davidl on May 13th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Lying Lizzie Warren

The president said in his Nike speech that he’s confident that when people read the agreement for themselves, that they’ll see it’s a great deal. But the president won’t actually let people read the agreement for themselves. It’s classified…

Hat tip: Hot Air.

Gotta give the ‘rats some credit. They used the secret details trick to foist off Obama Care. They are not so stupid as to fall for their own trick.

Eric Florack on May 12th, 2015

* It’s amusing to watch Obama who had two years of an overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress on his side including many Republicans now suddenly decide to take up poverty and his driving force. Wasn’t he supposed to be dealing with that from the beginning?

* Similarly, it is amusing to watch Obama chastise Congress over infrastructure problems, when it was Obama himself who promised us that infrastructure would be dealt with, and that they were already shovel ready jobs out there. Turns out, the majority of the money that was supposed to go for it for structure went to the unions instead. On what basis are we to assume that the money is going to go where it should go, this time?

* honestly, I couldn’t possibly care less about Tom Brady, the New England Patriots, and the NFL in general for that matter, as compared to what’s going on in DC. The lies coming out of the White House right now are far more provable that is the case against Brady and that seems substantial. I submit to you that there is something diversionary and all of this, that I haven’t quite put my finger on yet. Our attention, and of course that of the media, is being drawn off something somebody desperately does not want us to see.

* that business I wrote about the other day with Mark Halperin, my angle appears to have been confirmed by a rather unlikely source. Of all places, Think Progress called him out on his interview. Of course, they waited until the firestorm it already gone by. Typical leftism. When the lynch mob shows up, get in front, and make it look like it’s a parade you’re leading.

Today, I started with a visit to the dentist. So, my driving day got off to kind of a late start. Which of course means that I’m probably going to be out until halfway through Saturday at least.

The truck is fine, I’m fine, though both of us are suffering under the sudden onslaught of summer. What happened to spring, anyway? I’m already starting to hear about global warming from the usual suspects, but these morons seem to neglect the blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains.

Thank God I don’t have to drive out that way. At least, for a few weeks yet. I’m expecting to have to make a run out west at some point over the summer to pick up new trailers for the company. That’s actually a run I’m looking forward to. But, not for a while yet.

As it is, I’m headed from Rochester out to Long Island.Welcome to my world.

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I note Mark Halperin and his inexcusable racial stereotyping in his questioning of Ted Cruz. I recognize that he wanted to challenge Cruz. I also recognize why. Simply, Halperin is, like most of the press, a progressive. So much for the idea of an unbiased media. That’s lesson number one.

(Amazingly, there are a few in the social media who claim Halperin, currently the senior political editor for Time and MSNBC, is a conservative, of all things. I suppose you have to make up excuses to cover for such bias, such racism.)

The second, & I think more important lesson of the Halperin interview of Ted Cruz is that it’s liberals and so called progressives that wallow in the racial stereotype sewer. Its just that they give themselves and their fellow travelers a pass on the matter.

The online interview show that Halperin co-hosts on BloombergPolitics.com is called “With All Due Respect.” But there was nothing respectful about the line of questioning. It started off innocently enough with Halperin asking the 2016 GOP presidential candidate about whether he thinks Hispanics will vote for him. He also mentioned a speech that Cruz had given to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and gave Cruz the chance to explain his argument that Republican economic policies help Hispanics.

Nothing wrong with that. But then Halperin made it personal, and the interview careened into a ditch. He told Cruz that people are curious about his “identity.” Then, the host asked a series of questions intended to establish his guest’s Hispanic bona fides. What kind of Cuban food did Cruz like to eat growing up? And what sort of Cuban music does Cruz listen to even now?

I’ve known Ted for more than a decade and I could tell he was uncomfortable. But he played along, listing various kinds of Cuban food and saying that his musical taste veers more toward country.

I kept waiting for Halperin to ask Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing salsa and sipping cafe con leche — all to prove the Republican is really Cuban.

