Tuesday Open Forum – January 11, 2011

Good Morning Honey Buns. I am sitting here killing time and shoot’n the breeze, all the while hoping my words are on target with the news of the day. Wondering if “Power Ade” drink is too aggressive for the children and am second guessing promoting those little bulls-eye targets to encourage little boys to pee in the toilet. Is vitriol a generic form of viagra? Turns out the weatherman was dead-on with his forecast.

I throw at you this poetic explosion from yesterday’s comments. As the kids would say, ‘It’s the bomb.” (that means kool, man, really kool)

Ode to Target Store by NeeNee

What about the very word “shoot”?

Guess basketball players will have to just

“aim”—nope can’t do that either, as that’s

what the evil gun people do. Maybe they

will “propel” the ball to the basket.

What about the children of yesteryear

who played marbles? Those big “shooter” marbles

would certainly be politically incorrect, huh?

Oh, and gardeners will have to call

green “shoots” something else, too.

218 Responses to Tuesday Open Forum – January 11, 2011

  1. Pat P says:

    Morning Motley! Have a wonderful day. Just checking in during breakfast before I’m off to work. Things are really percolating these past few days.

    • yomotley says:

      Have a super-duper day at work. Is “percolating” on the no-say list yet?

      • integrity1st says:

        Oh Motley, you are such a good hostess. And thank you so much for being vigilent on word choices. Percolating is definately borderline, but in times like these ALWAYS veer on the side of caution. It is definately inciting something, and who’s to say it’s not more than coffee.

        Great job NeeNee. specially love and gardeners will have to call

        green “shoots” something else, too.

  2. Kristi says:

    Good Morning!

  3. Kristi says:

    Day 4 and libs are still going strong with the blame Sarah Palin nonsense…

    Surely this will backfire on them…. right?

    • JRD says:

      It already has. Not only is the emperor wearing no clothes neither is the media, especially Krugman. I can’t believe the scales that have fallen off centrist democrat eyes. The left has lost the “Reagan Democrats” totally and completely.

      • Kristi says:

        I think if Obama says one thing political about this.. his poll numbers will plummet. He better walk a very fine line.

        So far Obama shutting up has been the right thing….

        but I have a feeling he wont be able to help himself.

        • JRD says:

          Especially with the wing-nuts and media goading him on that this is his Oklahoma City moment and that he should seize it. What dorks.

        • Amsterdam Expat says:

          Somehow I think he’s going to take the opportunity to “act stupidly” and say something truly outrageous. (Though whether it’ll be his words strictly speaking, those of one of the voices in his head, or an imp that’s taken over his teleprompters, won’t be exactly clear.)

    • Debra says:

      My cousin, whom I love dearly, just posted a link encouraging people to tell people that threats have consequences. I’m not as angry with him as I was with my friend who made the bad joke. But I’m still not letting it go, I had to respond.

      • violet says:

        Isn’t it nice that people on the left are so peace loving, broad minded, well mannered, thoughtful, sensitive, and reasonable? None of the loud, angry, violent, mindless vitriol (there, I used the word — you knew I was going to sooner or later!) one sees on the right. We all have a lot to learn from the left on how to be calm, reasonable, and above all, kind.

        • DeniseVB says:

          As angry as liberals (politicians, media and their supporters) make me, I never wish them harm. I simply vote against them, turn off and stop reading them, and never ever read their blogs.

          Much rather hang out with normal peeps anyhow ;)

    • violet says:

      Uh-oh, Kristi — you said “backfire” and I’m pretty sure that’s on the no-say list.

  4. AFinch says:

    Good morning Motley, Honeys.

    Sending off my quarterly pound of flesh to the federal government today and taking comfort in believing that most of that money is going to pay the salaries of our men and women in uniform and not the worthless sacks in Washington who want to demonize me for having the temerity to disagree with them. I wish I had a return address label with a one-finger salute.

  5. JRD says:

    NeeNee, the blog you and frankie brought to our attention went viral.

    Hey, it appears that “DOPE-NIK” has placed himself in the “CROSS-HAIRS.”

    And,you deserve it dirtbag!

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/01/validating-aspects-of-cholla-jumps.html

    James Taranto of the WSJ also linked it and alluded to it on his Hannity appearance last evening.

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/01/james-taranto-sheriff-dupnik-is-distracting-public-from-looking-at-his-contacts-with-killer-loughner-video/

    It’s nice to see the right fighting back against this partisan hack.

    My prediction is that Sheriff Dope-Nik is relieved of his duties. His feeble attempt to deflect the attention away from his gross negligence is blowing up in his face.

