct it on air./
Personally, I think that Miss Colombia is prettier than Miss Philippines, but I didn’t watch the show, eye of the beholder and all that.

justltl on December 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Las Vegas Crazy Woman

McGrath said the 1996 Oldsmobile was registered in Oregon and the driver had recently moved to the area.

Those in critical condition were treated at University Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Spring Valley Hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center spokeswoman Stacy Acquista said it has treated 13 people, including nine men and four women. So far, 10 have been treated and released, but three were downgraded from good to fair condition and will remain hospitalized.

Danita Cohen, spokeswoman for University Medical Center, said 15 crash victims were brought to its trauma center, one of whom died. Three remained in critical condition as of 11 p.m. Two others were treated and released.

The nine patients who remained in serious condition included an 11-year-old child. The others were adults. Some were from Montreal and needed a French translator.

Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said three people had received care for minor injuries and were being discharged as of 10:50 p.m.

gh on December 21, 2015 at 7:32 AM

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Wow, do you ever sleep? You’re a machine! Glad to see you got the anagrams.

fossten on December 21, 2015 at 7:37 AM

So, no one’s mentioned Steve Harvey’s epic fail at the end of the Miss Universe pageant?

Fortyback on December 21, 2015 at 3:50 AM

Who cares? The Miss Universe pageant is rigged so that an earthling always wins.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

Wow, do you ever sleep? You’re a machine!

fossten on December 21, 2015 at 7:37 AM

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I’m tellin’ ya my biorhythms are way, way off… I got about three hours shuteye this morning and I bet I’ll be back in bed by 2:00 PM since I’ve been up since 5:30 AM.
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I’m hoping I can get back to normal in a week or so… feel lazy sleeping during the day.
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NWConservative got the riddles, too… thanks!

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 8:01 AM

So, no one’s mentioned Steve Harvey’s epic fail at the end of the Miss Universe pageant? Truly one for the ages. Won’t spoil it for anyone, but let’s just say it was chock full of Schadenfreudeliciousness, happening so soon after his on-air mocking of The Donald.

The Trump Curse claims another victim. Brrr! Spooky!

Fortyback on December 21, 2015 at 3:50 AM

Oh sure, the economy is collapsing, the terrorists are winning, Hillary the lefty criminal will be president. But the big news, OMG, OMG, is that Steve Harvey announced the wrong contestant as Miss Universe and had to correct it on air./
Personally, I think that Miss Colombia is prettier than Miss Philippines, but I didn’t watch the show, eye of the beholder and all that.

justltl on December 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM

I would like to announce that Fortyback was the first poster to announce the big news. I failed to read anything above my post before posting. I was not trying to steal his/her thunder. I apologize for being insensitive and microaggressing. My teleprompter was wrong, so it was not my fault.
Racists.

The Miss Universe pageant is rigged so that an earthling always wins.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

silently lol

justltl on December 21, 2015 at 8:02 AM

The Miss Universe pageant is rigged so that an earthling always wins.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

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Without an intense physical exam, you don’t know that… so, I think you are making assumptions.

ExpressoBold on December 21, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

History happens.

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/liberal-hypocrisy-vs-the-confederacy-the-war-to-eliminate-history-continues/

Liberal Hypocrisy Vs. the Confederacy: The War to Eliminate History Continues

kingsjester on December 21, 2015 at 8:19 AM

The Miss Universe pageant is rigged so that an earthling always wins.
Happy Nomad on December 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

Martians matter.

CivilDiscourse on December 21, 2015 at 8:29 AM

I note that our most vigorous trolls also use a variant of that oxymoronic nom-meme that just begs for contention: nonpartisan, urban elite, libfreeordie — but HL is more conservative than some of the self-styled conservatives here, and combines meekness and strength with a wicked sense of humor.

HA is the richer for his membership in the Commentariat.

AesopFan on December 21, 2015 at 3:28 AM

I have no idea what you’re talking about. Just as I suspect Hillbilly Jim does not ctually live in a tarpaper shack with a still out back and a cousin/wife on the corn husk mattress, but thought it would be a fun name, my handle is not freighted with any deeper meaning than an attempt to tweak the Palin-esque populists who were so common when I chose it.

Honest Lib is no Lib, btw. No wonder you like him.

urban elitist on December 21, 2015 at 9:03 AM

I have no idea what you’re talking about.

You never do, perfesser…

Just as I suspect Hillbilly Jim does not ctually live in a tarpaper shack with a still out back and a cousin/wife on the corn husk mattress, but thought it would be a fun name…

Stereotype much?

Rhetorical question…no need for you to answer personally…you’ve already shown your intolerance and ignorance to one and all.

…my handle is not freighted with any deeper meaning than an attempt to tweak the Palin-esque populists who were so common when I chose it.

We lesser mortals would call that “truth in advertising,” but what do we know…

Honest Lib is no Lib, btw. No wonder you like him.

urban elitist on December 21, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Once again, your ignorance is showing. Ever try using one of them thar dictionary thingies? You’d be surprised at what you can learn from them.

[slides urban elitist a pre-measured dose of NSAID…enters under “Children Should Be Seen And Not Heard”…]

Newtie and the Beauty on December 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on December 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

‘Libfreeordie’ is an assistant professor. Urban Elitist is not.

thatsafactjack on December 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

[slides urban elitist a pre-measured dose of NSAID…enters under “Children Should Be Seen And Not Heard”…]

Newtie and the Beauty on December 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

In the case of our resident trolls they are “obscene and not heard”.

nuclearoptional on December 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

‘Libfreeordie’ is an assistant professor. Urban Elitist is not.

thatsafactjack on December 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

I stand corrected, Miss Jackie… :-)

Newtie and the Beauty on December 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Trump’s defense of Putin is just the strangest thing yet. How are the Trumpsters faring with that?

CivilDiscourse on December 21, 2015 at 7:24 AM

So, what’s wrong with Putin? He’s a strong leader, does what’s best for his country and people, and isn’t a liberal/socialist.

All of which is directly opposite of the limp-wristed, nutless pansy that inhabits our white house for the nonce.

Solaratov on December 21, 2015 at 1:24 PM


Military to Military
Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

This article is lengthy, but a must read. It’s an illuminating discussion of the war in Syria, the interaction between our intelligence community, the Joint Chiefs, and the Obama administration, and Russia and China’s stake in the region.

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.

thatsafactjack on December 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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