Open Thread

The previous Open Thread has been closed. New topics which haven’t been addressed include the Secret Service scandal in Columbia and the GSA convention.

48 Comments

  1. Obama has known about the GSA’s way over the top spending spree for 11 months and he did nothing to put a stop to the profligate spending. His appointed agency chief even handed out bonuses before she stepped down in disgrace.

    Just like Obmaa did nothing to stop Eric Holder’s illegal gun pipeline to the Mexican drug cartels. It took the murder of Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry before Obama could be bothered to pay attention to the terrible toll in human lives his secret policies were producing.

    Today, when Chairman Issa asked Government Services Administration (GSA) regional commissioner Jeffrey Neeley if he was employed by GSA, Neeley took the 5th. The man wouldn’t even admit he worked at GSA, he reminded me of Perry.

    It also reminded me of Eric Holder’s bald faced lies to the same committee about his knowledge of Fast and Furious. Holder couldn’t take the 5th so he lied instead. And, he’s our cheif law enforcement officer.

    Right now, Jeffrey Neeley’s on paid administrative leave (from the agency he refuses to name), after recently receiving a $9,000 bonus and spending over 4 times the amount of money allocated for his regional bash in Las Vegas .

    His wife who went along at taxpayer expense posted pictures on Facebook of Jeff relaxing in the tub grinning and drinking wine with views in the background overlooking the Vegas burbs and all from the luxury of their posh taxpayer paid hotel suite.

    I’ve seen corruption before but Obama’s Administration is the most corrupt from top to bottom I’ve ever seen, or even heard about.

  2. The following excerpt is from Ben Shapiro’s article at Breitbart.

    EXCLUSIVE: HOW THE MSM COVERED UP FAST AND FURIOUS

    In Katie Pavlich’s devastating new expose of the Eric Holder Justice Department-approved Fast and Furious operation, Pavlich doesn’t just expose the Obama administration. She exposes the mainstream media for what they are: tools of the Democratic Party, and of the White House.

    As Pavlich recounts, the first mainstream media outlet to report on Fast and Furious was CBS Evening News, which aired a report by Sharyl Attkinson. She stated that the scandal itself was so awful that “some insiders say it surpasses the shoot-out at Ruby Ridge and the deadly siege at Waco.” She pointed out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been pushing through the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, and that gun shops had even tried “to stop the questionable sales, but ATF encouraged them to continue.”

    When the Obama administration saw Attkinson’s report, they reacted with utter fury. Officials from the administration screamed at her; as Pavlich reports, Justice Department communications director Tracy Schmaler called her up to yell at her. White House spokesman Eric Schultz “reportedly directed a barrage of expletives toward her.” Attkinson said that the White House and Justice Department labeled her “not reasonable” – as opposed to other press outlets.

    From their perspective, that was correct – Attkinson wasn’t reasonable because she wasn’t parroting the party line. The rest of the media, however, was only too happy to do so. As Pavlich writes, “The New York Times and Washington Post weren’t just ‘reasonable,’ they seemed to act as press officers for the Obama administration.”

    Times reported Charlie Savage penned a column in which he depicted Republicans as narrow-minded thugs out to get innocent babe-in-the-woods Attorney General Holder. The name of the piece: “Under Partisan Fire Eric Holder Soldiers On.” Meanwhile, in June 2011, the Washington Post printed an editorial decrying the “paranoia” of the National Rifle Associations and the “gun rights lobby,” even railing against them for fighting “against virtually every proposal to empower the bureau to better track and crack down on illegal firearms.”

    Shockingly, the media covered for the Obama administration even when they unwittingly reported the truth. On December 15, 2010, the same day that Officer Brian Terry was murdered using a weapon sold via Fast and Furious, the Washington Post wrote a piece blasting border gun shops for dealing guns to sources south of the border. “What is different now, authorities say, is the number of high-powered rifles heading south … and the savagery of the violence,” the Post reported, neglecting to mention the fact that these gun dealers were working with the ATF to supply the guns. In fact, these gun dealers were stabbed in the back by ATF, which quietly funneled information about them to the Post, showing disproportionate selling of guns south of the border without telling the Post that the dealers were hand-in-glove with the government the entire time.

