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Screwed!

by Flyovercountry ( 152 Comments › )
Filed under Politics at January 2nd, 2013 - 7:00 pm

While in college, I had a German Shepard named Sheena. She was a loyal dog, well behaved, friendly, and as dumb as a bag full of hammers. This was a dog that would even be considered dumb when compared to other dogs, and yet, all it took to train her to not urinate indoors was to soak a rag in her urine and then tie it to a stake outside in the grass. She got the message immediately, and once she began receiving small pieces of cheese for doing business outside, she even learned the all important trick of faking her business in order to receive the Kraft individually wrapped slices of imitation cheese food. So the question has now been sufficiently begged, if my dumb ass dog could be trained without the aid of understanding English, where on Earth did we dig up these dolts who occupy our House of Representatives that seem so unbelievably bereft of the ability to learn from nearly three decades of electoral disaster and reward? In short, collectively, we have elected the single dumbest demographic of morons imaginable.

The only thing this current group seems truly adept at is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. We keep waiting for them to learn, and they refuse to do so. At some point in time, the GOP apparatchiks will learn, about this I have faith, that their base is more interested in having them do the right thing and could not care less about the politics of holding power. Here’s the good news in all of this however, there are 151 Republican House members who are capable of doing the right thing for the country and are less interested in the politics of holding power. That is something tangible upon which a future can be built, and that, along with the 30 or so GOP Governorships, represent the assets upon which we can build our movement to take back our country.

Take a good look at the names on this list. It is the roll call vote of yesterday’s House vote on complete capitulation. Notice who’s on board with allowing Barack Obama to loot the nation and shred our Constitution, and who stood up against this act of continued self destruction. What a way to bring in the new year, and what a perfect gift it is too. John Boehner has solidified his deserved reputation for being Barack Obama’s tool. Eric Cantor, Darryl Issa, Duncan Hunter, Alan West, and about 150 other guys showed us all that we do not stand entirely alone against a federal bureaucracy hell bent on scrapping our founding documents.

I remember defending Boehner and the bulk of the Republican Party on many occasions when this fight began in earnest. I argued that tax rates were the secondary issue to spending, and stated that allowing rates to increase would be acceptable provided that cuts in real spending, to be effective immediately, were in the bargain. So, what did John Boehner, leader of the chamber of our legislative branch that constitutionally controls the purse strings of our national budget, receive in the deal that saw an increase in the taxes paid by 70% of Americans? Barack Obama has been given a net increase in spending just to the South of $350 Billion. Simply stunning, the deal negotiated and agreed to by the Republicans in charge of the party today.

There are some who blame the sad state of affairs on the defeat of plan B. There are some who might blame Senate Republicans for this, but the fact is, the GOP controls the House. All spending starts there, according to our Constitution, which despite the best efforts of our academia elite, still exists. There have been over 1300 days since our national spending has been operating under the constraints of an actual budget, and for any one who has ever balanced their very own check book, the folly of this is easy to spot. Perhaps this explains why our deficit has reached a proportion that defies the darkest imagination of a Fellini nightmare film.

The true fiscal cliff is not one in which these professional liars have figured out how to establish a series of never ending artificially inflated crises in order to have the citizens vote away their personal freedoms and grant larger and larger chunks of power and authority to an increasingly cynical ruling class. The true fiscal cliff, and one that can not be avoided for ever, is that limit of people who are not bound by our legislative edicts to lend us the money to keep this sham going. 85 Republican House Members, all of whom were elected by constituents who had faith that they would know better, voted for this. John Boehner and Paul Ryan were among that group. I do not care how large of a percentage of the time these men vote along the lines of how conservatives were supposed to vote, this was the one that really counted.

It only takes 17 House Republicans to stop John Boehner from spending another term as our Speaker. Enjoy that thin Ice John, you’ve earned it. Today’s political arguments are possible because of the great wealth built by the very system of economics being decried as the problem today. Americans are delusional in the belief that our vast wealth is an automatic happenstance, something that just happened as a part of the natural order of the cosmos. The truth is that there is a very definite limit to that wealth, and we passed that limit about 4 years ago. We are now cannibalizing that wealth, so thoughtfully created by multiple generations of people much smarter and wiser than we are.

History has proven many times over that Socialism will eventually collapse in upon itself, and indeed every instance of a society with a top down form of government has suffered the same end without exception. That will happen to us as well should we continue along a path towards that end. In the grand scheme of things, whether we correct our course now, or wait for the collapse, Americans will learn this lesson. I am just one of those helpless optimists who wishes to avoid the catastrophe. We don’t really need to reach bottom in order to fix our problems. It is possible to return to the constrained government, society based on personal freedom and property rights before we completely cannibalize that wealth so thoughtfully provided for us by our forefathers.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

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  1. unclassifiable
    1 | January 2, 2013 7:11 pm

    I am happy my representative, Pete Olson, voted no.


  2. huckfunn
    2 | January 2, 2013 7:14 pm

    BREAKING: Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out
    Gee, I hope so.


  3. 3 | January 2, 2013 7:17 pm

    @ huckfunn:

    I’ve also read about a contingent of Dems planning on voting for Boehner for the Speakership, because let’s face it, he is a useful idiot for their side.


  4. lobo91
    4 | January 2, 2013 7:17 pm

    So, the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary school went back to class today at a different school.

    With a bunch of cops on duty.

    Funny…I seem to recall a whole boatload of libs going bonkers over the idea of having cops or armed security guards at schools when Wayne Lapierre proposed it.


