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Rand Paul Yields The Floor, Ending
Nearly 13 Hour-Long Filibuster
Over Obama’s Drone Strikes

Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell

Original Article

Posted By:Oblio, 3/7/2013 6:25:49 AM

After nearly 13 hours of filibustering, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) finally yielded the floor, putting an end to his historic protest against the administration’s lack of answers on its authority to execute targeted assassinations of American citizens abroad and on U.S. soil.Sen. Paul began his filibuster of Obama’s CIA pick John Brennan at 11:47 a.m. ET Wednesday and wrapped up at 12:39 a.m. Thursday morning. Upon conclusion, Republicans present in the Senate applauded for their colleague’s efforts in bringing awareness to the administration’s executive overreach.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 3/7/2013 6:31:13 AM     (No. 9212487)

The Republicans who met with Obama instead of standing up for the Constitution with Rand Paul last night, should be ashamed of themselves. Including my weasel Republican senator, Richard Burr, NC.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 3/7/2013 6:38:39 AM     (No. 9212496)

Agree, #1. What´s up with that? Were they trying to steal the thunder from Senator Paul? If so, they failed miserably and brought scorn down on their own heads.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starlady, 3/7/2013 6:40:07 AM     (No. 9212498)

I really enjoyed watching this last night. I think Senator Paul did a good job. I loved watching Senator Cruz at about eleven last night talking about the founders of our nation, Shakespeare, and General Patton. I wished the majority of low information voters would have tuned in as well, but if Honey Boo Boo was on they probably tuned in there. Even so it was a good thing to happen in our country and a good way to educate the public about a serious issue.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pontique, 3/7/2013 6:42:54 AM     (No. 9212502)

I watched about 4 hours of the filibuster by Rand Paul. I was fixated about the event and was proud to be an American. Nowhere in this world is there a government that allows this. Anywhere else Rand would have been carted off to a reeducation camp or a gulag. Will one of thes Republicans stand up and call for the poseur-in-chief to show his records so we can put an end to this rape of our Constitution? I will withstand the national shame if we can send this man to prision for his fraud. God Bless America

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tyshab, 3/7/2013 6:44:42 AM     (No. 9212507)

Make sure you contact these Patriots and thank them!!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nina584, 3/7/2013 6:45:18 AM     (No. 9212509)

He stands against shredding of the Constitution by the BO thugs. He has my full support.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chiritwo, 3/7/2013 6:45:37 AM     (No. 9212510)

It does feel good to have someone stick up for Americans and our Constitution. Now I would like to see something like this happen to find out who gave the order to stand down in Libya.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 3/7/2013 6:48:18 AM     (No. 9212514)

Real filibusters need to happen more often in these next four years. It is one way to fight back in getting the attention of more Americans.

Hopefully, history and civics teachers across the country will discuss what a filibuster is and why Rand Paul did this. The "why" will have to be discussed in order for students to understand the threat to our constitution if Obama´s drone ideas come to pass. Right now I´m praying a lot.

Tomorrow I will be substitute teaching in history - I certainly will bring this up whether or not it is in the lesson plans.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/7/2013 6:54:01 AM     (No. 9212518)

1, didn´t realize that Burr went to the NON-people´s house last night.

I supported him in the last election, and not just with my vote. No more.

I will call his office today, as well as write, and he will know he´s made a mistake.

Last night I watched the pilot for the BBC series, Waking the Dead. In it a control-freak murderer gets his jollies by taunting and manipulating the police, pulling them close then pushing them away to prove he´s in control. Must say I think we´re seeing the same pattern right before our eyes on the political stage.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: janjan, 3/7/2013 6:55:09 AM     (No. 9212522)

The rest of the Republicans should take note.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 3/7/2013 6:57:00 AM     (No. 9212525)

Senator Paul´s stock went up. As did those who stood with him in filibuster against the ghoul brennen. As for the rinos who accepted obama´s dinner invitation, what were they thinking? Haven´t they learned that any compromise, or agreement with obama is a pact with the devil?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Deedo, 3/7/2013 6:59:34 AM     (No. 9212529)

This is such a surreal debate.

The POTUS is arguing that it is perfectly legal (never mind the moral of course) for the administration to kill American citizens on American soil without any due process, Miranda rights, discovery and review of evidence, right of appeal, right to appear before a jury of your peers, etc.