    Then, of course, there was the backlash from the extreme left once Fast and Furious broke. Mother Jones called it “one of the right’s latest conspiracy theories”; Talking Points Memo mocked the claim that the Obama administration had designed Fast and Furious as a gambit to outflank Second Amendment advocates “outlandish.” Jon Stewart said such theories were “f—— crazy.” Rachel Maddow stated that it was all “the insane paranoid message from the NRA.” Her MSNBC colleague Chris Matthews said the theories sprang from a “strain of the crazy far right.” And, of course, David Brock’s Media Matters, which was coordinating regularly with the Obama administration, said it was all “hysterical rhetoric.”

    As it turned out, they were all deliberately obfuscating the truth. As Pavlich reports in Fast and Furious, there can be no doubt that this scandal began and ended with the Obama administration’s willful attempt to ram its anti-gun agenda down American throats. And if Americans had to die – and if the media had to cover up for the administration – that didn’t matter one whit to Obama and his cronies. All that mattered was the scam.

  3. You know the story of Mitt Romney putting his dog on the roof of his car to drive to the destination of their family vacation, don’t you? Well here’s the latest, re an interview with Diane Sawyer. First Mitt:

    “DIANE SAWYER: As we move away from this primary campaign into the next phase — again, on Yahoo, we got two questions most often, first about Seamus — which as you know is out there forever — would you do it again?
    MITT ROMNEY: Certainly not with the attention it’s received.

    Then Ann:

    “DIANE SAWYER: You said it was the most wounding thing in the campaign –
    ANN ROMNEY: It’s crazy.

    DIANE SAWYER: — so far.

    ANN ROMNEY: The dog loved it. The dog was, like –

    DIANE SAWYER: But the dog got sick, right?

    ANN ROMNEY: Once, he — we traveled all the time and he — he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But — he would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for t — in — in — in a kennel for two weeks, so.”

    These people didn’t even know how to treat a dog, nor do they now. They are so out of touch it is pathetic. One can assume they are out of touch with people as well, period! These people are numb!

    And then we have Ann complaining about how difficult it was to raise five boys. Well maybe it was, but to be able to have maids and nannys and gardeners, and who knows who else to help, she had a a lot of help which shall go unrecognized as far as she is concerned.

    And finally there are the elevators for her two Cadillacs.

    And what about the $20 million tax free gifts to their five boys, like they earned this largess based on hard work and taking risks.

    And then there is Mitt who earns $22 million without lifting a finger, and pays only 14% in taxes, not even nearly as much as Hoagie.

    This is not about envy, god bless them for their wealth. It is about being totally out of touch with us every day Americans. How can we ever expect Romney to make decisions that take into account the wishes of ordinary Americans, let alone the poor and disabled, though one contrary point is this: He did pass RomneyCare in MA, the forerunner to the Presidents ACA, to his credit? But the way he talks nowadays, he is anxious to disown it, having moved far, far to the Right.

  4. I agree with Wagonwheel about the “dog in crate” thing, but again I don’t really know why they did that. I personally wouldn’t put a dog in a crate on my roof. But I have known guys who drove around with their dogs in the bed of their pick-up trucks which I thought was bad and even dangerous for other drivers, but they did it.

    Now about the garage and elevators for Mrs. Romney’s Caddies. There’s a guy up the road from me in Rydal who about two years ago built a 4 million dollar home. Very beautiful, contemporary place I must say. He has two older boys and he needed space for six cars. So his answer was, rather than build a sprawling garage he build a “double decker” with car lifts (“elevators” to us poor folks) but that did it for him. All he really did was stack the cars and save space.

    And Wagonwheel, I don’t view Romney giving his kids a future stipend as “largess”. We can admit it is his money so I figure he can do as he likes with it. And if trying to better the boy’s future is what he wants, then go for it.

    As far as Mitt making 21 million “without lifting a finger”, I’m sure he would disagree. I understand that a guy who’s a steelworker or a construction worker sweats a lot at work but that dosen’t mean guys who earn their money in other ways aren’t lifting a finger. You’re an investor just as I, Wagonwheel. So you know the risks, tension aond tedious detail that goes into making constant decisions about your money. And we aren’t even near his league in the amount we invest. You may believe he’s out of touch with average Americans and he might well be. But if one can manipulate tens or maybe hundreds of millions of ones own money successfully and keep a cool head that tells me something. It tells me it takes a lot to rattle his brain or break his resolve and I admire that.

