Call it the “Animal House” shutdown. At the end of that seminal American comedy about a rowdy fraternity, the charismatic Otter makes an impassioned speech to his fellows about their enemies on campus: “We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!” To which his friend Bluto replies, “We’re just the guys to do it.” Congratulations, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the two
Comments: Maybe Jonah Goldberg´s more hopeful opinion will turn out to be true. Cross fingers.
More likely it will be disastrous for a couple of GOP leaders and would be leaders. What McConnell did in sticking pork for Kentucky into the so called compromise rivals Sen. Ben Nelson´s infamous Cornhusker kickback. May McConnell retire as quickly as Nelson was forced to do afterwards.
What many of the same people who told us Romney was a sure thing can´t seem to get through their skulls is the GOP´s horrible poll ratings aren´t because it is too conservative. The rate way below the Democrats because an ever growing percentage of what was once the GOP base now call themselves independents. They simply don´t want to belong to a party whose whose leaders either seem to think they are om the roster of the Washington Generals or who offer a Dem-lite solution to every problem.
Cruz is getting blamed for a shutdown that Valerie Jarrett engineered in the WH. There was going to be a shutdown no matter what the republicans did.Supposed right wing commentators are piling on the MSM´s conventinal wisdomlike a bunch of sheep. the larger is is that somehow someone standing up the government growth and is a goat who needs a new career.
The repblicans had a winning hand on Obamacare but they didn´t know how to play it,mainly because of the timing.The main reason is maybe 35-40% of the country realizes what the long term damage Obamacare is going to do to the country and economy.
Supposedly people stopped spending because of the shutdown.Why would that be when it only affected a handful of people?Did people stop buying food or gas because of the shutdown?In other words,the media could sit around for weeks making absurd claims about the shutdown damage and there´s no way to contradict what they say.
Obama and the media have positioned themselves to claim the government is the only answer to the country´s problems despite the fact they´re the ones causing them.
Could be disastrous for the GOP? What GOP? The GOP ceased to exist some years ago of its own accord. This has been explained by Codevilla and others. Peggy Noonan wrote in 2007 that the GOP had been destroyed by the Bushes. There´s certainly no Republican ideology separate from dem. ideology. They love the same big government things. Some of those who destroyed the 2 party system have been rewarded with berths on Fox News. Karl Rove and his millions do a fair job beating Tea Party volunteers. To the extent the GOP exists at all, it protects the dem. party and the massively growing executive branch. If you pose a threat to them they´ll get their media pals to do a blitz against you. Alinsky style.
seems to me the real culprit in this mess is harry reid but we never get any stories about HIS BEHAVIOR.........the dims get the scott free treatment...it is always the mean repubs....enough of this crap......
I´m not sure what felonies the Dems have on John McCain, but they must be devastating. Last night he tried to rationalize his capitulation to Obama, and blame the whole mess on Cruz as a ´Fools Errand´
You could see the lies spilling out of his mouth like Niagara Falls.
Being deaf, I see body language, facial expression, and eye movement before reading the captions scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen, and John McCain is hiding something huge from his past.
Remember The Keating five, the Hanoi Hilton, and the first wife and kids? You must know that John McCain is as dirty as any politician ever to soil a seat in Congress.
Long live Sen. Cruz, Gov. Palin, Lee, West, and Paul.
Podhoretz is one of many so-called conservative writers who has exposed themselves during this shutdown battle. They and their Republican buddies in Congress are beside themselves at the audacity of conservative voters who, after years of silence, have decided to make themselves heard. High time. We are not going away.
Good, because the GOP is a sham, and America needs a real alternative to socialism. The history of the GOP since the 1930s is one of uninterrupted retreat and surrenders, because the GOP is willing to accept socialism in exchange for perpetual warfare and pork rino.
I will compose a letter to the establishment republicans requesting they resign for the good of our Nation, based on their stand with Reid, Pelosi, and obama, concerning our Nation´s health care/insurance. I assume they will ignore my letter, until they are primaried this coming spring or in 2016.
What this whole process has revealed to me is the importance of having a simple majority in the Senate. Any of the CRs from the House would have been a win for the People. But in every case, Harry Reid amended the bill after cloture. The Rinos claim they can´t do anything without the numbers to override. They should look at what Reid does with a simple majority.
Would Ted Cruz´s attempt have gotten traction if his skin color was black instead of white?