    • Kristi says:

      I hope he is relieved.

      He is the lead investigator on a mass murder… one of the victims a sweet 9 year old little girl.

      He is disgraceful.

      And it was said on talk radio… he is giving the defense a case to defend the actions of the killer.

      This will be a death penalty case.. and the defense will be using anything to get it reduced to life in prison. What better defense than to play the words of the sheriff as an excuse for his vile actions.

      • yomotley says:

        Actually, the faster they get him out of there, the quicker the story ends. I think the longer he stays in the more likely we are to uncover BIG names involved in the entire affair. I suspect there is a lot more history here; damning history. I also wonder if the judge was the real target……..

        • JRD says:

          Very interesting food for thought, Sherlock!

          Have a great day.

        • Kristi says:

          yikes.. you used the word ‘target”…

          Is that you Sarah Palin? ‘; )

        • JRD says:

          Even Dr. Zero weighed in.

          The Arizona Clouseau

          The inadequate sheriff of Pima County.

          by John Hayward

          http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41123

          The Pima County sheriff is an elected position, which Dupnik has been re-elected to six times. Right now the county needs a cop, not a shifty politician with stars in his eyes. His behavior makes it clear that the profession of politics is pursued at the expense of all other competence. When Tucson reached its moment of crisis and tragedy, it found itself burdened with a sheriff who saw twenty shooting victims and six corpses as a great opportunity to kick back and tell a national audience about radio programs he dislikes.

          I’d say Dr. Zero shot the sheriff but good!!!

      • NotAMolly says:

        Actually this is a federal case and my guess is that not yet sentenced Inmate Loughner is looking at ADX Florence as a best case scenario and more likely will have a single cell in a place called USP Terre Haute (Special Confinement Unit is the name the Feds use for Death Row).

      • DeniseVB says:

        Not to mention tainting potential jurors. I think crazyboy’s attorney wants to move the trial out of state. That’s how we got the DC Sniper’s (muslim, wasn’t he?) trial in Virginia Beach….yoiks.

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      If Loughner really did make repeated death threats to various people in Pima County and the Sheriff’s office knew about it but did not take appropriate action, then Sheriff Dupnik might have some legal responsibility for what happened. He failed to act when he has the legal responsibility to keep the people in his country safe.

      He should resign today, and criminal investigations into what happened should follow.

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Yep, it’s going viral:

      Gotcha Sheriff Clarence “Jackass” Dupnik

      http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=176947

      Let’s help keep it going!

    • JRD says:

      Thanks WeeWeed. The Doc is surely the voice of reason.

    • AFinch says:

      Outstanding. From the article:

      “America remains undamaged by the terrible deeds of Jared Loughner. It’s still a loud, rambunctious place of gloriously messy freedom, whose people are unwilling to allow the matters of our vast central government to be quietly decided behind closed doors by the political elite. We pause, appropriately, to mourn the dead, pray for the injured, and honor the heroes who acted quickly to save them. Our business will resume shortly, and all of the things that were important last Friday night will still be important… despite the best efforts of people who somehow thought they could use the blood of the fallen to erase dissent.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      Doc nailed it in a simple statement: “The Left is asking over half of America to hate itself” Thanks for the great find !

      Disclaimer: I wasn’t implying he used a nailgun on any liberals ;)

  6. Library Countess says:

    Hi Happy Hikers! I was wondering this morning if Target (dept store) would now be required to change its name. Seems I’m not the only one… :D I love the “Ode to Target”.

    I’m also thinking that the left has now completely earned its label of “loony”. They’ve gone so far over the top with the Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News blame mene in this AZ situtation that they’re beyond completely irrelevant. Only the truly non-thinking can be buying into this.

  7. JRD says:

    I posted this yesterday and I’m saying it again today. This stinks on ice!

    What the hell was this woman doing in her car at 4:45 AM? Her husband is sleeping inside and doesn’t her a car crash, BS! Did her car really crash?

    Merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy would create largest U.S. utility

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/10/AR2011011006959.html

    Wife of White House Aide Found Dead

    The wife of a senior White House aide was found dead in a burning car in the garage behind her Capitol Hill home on Monday morning. Ms. Turton would have played a role in the merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy Corp. by communicating with congressional staffers, Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes said. Duke and Progress agreed to an all-stock merger on Monday, valued at about $13.7 billion. Before joining Progress Energy in September, 2007, Ms. Turton had worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.), among other people.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703779704576073940790928916.html?KEYWORDS=merger+duke+and+progress

    • JRD…that is what I came here to post today…

      I saw this yesterday, and was stunned. In a ‘I Just watched the Jack Wheeler holding his shoe’ video kinda way.