    And just so the non-investors among us understand, had Mitt earned his 21 mil in tax free bonds his tax rate would be ZERO, not 14%. So obviously his investments are more at risk then tax frees would be. That means he works harder to not only make a profit but to retain his principle without loss.

  5. There goes Perry once again trying to tempt a predominantly Christian commentariat into violating The ALMIGHTY’s Tenth Commandment that The ALMIGHTY, the Creator, the Alpha and Omega commanded. Perry is working extra hard to convince us that we should all start sinning every day in just the same way he is. When will Perry ever learn?

    By the way, I e-filed my Federal Income Tax Return yesterday. Texas has no State Income Tax nor any City Income Tax. How much am I getting back? All that I paid in to the Federal Income Tax, all that I paid in to the FICA tax, all that I paid in to the Medicare tax, and all that I paid in sales tax last year. Plus a tiny bit more. As a “Federal Income Tax Return”.

  6. You know who’s out of touch? Liberals. Liberals are out of touch. They cannot understand Conservatives. They cannot begin to relate to Conservatives. But Conservatives do, indeed, understand how Liberals think. And Conservatives are also capable of answering surveys just like a Liberal would, but Liberals cannot answer surveys like a Conservative would.

    This is also why Moby’s tend to be so easy to find: they’re Liberals trying to act like outrageous Conservatives, but they generally blow it right out the gate.

  7. “By the way, I e-filed my Federal Income Tax Return yesterday. Texas has no State Income Tax nor any City Income Tax. How much am I getting back? All that I paid in to the Federal Income Tax, all that I paid in to the FICA tax, all that I paid in to the Medicare tax, and all that I paid in sales tax last year. Plus a tiny bit more. As a “Federal Income Tax Return”.”

    Still waiting for your answer about whether you are on unemployment, and/or food stamps, and/or Medicaid, Mr Hitchcock.

    Normally, I would not think to ask such a personal question, but since you decry government aid to the needy all the time, you need to answer this question. If you don’t answer, the world will assume that you are receiving aid, and that you are a hypocrite!

  8. SINP writes

    Still waiting for your answer about whether you are on unemployment, and/or food stamps, and/or Medicaid, Mr Hitchcock.

    We’re still waiting on your reasons why you don’t pay above and beyond what you owe the feds on your income taxes, SINP.

    If you don’t answer, the world will assume that you are receiving aid, and that you are a hypocrite!

    Is that so? You haven’t answered this query for weeks now, but then again we already knew you are a huge hypocrite. Just like all those “progressive” Massachusetts folk!

  9. Normally, I would not think to ask such a personal question, but since you decry government aid to the needy all the time, you need to answer this question. If you don’t answer, the world will assume that you are receiving aid,

    Are you so dense as to believe we forgot all your hammering at DNW about similar stuff? Yes, you do ask such personal questions quite frequently, and of more than just us two. And, no, I do not “need” to answer any of your stupid personal questions. And your argumentum ad populum pablum doesn’t fly either. Besides, don’t you know what happens when you assume? You just make an…

    You can quit bothering to ask those questions because I will not answer them. But I have already shown that low-income people don’t have this “mountain of taxes” to pay. In fact, when I was in Ohio, there were multiple years where my income was low enough that I didn’t owe any State Income Tax there, either.

    You really need to get better informed about facts, because I’m living proof whoever is feeding you all that propaganda definitely does not have his or her facts straight… at all.

  10. Perry, do you remember when you demanded of me whether I had ever been in the military, throwing that off-topic demand out on multiple threads? Do you remember demanding “the world” would assume (meaning you were going to assume if I did not accede to your wishes) and then you made some wild and crazy and inflammatory accusations against me? Do you remember how well that played out for you?

    Yeah, didn’t think so. Your hoof-in-mouth disease is very well-known.

  11. Perry’s a paranoid asshole and a keyboard bully. Face to face he wouldn’t dare pull this insulting aggressively presumptuous crap, it’d get the bilious old fool knocked flat on his sorry ass nursing a fat lip quicker than you could say ‘Jack Robinson.’

    But, since the mangy barking dog is toothless, and inconsequential and although he’s old enough to know better, he just gets called out here and exposed for the ill-tempered, lying, two-faced horse’s ass he’s proved himself to be time out of mind.

    PS: Back at CSPT he accused me of employing a private agency to investigate him. Cuckoo, cuckoo! He’s one of those guys who think football players in the huddle are talking about him.

  12. “And, no, I do not “need” to answer any of your stupid personal questions.”

    No need answering the question, Mr Hitchcock, since by now the answer is apparent, and you are a hypocrite, and you are a liar, just like you are about your so-called fundamental Christian belief claims.

    And regarding corruption, ropelight, I rate the neocon Cheney/Bush/Bolton/Gonzalez quartet to have been so corrupt, piling on the greatest debt this nation has ever known to date, that we actually might not ever recover, no matter what good things a second term President Obama does (see below). I am talking about $4.9T + .88(5.0T) = $9.3 debt attributable to Bush era debt plus the carry over into the Obama term to date. This fact will be a prominent campaign issue in favor of President Obama.

    In the upcoming campaign, the electorate will be made well aware of this, plus all the other Republican shenanigans, like moving more undeserved wealth into the 1%, at the expense of the 99%. Americans will not tolerate this any longer!

    And added to this, President Obama has some voter gaps in his favor over Candidate Romney that ought to have you partisans quivering:

    I am talking about a 20 point gap for women voters in his favor,

    a 40 point gap for Latinos,

    an 85 point gap for African-Americans,

    and an 8 point gap overall among eligible voters,

    thus, you have Romney with an almost insurmountable hill to climb.

    Moreover, the corrupt and unpatriotic Republican Party has done all they can to sabotage our economy ever since President Obama took office, yet to no avail in their quest for power.

    Please explain to me, Righties, how you think a detached Romney and your corrupt and unpatriotic party will prevail in 2012.

    I have faith in the American people to make the correct decision in November 2012!

  13. SINP writes

    No need answering the question, Mr Hitchcock, since by now the answer is apparent, and you are a hypocrite, and you are a liar, just like you are about your so-called fundamental Christian belief claims.

    Why haven’t you paid more taxes than you legally owe, SINP? Why are you a hypocrite?

    And regarding corruption, ropelight, I rate the neocon Cheney/Bush/Bolton/Gonzalez quartet to have been so corrupt, piling on the greatest debt this nation has ever known to date

    Uh, no. Your “greatest president ever” has done that — more debt than all previous presidents combined.

    I am talking about $4.9T + .88(5.0T) = $9.3 debt attributable to Bush era debt plus the carry over into the Obama term to date. This fact will be a prominent campaign issue in favor of President Obama.

    LOL!!! Sure, why not, eh? Obama blames everything on everyone else, so let’s make HIS debt Bush’s debt, too!

    Please explain to me, Righties, how you think a detached Romney and your corrupt and unpatriotic party will prevail in 2012.

    Please explain to us, SINP, why you hate America and are so unpatriotic by refusing to pay more to the federal government, yet want everyone else to pay more. Why do despise America so much? Don’t you realize your extra $$ will go towards making life better for each and every one of us? Why must everyone else pay more, yet you flat-out refuse?

    You’re no better than al-Qaeda, really.

  14. Historically illiterate SINP writes

    thus, you have Romney with an almost insurmountable hill to climb.

    Then I guess one Ronald Reagan should have just thrown in the towel against Jimmy Carter, b/c at this point in time back in 1980, Reagan was a lot further behind than Romney is against Obama.

  15. Barack and Mouchelle set the example and primed the pump for GSA’s staggeringly corrupt spending. Obama’s out on golfing vacations and she’s flying off to luxury resorts in Spain and Hawaii on Air Force planes and taking dozens of her gal pals along for a fun time at the taxpayer’s expense, even her daughters are following her spendthrift ways with Spring breaks in Mexico.

    Corruption starts at the top and just like sewage it runs downhill.

  16. Here is another compilation of statistics which indicate how well President Obama is viewed, and, how poorly Mitt Romney is viewed. I honestly don’t know how Mitt Romney will overcome this, even with the Koch Brothers financing of negative ads and all the Super PAC negatives he can muster. I think this negative stuff, I’m sure much worse than the Swift Boat garbage, will very likely backfire, because the GOP record since 2008 is not only zero, it is negative. This narrative will not be very difficult to document in the campaign, nor will Romney’s flip-flopping and outright lies, because he has a record and it is not pretty, except for the Olympics in 2002 and Romneycare in MA, the latter he cannot even use as it would alienate some of his own. Bye-bye, Mitt!