Who gets to decide who dies by drone strike? You know who.

"Donate to my campaign, or I will deem you a possible terrorist. And your family."

"This just in, 16 more Texans killed today by drone strike."

This is the first time that tyranny has taken root in American society. This is what it looks like.

And if W had the same program, oh the howls!


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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 3/7/2013 7:01:13 AM     (No. 9212532)

Senator Paul does something that captures the attention of most of the country and the very first post here is an attack on republicans.

Sigh..it´s just so predictable.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: planetgeo, 3/7/2013 7:15:41 AM     (No. 9212552)

In every revolution, the first shot is the lone patriot who stands openly against the tyrant. I too stand with Rand.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: franq, 3/7/2013 7:26:06 AM     (No. 9212570)

My personal theory is that the vast majority of politicians are so darned dirty, they HAVE to band together. They´ll put on the necessary show to get elected, but after that it´s business as usual. The fact that people like Rand Paul are the exception supports this idea.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 3/7/2013 7:28:05 AM     (No. 9212574)

A few good men.

"During the half-day-long filibuster session, Paul was joined by fellow Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT). Despite his support for Brennan’s CIA nomination, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined the effort, voicing his concerns about the Obama administration’s authority to assassinate American citizens without congressional oversight."

Stand with Rand!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: scal, 3/7/2013 7:36:28 AM     (No. 9212588)

Proud to be an American
Paul/Cruz 2016

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chillijilli, 3/7/2013 7:36:41 AM     (No. 9212589)

I see Holder has moved the argument into the "no intention" of killing Americans category. This is classic Obama. It´s impossible to prove intent after the fact and they know it. If Americans were to be killed, Holder would simply say it was an unfortunate snafu and surely the government would never have INTENDED to kill it´s own citizens.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 3/7/2013 7:40:39 AM     (No. 9212590)

Until we know exactly what went on at that dinner, we might want to reserve judgment on the attendees. Guilty until proven innocent? I find the fact that McConnell showed up at the Senate to be intriguing to say the least. Does anyone know what kind of mood Zero was in at the end of the dinner.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/7/2013 7:46:01 AM     (No. 9212603)

That´s my senator, doing us proud.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Libertygal, 3/7/2013 7:56:31 AM     (No. 9212623)

Standwithrand, Saxby Chambliss from Georgia did. One of the few. An amazing and historical event, a chance to show real togetherness, no left or right, but for We The People, yet so many failed.

Be proud, today, to standwithrand, because The Won cometh still. There are still true Patriots left, now we know who, now we know how few.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 3/7/2013 7:58:15 AM     (No. 9212626)

I would have been surprised, nay shocked, if one of my Senators had been there in support of Senator Paul. No, Senator Blunt was probably nursing his ego for not being invited with the rest of the RINO´s to Obama´s dinner.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: fransand, 3/7/2013 8:03:15 AM     (No. 9212632)

Where´s the ACLU on this drone dispute?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: fed-up, 3/7/2013 8:04:33 AM     (No. 9212634)

There were some senators who attended the dinner, that also came to the senate floor in support of Rand. Toomey was one of them. There were also a few Dims to push in the limelight as it became clear the people were paying attention.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/7/2013 8:10:47 AM     (No. 9212647)

Those republicans who went to the WH deserved an attack, #13. They chose to kneel at the feet of Obama like scared little puppies instead of supporting Rand Paul doing yeoman´s work defending our Constitution. They totally deserve our scorn, not our praise. What shocks me here is that Ron Wyden supported Rand Paul. He is my rep and a total lib.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: cyberspace cadet, 3/7/2013 8:13:07 AM     (No. 9212651)

This is an excellent time to contact your own Senators. and remind them of their oath to support and defend the US Constitution.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: starbaby, 3/7/2013 8:14:59 AM     (No. 9212655)

The article´s list posted by #16 didn´t mention Wyoming John Barrasso who was also on the floor and spoke during the filibuster. Also Jeff Flake, Tim Scott, John Thune, Pat Toomey, Jerry Moran, Ron Johnson, John Cornyn. Some showed up after their dinner with Obama. Awesome night for Rand Paul and patriots everywhere!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Whitty, 3/7/2013 8:16:18 AM     (No. 9212660)

Likewise to all the postors who came before. Rand made me proud to be an American. I heard more plain truth speaking and common sense in 30 minutes of Rand speaking than I heard from all the candidates in the year before the ´12 election.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 3/7/2013 8:21:16 AM     (No. 9212673)

This filibuster tool should be used more often.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Gale, 3/7/2013 8:21:40 AM     (No. 9212674)

We will remember and we are inspired.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Rinktum, 3/7/2013 8:26:59 AM     (No. 9212684)

Bravo Sen. Paul and his fellow Senators who supported him. A job well done by some real patriots.