Let me inject here that I am by no means convinced of Ted Cruz. I am mildly interested, but that’s about it for me, as far as his run for the presidency is concerned. I think his running will be useful to the cause of constitutional conservatism. Whoever wins.

But, then again, as for Halperin and his display of outright racism, what would you expect from a group… The left…  whose very lifeblood is identity politics?

Extending that thought, according to these, one cannot be a “real” black and be conservative, for example. Apparently, we have to get Dr. Sowell off those melanin treatments… He’s confusing people. One cannot be a real woman and not support killing the unborn. The vast majority of people in this country on governmental supporter are white, yet, you are considered racist against blacks and other minorities if you do not not believe that stealing from others by force of government is an appropriate way of solving the poverty problem. Meritocracy is held to be outright racism. Etc, etc, etc. This is all stuff that everybody knows, but it is seldom held up in such stark relief for us.

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Do I think this is going to change anything? Do I think the Democrats and progressives are going to be embarrassed by this exposure? No. That would require shame, which is something that they have never shown us.

Indeed, were shame a quality that could be attributed to progressives, progressives at large would be all over Mark Halperin like a wet t shirt over this blatant racism.

But here’s another point to bear on all of this. At the moment, we only have two people running under the Democrat banner. Hillary Clinton, whose problems with ethics have gotten to the point where they are axiomatic in the political world. And then there’s Bernie Sanders, whose outright socialism, makes him taking the oath to support the Constitution to be laughable at best. Anybody else who can conceivably run at this point from the Democrat side, is white, rich, and advanced in years. So much for the Democrats and their supposed commitment to diversity.

Other matters…

I note with some interest the goings-on in the UK. Supposedly, the outright victory of the Tories caught some by suprise.

Sorry, but I’m supicious at least. Why is it that everytime something happens to make a group of people called liberals, look bad, or look like losers, it’s “unexpected”? The economy takes a downward turn, it’s “unexpected”.  Not just once in awhile, but every single month. Congress swings to the right so hard you can hear the doors slamming in Obama’s face, and it’s a “surprise”. “Unexpected”.

We’ve been watching this pattern for a few years now, so it’s easily identifiable. If there’s anything about this that’s a surprise it is that the phenomena showed up in the UK, given  that the conservatives in Britain are pretty much like the establishment GOP here in the States. Not really conservative at all. And there is nobody in Britain at this point who is actually in a position of power, and looking for smaller governments. The choice for the British voter is between liberal, and liberal light, as it has been so often here in the states the last 30 years or so. Trust me when I say that David Cameron is no Margaret Thatcher.

Even with that ,  and with the British press cheerleading the Liberals, and shamelessly promoting them, the consensus from the press in the UK appears to be at this point that Miliband pulled his liberals too far to the left for the taste of the British public. The consensus here in the states appears to be pretty much the same thing when you can get people to talk about it.

Yes, It does seem clear to me that the British press was rooting for Ed Miliband’s liberals. When they got their backsides handed to them, it was “unexpected”. At least, to the press. Apparently, an unbiased press is as rare in the UK as it is here in the States. Equally apparent is the idea that the British public is not following the dictates of the British press any longer in terms of politics.

One minor point of interest is what’s going to happen to the UKIP and to the SNP.

Personally, I’d like to see the Scottish National Party get its way, get Scotland its independence, which by nature would include getting them off the dole that’s been coming to them from London ever since the act of unification. Let the SNP turn Scotland into the socialist paradise that’s been their wet dream for a couple of decades. You see, I’m of the opinion that stupidity should be painful. Otherwise, you don’t learn from the mistake.

When Scotland becomes the next Greece, it falls on its back side, and socialism is disproved yet again, London can step in yet again and pick up the pieces, without all the far leftist bellyaching.

Frankly, I wonder if that kind of intelligence actually exists in London, I tend to doubt it. But, we shall see.

And down the road I go.
I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on May 10th, 2015

Friday I noted that I love the controlled rage of the civilized.   Today, I make the same observation.  Fausta goes NSFW.

Video:

Hat tip, Louder with Crowder.

Cubans in general, and Ted Cruz in particular, lean conservative.   Liberals believe that designated pet minorities, such as Hispanics,  are their serfs ordained to profess loyalty to the liberal cause and to  never wonder off the liberal plantation.

 

davidl on May 8th, 2015

I love the controlled rage the civilized. A Little League mom takes it to the lame stream media, from Karen, Lonely Conservative:

Who remembers the taxpayer funded award winning “art” project called “Piss Jesus,” in which a crucifix was immersed in a jar of urine? Another “art” project – a picture of the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant poop – was proudly displayed in a government funded museum. You didn’t hear any leftists or media types denouncing the artists or their sponsors for deeply offending Christians. And Christians didn’t go and kill anyone in retaliation. But my, how things have changed now that Muslims are offended.

What is a dilemma? The ilk of the New York Times agonizing how to cover Muslim fanatics killing several people at a same sex wedding. The only value Muslim fanatics and liberals shere is intolerance.

Pamela Geller goes toe to toe with British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary, video:

Hat tip: Aleister, Legal Insurrection.

Geller makes the telling point that the difference between adherents of Islam and the civilized world, is that the religious believers hold that the tenets of their faith apply to the members of that faith.  The Catholics may have believed in not eating meat on Friday.  However they never stormed McDonald’s for selling hamburgers.   In contrast,  Choudary believes that Geller, a Jew, should be put to death for violating his the purported tenets of his Muslim faith.

Do you stand with Geller or Choudary?

This is war, and the Little League moms get it.

 

Tonight I’m outside Pine Grove Pennsylvania, along Interstate 81. I delivered off at the Bronx this morning, picked up a little bit mountaintop Pennsylvania, and currently headed down to Carlisle Pennsylvania, where I will pick up a load for outside Binghamton New York.

Being its Friday, I will probably the running home before too much longer. And that’s a good thing. Truck is working well, everything is fine. Welcome to my world.

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I’m watching with fascination the response to the events down in Garland Texas the other day. I mentioned it yesterday, so perhaps this is overkill, but it seems to me that this is going to be a central issue going forward.

Predictably, the New York Times for its part, self-righteously attacks Pam Geller.

Some of those who draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad may earnestly believe that they are striking a blow for freedom of expression, though it is hard to see how that goal is advanced by inflicting deliberate anguish on millions of devout Muslims who have nothing to do with terrorism. As for the Garland event, to pretend that it was motivated by anything other than hate is simply hogwash.

Says Bruce of Q&O…

The Times has yet to answer how “inflicting anguish” on millions of Christians ..

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(…Piss Christ which the Times defended on free speech grounds – Eric.)

…..who have done nothing to the artist is somehow “striking a blow for freedom of expression” or how that display wasn’t motivated by “hate” (hint: because their definition of “hate” is arbitrary), but it sure did back it in the past.  It was as “hateful” as anything at the Garland event. 

Well, exactly. Moreover, it seems to me that there’s an issue of values in all of this is that the critics of Geller tend to ignore.

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These animals we’re talking about here are offended by drawings, but  not offended by beheadings, rapes, genital mutilation, suicide bombings, hostage taking, etc, etc, etc.

In light of that, maybe someday somebody can explain to me why I should give a damn about what they’re upset by. But I doubt it. You see, that would involve a certain level of respect. Given their views, given their actions, I have none for them, nor will I. There’s no excuse for it. None.

We still seem to be locked into this nonsense that all religions are equal, all cultures are equal, and should be treated as such. The events in Garland Texas are if nothing else a wake up call on those points.

And I suppose labeling this as a free speech issue is accurate, but less than all inclusive. Because once we acceed to the threat of violence on a matter of free speech, what other power over you do they *not* have?

As I told you yesterday, I have some problems with Geller myself, but this isn’t one of them. She was absolutely unquestionably unequivocally correct in all of this.