    I also predict that the Repubs will lose the house, but probably retain the Senate, so the challenge for Dems will be to assure that the Repubs do not end up with 60 votes.

  17. SINP lives in a parallel universe:

    I also predict that the Repubs will lose the house, but probably retain the Senate, so the challenge for Dems will be to assure that the Repubs do not end up with 60 votes.

    Newsflash: The GOP does not currently have a majority in the Senate so it cannot “retain” it. Good to know you’re up on current events, SINP. As for the GOP losing the House, only in the parallel world you inhabit.

  18. SINP writes

    Here is another compilation of statistics which indicate how well President Obama is viewed, and, how poorly Mitt Romney is viewed.

    Sorry, but your buddy “Shawn” Hannity just went over a bunch of stats showing that no recent incumbent with Obama’s poll #s has won re-election. In addition, these incumbents led in the polls at this point in an election year … just like Jimmy Carter did in my previous comment above.

    Good luck, SINP. You’re gonna need it.

  19. Perry, you have gone on these personal information hunting trips a great many times before, just so you could gather personal information on people to use for your personal attacks against people. If you were capable of shame, you would have been ashamed of yourself and completely embarrassed a great many times with your false accusations in your hate-filled personal attacks.

    Haven’t you learned anything from your face-plants with your false accusations against Hoagie, DNW, myself, ropelight, eric, Yorkshire? Haven’t you learned a thing yet? Again, Conservatives understand Liberal philosophy but Liberals do not understand Conservative philosophy. Documented fact. That is why radical Leftists like Obama and his lemmings like Perry think it’s just a communication problem, when, in fact, Conservatives understand clearly and have flat-out rejected it.

  20. Here is my next book recommendation for my wingnut friends: The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — And Reality, by Chris Mooney.

    Just to refresh, my last recommendation was: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.

    I also recommend: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow

    I’ll be glad to lend either book to anyone wishing to read it. Any takers?

  21. How about why Liberals are incapable of understanding Conservative positions but Conservatives are fully capable of understanding Liberal positions?

    How about my proof that “the poor” are not, in fact, all that over-burdened by taxes compared to “the rich” — taxes that Liberals keep increasing?

    Why don’t you research that, Perry, instead of continuing to offer up a whole bunch of propaganda from far-Left radical Leftist dishonest propagandists like Rachel Maddow and Michelle Alexander?

  22. This is open thread, right? So here I am, almost 11 pm, eating bolcogie, rice wit (I use “wit” as a friend) a tad of garlic and onion, sippin’ on some soju. And my lovely wife is scared to death because she’s taking her ” test” tomorrow. I gotta take her, she will prevail!. Oh shit, another American!!

  23. Gentlemen, it’s funny as hell. The woman is bouncing off the walls worried she “can’t be American”. Man, I love that! I know my ancesters never thought that way. They knew they were “Americans” just cause. By this time tomorrow June will be an American, I may expatriate. (just kiddin). I’ll take her to 13th and Callowhill, and watch as she becomes a U.S. citizen. I am proud! My little Korean wife. Say it ain’t so! Frankly, I didn’t want her to do it, but she wants to be American. Damn, does that mean I can become a Korean? Don’t think so. We are Blessed, gentleman. We can be anything we want to be. So can all the other’s, they just don’t know that. Thank you Lord, and thank you George Washington ( one for the soul, the other for FREEDOM).

  24. Obama eats dogs, he admitted it. Romney puts his dog in a cage on the car’s roof and takes him along on family vacations. Obama puts dog on his dining room table.

  25. “Haven’t you learned anything from your face-plants with your false accusations against Hoagie, DNW, myself, ropelight, eric, Yorkshire? Haven’t you learned a thing yet? Again, Conservatives understand Liberal philosophy but Liberals do not understand Conservative philosophy. Documented fact. ”

    They are certainly predictable.

    For instance. I visited my sister this Easter in the arch-liberal government funded college town she now lives in. Walking out into the backyard (of this leased house) and making my way through the jungle of natural plantings to the side fence, I notice a gate in it, which opened into a walkway between houses and led from street to street. I opened the gate, stepped into the walkway, looked around and after a minute or so opened the gate back up and stepped back into her yard.