For what it´s worth, here is a list of the names of the Senators who had dinner with Obama at the Jefferson House. Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Dan Coats, Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, Mike Johanns, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, John Hoeven, and Saxby Chambliss.



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Reply 32 - Posted by: Judith, 3/7/2013 8:27:18 AM     (No. 9212685)

That was so exciting! Loved hearing Paul and Cruz. It is possible that we just saw, yesterday, the core of a new party. And the contenders for powerful, leadership positions in the years ahead. And the target of destruction by the dems and the republicans.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/7/2013 8:35:04 AM     (No. 9212693)

The article does not list all of the Senators who took to the Floor to "ask a question."

It was truly magnificent and riveting.

Here´s what is troubling: the growing number of sheep-like Citizens. Did it really only take four years for millions to succumb to the lure of "cradle-to-grave" nanny-State, smothering bureaucracy?

Far too many people (@32% in one poll) don´t have a problem with a kill order from POTUS on an American Citizen who has not been afforded his 5th Amendment Rights, ON American soil.

Far too many people are don´t know that drones, while very accurate, bring down whomever is nearby, so-called "collateral damage."



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Reply 34 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 3/7/2013 8:38:21 AM     (No. 9212701)

This is nice, but will it really mean anything other than a grand gesture? What has actually been accomplished?
A thought regarding the dinner attendees: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: starbaby, 3/7/2013 8:38:26 AM     (No. 9212702)

Sorry for the second post but I failed to mention Sen. Mark Kirk, limping with a cane, took a thermos of hot tea and an apple to Paul. A truly inspiring moment during the filibuster.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/7/2013 8:39:38 AM     (No. 9212706)

Isn´t Chambliss retiring at the end of his term? He tends to be a RINO, so maybe he´s supporting Paul because he now has nothing to lose. Correct me if I´m wrong about this.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 3/7/2013 8:47:32 AM     (No. 9212723)

Rand Paul, what a man, what an American! I only wish there were more real men in our Congress.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: happy conservative, 3/7/2013 8:52:48 AM     (No. 9212732)

Rand Paul, the super hero, Sam Adams of our day. We need more men and women to stand firm for the sake of our kids and grandkids. The future looks very grim, but the light of truth can never be snuffed, it flickers but never dies.

Go Rand, set the stage, like the TEA Party! WE will follow.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/7/2013 8:54:20 AM     (No. 9212736)

#35 - Who took away the warm refilled thermos?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Lala, 3/7/2013 8:56:51 AM     (No. 9212744)

Sometimes grand gestures can kick off a great movement. Can we not be cynical for just one day?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/7/2013 8:57:29 AM     (No. 9212745)

Nice liberal slight from new poster, #34. We must wonder if in his mind signing the Declaration of Independence was similarly a "grand gesture?"

The American "experiment" is built on millions of "grand gestures," such as this one. This woke up the liberal left last night as to the reality of Executive Branch tyranny emerging from their "chosen one". What Democrat can possibly stand in the Well of the Senate now and argue for unchecked power of the Executive to summarily execute American citizens on American soil without due process? Even the ACLU finds this appalling. The scales may be falling from the liberals´ eyes because of this one Senator´s "grand gesture" last night.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 3/7/2013 8:58:51 AM     (No. 9212749)

You´re correct, #36. I thought the same thing.

