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A toe in the waters of defiance
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

Original Article

Posted By:Hazymac, 9/25/2013 11:23:36 PM

The status quo falls apart when people discover, first to their surprise, then to their glee, that it’s lost its teeth. The presidency of Barack Obama appears to be unraveling — whether the yarn will be pulled out to the last inch remains to be seen, but a lot of it is already coiled on the floor. First the UK parliament, then both parties of Congress balked at his Syrian policy. Then Putin humiliated him so badly internationally that he retreated to the safety of domestic policy. But while resting between rounds he was immediately beset by his own cornerpeople.

Comments:
Even by Wretchard´s high standards, this essay is one of his finest. Just read it!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 9/25/2013 11:43:31 PM     (No. 9537228)

FTA: Cruz is betting that even the man on the street is beginning to notice. It’s one thing to cut no ice with leaders around the world. One might even forgive making a mess of the economy and using the IRS to spy on people. But fake Twitter accounts? A line’s got to be drawn somewhere.

This essay is just wicked good. The saddest fact is that after Obama has finished downsizing the office he occupies, his successors will be stepping into his shrunken ballerina´s toe shoes (which were Brobdingnagian after Reagan´s two terms). Not even Blackbeard the Pirate, who was not above switching right and left boots, had feet that ached so much as those of Obama´s successors. Let´s hope the next three plus years pass with merciful speed lest we be permanently screwed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/25/2013 11:46:25 PM     (No. 9537232)

The destruction of the Obama presidency and the neutering of his Administration may just be the highest priority this nation faces, if it is to survive. Everything else can be fixed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TrustyTool, 9/26/2013 12:35:19 AM     (No. 9537267)

Cruz has got his own style and that´s become ultra-important in our modern media-driven national politics. He says much I agree with. I think his Seuss´ Green Eggs & Ham recitation was a small misstep, however, if only because it gave some ammunition to the opposition to ridicule him. But overall, it´s good to experience his fresh energy on our side.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rmagnus, 9/26/2013 12:43:32 AM     (No. 9537272)

Next needs to be a foot in the backside of Obama

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Reply 5 - Posted by: leonardo, 9/26/2013 1:55:28 AM     (No. 9537291)

All well and good. But never underestimate the powers of Hussein´s recuperation if he falls back to his old standby of giving out yet more free stuff at others´ expense, in the cause of "fairness". This demagogue has an inexhaustable supply of ways to accomplish confiscation of workers´ and entrepreneurs´ earnings for "social justice" (i.e.: for the purpose of bribing democrat support). The only way to stop Dracula was with a silver stake. Ya think that stake exists today? Does Cruz have it? Even if Hussein could be stopped it does not eliminate the perverted mentality rampant in America that if someone works hard and becomes successful, that they thereby OWE YOU something. This sickness is carefully cultivated by progressives, keeps them in power, and is very hard to cure.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 9/26/2013 3:05:38 AM     (No. 9537304)

I too sense “something in the air”. Timing is everything. Its high tide and the U.S.S. Constitution is set to sail.

I just heard Michele Bachmann on Mark’s show. She’s urging the House “leadership” to recognize the “tee up” Cruz gave them and to follow his lead telling the American public the truth. They control the House and can easily present the same coherent and cogent facts using his method of “telling the story”. With their majority number of representatives they can keep it up all night and try to top the esteemed Senator’s 21 hours, 20 minutes. The “progressives” have trained the public well to respond to stories. Everyone has an Obamacare scare story. Everyone is afraid. It will resonate across all demographic lines. Use the socialists’ tool against them.

My favorite Ted moment was in the wee hours of the morning when he quoted from “Atlas Shrugged”. Who is John Galt?


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/26/2013 4:02:40 AM     (No. 9537322)

Wow! Just, "Wow!"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/26/2013 5:03:18 AM     (No. 9537339)

I did read the article and agree with its content. However, regarding Senator Cruz, instead of being driven by pure political ambition, I believe he could actually be concerned about the direction the country is going and his actions are the direct result of a Republican Party´s failure to lead. Sen. Cruz is a man of principle. The Constitution means something to him and he decided to stand up to the tyranny of the Obama administration. Not everyone in Washington DC are obsessed with power. There are a few men and women who hold allegiance to this country and its founding principles. Hopefully, Sen. Cruz will help them find their voice. We the people need representation. God bless him and all those that stand with him.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Puffy1, 9/26/2013 5:15:11 AM     (No. 9537345)