  5. huckfunn
    5 | January 2, 2013 7:20 pm

    Flyovercountry wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    I’ve also read about a contingent of Dems planning on voting for Boehner for the Speakership, because let’s face it, he is a useful idiot for their side.

    I hope that he’ll spare us the sobbing drama and just quit.


  6. lobo91
    6 | January 2, 2013 7:22 pm

    @ huckfunn:

    Leia says that she’s available for the job, as long as she’s allowed to take periodic naps during the day.

    And she wants a pet door installed in the House chamber.


  7. heysoos
    7 | January 2, 2013 7:24 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    So, the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary school went back to class today at a different school.
    With a bunch of cops on duty.
    Funny…I seem to recall a whole boatload of libs going bonkers over the idea of having cops or armed security guards at schools when Wayne Lapierre proposed it.

    all the while holding YOU responsible for some maniacs behavior 2000 miles away


  8. huckfunn
    8 | January 2, 2013 7:27 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    Leia says that she’s available for the job, as long as she’s allowed to take periodic naps during the day.

    And she wants a pet door installed in the House chamber.

    I’ll personally donate to the peanut butter pretzel slush fund. :wink:


  9. heysoos
    9 | January 2, 2013 7:27 pm

    the GOP is divided, there is blood in the water and the libs are circling like sharks…now is the perfect time for a gun grab


  10. Dolphin
    10 | January 2, 2013 7:28 pm

    Happy New Year ya’ll! Had to take a mental sabbatical. Feeling better now and will slowly wade back into the fray!

    huckfunn wrote:

    BREAKING: Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out
    Gee, I hope so.

    Who is the alternative?


  11. Brick
    11 | January 2, 2013 7:29 pm

    The Gods of the Copybook Headings are soon to make an appearance.


  12. lobo91
    12 | January 2, 2013 7:30 pm

    @ Dolphin:

    Who is the alternative?

    So far, the smart money is on Leia. :)


  13. eaglesoars
    13 | January 2, 2013 7:30 pm

    This is on topic from Instapundit

    MILTON FRIEDMAN: Why we don’t need to throw the bums out.“It’s nice to elect the right people, but that’s not the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.”

    Politicians are at best semi-autonomous. They mostly respond to external forces. If you want them to behave differently, change the correlation of forces. That can be done by taking over state parties, by primarying people, by changing the culture and all sorts of other ways.


  14. eaglesoars
    14 | January 2, 2013 7:31 pm

    @ Dolphin:

    Hiya Dolphin! Happy New Year!


  15. 15 | January 2, 2013 7:32 pm

    John Boehner calls it quits.


  16. Dolphin
    16 | January 2, 2013 7:32 pm

    @ lobo91:
    Can’t do any worse.

    ;)


  17. heysoos
    17 | January 2, 2013 7:33 pm

    finally, the Bone man hit’s the bricks…
    c’ya


  18. huckfunn
    18 | January 2, 2013 7:33 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    Who is the alternative?

    From what I’ve seen Eric Cantor may be the lead horse. Hard to say. These things have about the same intrigue as electing a new pope.


  19. Aussie Infidel
    19 | January 2, 2013 7:34 pm

    I may have found Hillary’s missing State Dept airplane in Iran. Hillary it seems has been a busy little beaver just prior to Christmas and came off second best. Hence her apparent ‘missing in action’ reports.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/30/us-plane-reportedly-made-emergency-landing-at-iranian-airport-3-weeks-ago/?intcmp=obnetwork


  20. huckfunn
    20 | January 2, 2013 7:35 pm

    @ huckfunn:
    Then again, it might be Doriangrey. :mrgreen:


  21. eaglesoars
    21 | January 2, 2013 7:35 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    Who is the alternative?

    Oh, just watch. The ‘establishment’ Republicans will try to make it McCarthy (I think that’s his name) -- he has been Boehner’s executioner, the one who kept score about the conservative Republicans’ voting records to decide who kept their committee leaderships and who got booted.

    Personally, I miss Tom DeLay


  22. Dolphin
    22 | January 2, 2013 7:36 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Thanks! Just had to take a break from all the political/news cr@p. It was nice. Watched a lot of Netflix and very, very little of news or internet.


  23. eaglesoars
    23 | January 2, 2013 7:36 pm

    @ Aussie Infidel:

    Saw that report about 4 days ago -- don’t believe it


  24. EBL
    24 | January 2, 2013 7:37 pm

    Boehner out tomorrow? Orange Crush!


  25. Bumr50
    25 | January 2, 2013 7:38 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Personally, I miss Tom DeLay

    I’m pretty sure that I’m a man without a party.


  26. heysoos
    26 | January 2, 2013 7:38 pm

    if the subject involves a Clinton, account for how much is unsaid….
    she is a monumental liar


  27. eaglesoars
    27 | January 2, 2013 7:38 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    Thanks! Just had to take a break from all the political/news cr@p. It was nice. Watched a lot of Netflix and very, very little of news or internet.

    I know the feeling. I found a GREAT history/food/food history blog I’ve been happily wallowing in.

    Lost Past Remembered


  28. heysoos
    28 | January 2, 2013 7:39 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    eaglesoars wrote:
    Personally, I miss Tom DeLay
    I’m pretty sure that I’m a man without a party.

    you don’t need a party…both are corrupt


  29. Brick
    29 | January 2, 2013 7:39 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    finally, the Bone man hit’s the bricks…
    c’ya

    I hope it wasn’t anyone I know.


  30. Dolphin
    30 | January 2, 2013 7:40 pm

    @ huckfunn:
    Is Issa in the house? I can’t remember. He has a good head on his shoulders.

    @ eaglesoars:
    I am still not sure exactly what happened with Delay. I know there are some here that have strong feelings (negative) with regards to him.


  31. 31 | January 2, 2013 7:42 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    Then again, it might be Doriangrey.

    Oh there would be hell to pay if that happened.


  32. heysoos
    32 | January 2, 2013 7:42 pm

    Brick wrote:

    heysoos wrote:
    finally, the Bone man hit’s the bricks…
    c’ya

    I hope it wasn’t anyone I know.

    I doubt it…you are nobody, just like me…individually we are easy, so we gotta stick together…at least Boehner is smart enough to realize how stupid he is


  33. Dolphin
    33 | January 2, 2013 7:43 pm

    @ eaglesoars:Link is broke. Sounds interesting would love to check it out!


  34. Da_Beerfreak
    34 | January 2, 2013 7:46 pm

    Now this should be interesting.
    Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV
    This will be a great help in keeping the uninformed voter misinformed… :evil:


  35. Da_Beerfreak
    35 | January 2, 2013 7:48 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:Link is broke. Sounds interesting would love to check it out!

    Try this.

    http://www.lostpastremembered.blogspot.com


  36. Dolphin
    36 | January 2, 2013 7:48 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:
    Heh, Gore profits from terrorists. May they all rot in hell.


  37. 37 | January 2, 2013 7:49 pm

    Thank God my Rep voted against this idiotic bill.


  38. Dolphin
    38 | January 2, 2013 7:50 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:
    Bookmarked. Thanks.


  39. Aussie Infidel
    39 | January 2, 2013 7:50 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    That would make it about second week in December for the emergency landing and that would be about a week too late to ‘explain’ Hillary’s ‘missing in action’ reports,but you never know as ‘time’ is often ‘flexible’ to cover up foibles. There are also inconsistencies in the report. At one point they say Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran but later say A separate report by state TV said the Falcon-900 plane had one passenger and two crew members . As well the story about some malfunction necessitating a landing in Iran is a complete load of bullshit. They claimed that the plane was flying to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates when it encountered mechanical difficulties. But then would have you believe that it made an emergency landing at an Iranian airport presumably the southern city of Ahvaz in iran. Well in that case why would a Falcon –900 aircraft on a flight plan Abu Dhabi -- Amsterdam bypassing multiple western controlled airports in the Gulf, and land at a small regional Iranian airport with no repair facilities? The last sentence Every day some 500 foreign airplanes pass through Iranian airspace, including 30 American aircraft smells of cover-up and only reflects the reality of normal commercial overflight practice guaranteed under IATA rules and has nothing to do with arrivals into Iranian Controlled Airspace.

    These guys need a refresher course in the University of Lying and cover ups. They’d get a ’F’ mark for that effort. Pathetic!


  40. Da_Beerfreak
    40 | January 2, 2013 7:51 pm

    @ Dolphin:
    :grin:


  41. Aussie Infidel
    41 | January 2, 2013 7:54 pm

    One would imagine that given all of the funding the State Department uses that they could hire in some more convincing liars. If one is going to indulge in cover stories then one should make them watertight.

    This State Dept. cock-up is typical of the hubris and incompetence that exists within US government departments.


  42. eaglesoars
    42 | January 2, 2013 7:55 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:Link is broke. Sounds interesting would love to check it out!

    sorry.

    Lost Past Remembered


  43. lobo91
    43 | January 2, 2013 7:58 pm

    @ Aussie Infidel:

    Hell, they can’t even lie convincingly about personnel matters.

    All those underlings they claim “resigned” over the Benghazi report are still on the payroll. They just gave them a couple of weeks of “administrative leave” (aka paid vacation), after which they’ll all get new jobs.


  44. 44 | January 2, 2013 8:00 pm

    Ok, with Boehner out, who’s a worthy successor?


  45. heysoos
    45 | January 2, 2013 8:01 pm

    @ mfhorn:
    you…why not?


  46. lobo91
    46 | January 2, 2013 8:02 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    Ok, with Boehner out, who’s a worthy successor?

    See #6 above


  47. eaglesoars
    47 | January 2, 2013 8:02 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    I am still not sure exactly what happened with Delay. I know there are some here that have strong feelings (negative) with regards to him.

    He had a lot of enemies in Texas and in my opinion he was framed on the money laundering conviction. He got Texas re-districted to get more republicans elected at the state level using an organization he set up that took corporate money.

    He was one tough SOB and if he were speaker now, Obama and Reid would be crawling naked over broken glass for every last penny.


  48. 48 | January 2, 2013 8:04 pm

    @ heysoos:
    @ lobo91:

    Two worthy names! Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?

    If not, I’ll defer to Leia.


  49. eaglesoars
    49 | January 2, 2013 8:05 pm

    @ Aussie Infidel:

    That ‘report’ has more to do with internal Iranian politics than anything in Realityville. Have you heard anything about Iran evacuating Isfahan?


  50. eaglesoars
    50 | January 2, 2013 8:06 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?

    Nope.

    Gingrich comes to mind, doesn’t he?


  51. lobo91
    51 | January 2, 2013 8:07 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    He was one tough SOB and if he were speaker now, Obama and Reid would be crawling naked over broken glass for every last penny.

    Which would actually be a good way to raise some extra revenue, if they put it on pay-per-view…


  52. lobo91
    52 | January 2, 2013 8:07 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    @ lobo91:

    Two worthy names! Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?

    If not, I’ll defer to Leia.