      Did you see the photo of the BMW suv? The back end is unscathed by smoke/fire damage; the vehicle is pulled in (or backing out) at such a wonky angle; and seemingly NO report of Turton attempting to leave the vehicle.

      She was going to catch a plane, and in theory then, park her vehicle (with her kids’ car seats) at either Dulles or Reagan. Does that make sense? Why wouldn’t she either take the other (gold Nissan w/o car seats) to park? Or just take an airport limo or taxi?

      Was she the intended victim, or was it her husband?

      Also, here is a link to a FRee Republic thread, which links Turton’s former boss, Rosa DeLauro to Rahm Emmanual (Rosa was the ‘rent free’ landlord when Rahmmykins moved to DC):

      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2654726/posts

      (Check out post number 13!)

      The plot is thicker than the smoke in that garage yesterday morning.

      • JRD says:

        HFS! Is this what you are referring to?

        “Now this gets interesting, because Rosa DeLauro owned the house in which Rahm Emanuel lived rent-free during House sessions for five years. Word from DC is that the place was wired for audio and video. Ashley Turton, as DeLauro’s chief of staff, probably wrote the checks to pay bills on that condo and would be privy to “extra” expenses.”

        I was thinking more along the lines of who on “The Street” are the stockholders in Progressive. Only a progressive would name something progressive. Like in Peter Lewis, George Soros’ billionaire friend owns Progressive Insurance.

        Another angle is that Rhambo made a cool $16 million on deals like this when he worked at Wasserstein/Parella or JP Morgan Chase put this deal together and Dumb-0′s favorite banker Jamie Dimon heads up that bank. And of course we all know that Dumb-0′s new chief of staff, Daley, used to work for Jamie Dimon.

  8. TXMom says:

    Good morning, everyone. Yesterday, I ran across a quote from our great Ronald Reagan. This is what he has to say about this week’s events. His relevancy today never ceases to amaze me.

    “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

    Ronald Reagan

    • JRD says:

      Thank you TXMom. That’s great ammunition.

      Hey, how’s that new grandbaby doing?

      • TXMom says:

        The precious one is doing very well, thank you JRD. She is the best baby…she actually sleeps!… but she’s only six days old. I told my daughter that will change. lol I have been out of touch because it is crazy here right now. Mom is ill and we have hospice 24 hour continual care at the moment, so my home is full of people. ugh. :) But, I am checking in and reading most everything you guys are posting. Keep up the good fight and defeat the enemy! Is that violent vitriol?

    • Jennifer H says:

      God bless Ronald Reagan. He gave us a roadmap, now we just have to put another leader in place who can not only effectively utilize it- but expand and make it a more permanent mind set.

  9. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Poll: 57% of Americans don’t buy media spin on Tucson massacre

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/11/poll-57-of-americans-dont-buy-media-spin-on-tucson-massacre/

  10. Patriot Dreamer says:

    [Cartoonist] Danziger: Tea Party “Ultimately to Blame” for Tucson Shootings

    This afternoon, I saw perhaps the most troubling, irresponsible, disconnected-from-reality editorial cartoon I’ve ever seen published in a major American newspaper:

    http://frankstrategiesblog.com/2011/01/10/danziger-tea-party-ultimately-to-blame-for-tucson-shootings/

    • DeniseVB says:

      The letter exchange between the blogger and Danziger was even more disturbing. :shudder:

    • AliRose says:

      Was he drunk at the end? All of a sudden, he could neither spell, nor form complete sentences.

      And…since when is the Tea Party “Crazed fat people tortured by their lack of success in life?” Which side is asking for government handouts, again?

      In the end, he can come up with no better solution than war? Wow…that’s putting your brain to work and thinking outside the box, I tell ya!

  11. NeeNee says:

    It’s ironic that while the politically correct leftists are blaming Sarah Palin and the Right for the Tucson shooter, they embrace the vitriolic Frances Piven. “‘It is ok to use violence as long as it is a BIG part of your strategy’ ”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvINNajtCQ&feature=player_embedded

    She gives the green light to violence.

    This woman looks like an aging Jane Fonda gone to seed.

    FROM MOONBATTERY:

    In a chilling and almost unbelievable editorial again in The Nation (“Mobilizing the Jobless,” January 10/17, 2011 edition), she calls on the jobless to rise up in a violent show of solidarity and force. As before, those calls are dripping with language of class struggle. Language she and her late husband Richard Cloward made popular in the 60s.

    “So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?” she writes. “After all, the injustice is apparent. Working people are losing their homes and their pensions while robber-baron CEOs report renewed profits and windfall bonuses. Shouldn’t the unemployed be on the march? Why aren’t they demanding enhanced safety net protections and big initiatives to generate jobs?”

    Those are the questions that frame what can best be called a roadmap for revolution. And it’s not long before those questions give way to directions. The first instruction: get angry.

    “[B]efore people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity,” she writes. “They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant.”

    And along with anger must come a denunciation of personal responsibility. Instead, workers must realize that others have put them in their current, uneasy situation: “[T]he out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.”

    Only then, once their rage has been properly stoked, can the angry take action. And when they do, she says, the “protesters need targets.”

  12. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Exploiting Tragedy: ‘We Had Restraint on Speech Back Then’ — Rep. Clyburn Calls For New Fairness Doctrine & Gun Restrictions

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/exploiting-tragedy-we-had-restraint-on-speech-back-then-rep-clyburn-calls-for-new-fairness-doctrine-gun-restrictions/

  13. marie says:

    i’m sure the prez speech wednesday will be full of platitudes, a carefully worded ghost written memorized litany..without the ole teleprompter, assigning no blame to anyone..more BS!

    as for the sheriff, his days are numbered!

  14. NeeNee says:

    From Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:

    13) Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it (Alinsky 1972: 130).

    I do believe if anyone OWNS the word “target”, it’s Obama

    and his community organizers!!

  15. yomotley says:

    I sense this whole mess of GCM blaming individuals like Palin and groups like the Tea Party is now moving to be called a “partisan issue” to shut up people who say, “Whoa, what you say is not true” and to stop the noise at the accusations and let nothing else be heard. We are going to be preached at, by our own. to stop the making this a partisan issue or hear how sad it is that our country took a tragedy and made it political — thus putting both sides in the same black kettle as the sick-minded, deranged, political Lefties in our government (if it is the Government Controlled Media, then they are our government).

    The blaming of others, ruthlessly, except the murderer, for political gain was not and is not a partisan issue — it is a Democrat problem. Sarah Palin, The Tea Party, Rush, Glenn, Etc. are not being partisan and have nothing to do with this evil. Speaking out against this atrocity of calling opposition to the New Regime Government killers does not make those objecting a party to “turning tragedy into party politics”. Conservatives always, it seems, fall into the trap of being peacemakers and in attempting such take on some of the offenders’ burdens. AND THIS IS ONE BURDEN I DO NOT WANT AND WILL NOT BEAR.

    The country is not being destroyed by” partisan fighting” over this massacre. How can praying, showing concern, and not pointing fingers at anyone but the murderer be making this into a partisan issue? I encourage all of us to beware of this verbal snare to trap our psche and stop us from pointing fingers for fear of being a part of “partisan politics”.

    Typical of a rant, the submit button is pressed before a rewrite is made to order the thoughts in a cohesive presentation.

    • JRD says:

      And it was a darn good rant too!

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      See beyond what they are saying. They are always about political gain. They will use this incident to justify bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, even though there is no evidence whatsoever connecting Loughner to Sarah Palin, talk radio, speech using violent metaphors, or anything else, but they are exploiting this incident. They will use what happened and the FCC to change regulations to get what they want, which is the return of the Fairness Doctrine and the silencing of dissent of anyone who disagrees with them.

      • emmajeri1010 says:

        And this is why we not only have to clean out Congress, but clean out the agencies, get rid of the bureaucrats that are entrenched and mole-ing their way across our nation via regulations and demands that are just imposed, without ever being seen in broad daylight.

        I’ve often thought that obama’s version of “governing” is very much like the abusive family. He’s the weird abusive uncle that keeps pushing people around until there’s an explosion. (I suppose we can’t say “explosion” any more either) And then when the explosion happens, the fools who were just drinking beer out in the back yard for the last 3 years look at the kid who set it off and say, “That’s not nice!”

        If he gives a speech, I won’t be able to listen. I have to scrub my paper towel dispenser or something. Do you suppose he’ll provide a new White House e-mail address where folks can report us if we use the words target, shoot, bump, fall, over there, woods, that, weird, bank, sunset, cemetery, burning, car, with, dead, person, in, it…..you know, words like that.

    • WeeWeed says:

      Well said! Another statement right on target!

    • AFinch says:

      Yes. I’m really struggling with this. I guess where I come down is that we shouldn’t be forced into a false choice of either showing compassion for the victims or fighting back against the smears. We ought to be able to do both and I think here on the Trail we’ve done both admirably.

      We didn’t start the blame game and the smears. They did. I, for one, am going to finish the fight while at the same time keeping the victims and the well-being of my country in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll stop when they admit they were wrong and spend as much time apologizing as they spent crucifying.

  16. emmajeri1010 says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1345952/Arizona-shooting-Americas-elite-hijacked-massacre-revenge-Sarah-Palin.html

    This article from the UK hits the left right on the head, and ends with these paragraphs:

    “History shows how dangerous it is to try to second-guess the motives of political assassins.

    “John Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan because he was obsessed with the actress Jodie Foster, not because he hated Right-wingers.

    “Likewise, Lynette Fromme tried to shoot Gerald Ford because she revered the cult killer Charles Manson.

    “But those lessons from ­history won’t stop some Democrats exploiting the shooting of a nine-year-old girl and five others at the weekend with precisely the sort of foam-flecked over-reaction for which they love to condemn their opponents on the Right.”

  17. NeeNee says:

    Awhile back I saw that former GOP senator/talking head

    Joe Scarborough is thinking of running for his old

    seat in Congress again. Of course, he’s the token “conservative”

    in the MSNBC stable.

    Today he & his little circle of pointy-head libs discuss

    Glenn Beck, with Scarborough saying that Glennie

    “scares my mom.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hes-frightening-my-mom-msnbc-joe-scarboroughs-glenn-beck-attackathon/

    They play a clip of Roger Ailes telling his Fox staff to

    tone it down. Scarborough then says “Beck was a nobody at CNN.

    Ailes took him under his wing and now he’s a superstar.”

    He then reasons that if Ailes

    lets Beck go, he’ll go back to being a nobody.

    No, Mr. Scarborough. Glenn wasn’t a nobody at CNN.

    CNN is a nobody network with fewer viewers

    every passing day!

    That’s why Glenn didn’t get as much traction over there.

    And btw, his show was one of the top-watched shows on

    CNN when he was there, helping give this wobbly network

    the ratings it did have.

    Scarborough goes on to say that Glenn Beck calls Obama

    a racist who hates whites. Hey, Scarface Scarborough . . .

    produce audio of THAT, please!

    • Kristi says:

      When Beck was on CNN/HLN… it was the only time I watched that stupid channel.

      Since Beck moved to Fox.. I never change the channel.

    • garnette says:

      My sarcasm is high in the past few days as I keep biting my tongue rather than say what won’t be taken as sarcastically as I mean it. That said, I have to say this… umm, Joe is your mother scared of Glenn does his job better than you do so he has higher ratings???

  18. staceedb says:

    First off…I wish they would stop showing that mug shot everywhere because it creeps me out and gives my nightmares…pure evil lookin back there..

    Second, so the class the “man” gym teacher wanted my daughter to move to is called “adaptive p.e.” and it is listed for students with “mild disabilities”… um, as far as I know, my daughter doesn’t have any “mild disabilities”… unless they have started listing “not being a stick figure” as a mild disability??? WTF is wrong with the country??

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      It might be time to make an appointment to talk to the principal or vice principal.

      • NeeNee says:

        Or show up at a school board meeting . . .

        • WeeWeed says:

          Or whip his ass.

          • emmajeri1010 says:

            or make him run a 5 minute mile (only, out of conservative compassion for the ignorant, have a doc standing by so he can get help if he collapses)….oh, with the press present

            • staceedb says:

              Yeah, I’ll whip their ass…

            • WeeWeed says:

              heh, heh, I like the way you think, Emma! :)

              • staceedb says:

                Happy for Lexi that we got her out of that guy’s class. Found out the class he had suggested for her was called “adaptive p.e.” which is for the “mildly disabled”…. what an a…..e excuse my language. Found out she can take summer p.e. for upperclassmen and now she is in senior economics instead…so, it’s all good again..

                • WeeWeed says:

                  A much better class for her in the real world, imho! The teacher was probably a perv, anyway.

                • Jennifer H says:

                  Cheers! It pissed me off big time when I read about this situation. what a good Mom you are to make lemonade out of the lemons he tried to throw at you. also, here in Tx we can opt out of PE if there is another sport a child is engaged in on a regular basis. Swimming and Horseback riding are common substitutes – just wonder if she can do something like that- instead of risking getting this guy for the summer school program.

  19. Patriot Dreamer says:

    The Fed’s QE2 Traders, Buying Bonds by the Billions

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/41019109

    Here we go …

  20. PhillyCon says:

    Guys:

    What happened when Bush and Rove tried to appease the Left by not fighting back? Did they relent? Did they compromise with Bush on his political agenda? What was the result of this tactic? Did it strengthen the Republican party?

    What happened when McCain tried to run an “issues-oriented” campaign with no “negative” campaigning? What happened when he tried to be a “good little” Republican by moderating and reaching out? How did that work out for him?

    • TXMom says:

      Agreed, PhillyCon. And the GOP still has not learned a thing! This story set off my alarm button. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-11/republicans-to-temper-health-law-repeal-rhetoric-after-giffords-shooting.html

      Why is the GOP submissive and cowering in fear? The GOP is NOT guilty of anything but free speech. The progressives are controlling the narrative that “Words Kill” and they are accusing and attacking their opponents; thus bringing about the squelching of our freedoms to control dissent of the people and their political opponents. Will the GOP ever grow a spine or even a brain?

      And, yes, I do mourn for and pray for the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy in Arizona, but I will not back down to these lying, power-grabbing progressives.

      • marie says:

        i was afraid of this..temper the health law bit..would the dems back off? hell no, so we shouldnt either! gotta keep an eye on these chickens!

    • JRD says:

      Still Think That We Should Turn the Other Cheek? Nice Guys Finish Last.

      Barney Frank Says that Democrats Should Pass the Buck and Vote No on Debt Ceiling Hike

      http://thehill.com/homenews/house/137129-dems-pass-buck-on-debt-ceiling-hike

      “It is up to the majority to get this bill through; they can’t duck the responsibility,” Financial Service Committee ranking member Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told The Hill on Friday.

      Fat bastid.

      • Ting says:

        JRD, do you think it will be the disaster that Goolsbey described if the limit is not raised? I ask you because you seem to be the sane kind of financial expert. I just do not know what to think.

        • JRD says:

          Goolsbey/Smoolsbey, it’s time to play hardball. The trouble is the last time the repubs grew a pair and shut down the government Bubba started foolin around with an intern.

          We are out of money and flippin 26 year olds are buying back the treasurys at the fed! We have to get real. We are broke. Start cutting. You want to spend, you’ve got to cut somewhere else.

          There is no way out of this without some pain. Think of it as going through labor. We will come out the other side reborn.

          There are no easy fixes. People have to get real. Everybody has to have some skin in the game. It will bring the nation together.

          • Ting says:

            I want them to cut, cut, cut, too, even if it means they cut for me. I have 9 years to go until retirement and I think I have enough time to plan for a different scenario if I just know now what the ground rules are. People older than me might not have the ability to cope with dramatic changes – I get that. I hope that they are working like mad to make immediate spending cuts if they are even thinking about raising that debt ceiling. I just don’t know if it will mean “collapse, chaos, default, etc.” if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. I am having a hard time seeing that, but I don’t feel competent to make an educated guess. I guess they are just trying to scare us to death.

            • WeeWeed says:

              I’m there with ya, Ting. I’m still working and it looks like I’ll have to until I drop dead – if O’care isn’t repealed, I won’t get treated for any illness, so I’ve decided to die on my feet. Fighting them. And we’re not alone. Cut it. Don’t believe their bs – they’re out to get rid of the elderly as well as the unborn, so – while we’re still here – let’s cut it. No More.

  21. NeeNee says:

    I’ve been giving this a lot of thought,

    and have come to the conclusion that

    we Baby Boomers have contributed

    to this culture of gun violence:

    TOP TEN ROCK & ROLL SONGS

    NOW BANNED by NeeNee:

    10. Anything by Guns & Roses

    9. Anything by the Sex Pistols

    8. “Love Gun” by Kiss

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trR5ROuf1Uk

    7. “Revolver ” by the Beatles

    6. “Shotgun” by Junior Walker

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMs9NudasVI

    5. “Killing Me Softly with His Song” by Roberta Flack

    4. “Killer Queen” by Queen

    3. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by Gene Pitney

    2. “Pistol-Packing Mama” by Al Dexter

    and the number one all-time song that has

    contributed to the culture of death by guns:

    1. “I Shot the Sheriff” by Eric Clapton

    • WeeWeed says:

      APPLAUSE!! I’m wootin’ and applauding you, NeeNee!! I LIKE “I Shot the Sheriff…” WOOT!

    • violet says:

      Another post suitable for framing!

      And as we all know, all the musicians who wrote and performed those songs are vitriolic right-wing fanatics who make a fetish of the Constitution and vote for wackos like Sarah Palin and wear American flag pins on their jammies and think Rush Limbaugh’s birthday should be a national holiday.

      • WeeWeed says:

        And, gasp, attend TEA PARTIES!!!!

      • AFinch says:

        That reminds me . . . Where is the Hollywood left in all of this? They’ve been suspiciiously quiet haven’t they? Remember Eminem’s (notoriously vitriolic Palin hater) rant called “White America,” in response to Washington’s last effort to censor music? Here’s an excerpt (censored):

        “F— you Ms. Cheney! F— you Tipper Gore! F— you with the free-est of speech these Divided States of Embarassment will allow us to have!”

        Wonder when he’ll speak up in defense of free speech here.

      • Pat P says:

        We could use a holiday in mid-January ……..

    • JRD says:

      Love it NeeNee, but I didn’t shoot no deputy.

      • NeeNee says:

        Two of the comments to this Clapton video that are encouraging, considering it’s “young skulls full of much” commenting:

        “Im 14 years old and everyday I go to a school where people listen to Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, or some other crap. That’s not music! Clapton’s got soul in his music. This is a masterpiece.”

        and:

        “Music is like candy.

        You throw away the Rappers!”

    • LOLz…Jim Quinn, on the Warroom, used this as the ‘Dupnik’ theme song this a.m.

    • yomotley says:

      NeeNee, Can I have permission to make this a post so it is easier to post on facebook and elsewhere? Pretty please?

      • These song titles were in wiki-answers:

        Killing Floor by Led Zeppelin. Killing An Arab by The Cure. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama by Frank Zappa. Killer’s Bluze by George Thorogood And The Destroyers. Killin’ Brain Cells by Kid Rock. Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack. It’s A Killer by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Don’t Kill It Carol by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Kill King by Marilyn Manson. You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll by Ozzy Osborne. Killer Queen by Queen. Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads. The Big Three Killed My Baby by The White Stripes. She’s Just Killing Me by ZZ Top. License To Kill by Bob Dylan. Painkiller by Judas Priest. Cortez the Killer by Neil Young. The Killing Of Georgie by Rod Stewart. These Blues Is Killing Me by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

      • NeeNee says:

        Okay, just give me a little ID footnote

        like you always do!

    • Wraith says:

      Point of order. While Clapton absolutely kicks ass live, it was actually Bob Marley who wrote the song.

      Also, no one mentioned this Duran Duran number from the ’80′s. It’s clear that Simon LeBon is ultimately responsible for this horrible event.

    • NeeNee says:

      Oh, Rahm-bo will “carry on”, but the

      crucial vote to repeal Obamacare

      (and any other legislation) in the

      House & Senate must be cancelled.

      I’m so danged sick of the double standard

      & hypocricy of the left. Perhaps we’re making

      inroads, however. Looks like 57%

      of the public is too, as that’s what the latest

      CBS polls show:

      “CBS polled almost 700 adults in the wake of the mass murder in Tucson committed by Jared Lee Loughner to determine whether the media spin that the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murders of six others was a political act had resonated with the public. Perhaps surprisingly, the spin machine seems to have failed. A majority of 57% say that politics had nothing to do with the shooting, and even a plurality of 49% of Democrats agree.”

  22. Honey Buns? Can I be ‘won’ with extra icing???

    If anybody else is a regular Rush listener…I hope you are tuned in today. He is hitting on all cylinders. Actually, he is pummeling Dupnik; rope a doping; whackamoling; and generally kicking his 75 year old arse… (I had a little fun at Dupnik’s expense on my little bloggy this a.m.)

    Limbaugh read the ‘Cholla Jumps” WP blog from yesterday…hat tip (my caps are always tinfoil, btw) to nee nee for posting it here.

    • WeeWeed says:

      Not totally off topic, I despise Robert Redford.

      • It’s an unfortunate generality that many men improve in looks as they age, and many women do not. Robert Redford is certainly the exception to that “rule.” He’s agin’ UGLY, and has been for years, completely aside from his asinine political views.

        • NeeNee says:

          Yeah, what you said FTN!

          This axiom also holds true in singing . . .

          men seem to retain their vibrant voices

          while most women (especially sopranos)

          tend to lose range & tone.

          Axiom #2: Letting one’s hair color go gray:

          Men look distinguished.

          Women look tacky. (not if it’s all-over, uniform

          gray. I’m talking the no-rhyme-or-reason, here &

          there patches :=(

          • You’d like my skunk stripe, then. 8-)

          • WeeWeed says:

            Hey. I resemble that remark….

          • Ad rem says:

            NeeNee….are you a singer?

            • WeeWeed says:

              Or a songwriter? I thought the same thing earlier, Ad rem!

              • NeeNee says:

                I’ve directed our 4-part mixed church choir since 1980. And yes, I am a singer. Although, since reflux surgery back in 2003 I no longer have the high soprano range.

                Not a songwriter, but I enjoy composing parodies using existing melodies. I wrote a book on my dad’s family tree and one on the history of our local Lutheran parochial school. Would have been an English major if I’d stayed in college . . .

                • Oooooooooooh! Song parodies! When I was still working, I did a lot of labor and delivery parodies, including “Puffy, the Perineum,” “If I Could Put Pit in Your Bottle,” “Put Your Foot on My Shoulder,” “You Blight Up My Life,” “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s One,” and “Hemorrhoids” (sung to the tune of “Feelings”). The Laryngospasms, a group of nurse anesthetists from MN, also do great song parodies on youtube, around the theme of anesthesiology. My favorites are “Breathe, Breathe, Breathe,” and “Waking Up Is Hard to Do.” Do you have any done that people can listen to?

                • Ad rem says:

                  FtN….up the thread you said you washed a lot of these in your career. I found a little R rated one for you. (You’ve all been warned!) ;-)

                  http://www.whatfreaks.com/parody/misc/frankieavalon0.shtml

                • Well, luckily for me, once I got to labor and delivery, they were all baby penises, but the first 10 years was spent in med/surg or ICU/CCU, where they were all mature. In some cases, VERY!

    • We are on the same wave length today, JRD (that frightens most people…I’m just saying).

      I live in SW Pennsylvania. Marcellus Shale has been a boom (is that a no say word?) to our local economies. We lived thru the death (ooops there I go again) of the steel industry (thanks to unions and environazis) in the 70s and now, while sitting on top of enough natural gas IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE to fuel current US natural gas usage for over 200 years, they think they are going to destroy this industry too???

      The first American Revolution (dang…hard habit to break) started in Philadelphia, the second one may start in Pittsburgh if royalty checks and energy independence are taken away…

  23. NeeNee says:

    HYPOCRITE, THY NAME IS DEMOCRAT:

    From the Washington Examiner this afternoon:

    Ex-Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., pens an op-ed in the New York Times today about the proper political response to this weekend’s tragedy. He argues that

    “We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials from the people. Therefore, it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.”

    But according to the Scranton Times, Kanjorski said this about Florida’s new Republican Governor Rick Scott on October 23:

    “That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” Mr. Kanjorski said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida,

    they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.

    He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks.”

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/dem-congressman-who-called-gop-gov-be-put-against-wall-and-shot-n#ixzz1Akyl7YOJ

  24. Jennifer H says:

    http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2011/01/paxton_bows_out.html

    Bah Paxton bows out of bid for speaker of Housein Texas :(

    I am sickened and disheartened. It was pretty apparent this was going to happen after yesterday arrrg!

    My representative Debbie Riddle was for Paxton- so at least I know she will attempt to fight for me. *sigh*

  25. GracieD says:

    My gut tells me that this is going to bite the Dems in their collective arses! :)

  26. NeeNee says:

    Oops, forgot perhaps one of the best

    politically incorrect “gun”

    rock & roll songs of the

    past 50 years . . . .

    “Bang, Bang” by Cher:

    Bang bang, you shot me down

    Bang bang, I hit the ground

    Bang bang, that awful sound

    Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLmlS66AA80&feature=player_embedded

    (Later version, unfortunately original 1966 song has been pulled and instead we get this embarrassing remake of an aging Cher strutting around with a headdress on that makes her look like Foghorn Leghorn with a mohawk!)

  27. PhillyCon says:

    Guys:

    Head over to Hot Air and check out all the headlines … its about gun control and repealing the 2nd Amendment. Rush is right, they have moved on from Palin to now the predictable issue, gun control.

    Didn’t the Dem’s learn that this is a loser issue? I guess they don’t care, and like Obamacare, will force the issue no matter what.

    Hope springs eternal.

  28. Amsterdam Expat says:

    Good grief, as if one Dopenik weren’t enough — now the Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley is getting in on the act.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/phi-beta-cons/256850/berkeley-chancellor-ties-loughner-immigration-reform-matthew-shaffer

  29. Ad rem says:

    Wonder where federal grant money is going these days?

    http://curmudgeonlyskeptical.blogspot.com/search/label/Liberal%20Culture

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