Ridiculed for reading from Dr. Seuss??? No, I guess he should have been teaching his small children how to use condoms!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bpl40, 9/26/2013 7:14:12 AM     (No. 9537408)

Different reaction than #1. Even a normal individual stepping into the office after this... (you know what I mean) will look like a giant.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 9/26/2013 7:37:25 AM     (No. 9537425)

Great read except i do not find him diminshed or diminshing the office notafter 900+ executive orders. He is a tyrant but his tyranny is quiet so no one will notice it, but read his exec. orders and prepare to be insulted and PO´d. And why doesnt COngress stop his lawlessness? He cannot change legislation, he is executive branch for him to make waivers and delays in Obamacare is NOT LEGAL--it is stealing power from the legizlative branch, why dont they do something?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Arby, 9/26/2013 7:40:13 AM     (No. 9537427)

Great piece, but I don´t accept the notion that there was any status quo to begin with. The Fauxbama administration has been a shape-shifting miasma of contradictions and lies. How do you know who they are when they declare, explicitly, that they will pick and choose which laws to enforce and which parts of laws to overlook? This is simple tyranny and if the perpetrators of it were white the LSM might have noticed earlier.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: congaree53, 9/26/2013 7:46:07 AM     (No. 9537436)

Bush´s presidency was unraveling at this point in his second term as well. His polls then (Fall, 2005) were lower than Obama´s now. Unfortunately, he finished his term taking the GOP with him in 2006 and giving us this idiot in 2008. My sincere hope is that Obama follow suit: taking the Dem party with him and give us a conservative (NOT a neoconservative idiot like Bush) president in 2016.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 9/26/2013 8:08:59 AM     (No. 9537457)

Democrat, Liberal, Progressive, Socialist and so-on and so-forth. A Communist by any other name is still a Communist. No matter how much and how often you sugar-coat him, Mystery Man Out Of Nowhere Barack Hussein Obama, if that’s even his real name, is still a Communist.

P.S. If Ted Cruz is a waste of time, Harry Reid is a waste of oxygen.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2, 9/26/2013 8:12:10 AM     (No. 9537465)

Good piece.

One might even forgive making a mess of the economy and using the IRS to spy on people. But fake Twitter accounts? A line’s got to be drawn somewhere.

It is noteworthy that once again, Rush Limbaugh predicted that it would be something in the pop culture, not politics, that would bring Obama down. Fernandez, while enumerating the political disasters Obama has created and endured, does notice that when you diss Twitter, you´re really in trouble.

Whomever decided that millions of fake Twitts was a good idea for Obama (Valerie Jarrett?) underestimated the amount of blood in the waters of this Presidency.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/26/2013 8:24:33 AM     (No. 9537487)

Sen. Cruz has two beautiful little daughters..the Green Eggs and Ham book was read at 8pm, which is their bedtime and my guess is that it is a family ritual. He couldn´t tuck them in that night, but he could still read them their bedtime story.
BRAVO !

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 9/26/2013 8:37:56 AM     (No. 9537509)

Barry-O has put himself in a permanent seat, grinning, over the dunk tank. For the remainder of his reign, anyone and everyone will be in line to pitch at his over-sized target and jump with glee as Barry takes one splashy dunk after another.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: strike3, 9/26/2013 8:49:06 AM     (No. 9537536)

Fernandez is correct, NOW is the time. Ted Cruz is part of the beginning of the revolution. We have three branches of government, Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Is there any doubt out there that they have not all been corrupted? We can not expect one to tame the other because they are all in it together. It all must be rebuilt from the ashes.

Next week starts the attempted forcing of obamacare on US citizens. We will see just how popular it is, how well the brainwashing worked and how much obama´s lies are believed. I can easily see it falling on its face and the entire government with it. A little help from us will go a long way.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 9/26/2013 9:04:47 AM     (No. 9537563)

One thing that strikes me about the Bamster imploding is that more and more there is evidence that he was most definitely cheated into the White House the second term. Scandal after scandal shows this: Lois Lerner had to cheat the Tea Party for him. Major swing states had massive PROVEN voter fraud. Hillary and Susan Rice covered up Benghazi for him right before. The vile media did not question his weakness and weirdness while crucifying the good man Romney. The dimbos covered all their bases to ensure their false god would slide in again in spite of all odds.

And the pathetic fools still protect him as if he is legit? Boggles the mind how blind people can be.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: VAPMAN, 9/26/2013 9:15:44 AM     (No. 9537594)

We are currently living in the dark ages of this country. We need a renaissance, a new burst of freedom to push aside the evil leftists that have taken over this country. I hope it can be done with ideas and votes but fear it will probably take and armed rebellion to get rid of all the parasites.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/26/2013 9:22:52 AM     (No. 9537605)

We will have 3-1/2 more years of waiting for the other shoe to drop, and drop it will. The United States is now seen on the world stage as that weakened lion. The jackals will take advantage. The resurgence of al-Qaeda is example one. These are dangerous times. I suggest Congress and the Pentagon not weaken the lion further. At least not right now with this CIC.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: janjan, 9/26/2013 9:26:44 AM     (No. 9537611)

This was inevitable but unfortunately took much longer than it should have. Obama´s lofty speeches followed by executive actions repeatedly resulting in loss of liberty, destruction of the economy and outright embarrassment to the United States didn´t really resonate with Obama supporters until the rest of the world turned the backs on him in disgust.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: maryc, 9/26/2013 9:45:29 AM     (No. 9537638)

This young TA´s letter included here is phenomenal . His letter is beyond brave considering the current climate at 90% of today´s universities. Three brave men so far. A TA, a Dr. and a Senator. Can we add a few more from Congress please ? Stand up for America please. It is being destroyed by and Communist character who resembles Peter Pan´s little friend Tink and who lets a snake from Iran beat and humiliate him.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: joeyinempirestate, 9/26/2013 9:51:12 AM     (No. 9537644)

You need to thank Vlad for weakening 0, nobody around here has ever done it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: rock n robin, 9/26/2013 9:56:07 AM     (No. 9537657)

My thought exactly #16.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Felixcat, 9/26/2013 9:59:07 AM     (No. 9537663)

The Cat in the Hat has more on the ball than Obama, his administration and most members of COngress.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: 10sgal67 be, 9/26/2013 10:09:18 AM     (No. 9537682)

Wish Obama could be destroyed before he destroys the country!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 9/26/2013 10:28:54 AM     (No. 9537710)

I love it! I´m getting hopeful!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 9/26/2013 10:30:32 AM     (No. 9537716)

#16 RE: Reading Green Eggs and Ham

As you rightly point out this is obviously an significant family ritual, more than likely never missed. His little girls may have some understanding that he’s doing “Daddy work”, but to small children the rituals of family life are their touchstones of security. They will never forget that while their Daddy was engaged in a heroic effort, he to the time to read them their bedtime story.

By this deliberate action Senator Cruz taught his girls the primacy of family over work, even very important work. This value lesson will resonate deep within these girls and flower in the years to come. I doubt we will see the Cruz girls comport themselves like Miley Cyrus or Lindsey Lohan.

Ted Cruz is the real deal and wears the armor of God.

(Please forgive second post. My first was after reading the article just before bed and went with my initial excitement.)


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Reply 30 - Posted by: nightvision, 9/26/2013 10:45:06 AM     (No. 9537753)

Good article, and excellent comments!

I, too, particularly enjoyed this delicious morsel:
"But fake Twitter accounts? A line’s got to be drawn somewhere."
Now THAT´s going too far! I mean...REALLY!

#17, thanks for that delightful ´visual´. LOL!
SPLASH!





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Reply 31 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/26/2013 11:37:35 AM     (No. 9537844)

Face it, any American voter with a pinch of common sense knew that Obama was a Socialist fraud just by looking at his non record. The record that was hidden from public view. That is what Democrats thought about him and they kept it from the American public.

The GOP/RNC then gave us John McCain who has the personality of an incompetent Gang member. Conservatives knew that Obama was poison, so they voted for the Republican slate as usual. Sarah Palin made that vote much easier to stomach.

Well here we are into the Marxists second term. McCain is still around forming Gangs to add 20 million more Democrat votes to their voting base. Obama is a complete failure or winner in destroying this country depending upon your point of view.

My view is that he is a complete incompetent who is guided by Marxist dogma. That is all he is and lately we have seen petty dictators eat his lunch at every turn. The USA is now the laughing stock of the whole world.