    The House can elect anyone it wants as Speaker.

    Doesn’t even have to be a human.


  53. heysoos
    53 | January 2, 2013 8:09 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    @ lobo91:
    Two worthy names! Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?
    If not, I’ll defer to Leia.

    The House can elect anyone it wants as Speaker.
    Doesn’t even have to be a human.

    well, that accounts for Pelosi


  54. livefreeor die
    54 | January 2, 2013 8:10 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    mfhorn wrote:
    @ heysoos:
    @ lobo91:
    Two worthy names! Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?
    If not, I’ll defer to Leia.
    The House can elect anyone it wants as Speaker.
    Doesn’t even have to be a human.

    That explains Nancy Pelosi.


  55. lobo91
    55 | January 2, 2013 8:11 pm

    @ heysoos:

    well, that accounts for Pelosi

    Yup…the first undead Speaker.


  56. 56 | January 2, 2013 8:12 pm

    @ lobo91:

    Hmmm…

    Leia.
    Col. West.
    Newt.
    Ted Cruz.


  57. lobo91
    57 | January 2, 2013 8:15 pm

    @ mfhorn:

    Ted Cruz is going to be in the Senate. I don’t think that would work well.

    Ted Nugent, maybe…


  58. Dolphin
    58 | January 2, 2013 8:15 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Delay, I understand the charges, but I think that he was run out similar to the likes of H. Cain and others. He was a regular on a local radio station here. The “host” Dan Patrick has gone on to serve in the Texas house and is doing a fine job (IMO).

    Dems and rinos will eat the good ones alive. They don’t have skin thick enough to survive the personal/ethical attacks (or at the least the supporters don’t).


  59. Dolphin
    59 | January 2, 2013 8:19 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Really? I didn’t know that!

    In that case, as much as I would hate to lose him in the senate -- I vote for Ted Poe.

    … or uncle Ted (Nugent)

    //


  60. Bumr50
    60 | January 2, 2013 8:21 pm

    BoehnerWatch is boring.

    Much like Boehner.


  61. Dolphin
    61 | January 2, 2013 8:22 pm

    @ lobo91:
    This is why I love this site. I learn something almost every day.

    Has there ever been a speaker of the house that was not an elected sitting official?


  62. 62 | January 2, 2013 8:23 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    @ Dolphin:

    What was good about Delay? He was a Big Government Progressive.


  63. Bumr50
    63 | January 2, 2013 8:25 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    What was good about Delay?

    That’s what SHE said!!

    //


  64. lobo91
    64 | January 2, 2013 8:25 pm

    @ Dolphin:

    Has there ever been a speaker of the house that was not an elected sitting official?

    Not that I can recall.

    Leia could be the first. She’s also promised to donate her salary to animal shelters.

    Except for her peanut butter-filled pretzel allowance.


  65. 65 | January 2, 2013 8:27 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    How about Charles Johnson for speaker?

    :lol:


  66. heysoos
    66 | January 2, 2013 8:28 pm

    this site needs to get pounded by Savoy Brown…it clears the head


  67. 67 | January 2, 2013 8:29 pm

    @ Bumr50:

    I’m pretty sure that I’m a man without a party.

    I agree, The GOP are Big Government Nation building Pro-Islamic Progressives. The Democrats are Islamic loving Marxists.

    What’s the difference?


  68. eaglesoars
    68 | January 2, 2013 8:29 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    What was good about Delay? He was a Big Government Progressive.

    Tom DeLay was not a progressive.

    And he knew how to destroy his enemies


  69. 69 | January 2, 2013 8:31 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    mfhorn wrote:

    Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?

    Nope.

    Gingrich comes to mind, doesn’t he?

    The whole damn world would shit if that came to pass!


  70. AZfederalist
    70 | January 2, 2013 8:35 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    Leia says that she’s available for the job, as long as she’s allowed to take periodic naps during the day.

    And she wants a pet door installed in the House chamber.

    Didn’t Obama already have one installed for Boehner.


  71. 71 | January 2, 2013 8:35 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    What did Delay ever do for Fiscal and Economic Conservatism? His record as Majority leader is not good in that area.


  72. Dolphin
    72 | January 2, 2013 8:38 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Told ya so!

    :)

    Panko breaded snapper with brown & wild rice, steamed broccoli and shiner Bock beer bread (i.e., dinner) awaits!

    Nite all.


  73. eaglesoars
    73 | January 2, 2013 8:42 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    What did Delay ever do for Fiscal and Economic Conservatism? His record as Majority leader is not good in that area.

    I’m not sure of dates so I can’t say ‘as majority leader’ but I know he voted for a balanced budget amendment and line item veto


  74. eaglesoars
    74 | January 2, 2013 8:44 pm

    Ok, here. DeLay’s voting record.
    DON’T tell me he was ‘progressive’


  75. 75 | January 2, 2013 8:49 pm

    We need somebody who understands and can communicate the concept of balancing a budget in terms of simple arithmetic. A backbone is not optional.


  76. 76 | January 2, 2013 8:53 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    He seems to have started Conservative but then abandoned fiscal responsibility post 2000.


  77. eaglesoars
    77 | January 2, 2013 8:56 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    He seems to have started Conservative but then abandoned fiscal responsibility post 2000.

    Not what I see…………


  78. Aussie Infidel
    78 | January 2, 2013 9:10 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ Aussie Infidel:

    That ‘report’ has more to do with internal Iranian politics than anything in Realityville. Have you heard anything about Iran evacuating Isfahan?

    Just the initial rumours on the 2nd Jan. Some BS about the nuclear facility sitting on an active fault line but that’s just nonsense as there have been no significant tremors over the past week. If these reports are true it’s more likely that the ‘Son-Of Suxnet’ may have struck again.

    :)

    I think I’ll wait for some follow up reports before I make a few considered guesses.


  79. RIX
    79 | January 2, 2013 9:10 pm

    The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (or Speaker of the House) is the presiding officer of the chamber. The office was established in 1789 by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which states in part, “The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker…” The current speaker is John Boehner, a Republican who represents Ohio’s 8th congressional district. The Constitution does not require that the speaker be an elected Member of Congress, but no non-member has ever been elected to the office.[1]


  80. Aussie Infidel
    80 | January 2, 2013 9:11 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    mfhorn wrote:

    Don’t you have to actually be in office to be Speaker, though?

    Nope.

    Gingrich comes to mind, doesn’t he?

    Bolton would make a great Speaker :)


  81. Aussie Infidel
    81 | January 2, 2013 9:15 pm

    Bolton would really put a cat amongst the pigeons. Fearful RINOs would be seen fleeing back to their caves …. and country clubs :)

    Dems would be seen kicking on the floor and frothing at the mouth


  82. Aussie Infidel
    82 | January 2, 2013 9:17 pm

    Pelosi would have a mental breakdown … again… and take to her bed.

    and Obama would declare war on Congress …. ummm …. again ! :)


  83. Aussie Infidel
    83 | January 2, 2013 9:18 pm

    Chuck out Mr. Weepy on the 3rd. and elect a real man.

    Bolton for Speaker

    Pass it on ! :)


  84. eaglesoars
    84 | January 2, 2013 9:20 pm

    Aussie Infidel wrote:

    I think I’ll wait for some follow up reports before I make a few considered guesses.

    Yeah. Altho’ here’s hoping the Israelis have been having some fun.Aussie Infidel wrote:

    Bolton would make a great Speaker

    Yeah, but I don’t think it would be a lot of fun for him. For Gingrich it would be a blast -- a new happy warrior!


  85. Aussie Infidel
    85 | January 2, 2013 9:24 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    True.

    Bolton would have made an awesome Secretary of State.

    The denizens of ‘Olde Foggy Bottom’ would have shat themselves

    LOL :)


  86. The Osprey
    86 | January 2, 2013 9:24 pm

    Aussie Infidel wrote:

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ Aussie Infidel:

    That ‘report’ has more to do with internal Iranian politics than anything in Realityville. Have you heard anything about Iran evacuating Isfahan?

    Just the initial rumours on the 2nd Jan. Some BS about the nuclear facility sitting on an active fault line but that’s just nonsense as there have been no significant tremors over the past week. If these reports are true it’s more likely that the ‘Son-Of Suxnet’ may have struck again.

    I think I’ll wait for some follow up reports before I make a few considered guesses.

    I think it was these guys….


  87. 87 | January 2, 2013 9:28 pm

    Woo Hoo! Louisville 17 Florida 3 in the Sugar Bowl! Second quarter…..


  88. The Osprey
    88 | January 2, 2013 9:30 pm

    click the cc button for English subtitles…


  89. eaglesoars
    89 | January 2, 2013 9:33 pm

    @ The Osprey:

    OMG! That’s hilarious -- Monty Python


  90. eaglesoars
    90 | January 2, 2013 9:35 pm

    The Osprey wrote:

    click the cc button for English subtitles…

    “What? Another mysterious blast in Iran……..”

    Who the hell did this commercial?


  91. unclassifiable
    91 | January 2, 2013 9:38 pm

    I nominate Louie Gohmert for speaker.


  92. The Osprey
    92 | January 2, 2013 9:39 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    The Osprey wrote:

    click the cc button for English subtitles…

    “What? Another mysterious blast in Iran……..”

    Who the hell did this commercial?

    HOT, an Israeli cable TV network.


  93. The Osprey
    93 | January 2, 2013 9:41 pm

    The Osprey wrote:

    eaglesoars wrote:

    The Osprey wrote:

    click the cc button for English subtitles…

    “What? Another mysterious blast in Iran……..”

    Who the hell did this commercial?

    HOT, an Israeli cable TV network.

    The dudes that are dressed in chador like Iranian women are from some Israeli sitcom. “Rita” who they make mention of maybe running into her family is an Israeli singer who was born in Iran…


  94. unclassifiable
    94 | January 2, 2013 9:43 pm

    @ MacDuff:

    Bridge water is healthy and lighting them Gators up!


  95. eaglesoars
    95 | January 2, 2013 9:49 pm

    @ The Osprey:

    Thanks for the insider cultural info -- makes it even funnier!


  96. 96 | January 2, 2013 9:49 pm

    unclassifiable wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    Bridge water is healthy and lighting them Gators up!

    He’s a sophomore…we’re looking for big things!


  97. 97 | January 2, 2013 9:50 pm

    Touchdown!


  98. RIX
    98 | January 2, 2013 9:52 pm

    Al Jazeera Is Said to Be Acquiring Current TV

    By BRIAN STELTER

    Al Jazeera is putting the final touches on a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.

    If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/al-gore/2013/01/02/al-gore-jazeera-coming-america#ixzz2GsQzsFD8

    Bad to worse


  99. unclassifiable
    99 | January 2, 2013 9:57 pm

    @ RIX:

    I’ll be sure to use parental controls so that I will skip it just flippin’ channels.

    I don’t even have kids. Evil is not even worth a glimpse.


  100. eaglesoars
    100 | January 2, 2013 9:59 pm

    RIX wrote:

    Bad to worse

    Oh this is gonna be too funny. Remember that British woman, Yvonne somebody who worked for one of the UK newspapers and was captured by the Taliban? She promised them she’d ‘look into’ Islam or something, and actually sincerely converted and went to work for Al Jazeera in the UK

    Then she sued them for being sexist pigs.

    BWAHAHAHAHA!


  101. RIX
    101 | January 2, 2013 10:00 pm

    @ unclassifiable:
    Good move.


  102. RIX
    102 | January 2, 2013 10:02 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Bad to worse

    Oh this is gonna be too funny. Remember that British woman, Yvonne somebody who worked for one of the UK newspapers and was captured by the Taliban? She promised them she’d ‘look into’ Islam or something, and actually sincerely converted and went to work for Al Jazeera in the UK

    Then she sued them for being sexist pigs.

    BWAHAHAHAHA!

    Moon bats are strange & exotic creatures.


  103. RIX
    103 | January 2, 2013 10:02 pm

    Good night all.


  104. 104 | January 2, 2013 10:07 pm

    doriangrey wrote:

    John Boehner calls it quits.

    They need to elect Ron paul, just to make ObamAA- shit all over Soros’ hand.


  105. unclassifiable
    105 | January 2, 2013 10:07 pm

    @ MacDuff:

    The old swinging gate play.

    Seems a bit desperate.


  106. Canoe Convoy
    106 | January 2, 2013 10:25 pm

    It’s a new twist ! The combination of The Hunger Games, and Peronist Argentina ! “And the money kept rolling in …”


  107. 107 | January 2, 2013 10:37 pm

    Louisville’s rockin’, Florida’s reeling! 30-10 beginning first half.


  108. 108 | January 2, 2013 10:40 pm

    Louisville’s about to score again! Gators in chaos!


  109. eaglesoars
    109 | January 2, 2013 11:37 pm

    uh, this is not good. It sets a precedent for the globalization/Agenda 21 crowd. (h/t) instapundit)

    A few days before Christmas, the U.S. indicted three men at the Federal District courthouse in Brooklyn for plotting suicide bomb attacks. This is an extraordinary, almost unique case: none of the people or conduct has any connection to the U.S. The defendants are foreign nationals, captured by some African government ont their way to join up with al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist group. To be clear, there is no suggestion that they planned to target American nationals or facilities, or had even ever been to this country before.

    This is an aggressive – and unconstitutional – assertion of universal jurisdiction. The U.S. is prosecuting foreign nationals for their participation in a foreign civil war. Congress, as the Supreme Court recently reminded us in the Health Care decision, is truly one of limited regulatory powers, and thus the first question about such a case is what Art. I power gives Congress the power to punish entirely foreign conduct with no U.S. nexus.

    The men have been charged under the “material support for terrorism” statute, 18 USC 2339B . Apart from the many controversies about the substantive sweep of the law, it casts a very broad jurisdictional net. By its terms, it applies to foreigners who support designated foreign terror groups with no connection to the U.S. In other words, it makes terrorism anywhere a federal offense.
    While the statute has previously been used to prosecute extraterritorial conduct by foreigners that conducted significant dealings in the U.S., this is only the second apparently “universal” prosecution.

    The Art I. authority for prosecuting conduct under universal jurisdiction is the “Define and Punish” clause. Yet the clause limits universal jurisdiction to crimes, like piracy, that are i) “offenses against the law of nations,” and ii) treated as universally cognizable by the law of nations. Congress cannot “define” something as a universal offense when the law of nations has not done so – not because of any superiority or comity of international law, but because that is the limit place by the Define and Punish Clause.

    This is right up there with executing American citizens w/o due process.


  110. lobo91
    110 | January 2, 2013 11:56 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    And yet we’ll hear nothing about it from the civil liberties crowd on the left, because it’s Obama doing it.

    Just imagine if something like that had been done while the ebil Booosh had been in office…


  111. eaglesoars
    112 | January 3, 2013 12:06 am

    @ lobo91:

    The really disturbing part -- there is no treaty that acts as an anchor for this. Even the European Arrest Warrant -- which says if you’re in France and break a German law, you can be arrested -- is underpinned by treaty. It’s bad law, but it IS law.

    There is NO law here. None. I’d be more comfortable w/heysoos’ black ops scenario than I am with this.


  112. rain of lead
    113 | January 3, 2013 12:09 am

    feel good story of the night

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/214714.php


  113. lobo91
    114 | January 3, 2013 12:10 am

    @ rain of lead:

    I like this one:

    Favorite

    Ed Hodge@hodge_e

    RT @zionistforever President Obama “Everyone pays their fair share” now excuse me while I go meet up with Michelle & the kids in HawaiiAloha


  114. rain of lead
    115 | January 3, 2013 12:11 am

    @ lobo91:

    comedy gold I tells ya


  115. eaglesoars
    116 | January 3, 2013 12:12 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    bwahahahahahahaha

    Obama’s ‘fair share’ fiscal cliff deal not so fair to shocked voters: ‘I take home less now, thanks Obama’

    And my fave:

    Just found out from HR that 2013 Social Security tax rate increased 2% meaning less take home pay. #screwed2013

    You JUST found out? Honey, it’s called PAYING ATTENTION.


  116. lobo91
    117 | January 3, 2013 12:14 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    There is NO law here. None. I’d be more comfortable w/heysoos’ black ops scenario than I am with this.

    Judge Dredd Obama disagrees with you:


  117. rain of lead
    118 | January 3, 2013 12:15 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    well momcat just dropped a bombshell on me….
    the girl is no longer a girl

    she started today

    so not ready


  118. eaglesoars
    119 | January 3, 2013 12:18 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    well momcat just dropped a bombshell on me….
    the girl is no longer a girl

    she started today

    so not ready

    UM,….what?


  119. eaglesoars
    120 | January 3, 2013 12:20 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    Judge Dredd Obama disagrees with you:

    I hope his ass ends up in Leavenworth -- or that max security place in Colorado


  120. rain of lead
    121 | January 3, 2013 12:21 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    she started her period
    shes 10 and 1/2
    didn’t expect it to happen quite this soon


  121. rain of lead
    122 | January 3, 2013 12:22 am

    @ rain of lead:


    no, better not say that


  122. lobo91
    123 | January 3, 2013 12:23 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    lobo91 wrote:

    Judge Dredd Obama disagrees with you:

    I hope his ass ends up in Leavenworth — or that max security place in Colorado

    More likely that we all will.


  123. lobo91
    124 | January 3, 2013 12:25 am

    Poor Leia.

    I was cursing at the computer in my office, after Windows crashed in the middle of something.

    Since there’s nobody here but the two of us, of course she thought I was mad at her for something.

    Dogs are smart for not using computers…


  124. eaglesoars
    125 | January 3, 2013 12:25 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    well momcat just dropped a bombshell on me….
    the girl is no longer a girl

    she started today

    so not ready

    oh. got it.

    Yeah, well, trust me -- she isn’t ready either. She’s going to need you in ways she can’t even imagine. Like settin an example of how she should expect to be treated by MEN -- not these friends-with-benfits losers.

    HER biggest challenge tho is going to come from her girlfriends. The peer pressure is unreal.


  125. rain of lead
    126 | January 3, 2013 12:28 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    yeah,
    that peer pressure bullshit
    I’ve been trying to give her the tools to deal

    hope she’s been paying attention


  126. eaglesoars
    127 | January 3, 2013 12:30 am

    @ rain of lead:

    DON’T let on that you know. Play clueless.


  127. rain of lead
    128 | January 3, 2013 12:33 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    nope
    not how I roll

    we talk about everything
    now that mother nature has put in her 2 cents
    time to advance the biology lessons
    (within reason, of course)


  128. 129 | January 3, 2013 12:35 am

    Speaking of losers, any one hear of the “urban league?” we live in a small subdivision outside of Katy, TX and they have been coming in and cruising the hood on foot. They apparently have a lot of names and use those names to try and get others to talk to them by saying, “Sally down on the corner of x & y, said to talk to you….” Today they tried to pull the racist bullshit by asking one lady if she would mind “Their kids running around in their streets…” Yeah, this boobs were black, seems to buss about 8-10 of them in and then they split up and, I don’t know, case the joint. For the record, we do have blacks, indians, mexicans, rednecks, all in all pretty inclusive. I really need to order that heavy ass safe!


  129. rain of lead
    130 | January 3, 2013 12:38 am

    @ rgranger:

    hmmm
    maybe turn the tables and start asking THEM the who,what ,when,where
    and why


  130. eaglesoars
    131 | January 3, 2013 12:38 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    I’ve been trying to give her the tools to deal

    Get every video you can of the spring break college girls acting like cheap hookers on the beach pretending they’re having a good time. I’ve been in Panama City Beach when they were there one year. Believe me, those girls were mortified -- it was something they thought they ‘had’ to do.

    If I thought I ‘had’ to do anything like that, my father would have thought he ‘had’ to kill me -- and he would have.

    He had one of the biggest laughs of his life when I told him I was thinking about going to Woodstock……………that worked out well.


  131. rain of lead
    132 | January 3, 2013 12:39 am

    @ rgranger:

    oh and welcome
    I see you like cars


  132. rain of lead
    133 | January 3, 2013 12:41 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    hmmm
    not a bad idea


  133. rain of lead
    134 | January 3, 2013 12:41 am

    nite ya’ll


  134. eaglesoars
    135 | January 3, 2013 12:44 am

    rgranger wrote:

    Speaking of losers, any one hear of the “urban league?”

    Started out as a ‘community organization’ for civil rights, now focusing on ‘gun violence’.

    I don’t know, but I imagine they’ve hooked up with whatever ACORN is calling itself now.

    They showed up at my door about 2 yrs ago. I threw them off the property. Tried the same tactic. “We’re were talking to your neighbor, Donna…”.

    pfft. That family is military -- as is much of this neighborhood. They had no luck and never tried again.


  135. eaglesoars
    136 | January 3, 2013 12:53 am

    bedtime. nite everyone


  136. 137 | January 3, 2013 3:28 am

    Quiet in here this morning…


  137. storagemanger
    138 | January 3, 2013 5:46 am

    Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material.

    An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported.

    However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material.
    http://freebeacon.com/iran-to-citizens-flee-isfahan/


  138. storagemanger
    139 | January 3, 2013 5:50 am

    The IDF Home Front Command is preparing all hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale missile attacks and chemical attacks, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

    The preparations have been planned three years in advance, and bear no relation to current events or recent threat assessments. Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with conventional missile attacks, mass-casualty incidents and “mega-mass casualty incidents,” – involving 1,000 or more injuries.
    “We train a lot for chemical weapons,” a Home Front Command source said. “This is our business, and only ours. There is no room for error.”