#standwithrand

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Reply 43 - Posted by: eoddad, 3/7/2013 9:02:38 AM     (No. 9212756)

I hope this is the beginning, Paul and Cruz have draw a line in the sand, just like Travis did at the Alamo. This is one American who would rather fight than slowly sink into despotism and dictatorship. Honey get the Bowie Knife out of the closet. Shame on the Republicans who ate with Great Leader Obama instead of supported Paul.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: TylerTexan, 3/7/2013 9:17:15 AM     (No. 9212784)

#23, ACLU actually supports Paul´s position, as do several leftist groups, CodePink chief among them. If only they had the same passion for preserving the rest of the Constitution, instead of destroying it.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 3/7/2013 9:25:36 AM     (No. 9212801)

Meeting with the Grand Wizzard is one thing, eating with him, smacks of mere social pleasantry where nothing seriously gets done. The Senate was in session for quite a few hours, those Republicans could have done both and supported Rand.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: nightvision, 3/7/2013 9:34:21 AM     (No. 9212824)

Senator Paul is a statesman.
It´s been a while since we´ve seen one of those.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Arby, 3/7/2013 9:46:10 AM     (No. 9212847)

So the sheeple finally get to see an example of someone with stones. Go Rand.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 3/7/2013 9:58:17 AM     (No. 9212873)

Bravo, Rand Paul. Hope the Senators who supped with Obama had long spoons.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 3/7/2013 10:09:57 AM     (No. 9212894)

Rand Paul was a patriot last night...he made us all proud ...but if he votes to affirm Brennan all the positive support he received will vanish....... and anger will replace admiration...

Rubio and Cruz too, should not vote to affirm Brennan,

Regardless that the fillibuster was about drones killing Americans on American soil....the people cheered it as a stop to Brennan whom they perceive as evil....

Do not disappoint the people...stop Brennan...Lieutenant Quarles Harris Jr. would if he could ...remember he was cooperating with the investigators.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: cactus, 3/7/2013 10:11:31 AM     (No. 9212896)

Lets have aother filibuster today. Watched most of Senator Paul´s yesterday and would like to see others start again today. They need to suppport the American people and the Constitution. What better way to do so.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 3/7/2013 10:17:43 AM     (No. 9212907)

Con´t:


This was the best day I´ve seen in government in a long long time

Please support Rand Paul and all those who have stood shoulder with him..and with us and our Constitution..

Obama is here to destroy our constitution.

Senator Rand Paul…a real patriot…God Bless him for this filibuster …let these good men know you appreciate it…call their offices…speak up America

Call these Senators offices…tell them you support them….leave a message.... Alleluia for the patriots

Senator Rand Paul….(270) 782-8303

Senator Mike Lee …..(435) 628-5514

Senator Ted Cruz …..(202) 224-5922

Senator Marco Rubio…(202) 224-3041

Senator John Cornyn...(202) 224-2934

Senator Pat Toomey…(610) 434-1444

Senator Saxby Chamblss…(202) 224-3521

Senator Jerry Moran....(202) 224-6521

And Barrasso, Thune, Weiden, McConnell

Patriots with a sense of duty…who have spoken up…these Senators represent more than their state...they represent the constitution, and all of our constitutional rights...They represent America....Call...Thank them!


Wish they had asked why our government, DHS has bought so much ammo to use inside the USA

…Tell them...to say NO to Brennan…


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Reply 52 - Posted by: berlin, 3/7/2013 10:27:28 AM     (No. 9212917)

Kudos to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who chiefly represents the republics of Multnomah and Lane in Oregon, for coming down on the right side of the issue while the Rinos munched on the dainty morsels King 0 offered them.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 3/7/2013 10:38:51 AM     (No. 9212943)

Quotes from another Republican during another important period in American History ---

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

~ ~ ~ Martin Luther King


How ironic that America has come so far only to find that the first black POTUS is doing all within his power to destroy the freedom of all Americans.



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Reply 54 - Posted by: grambo, 3/7/2013 10:50:35 AM     (No. 9212968)

The dinner Senators should had RSVP´d regrets, that they had constitutionally important duties on the Senate floor. Obie´s invitation was to a dinner for dupes, of whom there are many in DC.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 3/7/2013 10:52:26 AM     (No. 9212970)

contd.

Tried to call Rand Paul offices in DC and KY yesterday evening and all voice mailboxes were full. I hope they were full of the same appreciation and thankfulness I was trying to express. I plan to call him again today, along with Ted Cruz and others that cared enough to stand and defend the Constitution and the people of this country.

Praying for them all. God bless them.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/7/2013 10:54:53 AM     (No. 9212974)

Some of those who went to the dinner also showed up at the filibuster. Just because they went, possibly to see what Obama had to say, does not mean they are all RINOs or that they bought what he had to say. Why does everything have to be so black and white? Why isn´t it possible to give credit where credit is due? Our way or the highway.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: RancherJack, 3/7/2013 11:01:40 AM     (No. 9212986)

#1

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Reply 58 - Posted by: ok state mom, 3/7/2013 11:11:13 AM     (No. 9213002)

Very valid point #56. I just heard on FOX that
the filibuster was impromptu on Rand´s part. He mentioned he did not take into account standing for 11 hours and his feet were hurting. That said, being impromptu, the RSVP had been made to the senators attending the dinner and it would not have been helpful in the grand scheme to no show. Senator Coburn is my senator and he attended the dinner. I do not think attacks made on him are appropriate. At the same time, I am exceeding proud of Rand Paul and the stand he took.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: teufelshunde, 3/7/2013 11:24:53 AM     (No. 9213031)

Spot on 49...Brennan is a low-level snake no one ever knew of until the Quarles affair and the scrubbing of Zero´s passport files. Now he´s in line for CIA?

Amazing how that works.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: BearOfNH, 3/7/2013 11:27:46 AM     (No. 9213036)

I think we should call him Rand "Clank" Paul.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: lindamay, 3/7/2013 11:37:02 AM     (No. 9213055)

It was wonderful!

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Reply 62 - Posted by: stryker714, 3/7/2013 11:39:54 AM     (No. 9213060)

Implementing diplomacy or as the libs say "talking to our enemies" can be a commendable action but meeting with diabolical stick man at a time when a Republican is making a crucial stand is not such a good idea.

Bamboozler could very well have been implementing more "divide and conquer" logic and luring pubs out for chance to kiss his ring instead to prevent them from siding with their team during the game. It kept those Repubs participating in the dinner distracted and on the bench. He was probably courting them.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 3/7/2013 11:43:38 AM     (No. 9213068)

# 34 Reminds all of us that Democrats have enough votes
to confirm Brennan .
It just takes 51 votes, Democrats control the Senate 55-45.
The filibuster just delayed in inevitable .
Wyden seems to be the only Democrat alarmed at the
concept of a US president
claiming the right to use drones to kill Americans.
On US soil.
If a Republican president claimed this new power
we all know that the impeachment process
would have already begun.
With the media and the left screaming the loudest.
I don´t fault Republican Senators going to the White House ,
to refuse would have looked juvenile and played right
into Obama´s hands.
Pat Toomey and 2 others did return to help Paul.
But, in the end , it didn´t change anything.
Brennan will be confirmed.
Obama´s new power will not alarm the average American.
It´s not that they are low information.
They are misinformation citizens because most Americans
get their news from their local providers and
they just pass down
the ABCCBSNBCWhiteHouse talking points.
It´s also obvious by now that many Americans have checked
out or just don´t care.
Hope they enjoy their drone strikes along with their Obamacare.


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Reply 64 - Posted by: Proud American, 3/7/2013 11:44:01 AM     (No. 9213069)

I STAND WITH RAND!

I´m making my own homemade bumpersticker today!

I know that Poster 32 - Judith is in the same state as me...MA. But we will stand together sister!

WE STAND WITH RAND!

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Reply 65 - Posted by: dogbreath, 3/7/2013 11:56:27 AM     (No. 9213088)

May the Good Lord bless you and keep you safe, Rand. He has sent us a true friend in you!

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Reply 66 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 3/7/2013 11:58:36 AM     (No. 9213090)

My personal tribute to Rand Paul was by blasting out the 80´s chick tune "Holding Out For a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler: "Where have all the good men gone? And where are all the gods? Where´s the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?"

I think I will play it again right now...

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Reply 67 - Posted by: peterfleming, 3/7/2013 12:38:59 PM     (No. 9213168)

Have an Ldotters watched the communist media while thia was going on? Who can tolerate watching these lo fo droids? But at events like this filibuster, how much network censorship did take place? Here we read a beautiful list of Ldotters and their powerful comments on Rand Paul, but not a word about the killer drone network people,
the Diane Sawyers who withhold the truth in important American moments like this. In a great sense, the Couric Brokaw Williams team
are drones that mass murder the truth. They need to be reported for their crimes of omission, too. Prescription: force yourself to watch a few minutes of these drone TV killers and include their misdeeds
in your Comments ! As it is now, the mafia TV media is getting a pass, not being exposed. Rand deserves the best coverage.

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Reply 68 - Posted by: Penney, 3/7/2013 1:10:18 PM     (No. 9213237)

BRAVO for Rand Paul and those who stood with him during THE filibuster! Their voices in support of the U.S. Constitution and the oath they swore to uphold it renew hope for America´s ship of state which has been floundering, tossed about & driven toward the rocky shore of 0bama´s statist power grab, liberally aided and abetted by the dem´s shamelessly propagandized media/lsm/hollyweird!

AT LONG LAST, the American people could finally actually see & hear articulated the differences between conservative principles which secure our country´s liberty through the U.S. Constitution, as opposed to the statist & dem pols radical agenda which seeks to disregard both the U.S. Constitution AND its tried & true foundational USA principles which secure our Rights as citizens and keep the USA free.

Shame on those GOP Senators who were not there to also exhibit support for the Constitution!

The radical leftist dems´ media has monopolized the public microphone increasinggly throughout the past 40 years to the point now where we are seeing our Constitutional freedoms flim/flammed away and the economy has been desimated by slick, shifty statist pols. Voters are seeking authentic American patriots to lead during these perilous times, not another crop of counterfeits, ...self-engrandizing statist lefties who do not keep their oaths of office to America the Beautiful.

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Reply 69 - Posted by: dman, 3/7/2013 1:33:22 PM     (No. 9213289)

Kudos to Sen. Paul and those who stood with him. Rising conservative (not necessarily GOP) stars.

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Reply 70 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 3/7/2013 2:34:49 PM     (No. 9213400)

I think Mr Graham was out with his future connect.....Chris the ambassador was put under the bus big....watch out lindsay...Obama´s friends tend to go the way of ......out!

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Reply 71 - Posted by: Gallo3, 3/7/2013 3:11:44 PM     (No. 9213480)

Scrolling channels last night briefly heard Rachel Madcow screaming in that paint-remover voice of hers about Rand Paul.
Music to my ears.


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Reply 72 - Posted by: squiggle, 3/7/2013 3:14:12 PM     (No. 9213484)

At least Rand did SOMETHING. He didn´t simply go eat diner with President Idiot and, thereby, give tacit approval to everything he does.

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Reply 73 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 3/7/2013 3:17:55 PM     (No. 9213493)

Maztel tov, Senator Paul.

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Reply 74 - Posted by: Nan, 3/7/2013 3:52:57 PM     (No. 9213570)

Applauding Rand Paul !!!

Time for McCain and Graham to go, they lean too far left.

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Reply 75 - Posted by: ok state mom, 3/7/2013 4:01:05 PM     (No. 9213585)

The thing on Lindsey Graham is, when he is RIGHT...he is so GOOD...i.e., senate hearing w/Holder a few years ago. But, when, IMO, he is wrong he stinks.

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Reply 76 - Posted by: NotaBene, 3/7/2013 5:02:04 PM     (No. 9213701)

Rand Paul y Ted Cruz son hombres de bien. Spanish does not have a translation for mensch.

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Reply 77 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 3/7/2013 5:56:47 PM     (No. 9213801)

Whether due to lack of support or genius strategy, I was so thrilled that those on camera last night were for the most part young men who still have the capability for logic and clear speak.
The old guard has completely lost touch and don´t even know they speak in "congressese". They came up under a system where you do what you are told and wait 40 years to turn gray and become the leader of the pack.
McCain made a fool of himself today. It was such a clear indication of the GOP´s lack of connection with voters.

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Reply 78 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 3/7/2013 8:04:33 PM     (No. 9213963)

Finally, a pubbie stands up. Obie and Holdie, go eat your cold beans and sit down.

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Reply 79 - Posted by: lencu255, 3/7/2013 9:04:20 PM     (No. 9214032)

I was never so paranoid in my life, but doesn´t it make sense to suspect that boehner, cantor, mccain, graham and roberts (at least, these guys) have very dirty secret files on them and completely obey obozo?

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The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”

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What Rand Paul got right
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I hope I´m not too late to the fight.Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Paul´s stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn´t give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with "lethal force, such as a drone strike … and without trial."

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