I back Ted Cruz´s effort to defund and destroy Obamacare. After he has finished that, I wish he would tackle Impeachment, something the rest of the wimps in the leaderless House won´t touch.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: ruready?, 9/26/2013 11:39:00 AM     (No. 9537847)

Re: Green Eggs and Ham

1) Was not a waste of time - no one else was talking

2) Green eggs and ham makes more sense than Obamacare

3) I loved the "I would not have Obamacare here or there, I would not have it anywhere".

4) Proves he loves his family

5) After speaking for 21 hours and the most critical complaint is Green Eggs and Ham - well there you have it, Cruz knocked it out of the park!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/26/2013 11:41:23 AM     (No. 9537849)

NOW is the time for Ted to go on the offensive, something good Mitt simply could
not handle, go on the offensive, BE the spkesman now, criticize all the monster grocery list of horrifying acts of the imposter, take sides with Mark Levin, Judge
Andrew Napolitano, Michelle Malkin, Sarah Palin, Mark Steyn, James D Manning, Forbes, even Donald Trump when he opens up every few months. "Cruz Control" is his unique way of opening up the world to truth
and pointing daily to all the gross errors, the 50 damn czars, the 900 plus executive orders nobody know about, the many multi million dollars vacations, using the planes
like tax cabs. Cruz can, single handedly, take all the fabulous crimes information out there and become the unifying elected leader and the unifying thanks giving reporter to all the other hard working, truth seeking reporters who are delivering the truth to all America. You´re ON, Ted !

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Reply 34 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 9/26/2013 12:41:39 PM     (No. 9537930)

There is something in the air - the odor of McCain & Friends´ flop sweat. While they play drop the soap with the Democrats, people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy and Ben Carson are getting the attention the appeasers once did. And they´re saying - C´mon in! The water is great!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ArtieC, 9/26/2013 1:19:35 PM     (No. 9537992)

It´s time for the young bulls to push the old steers out of the herd. I´m behind the youngbloods 100%.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: larryp, 9/26/2013 2:17:15 PM     (No. 9538104)

I smell a rat or rats. somehow Obama will be offered a world Rule Job like UN Secretary General and Ban Kay Moon will leave to spend time with his family.
And somehow Hillary will become Vice President and then move up to be President when Obama become UN chief.
Switching candidates around is a Donk specialty.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: snakeoil, 9/26/2013 2:45:25 PM     (No. 9538139)

If he´d read the Unaffordable Health Don´tCare Act he´d still be reading. I like Ted Cruz and Paul Rand but all this stuff about Zippy going down is flames is just wishful thinking. He´s still there. He has more lasting power than Herpes. The problem is changing demographics. The bums now outnumber the workers. And they want a government that takes from the productive and gives to the slugs. Our only hope is they are all stoned on election day.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 9/26/2013 3:29:45 PM     (No. 9538199)

If we can afford several million dollars to have Air Force fly Barry and Michelle to NY for a show, fetch deep dish Pizza from Chicago or fly Bo the Marxist Mutt, Michelle and our great leader separately to Martha´s Vineyard, then we can afford to pay for lighting the Senate Chamber for 3 minutes while Senator Cruz tells his children a bedtime story.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 9/26/2013 3:33:29 PM     (No. 9538206)

How funny that fake Twitter followers is the layer of the onion that finally, hopefully, exposes this fraud to the American public´s collective Bronx cheer. The ´signal´ that it is now OK to ´disrespect´ this fraud. Did I mention that I think the man with no resume and known by what name is a F-R-A-U-D?

Kudos to the TA´s letter to UW-Madison. The time really is NOW for all of us to defy at various levels in the course of our daily lives. Just Say No. Sen. Cruz just took to the the floor of the Senate and said NO. NO to Obamacare. NO to DC. And NO to the old-line Republicans.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/26/2013 3:52:29 PM     (No. 9538249)

So many comments, so little time...

Cruz is great, and so is this piece about a very special moment in our history...
what used to be called a "tipping point"...

Based on what I´ve read above...
I would add...

Liberoids, DimWitz and DimWitches are all... A Fraud...

Normal Americans are all... Afraid...
and for the reason why, see immediately above.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: gone2pot, 9/26/2013 5:24:51 PM     (No. 9538374)

The presidency of Barack Obama appears to be unraveling. Whether the yarn will be pulled out to the last inch remains to be seen, but a lot of it is already coiled on the floor.

Are you freaking kidding me? Obamacare a law that is NOT going away EVER, open homosexuals in the military, legal pot, 85 BILLION dollars printed every month with QE infinity, 200 plus trillion in actual debt, the GOP falling down, rolling over and soiling themselves (and now soiling fellow Republicans) every single time BOO is whispered in their ears, own and own and own and Obama´s presidency is unraveling? Yo, Fern, IT´S JUST GETTING STARTED Skippy and there´s three more years of Alinsky Xanadu to go. What the hell planet are you on? Unravelling? Please.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 9/26/2013 6:52:48 PM     (No. 9538484)

Stinky has been a bed wetter since taking office. All we need do is change the sheets and mattress and he will never be missed.

Then it’s time for the heavy lifting, we must rebuild United States of America better and with more safeguards for our citizens.


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Reply 43 - Posted by: dr fate, 9/26/2013 6:57:06 PM     (No. 9538490)

In the main I agree with #41´s sentiments. I have read articles such as this both before and after the re-election more times than I care to remember. And after each of these zippy "death notices" so many do somersaults of glee as though something new and wonderful is about to happen. He will never be impeached by cowardly pubs nor convicted by socialist dems so every crisis we face continues regardless of public opinion. Where I would differ is that I never think in absolutes; there is always a chance for a slow reversal of all that is wrong with this great country if we refuse to quit. I believe we have found a leader in Sen. Cruz this week and I suggest we all stand beside him.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 9/27/2013 9:55:21 AM     (No. 9539301)

FTA: "Cruz has trod on center stage and shouted the politically unsayable, probably having made the calculation that if there were a moment to defy Obama, that time was now."

Ted Cruz is not afraid because the truth is on his side. I´ll also bet 0bama has never been challenged by the likes of Cruz.

Last evening Mark Levin just came out and said he believes 0bama is unstable ("in full nutjob mode", "threatening"). Throughout the program he continually referred to 0bama as "our unstable President". My husband has also been saying the same thing. You only need to watch 0bama, his eyes, his gestures, his wild accusations and pathological lying, much like watching footage of Hitler. My husband is convinced that he´s going to snap.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: oh-heck, 9/27/2013 10:21:19 AM     (No. 9539339)

My number one short term target is Harry Reid. We need only 5 more senators to take rule making power away. He got a bill from the House funding government for a short while and defunding Obamacare. Once cloture passes, he will increase the dollars and fund Obamacare. And be smug and nasty at the same time.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/27/2013 12:23:12 PM     (No. 9539534)

#45, I agree we badly need to regain control over the Senate in the 2014 midterms,
while of course still holding the House.

It´s possible that the best way to fire up the base and give our side hope that we
can turn things around is to proceed with Cruz and company in defunding KommieKare
and letting the shutdown occur.

People will show up to vote if they have an incentive...
they won´t if they don´t.
The best way to provide strong incentive is to take action... do something...
to fight this bad actor in the White Hutt.

Cruz is really firing up the troops...
and the whiners in Washington hate it.
That´s great!

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Reply 47 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 9/27/2013 4:31:47 PM     (No. 9539909)

He´s a big FAKER and a big LIAR!

Who doesn´t get THAT?




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Reply 48 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/27/2013 8:28:41 PM     (No. 9540243)

We´re told to pray for our enemies: my prayer for Obama is that he is at least HALF as miserable in the job as I am miserable to have him there. I hope it itches so bad he can´t even sit down--much less sleep.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: badrad, 9/28/2013 1:56:55 AM     (No. 9540454)

You know things are bad when.....(delivered in Jeff Foxworthy´s best style)

...The majority of Americans are quietly rooting for Putin.

...The majority of Americans envy the Russians their Communist Dictator--at least he is for the Russians not the international community.

...The majority of Americans silently respect Putin for giving ´Bama a way out of the corner he painted himself into and

...A growing number of Americans would believe Pravda over the US MSM.

You know ´Bama is in trouble when even the MSM have started scratching their heads before taking up the stale, limp rag party line.