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Look, obviously cartoons aren’t the center of the issue. Ideas are. And individual freedom is. That’s precisely what they’re fighting against, is ideas. Ideas they don’t like. I described what happened down there in Garland as a couple of morons who don’t like the First Amendment being introduced to the Second Amendment. And obviously, the First Amendment is what this is about, at least on the superficial level.

If you want to accuse Geller of setting those two morons up, do so and have done. I may even agree. Because the point here is how easily they were incited to murder. It can no longer be argued that they aren’t a threat, both to American lives, and American culture.

The cartoons in question are if nothing else a criticism. If you want you know we are being controlled by, goes the saying, look at who you can not criticize. I refuse to be controlled by these unspeakable animals, on any level, period.

For the record, I, for one, don’t hold Geller to be any kind of a hero, but I do have to give her propers for actually standing her ground on this business. That’s something that far too many people aren’t doing right now.

For example, a direct comparison to the leadership in both parties is in order. The woman has more testicular mass than the entire Obama gang and the GOP leadership, put together. And frankly, that strikes me as more problematic than any problems Geller herself presents.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on May 7th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, Pamela Geller:

Are the Jews responsible for the Nazis? Are the Christians in the Middle East responsible for being persecuted by Muslims?

Drawing Muhammad offends Islamic jihadists? So does being Jewish. How much accommodation of any kind should we give to murderous savagery? To kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.

This is a war.

Hat tip: Elizabeth Price Foley @ Instapundit.

As Abraham Lincoln might have said: “I like her, she fights.”

davidl on May 7th, 2015

Former state prosecutor, body slams State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby from Independent Sentinel:

In an article in The Baltimore Sun, former Deputy State’s Attorney Page Croyder wrote, “Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s ‘quick’ and ‘decisive’ action in charging six Baltimore police officers a mere two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray reflects either incompetence or an unethical recklessness.”

video:

Hopefully President Walker can open an investigation into the State of Maryland violation of the civil rights of the Baltimore Six.

davidl on May 7th, 2015

From Geraldo Rivera on Twitter:

Pamela Geller has the right to voice her hateful ideas, but don’t pretend its about free speech. Its about insulting, taunting and inciting.

No Gerry, what I find offensive, is stupid people, like you, pretending to be smart.   Alas, if Rivera’s brain were but as big as his mustache.   Mocking stupid people, like Geraldo Rivera, is very much free speech.

Eric Florack on May 6th, 2015

Another average day. A little bit of rain developing here in the Northeast and that makes driving interesting at times. I had planned on washing the truck today. May still do so but it depends on how much it rains. This thing costs $70 to wash, and that’s just the tractor. I don’t want to waste the money if I’m going to be dirty again in 24 hours or less.

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Both David and myself have written extensively of our distaste for Mike Huckabee and the reasons behind it. I’ll take a wild stab at this and say David attitude hasn’t changed and I know well that mine hasn’t. The dope from Hope could be… No… is probably the one candidate in the Republican field right now that would actually be worse for America than Jeb Bush.

I suppose we could save time, by simply having you read the older posts, and change the dates. To the question of his reappearance as a candidate for president, I say not just no, but hell, no.

Here’s some footage of that moronic state prosecutor in Baltimore, two days before the press conference where she made all those political statements, which should have gotten her fired from her job. This one, is worse than that, and I will join the call for her to recuse herself of the case.

By the way, news on the wire this morning that Freddie Grey’s knife was in fact illegal, and thereby so was the arrest. I know, paint on your shocked faces and all that.

It’s time that Marilyn Mosby is seriously reprimanded, that her superiors should be removing her from the case. And her job. Some jail time here for the abuse of power wouldn’t hurt either.

And then comes word from Chicago. I heard about this one on the radio last night. Those poor saps are about to get hit with a 50 percent tax increase. Welcome to hope and change. And here’s the thing, most of the increase is due to unions. Specifically, government workers. It’s time to outlaw unions in the public sector.

I note that Hillary Clinton is the favorite among millionaire voters. I wonder if the Democrat Party rank and file, middle class and poor folks, really understand the message being delivered there. I tend to doubt it. Reality so seldom the leaves an impression on them anymore. Rather like the claim that Islam isn’t a threat to American society the myth of Hillary Clinton, far outweighs the reality among Democrat voters.

Speaking of Islam, and the threat it poses to American society, I note with interest the events in Garland Texas, where two self-proclaimed members of Isis, who didn’t like the First Amendment, were introduced to the Second Amendment. I find myself in full agreement with David on this point, where it would appear that Pam Geller, has more in the way of testicular mass, then the entirety of the Obama gang.

I’m not overly sure about her, personally, or her politics, but I do have to say that I find it interesting that many of the people who criticized her setting up the events in Garland, were the same ones who just gave the Charlie Hebdo folks a freedom of speech award.

It seems there are a number of people in these United States and elsewhere in the West, Germany for example, did still have a great deal of difficulty with enemy identification. Seems to me that if nothing else, Pam Geller has served to simplify the process somewhat.

It’s down to this. There is no right not to be offended. I don’t remember anybody dying over “Piss Christ”. Do you?

And for those who suggest that Pam Geller is guilty of setting up those two idiots, I suggest that they took the bait so easily is demonstrative I was precisely the problem she’s talking about.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on May 6th, 2015

The regime has a problem in enemy identification, from Jordan Fabian, Hill:

The White House on Tuesday called a shooting outside a “Draw Muhammad” contest in Texas “an attempted terrorist attack” but said it was too early to say whether the incident is tied to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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He praised law enforcement for their actions to “foil what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack.”

Garland was terrorism plain and simple. Had the gunmen just been say Mormon, Dim Won, b/k/a Barack Obama, would have personally already condemned them. In the mean time, Pamela Geller, who does know who the enemy is, takes CNN to the woodshed, video:

Hat tip: Kimberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection.

It appears that Ms Geller has more balls than the entire feckless regime.

Breaking news from July 3, 1863, White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, condemned in the strongest possible words, R.E. Lee’s attempted attack on the federal lines in a small town in Pennsylvania, Gettysburg.

Eric Florack on May 5th, 2015

Tonight I’m outside Buffalo New York, in a place I have been many times before. from here I’ll run to Batavia New York in the morning, and then from there probably down to Pennsylvania and New York City.

Kind of a lackluster day, actually. Nothing tremendous to report. Or is Paul McCartney once wrote, it’s just another day. Welcome to my world.

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So let’s make sure we understand where we are. Race relations according to a CBS New York Times poll are the worst they’ve been in years. As if we needed a poll to tell us that. And black columnist Thomas Sowell has no doubt about where the fault lies.

The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century. Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s. You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965.

Just so.

Baltimore, and the other cities with them, are the result of the same failures that we saw attached to the Great Society of LBJ. Same big government policies, same big government failures.

We are being lied to about any kind of an economic recovery happening. In terms of helping Americans, Obama’s economic policies are an abject failure. Take home pay is going down like a stone, texts are going the opposite direction just as fast. Yet, despite this huge tax increase that’s been levied on the American people, more is being demanded, of the very people that are supposed to be supplying jobs. Those with disposable income. As a result less jobs will be created, net pay will go down even further, and the vicious cycle will continue.

Our friends don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t fear us. Our supposed commander in chief has demonstrably lied to us about how close a sworn enemy, Iran, is to obtaining nuclear weapons.

Those who understand that man-made climate change is a scam, are called science deniers. But what of the global war warmers who are chasing out real scientists? 

We now have 18 million homes that are vacant in this country, with another 3 million homes on foreclosure lists.

We now have 48 million people on food stamps.

We have 15 million unemployed people. A good deal more then that who are underemployed, and a good deal more than that that have given up looking for work altogether.

The last I checked we had three million people that were homeless. Given the way things have been going, that figure has probably gone up since then.

Its to the point where the Democrat feel the need to silence any opposing views, or for that matter any opposing facts.

You tell me, people. Are we better off today than we were when the chosen one landed on Pennsylvania Avenue?

Welcome dear friends to hope and change.

And what are the Democrat offering? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The mind boggles.

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And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on May 5th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Kevin D. Williamson, National Review:

Did I miss the suicide bombings at The Book of Mormon, or did they just not happen?

Don’t believe the liberal lie that all cultures are equal.

davidl on May 5th, 2015

Is Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, doing her own personal Bruce Jenner and transitioning to become a blond?   Has Mosby been getting dumb injections or is she just naturally stupid, from Ben Stein. American Spectator:

First, Marilyn Mosby should not be allowed to be a law clerk, let alone a state’s attorney/prosecutor.

From Andrew Branca, Legal Insurrection:

Confirmed – Freddie Gray’s Knife WAS Illegal

Last Friday, while Prosecutor Mosby was announcing her poorly supported tsunami of charges against the six police officers involved in arresting and transporting the ill-fated Freddie Gray, Mosby also remarked that Gray’s knife–claimed by police to be the probable cause for his arrest–was in fact lawful under Maryland law.

I am being to think that I, who is not now or ever been a lawyer, could beat Mosby in a honest court of law.  At least, unlike, Mosby, I can read.

Eric Florack on May 4th, 2015

I’m in Denver,PA, as this is written, and I’m being unloaded at the moment. Unclear what’s up next, but there’s nothing unusual about that. Truck is running fine and all is well. Welcome to my world.

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* It’s so precious being preached at by liberals about Fox News, when they still consider Brian Williams to be a good news man and who think anything with the letters NBC, has any credibility to it.

* it’s so precious, the left’s reaction to that woman disciplining her son, who she found rioting on the streets of Baltimore. They’re not happy, calling it child abuse. Let’s face it, its news because the action of actual parenting is so rare anymore. And I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that the usual suspects attack her for it. I submit Baltimore wouldn’t have been a problem, had we more parents like that. Can you imagine such a headline 40 years ago?

*Gun control is so precious….The same Democrats who tell us we don’t need guns are also the ones who gave the police stand down orders in Baltimore because “it’s only property”.

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* Speaking of Baltimore, it’s so precious, this short attention span theater that we are being subjected to in this election cycle. I wonder if it’s occurred anybody that the more we concentrate on those events in Baltimore , the better it is for Hillary Clinton? We are not concentrating on her misdeeds anymore. Certainly the riots have moved the spotlight off Peter Schweizer’s book, for example. Thing is, that still not going to solve her other problems. Too much momentum has been lost at this point, and most of it on the Democrat side. Still, Hillary could simply “come out”, declaring that she is an honest individual and would make a good president. Such factless declarations seem to work with the left these days. Consider Bruce Jenner.

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* Its so precious watching a black  prosecutor accusing a black mayor, a black city council and a 50% black police department of racial discrimination against blacks. Its even more precious watching Democrats, who have run every ghetto in the country for generations, claim to be agents of change, and that the whole thing is the GOPs fault…. When the GOP has had nothing whatsoever to do with the process… Again, for generations.

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* it’s so precious, the continual harangue from the left over our supposed responsibility for global warming. Sorry, climate change. The reason that the global warming crowd is completely impervious to facts, is that their arguments were never based on facts in the first place. The biggest clue of late is when they changed it from global warming to climate change to account for why their predictions never came true in the first place. And that’s pretty much the point here, absolutely none of their predictions has ever come true, since the 1970s. Not one. But, there will continue to change the conditions of the attack. the only thing that remains constant in their position is that it’s all capitalism’s fault, we need to turn everything over to the government, and socialism is the only way out of the problem.

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* It’s so precious being preached at about how the supposed 1 percent isn’t paying their fair share in taxes when in fact they’re paying the vast majority of taxes already, and when in majority such criticism is coming from people who don’t pay any taxes at all.

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And down the road I go.
I’ll see you tomorrow.