    Magically, two neighbors appeared in the yard across the walkway I had just been standing in, almost at their own walkway bordering fence. Man and wife, casually dressed, he Jimmy Buffet style, she in black exercise sweats, both with beers dangling in their hands.

    They hailed me in a friendly kind of way, and leaning on their fence engaged me in conversation, or a kind of quizzing, I guess. No I didn’t buy the house, my sister and her husband were renting temporarily. No, they probably hadn’t seen much of them since she had just had a baby and her husband took a new executive position that required out of state travel. No, well … she’s an MD and a professor in XYZ research at the university, though I think she should give it up and make a few million instead. They laughed.

    Then they volunteered that they were both academics. He, was he said, teaching “communications” at one of the outlying campuses. “The electronic kind or “English” kind of communication? I asked. Kind of like English, he said.

    Then he began talking about his job. I glanced at my watch and figured it would be about 30 seconds before the political references started. I was slightly off. It took about a minute more, before he mentioned that he had once lived and taught the subject in Texas (with eye-rolls); but you know … Austin isn’t so bad.

    He even had the grace to make a self-deprecating joke about how he had mistakenly assumed that the local unenlightened attitudes regarding homosexuality had rubbed off on his little daughter. See, she had brought home a childish drawing captioned something like “In Texas this fag doesn’t run”. He chuckled and explained that his little girl had just left out the “l” from flag, and that therefore the sin was not so much homophobia, as chauvinism. Ha ha ha all around.

    I said that I agreed with them that attitudes in Texas were different. The patriotism and all that. I said that patriotism made no sense in a values-pluralistic society like we had in the north, as there was in effect neither a patria nor even a core of shared values. They nodded reflexively … and then kind of stopped short.

    I pointed out that what we really did was share a political space with others with whom, as they had already pointed out, we were were at variance with when it came to fundamental life values. Patriotism was therefore silly.

    More nods from them; but I could see that they were suspicious of continuing on in the direction they had themselves established.

    “In fact” I continued, “You being in communications and all, it would be an interesting project for your class to analyze how the concept of patriotism has morphed into an equally implausible claim of human “solidarity”. If you don’t need to be in preferential solidarity with your own family and kin, what’s the logic of celebrating an even more tenuous and pragmatic connection to people with whom you share neither genes nor values? It could make a good theme for one of your communications classes, as it seems to be a subject getting a lot of discussion in progressive circles right now, as they … you know … try to come up with new reason-based justifications for demanding altruism now that natural law theory has been jettisoned.”

    He kept smiling and leaning on the fence. His wife kind of coughed and wandered off in their messy and overgrown yard to inspect the handle of a lawn mower which had been left out to overwinter on the patio.

    Nice folks.

  26. Hoagie says:
    April 17, 2012 at 22:57

    This is open thread, right? So here I am, almost 11 pm, eating bolcogie, rice wit (I use “wit” as a friend) a tad of garlic and onion, sippin’ on some soju. And my lovely wife is scared to death because she’s taking her ” test” tomorrow. I gotta take her, she will prevail!. Oh shit, another American!!

    She likes freedom. She’ll make a fine American. Before you know it, she’ll be demanding wrap-around sunglasses, and cowboy boots from you, and tying her denim shirt up over a – modestly – exposed midriff.

  27. Hoagie wrote:

    This is open thread, right? So here I am, almost 11 pm, eating bolcogie, rice wit (I use “wit” as a friend) a tad of garlic and onion, sippin’ on some soju. And my lovely wife is scared to death because she’s taking her ” test” tomorrow. I gotta take her, she will prevail!. Oh shit, another American!!

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day! Early congratulations to June, and as soon as she is an American citizen, her next stop should be the Voter Registrar’s office!

    Would I be wrong in guessing that she won’t be a Korean-American, but just an American?

  28. Thanks guys. Yep, she’s now a not-so-ugly American. She has to go to the Social Security office and recieve her new number ( not the resident number but a real US citizen number) and she can register there.

    And no Editor, she’s just an American with a thick accent.

    Fear not DNW, nothing this side of hell will get June out of her Prada shoes, Burberry coats and Chanel dresses, nothin’!