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Posted By: Hazymac- 4/18/2014 8:13:32 PM     Post Reply
The BBC reports that pro-Russian separatists are already violating the Four Party Geneva agreement before the ink is dry on the paper. (Snip) An administration which came to office promising to use diplomacy to solve every international crisis has come very close to destroying its chosen instrument. They are within an ace of wrecking the credibility in agreements themselves. His deal with Putin, like his forgotten “deal” with Assad and his hoped for “deal” with Iran are worth less than Mickey Mouse money. Ironically the demolition of diplomacy began when Obama declared his intention to rely upon it to the

Mount Everest avalanche kills
12 guides; 4 still missing
USA Today, by Natalie DiBlasio    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/18/2014 12:11:09 PM     Post Reply
An avalanche has left 12 dead and four missing in the worst-ever recorded disaster on Mount Everest. With peak season just days away on the deadly mountain, Sherpas and guides are busy preparing for the trek up the highest peak in the world. "The Sherpa guides were carrying up equipment and other necessities for climbers when the disaster happened," a spokesman for Nepal´s Tourism Ministry, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, told the AFP news agency. Before a climber begins the ascent, hired Sherpas set up camps at higher altitudes and fix routes and ropes on the slopes above. The Sherpa guides had

The Louder They Come, the Harder …
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/18/2014 12:53:23 AM     Post Reply
A surprise deal has been reached at the Four Party talks in Geneva, which the president touted as his diplomatic option. (Snip) This doesn’t sound very victorious. But the president’s style is to bluff his way to victory. Recently he claimed that the Obamacare debate was over even though he’s ordered the census bureau to revise its metrics so nothing can be measured. He’s even reserved the right to make changes to the program, claiming the Republicans have no right to input until they change their attitude. Too bad that doesn’t work with Putin. But he’s always winning — or

Malcom Young announces
his retirement amid
AC/DC breakup rumors
United Press International, by Annie Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/18/2014 12:36:47 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY, April 16 -- AC/DC founding member Malcom Young announced his retirement on Wednesday amid rumors that the band is breaking up. The band writes in an announcement on their Facebook that "after forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC," Young will be "taking a break from the band due to ill health." "Malcom would like to thank the group´s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the statement continues. "In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcom and his family´s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Files detail allegations that Dallas judge
used coke, bought sex, raped young girl
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Brooks Egerton *    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 7:31:04 PM     Post Reply
Judge Carlos Cortez flirted with disaster for years. Until recently, politics and good lawyers helped save him. Democratic Party power brokers knew of his abusive language, a drunken driving charge and sexual harassment rumors. Still, they helped Cortez raise $1 million in a decade — more campaign cash than any other district judge in Texas. He spent much of it, a Dallas Morning News investigation shows, on a legal fight to suppress far more damning allegations: that he used cocaine, paid for sex, choked a woman who accused him of fathering her son, and sexually assaulted a little girl.

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility
People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Michael Schumacher latest: F1 legend
´showing small signs of progress´ as
Sabine Kehm gives positive report
Independent [UK], by Jack de Menezes    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/16/2014 10:59:35 AM     Post Reply
Michael Schumacher is said to be “showing small signs of progress” in his recovery from a serious brain trauma as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continues to be treated for injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December. The 45-year-old’s manager Sabine Kehm confirmed earlier this month that Schumacher was showing signs of consciousness and being awake, and she has now elaborated on her latest revelation that gives hope of the F1 great making a recovery. “There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Kehm told German broadcaster ARD.

Sadist versus Narcissist
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/15/2014 10:08:28 PM     Post Reply
The danger in the Ukraine crisis was always that the Ukrainians — or some faction therein — would fight the Russians, escalating the crisis. Resistance from Obama was not in the cards. CNN quoted David Frum as saying that Obama had in effect gave Putin the “green light” to carve up Ukraine. Obama’s admirers think so too, though they put it differently. Ronan Farrow has advised the president to do nothing as Russia advances. “So, President Obama waiting and exercising caution isn’t necessarily sitting on his hands. It may be the caution that we need right now.” Farrow’s right. Obama’s

The Book of Numbers
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/14/2014 8:49:42 PM     Post Reply
George Will calls them the Fivers. “From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.” “Members of this nascent movement to use Article V have a name: Fivers.” Then there’s Rand Paul’s Four-men. The Senator is actually going “to file a class action lawsuit Wednesday against President

The Insider Vocabulary of the Art World
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Grant    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/14/2014 2:22:51 PM     Post Reply
Just as the legal profession has its Latinisms and the sports world its slang, the art world has its own language and jargon that can often leave outsiders scratching their heads. This insider vocabulary includes terms that may seem a bit comical ("houseable," meaning the artwork fits in a normal-size living room) or contradictory (objects in a museum may be on "permanent loan," which is a loan no one has any intention of paying back, or donated as a "fractional gift," meaning the owner may keep possession of the piece while donating it in installments over time). Some auction houses



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