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‘Animal House’ shutdown
could be disastrous for GOP

New York Post, by John Podhoretz

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/17/2013 5:26:04 AM

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

Maybe Jonah Goldberg´s more hopeful opinion will turn out to be true. Cross fingers.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 10/17/2013 5:42:08 AM     (No. 9568867)

Mr. P., you have just outed yourself.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/17/2013 5:51:42 AM     (No. 9568869)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/17/2013 6:01:43 AM     (No. 9568874)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 10/17/2013 6:04:47 AM     (No. 9568878)

The repeated use of the word "stupid" categorizes this writer perfectly!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suedotsue, 10/17/2013 6:27:13 AM     (No. 9568888)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FunOne, 10/17/2013 6:40:12 AM     (No. 9568897)

I don´t see Ted Cruz and Mike Lee as the fraternity boys in Animal House.

More like the sheriff in High Noon, standing alone to face the threat. But, I´m an old guy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: sagman, 10/17/2013 6:59:35 AM     (No. 9568916)

At this time next year, people will be ticked at the Republicans for (a)´´closing down the government´´ or they are going to be furious with Democrats for (b) messing up their health care.

Um, I choose ´´b.´´

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Reply 8 - Posted by: beca, 10/17/2013 7:02:32 AM     (No. 9568923)

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......

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Reply 9 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/17/2013 7:05:22 AM     (No. 9568927)

Right you are #8, which makes me extremely dubious of Mr. Podhoretz.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/17/2013 7:11:17 AM     (No. 9568936)

RINOs are the willing gatekeepers of the Welfare State. A massive primaries effort for ´14 is the ONLY way!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: charliecoconut, 10/17/2013 7:17:13 AM     (No. 9568943)

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.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/17/2013 7:17:18 AM     (No. 9568944)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: 4freedom, 10/17/2013 7:18:51 AM     (No. 9568945)

When millions of people get sticker shock from the un-affordable care act, they will be thinking, you know maybe that Cruz guy was right after all.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 10/17/2013 7:25:17 AM     (No. 9568952)

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.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mws50, 10/17/2013 7:37:22 AM     (No. 9568979)

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.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MattMusson, 10/17/2013 7:54:04 AM     (No. 9569000)

ObamaCare is the Animal House rollout. Like OTTER told Flounder after they destroyed his brother´s car:

Flounder, you can´t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You f##ked up... you trusted us!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: reilly, 10/17/2013 8:00:51 AM     (No. 9569009)

Up yours, Podhoretz.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NancyD, 10/17/2013 8:19:21 AM     (No. 9569036)

The GOP needs to get it together now.

I don´t agree that this has been disastrous, The attention span of they typical voter is a nano-second. They live soundbyte to soundbyte. Thats it.

Look at the shiny object in the corner. Thats all it takes...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 10/17/2013 8:30:09 AM     (No. 9569057)

And another mask falls.

This a good thing, because now we know.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/17/2013 8:55:55 AM     (No. 9569085)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: marthaville, 10/17/2013 9:07:33 AM     (No. 9569116)

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.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 10/17/2013 9:32:23 AM     (No. 9569163)

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."

It won´t be pretty.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/17/2013 9:39:40 AM     (No. 9569178)

aaaah No, another one to add to the list of "do not trust" political writers. Another establishment Republican writer. Disappointing, but like other L-dotters, now we know.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 10/17/2013 10:18:36 AM     (No. 9569260)

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.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: yuban, 10/17/2013 10:32:05 AM     (No. 9569285)

The list of Conservatives we can trust is much shorter than the list we can´t trust.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mt4982, 10/17/2013 11:35:48 AM     (No. 9569428)

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Reply 27 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 10/17/2013 2:10:01 PM     (No. 9569685)

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.

I hear Costa Rica is a nice place to retire to...

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Reply 28 - Posted by: oldsfc, 10/17/2013 8:58:24 PM     (No. 9570334)

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.

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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

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