    The drills form the only basis for dealing with a chemical weapon attack, the source stressed, “since we have no experience with this.”
    http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=298232


  139. Bumr50
    140 | January 3, 2013 6:03 am

    Well, if Boehner hangs on to the Speakership I’ll know that the GOP not only takes my vote for granted, but that it doesn’t really care about it at all. Happy to lose, maybe?

    Off to the gulag….


  140. 141 | January 3, 2013 6:20 am

    Top o da morning! Still buzzing over the big Sugar Bowl win last night! Might have some Gator and eggs for breakfast …….


  141. 142 | January 3, 2013 6:54 am

    Two days left before I have to go back to work. Ugh.


  142. 143 | January 3, 2013 6:57 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    Two days left before I have to go back to work. Ugh.

    That’s a pretty rough life you have there. How long is your “tour”?


  143. 144 | January 3, 2013 7:06 am

    @ MacDuff:

    Only 3.5 weeks this time. Then I’m unemployed again. I either have to do something about that or enlist in the Free Shit Army.


  144. 145 | January 3, 2013 7:27 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    Only 3.5 weeks this time. Then I’m unemployed again. I either have to do something about that or enlist in the Free Shit Army.

    Methinks that’s the very definition of “bittersweet”. Geez, sorry to hear that.


  145. 146 | January 3, 2013 7:32 am

    @ MacDuff:

    Nah -- that’s normal for a consultant. One contract ends, then you have to dig up another one. It’s virtually impossible to line them up continuously, although I did manage to do that once, back in late 98. Anyway, this is no time to panic -- I’ll have plenty of time to panic later.


  146. 147 | January 3, 2013 8:04 am

    Bob Munden, who has died aged 70, was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived”.

    One journalist reckoned that if Munden had been at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26 1881, the gunfight would have been over in 5 to 10 seconds. He could whip out his Colt .45 single action revolver (as used by John Wayne), shoot a target and replace the gun in his holster in .0175 seconds, and over his lifetime he won more than 3500 trophies, 800 championship titles and bagged 18 world records in speed-shooting.

    Munden’s accuracy was deadly. He could burst two balloons six feet apart in what sounded like a single shot and split playing cards — edgeways. He might not have been quite as fast as the French cartoon character “Lucky Luke”, the cowboy who could “draw faster than his shadow”, but Munden’s audiences sometimes needed slow-motion action replay to convince them that what they had just seen was not a trick.

    Robert Munden was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 8 1942, and grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains of California. His father was a disabled veteran of the Second World War.

    Though Bob was the “smallest kid around” he was always highly competitive, winning the South California marble championship. When told he was not tall enough to play basketball, he practiced so hard that he played for his high school for all of the four years he was there.

    Meanwhile, inspired by Hollywood films, he was honing his skills as a gunslinger. He began with cap guns, then his father traded a shotgun for a set of nickel-plated Ivor-Johnson .38 revolvers and by the time Bob was 11 he was winning fast-draw competitions.

    After leaving school Munden tried his hand at a variety of manual jobs, but none of them lasted and he decided to try and make a living from winning shooting competitions.

    In 1963 he met his wife Becky, the women’s quick-draw champion, at a tournament in southern California. They married the following year and in 1969 they decided to become full-time professional shooters and fast-draw artists.

    Munden and his wife appeared numerous times on television, including the Paul Daniels Show in Britain, and became an authority on the use of firearms in the Old West, which was nothing like the Hollywood myth: “There weren’t any fast-draw artists in the Old West,” he said. “The guns weren’t designed for it, and the holsters were designed to keep the gun in place.”

    It was for this reason that he believed Wild Bill Hickok to have been the deadliest gunman of that time, as Hickok carried his two Remington revolvers in a red sash tied around his waist.

    Bob Munden is survived by his wife and two daughters.

    Bob Munden, born February 8 1942, died December 10 2012

    Wow. RIP.


  147. 148 | January 3, 2013 8:14 am

    @ MacDuff:

    He was also famed as a gunsmith, smoothing out actions on Colt SA revolvers to his own specs. Didn’t use any new parts, just hand-polished and fitted what was already there. There was a very long waiting line for a Bob Munden action job.


  148. 149 | January 3, 2013 8:31 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    He was also famed as a gunsmith, smoothing out actions on Colt SA revolvers to his own specs. Didn’t use any new parts, just hand-polished and fitted what was already there. There was a very long waiting line for a Bob Munden action job.

    I recall seeing this guy on a History Channel show shooting the two balloons. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, the two shots were undetectable until they ran the slo-mo tape.


  149. 150 | January 3, 2013 8:35 am

    @ MacDuff:

    I’ve seen that show. You just hear one shot.


  150. 151 | January 3, 2013 8:43 am

    BTW, I’m not certain that sort of thing could even be attempted with “new model” Ruger SA revolvers, due to the transfer bar system. I sure never tried “fanning” mine.


  151. huckfunn
    152 | January 3, 2013 9:00 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    Nah — that’s normal for a consultant. One contract ends, then you have to dig up another one. It’s virtually impossible to line them up continuously, although I did manage to do that once, back in late 98. Anyway, this is no time to panic — I’ll have plenty of time to panic later.

    Such is the life of an independent oil & gas consultant. I had a gig that lasted 3 years over in the Austin Chalk, just 80 miles east of where I live. That ended at the end of October. I found a new outfit, did a due diligence job for them in December and this weekend I’ll be headed for NW for a gig that starts up on Monday. 80,000 acres of title, leaseing and curative. I’ll spend the weekends in Ruidoso. Not too shabby.


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