We know Barack Obama and his controller, Valerie Jarrett always, always get a pass because of their skin color. We know skin color trumps everything else. Everything. Unless the black skinned person is a conservative. Then it is open season by the blood-thirsty attacking left wing moonbat progressive Democrats.
John Podhoretz, on the other hand, shows he supports the RINO wing of the party and is not willing to stand on principle. Someone else must pay for his health insurance.
I liked the shutdown. I didn´t just support it as a political tactic to get rid of Obamacare. I supported it because the United States federal government is insolvent and insane. It has bankrupted America. It is in the process of bankrupting the world. If it is not stopped, it will take everything we have and destroy everything we care about. No one--not even Ted Cruz--seems to understand this. The measures it would take to deal with this are beyond them. Shutting down the national parks? We will end up selling or abandoning them. Reforming entitlements? Sooner or later the checks are going to bounce. When that happens the welfare parasites and their federal collection agents are going to come for us. Default? We didn´t avoid a Federal government default; we just deferred it. The Sweet Meteor of Debt is still coming, and it will be economic extinction level event.
We had a chance to shut it down and starve it of revenue until it submitted a real budget--a budget that cut spending in real terms. Instead we let them kick the can down the road. Again. We are about to experience what one historian called "the revenge of economic law on political power."
Considering the instability and lack of strong leadership in the US, Europe and the Middle East, I´d say we have another World War looming on the horizon. I wonder what will set it off? I hope I´m wrong, but I fear I´m not.
As of 11-6-2012, I officially gave up on the Republicans. Oh, I still planned on voting for them in most elections as a vote against the Demon-RATS. But never again would I donate another penny to the Republican Party, or in any other way support them.
After watching them fold last night, I am pretty much accepting that evil has won and our nation is officially on borrowed time.
Why keep voting for these self serving fops? Withhold money and stay at home on election day. They may eventually get the message. End result is the same. The dem agenda moves forward with or without them.
WASHINGTON -- An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA - but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found. The CIA paid Robert Levinson´s family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined. The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen.
The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed as a "traitor for all ages," the official news agency reported. Jang Song Thaek faced a special military tribunal Thursday and was convicted of "anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts" in a bid to overthrow the the communist country´s leadership, KCNA reported Friday in Pyongyang. The state news agency did not say when or how Jang was killed. North Korean media reported Monday that Jang had been purged for crimes that included faction-building, corruption, drug use and womanizing. He was considered the country´s most powerful figure after his nephew. State TV aired
Not only could you "shoot your eye out, kid," you might also go to jail for owning that BB gun in certain states. New Jersey and other jurisdictions make little or no distinction between Daisy´s classic Red Ryder BB gun immortalized in the film "A Christmas Story," and real guns. They must be registered and are subject to the same laws as any firearms. “In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to
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If you like your selfie, you can keep your selfie. Period. Unless, of course, you’re Barack Obama, in which case, you better delete it from your smartphone pronto, unless you’d like to spend the next three or four months dining on hot tongue and cold shoulder. You didn’t need a fake interpreter from an old Woody Allen movie to translate Moochelle Obama’s body language. So there they were, Barry, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the hot-wife leader of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, hamming it up like it was the 25th anniversary reunion of the Choom Gang. Some Krazy Kids, horsing around, waiting for
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After three months and more than 50 phone calls, John Gisler gave up on buying coverage through HealthCare.gov. Gisler wanted to purchase a plan for his 45-year-old son, who has a rare degenerative condition affecting his coordination and speech. His current coverage through Utah’s high-risk insurance pool plan ends Dec. 31. By that time, the Obama administration expects enrollees to transition into health plans sold through the new health-care law. But so far, Gisler hasn’t succeeded in purchasing coverage -- but not for a lack of effort. “We’ve had three separate applications that failed to make it through,” Gisler says. “I have a
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Maybe he went into sugar shock over a Danish pastry. The president of the United States, leader of the free world, standard-bearer for everything upright, good and wholesome about the nation he leads, lost his morality, his dignity and his mind, using the solemn occasion of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday to act like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar. In front of 91 world leaders, the mourning nation of South Africa and Obama’s clearly furious wife, Michelle, the president flirted, giggled, whispered like a recalcitrant child and made a damn fool of himself at first
Washington -- A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN. In a series of closed-door meetings since August, handpicked members of the Republican National Committee have been meeting with party Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to hash out details of a sweeping plan to condense the nominating calendar, severely punish primary and caucus states that upend the agreed-upon voting order and potentially move the party´s
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When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal