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January 30, 2013

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Porchlight

I would just like to mention for the record that Ted Cruz won the primary against the establishment, much better funded, Rick Perry-backed Lt. Gov. Dewhurst thanks to a perfectly-timed endorsement from Sarah Palin, which got him to the runoff and gave him breathing room. He took it from there.

He credits her, even if others don't, or were unaware how it played out on the ground.
http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/08/ted-cruz-says-sarah-palins-endorsement-was-game-changing-in-his-senate-win/#6630-8

It makes me laugh to see people on the right praise Cruz while at the same time dismissing Palin as irrelevant. She's the reason he's in the Senate. Her timing on that endorsement was exquisite.

Melinda Romanoff

Wave goodbye to Soledad!

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Beautiful link, cc.

Frau Lustig

What fun, cc.

marlene

Ha,Stephanie... the reporting on the local news is what caused my husband's outburst that I mentioned last night. Bangor is such a small media market that the local stations serve as training for young,inexperienced reporters.There is a young woman on one of the stations who wrinkles her nose and makes a sad face when she reports a story. It is usually an important story..."reporting from State St. where the largest pothole in Bangor has been located..."

Frau Lustig

German newspapers report the battle Obama is beginning to wage against the crazed gun-toting Americans who choose to use "Sturmgewehre" like those used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the military. Pfui!

Beasts of England

Melinda@1:18 - The current streak (and counting) - and I am well, thanks!

Peter

How ironic that John Kerry gains the approval of the Senate to become SoS on the 45th anniversary of the Tet offensive.

narciso

Congrats Neo, on your daughter's new job, in similar Zimmerman related news, they did manage to dismiss one of the cops in those 'controversial' shootings down South.

I don't get it either, Kerry with the help of Jack Blum, planted the CIA as a bunch of coke dealers, in the 80s, or at least facilitators of same, a notion resurrected by Gary Webb in the mid 90s, and taken up by Maxine Waters and Cynthia McKinney,

narciso

So, Draghi gets caught in the net, having helped take down a bank that made Lehman Bros seem like a fly by night outfit.

NK

.. and the 80th anniversary of the Nazi's taking power in the Reichstag.

narciso

You see it doesn't matter what the facts are, it's how it makes you feel;

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/30/3208508/miami-police-officer-fired-for.html

Melinda Romanoff

Bank's not down, narciso. But as head of the Italian Central Bank he might have lied a bit about how much "help" the Bank of Italy "never bailed them out". Much.

hit and run

John Kerry: Four heartbeats away from the presidency

narciso

The world is so fracken insane, there are few words;

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/30/3208120/teen-accused-of-school-bus-shooting.html#moreb

Stephanie

Well that was fun. The lights flickered for about 5 minutes, but we never even got a rumble of thunder. The backyard looks like a cascading lake though. Not even rivulets but a wide sheet of water flowing down the grass. And it's over.

narciso

Well this is taking,'more selective' to an art form,

http://theothermccain.com/2013/01/30/cnns-poorly-rated-soledadobrien-will-lose-her-show-youve-never-watched/

Melinda Romanoff

Lynch to challenge Markey in D Primary.

Neo

When I was in college, I took this "History of Technology" course. Part of the course dealt with the efforts to make a "tomato picker." They tried and tried to carefully and softly pick the tomatoes from the plants, but alas, they destroyed too many. So they took another approach .. make a tougher tomato.

Those tough thicker tomatoes that you buy in the stores that have little to no taste .. yeah, it's them.

What we need is legislation to make human being tougher, more resistant to bullets.
For everybody else, we will need armed protection.

Sue

Around here we call them chicken houses. Guess someone used thesaurus to write their story.

Dublindave

This gun debate is good for a few house Republican seats in 14. Dems need to get seriously fucking messy on this.....

sailor

Stephanie, Are you in Atlanta? I have been through a tornado in Atlanta, and it was terrifying--some years ago.

Chubby

((We all await their ongoing contribution to a sensible national debate))

You can use every rational and documented factual argument in the book to try to get through to gun control enthusiasts, but it just goes in one ear and out the other. Using fact or reason on them is a total waste of time. The empty hole where reason is supposed is filled instead with hubristic hyper self-righteousness and personal opinion as they pave the road to hell.

sailor

Are any of you here as revolted as I when the Dems "trotted" out Gabby Giffords--using her as a prop. It was beyond despicable for them to do that and degrading for her.

Chubby

((...Right now, anti-Hagel ads are running on cable...))

Supposedly the only was to block him is through the Menendez vote, and
suddenly the latter is swathed with scandal. Interesting timing.

centralcal

sailor: I, too, was revolted. However, I don't think anyone but Gabby and her husband are responsible for her being trotted out. Sure, Dems may have invited her - but she and the hubby made the decision to appear.

Rob Crawford

Chubby -- the Menendez scandal has been brewing for months. There were reports before the election; not very wide-spread, but they were out there.

Porchlight

This gun debate is good for a few house Republican seats in 14.

It sure is. Formerly Democratic seats.

Dave (in MA)
Are any of you here as revolted as I when the Dems "trotted" out Gabby Giffords--using her as a prop.
Jim Brady isn't getting any younger.
NK

Being trotted out now for anti-gun events is Giffords job now. Hubby's got his Navy pension, being a prop is her family contribution. Harsh-- but it's her choice, I'm just observing what she's doing.

NK

DD shows TomM what "honest dialogue" means to the Left.

sailor

Well, cc, I don't think Gabby knows enough --in her present condition--to be responsible. And, I don't think her present condition is going to change. Very sad--her condition and the fact that she made her speech at the hearing.

Rob Crawford
Jim Brady isn't getting any younger.

The younger no-information voters wouldn't know who that is. Odds are they don't even know that Reagan was shot. Or was president.

Porchlight

At first I thought that, too, sailor - she doesn't know what she's doing. But she presumably supported gun control and the Dems' trotting out of sob stories prior to getting shot. So it's hard to imagine she is being persuaded by her husband or former colleagues into doing something against her wishes.

I agree with NK. Gun control prop is her job now.

sailor

Porch, I am sure it is something she supports--but I don't think she--in her present condition--knows what she supports. I definitely think she is brain damaged.

Jim Eagle

Frau,

I agree. Hagel was an "oathtaker" but Kerry was an "oathgiverbacker". That fact he is not on parole from Leavenworth is a bigger mystery to me then Obama's LFBC.
I will never forget the first time I met him in DC. Upstairs at
La Colline for a reception. [Back then we played both ends towards to the middle + he was a Senator from a state in which we had lots invested]. He was so damn smarmy I wanted to kick him in the balls (as a VN veteran). He is a f**king creep and Teresa can have him for what ever he is worth. Not much in my opinion.

Bibi is on alert and I don't think Kerry's finest moment will come from tangling with the Israeli's. I hope they eat his Heinz 57 lunch.

Chubby

Rob, I know they've been brewing for months, but why is the scandal only making the headlines now?

Stephanie

Yes I'm in NE Atlanta. We had a tornado damage our house back in the late 80s and now the micro climate has changed such that the severe storms sputter out before they get here. West Atlanta gets the brunt now.

henry

Chubby, the "media" needed to do a look squirrel to hide how badly their gun control efforts are received -- Menendez was at hand and juicy enough to do it quickly. {yike... I need a beer}.

hit and run

henry -- speaking of . . . how's the home brew coming?

Janet

With all the John F'n Kerry love...is the whole "hatin' rich people over? Was that only for Romney?
Did Reid make a speech on the Senate floor about Kerry not paying his boat taxes?
1% are good now?

henry

Hit, the home brew is my next project after cleaning the kitchen. Will watch instructional DVD tonite.

maryrose

henry:
I agree. Gun control is a flop. Look for Menendez to go the way of Torricelli. This reeks of underage prostitution which ultimately will harm the dims and Obama. When that happens-under the bus he goes.Also recently and even on the Senate floor he looks weak and uneffective. If we had a real press he would never have been re-elected.
I hope the fight over Hagel is bloody. I want Obama's Jewish stance to be noted and Bibi to take him down a peg.

Threadkiller
" And University of Pennsylvania law professor Kermit Roosevelt told Politico that Cruz's "birthright citizenship derives from his parents, and the question is, does that fit with the definition of natural born citizen?"

Cruz's primary opponent in the Senate race last year, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, brought up Cruz's Canadian birthplace in a campaign ad, and his Democratic opponent Paul Sadler said in an interview: "Rafael Cruz —'Ted,' that's what he goes by, his real name is Rafael —was born in Canada."

Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton stated that Cruz is "a U.S. citizen by birth," but declined to elaborate on the issue, saying the new senator is concentrating on his work ahead in Congress.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/cruz-draws-presidential-buzz-but-is-he-eligible-85873_Page2.html

Why is this so tough? Sean Rushton should know that this is settled law.

Oh well, I am certain the Dems will announce that Ted's citizenship issues are "off limits".

maryrose

TK:
the dems are looking for ways to trah Cruz as we speak. In their heads"How dare he vote against our boy toy Kerry?" I like the Senator from Oklahoma. The one who called climate change a scam. Inhofe is a true republican and Oklahoma is lucky to have him.
Hillary managed to screw up SOS royally. Let's let Kerry do the same and further tarnish his legacy.

NK
maryrose

should be trash...

Chubby

((It makes me laugh to see people on the right praise Cruz while at the same time dismissing Palin as irrelevant.))

Hi PL, it is good to be reading your posts again.

I haven't heard or read anyone dissing Palin while praising Cruz, but I agree it makes no sense at all. I also get the sense that Cruz would never stab her in the back, and that if he ever gets somewhere, she will not be forgotten by him.

A bit off topic, but if rse was correct yesterday in her analysis that Rubio and Jeb Bush have a meaningful political relationship going, istm that Rubio may not too fond of Palin because that seems to be an article of faith in thae Bush camp.

Way, way off topic: I not long ago watched the entire BBC series "From Larkrise to Candleford". Are you familiar with it?

I'm now working my way through Hornblower.

Can't get enough of BBC costume dramas.

Frau Eifersucht

"is the whole "hatin' rich people over? Was that only for Romney? "

Janet, it's re-education time: There's the good side of the force and the bad. Romney's wealth is used for the latter. Easy, isn't it, once it's explained logically?

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

Hi, PL!

Porchlight

Way, way off topic: I not long ago watched the entire BBC series "From Larkrise to Candleford". Are you familiar with it?

I am familiar with it but haven't watched it yet. So many on the list. I will bump it up if you enjoyed it!

Agree with all your thoughts on Palin, Cruz, Rubio, Bush etc. The Palin detractors praising Cruz are usually commenters at places like HotAir, but sometimes National Review.

Gotta dash - 4th grade science fair project due tomorrow. Hot glue gun, cold dead hands etc.

Chubby

Hi yourself, Melinda! Are things good with you?

narciso

I fo recall when they had a big post election fundraiser, back in 2011, Rubio found a way to leave before Sarah spoke,

Captain Hate

It makes me laugh to see people on the right praise Cruz while at the same time dismissing Palin as irrelevant. She's the reason he's in the Senate. Her timing on that endorsement was exquisite.

I was listening to a local sports talk show today featuring a well spoken guy and this ugly (I've seen him play basketball before at one of these "celebrity" (LOL) fundraisers; in addition to being terrible at hoops he's got a perfect face for radio) little troll. For some reason troll boy started praising Colin Powell and how he'd love to vote for him for President as I was rolling my eyes. He then made a comment that it would drive the other guy crazy and I was thinking "Is that because he's a donk or a conservative?" I quickly got the answer as the troll started teeing off on Sarah Palin to which the other guy said "You have a real fixation on the former governor of Alaska since you bring her up every time we discuss any level of politics".

She drives the right people even more insane than they were previously.

Chubby

PL, I thought Larkrise was outstanding. I laughed ... I cried ... the series has to be watched right to the end to get the full impact (which was no problem for me, watching it was like eating jelly beans, I couldn't stop myself.

Lark Rise to Candleford - Season 1, Episode 1-1 LUN

(When I was looking for the link, got goosebumps just watching the first few seconds of Episode 1)

rse

Stephanie-I was in high school when the tornadoes hit West Paces near the Gov mansion. I was shocked. Somehow in my peabrain adolescent mind tornadoes just did not hit that part of town. They were supposed to stop at smyrna near the log cabin church I suppose.

Chubby

Narciso,

((I fo recall when they recall when they had a big post election fundraiser, back in 2011, Rubio found a way to leave before Sarah spoke,))

I wonder how Rubio feels about Cruz. I hope he appreciates him as a conservative ally instead of feeling threatened by him.

sailor

Oh, Chubby!
Wake up!!!

Rick Ballard

"I wonder how Rubio feels about Cruz."

Wistful, I would think. Rubio's position as stand-in for George P. in waiting isn't a bad gig but being a puppet within a dynastic oligarchy has to make one wonder if they haven't sold themselves too cheaply.

CH,

I believe Palin would do much, much better than Perot. I don't know if she could achieve a sufficient plurality but I no longer have any concerns about her handing victory to Oligarch A when there is no discernible difference between Oligarch A and Oligarch B.

Threadkiller

Did Mark Levin Make Case Obama May Need To Be Included In His Amnesty For Illegals?

http://youtu.be/-NzVJ_RMbb0

narciso

Back in 2000, the burg where he got his start, West Miami, was only marginally larger then say Wasilla, true he tried fitting shock collars on cats, in the Florida legislature, a practice I don't really recommend.

Threadkiller

The Oligarch B/Oligarch A consent decree....

:-)

Chubby

Rick,

I've been wondering if Newt would have been a better candidate than Romney. He was Palin's choice, and I seem to recall that a few JOMer's such as Janet, JiB and others, supported him. Newt does does seem able to articulate the big picture case for conservatism very well.

Rob Crawford

The problem with Newt is that he veers from right-on-the-money to inside-the-Beltway without warning.

Chubby

((true he tried fitting shock collars on cats, in the Florida legislature))

there are cats in the Florida legislature? :)

narciso

I'm riffing off that line, 'herding cats' Chubby,
the one thing the Leg, as Molly Ivins seems to be successful at, is hiking the insurance rates.

True, Newt had a hankering for the care and feeding of SkyDragons, but the important bit is that never went anywhere,

anonamom

The problem with Newt is Newt.
(Sadly.)

Danube of Thought iPad

"Why is this so tough? Sean Rushton should know that this is settled law."

Cruz is a citizen at birth pursuant to 8 U.S. Code Section 1401(g). The only judge who has ever considered the question--in the McCain case--said in dicta that the term was synonymous with natural born citizen. No judge has ever said a word to the contrary. No one has ever identified any difference between the two terms.

No one has argued that it is settled law, because it has not been adjudicated. It never will be adjudicate until the birthers can find a lawyer capable of presenting the matter to a court that can hear it. Leo Donofrio and Orly Taitz have been woefully inadequate to the task, and the list of volunteers to replace them offers no encouragement for their cause.

The past two presidential elections have featured three major-party candidates whom the birthers contend are ineligible for the office. Innumerable legal challenges have been made to them on that ground, and every single one of them has been defeated. It does not take a scholar to discover a pattern here.

But at some point some birther will explain why he thinks that Ted Cruz harbors some sort of allegiance to Canada that would pose a risk to the country were he to become president.

Danube of Thought iPad

"Did Mark Levin Make Case Obama May Need To Be Included In His Amnesty For Illegals?"

He made it to the birthers. Let us know when he makes it to a court.

Chubby

Interesting tidbits about Cruz from Wiki:

((Cruz earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.[12] While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society's Debate Panel as one of North America's top-ranked parliamentary debaters, winning the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.[13] In 1992, he was named Speaker of the Year and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton) by the American Parliamentary Debate Association.[13] In 1991 he and his partner came in second to Austan Goolsbee and partner David Gray. Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship.[14]))

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Way, way off topic: I not long ago watched the entire BBC series "From Larkrise to Candleford". Are you familiar with it?--

Excellent show, although we haven't made it all the way through yet.
The characters are, thankfully, fully developed human beings with flaws and virtues in varying degrees, rather than the typical moral cartoons of Hollywood.

narciso


So, Bigelow doesn't seem to ablr to reach the Goldilocks Optimum, between Hayden, Rodriguez,
and Soufan's protege, Robert McFadden,


http://www.wilshireandwashington.com/2013/01/defending-zero-dark-thirty-kathryn-bigelow-on-time-cover.html

Chubby

Narciso,

How embarrasing, this is how I first interpreted your cats post: that when young Rubio was starting out, early days in his career, he tried to get legislation passed to put shock collars on cats in Florida. :)) Which, had it actually happened, and had I been a resident of Florida, I would have strongly opposed!!

Jane - Mock the Media!

So is Menendez going to be able to get away with this?

Chubby

Yes, Ignatz, that is what I loved about it. I just watched the whole of episode one again and feel I could watch the entire series over again, and get more out of it the second time than the first. The characters were flawed and surprising and the wonderful redemption theme was never maudlin. And some of the funny bits were rolling-on-the-floor funny.

hit and run

Jane:
So is Menendez going to be able to get away with this?

"The only way Menedez wouldn't get away with it is if he had been caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy"
--stuff Edwin Edwards (almost) said

NK

Jane@7:25-- YES-- next question... (proof-- see Barney Frank and male prostitute ring in his DC home, see Ted Kennedy and EVERYTHING, including vehicular manslaughter)

narciso

Btw, PoI, is back tomorrow, somehow Reese got of his car wreck, from last month, Kara Stanton, (Anna Parisee, last seen on the Following) seems to pipe up like a bad penny

Rick Ballard

Chubby,

I foresee a very long wait before we see any honest appraisal of the effect of Bishop Romney's purchase of "most electable" status via political operatives who thoroughly plucked one of the most willing chickens ever seen.

I'm much more interested in the current Bush Dynasty push. I feel they've done quite enough already.

Extraneus

If Christie goes after him, he's done.

narciso

Having glanced at a recent book about Timbuktu, one discovers that this fellow Bel Mokhtar is using an honorific, relating to the Governor of
that particular statelet, which lead me here;


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Battle_of_Gao

Melinda Romanoff

PL-

Aside from the usual joy of an Illinois residency, all is well.

Mark Folkestad

Bow control! I demand bow control! A guy in New Jersey used a compound bow to kill another guy over a woman. Easy as pie to divide and conquer. Just talk about the evil, modern compound bow, as opposed to the noble and virtuous recurve bow of the noble and virtuous Native American. No one NEEDS a compound bow (some of which are scary black!).

Mark Folkestad

And we certainly can't allow archers to have those quick-reload quivers mounted on the bow. Only the traditional ones carried on the shoulder.

Jane - Mock the Media!

Reid hasn't yet named Menendez to run the Foreign Relations committee, which is some hesitancy on his part and shows some concern.

The Miami paper reported it today -which is more than a "right wing blog".

I certainly wouldn't put any money on it yet but...

henry

Mark, fingers only -- no more release triggers?

Janet

So instead of skeet shooting all the time, it's now - Obama goes 'skeet shooting all the time'? Hardly ever, sources say

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/30/obama-keet-shooting-all-time-hardly-sources-say/#ixzz2JVhzqjwb

I don't believe this either. Who are the sources?

narciso

Interesting, back a whole six months ago, they had this guy's entire profile, when they thought he had gone Norwegian Blue;

http://www.pvtr.org/pdf/CTTA/2012/CTTA-August12.pdf

Mark Folkestad

Henry, you got it! How could I have forgotten that evil accessory?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Mark, fingers only -- no more release triggers?--

Although I have a Browning compound and a release I've gone back to my beautiful Browning Cobra recurve and my shooting tab.

Did I ever mention the inch long scar I cultivated in right eye brow when, after practicing too long, my wrist gave out from fatigue and the limb came back from full draw and caught me on edge?
The eye brow region is surprisingly rich in both arterial and venous networks.

narciso

Well we've seen from the Avengers, and this week's No. 1 film, 'Hansel and Gretel' very tongue planted in cheek, the power of assault bows and crossbows

Danube of Thought iPad

"Bishop Romney's purchase of 'most electable' status via political operatives"

I'd say he got that status free of charge, unless you can identify a more electable one. Gingrich? Bachmann?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

ABC denies report Diane Sawyer to retire.
Spokesman says:
"Ms Sawyer has demonstrated an ability to conduct maudlin, unprofessional interviews with very important people while consuming inordinate amounts of alcohol for many years now. We have seen no diminution of her abilities on either front."

Mark Folkestad

Iggy, I'm a Browning gun man, and I once mulled over the purchase of one of their bows. Must have been quite a spectacular fountain of blood, huh? And a scar to brag about, like those old Prussian officers and their saber scars? My hunting/fishing buddy cousin wouldn't listen to me about the mounting of the scope on his then brand-new German Weatherby .300 Magnum. He's got two concentric crescent scars on and above his right eyebrow.

narciso

Couric's sojourn down the rabbit hole, is also being renewed, then again her sobriety and propriety is unquestioned, sarc.

Rick Ballard

No, DoT. Not free of charge at all. Hewitt may have been a cheap date but National Review cost a bit. He did put up a very effective money fence with a good early start and he certainly didn't have to bother to purchase support from other oligarchs in waiting.

Do you really need a picture drawn of how legatees garner advancement through the application of name recognition and grease? Aren't the Kennedys and the Bush family sufficient illustration? Is Cuomo's advancement a mystery to you? How about Senator Gore's half-witted son?

Oligarchies really aren't very mysterious. They're just very corrupt and they finally only produce rotten fruit.

narciso

No to mention the Brown clan of Sacramento, which is really way paste their sell date, but one has a budding prince in Newsom, the recipient of Getty family largesse,

Dave (in MA)

Piers Morgan got fewer viewers than the show about men trying on dresses.
https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/296778043496734720

Rick Ballard

Narciso,

Do they rank ahead of the Daleys from the Sewers of Chicago series? Or the Landrieus of Lousiana? Second and third generation second raters abound. They're proof positive of the average intelligence of the electorate.

They're also the reason why Palin as a third party candidate is more preferable to me than one more second rate legatee.

narciso

You would think one of Marco's top men, or occasional gal, would remind him, of this 'strange feeling of deja vu' late last year,
when Obama took his considered plan, and gave him a wedgie,

OT, seeing how 'truthspeaker to power' Kirikaou was earning his living around the time, he was leaking to Scott Shane, and that ABC reporter, he was technical advisor to 'Bruno' and had a cameo in 'From Paris with Love'

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