  29. Oh yeah, Mr. Hitchcock, she’s conservative alright. She grew up 60 miles from a communist country. She saw the lousy work ethic and entitlement attitude of Northener’s who got in to South Korea. You can bet your sweet arse she’s conservative. And cute too.

  30. Ya know, Hoagie, you keep talking about the slothfulness of the North Koreans that escaped that totalitarian nation into freedom. And I don’t doubt for a second that that’s true. But… I suspect those slothful North Koreans stand head and shoulders above the rest of North Korea in the industriousness department.

    It’s like with Liberals calling GWB a radical right-winger, when we know he was a Moderate squish as President.

  31. As reported by The Washington Free Beacon:

    BY: Bill McMorris – April 20, 2012 1:19 pm

    The disgraced Secret Service supervisors accused of engaging in a cocaine-fueled hooker party on the taxpayer dime will still cash in on lucrative taxpayer-funded pensions.

    Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting President Barack Obama have been terminated since it was revealed that they reportedly caroused with prostitutes and drugs in Colombia.

    The Washington Post Thursday identified the two supervisors who have been forced out of the agency. Supervisor David Randall Chaney, 48, has been allowed to retire, while Greg Stokes, the assistant special agent in charge of the K-9 division, has been fired with cause. A third low-level officer has resigned his post.

    Chaney will soon be cashing in on a pension worth between $47,000 and $61,000 per year, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

    Despite the scandal, it will be nearly impossible to prevent him from collecting on the lucrative sum, according to Michael Spekter, an attorney specializing in defending federal benefit packages.

    “Even if you’re fired for misconduct, unless you are found guilty of treason, you can get your retirement benefits that you’ve earned through your years of public service,” he said. “They don’t dock your pensions.”

    Spekter has represented hundreds of federal employees during his 30-year career and has never seen a worker lose his pension.

    Lawyers for the two agents told the Washington Post each man has between 17 and 18 years of service with the agency.

    The Secret Service refused to comment on additional personnel matters. However, several federal law enforcement sources say that agents must have at least GS-14 seniority to qualify as supervisors—standards that also apply to the Secret Service.

    Federal law enforcement supervisors working out of the D.C. metro area earn between $105,211 and $136,771. The positions qualify for pensions worth 2.5 percent of average highest salary over a period of three consecutive years, multiplied by years of service.

    GS-14 supervisors receive pensions worth between $47,000 and $61,000 annually.

    Since Chaney is retiring, he can collect on his pension almost immediately and could collect until age 83—the most recent average lifespan estimates for federal law enforcement officers, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

    Over his lifetime, he could receive between $1.65 and $2.15 million in retirement.

    Stokes, the fired agent, also qualifies for his pension and will begin collecting at age 62, which would earn him up to $1.3 million over his expected lifetime.

    The Washington Free Beacon estimate could be on the low end of the spectrum.

    Once in retirement, the agents will continue to enjoy a Cadillac health insurance plan while paying minimal premiums. They will also enjoy annual cost of living adjustments, which increase pensions based upon the consumer price index. Retirees enjoyed a 3.6 percent pay bump in 2012.

    WOW! A 3.6% pay bump, no less! In a recession. How much cost of living did SS increas in 2021? That’s right…ZERO. Keep pullin that Democrt lever boys!

  32. “Keep pullin that Democrt lever boys!”

    Whatever Hoagie dislikes about government, automatically it is the Dem’s fault. Good thinking there Hoagie!

    Let us take a look at what a prominent Republican said the other day about his own party:

    * “Is this the best we [Repub party] could do?”

    * “This [disinvite those with whom they disagree] is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.

    * “He regrets his decision to oppose a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal to cut the deficit.”

    * “That decision has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

    * “She [his wife] said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn [no tax] pledges, I’ll leave you,”

    * “I believe in science. [regarding global warming and evolution]”

    * “Ronald Reagan would likely not be able to win the GOP nomination nationally in this political climate.”

    * “I don’t know what world these people are living in [regarding hard line decisions against China].”

    * “Romney has to campaign on more than fear, and provide a positive alternative to Obama.”

    Quiz: What prominent Republican could have possibly made these statements?

    Throw him under the bus and out of the party immediately! [Correct wingnuts?}

  33. So who cares what “prominent Republican” said those snipits? You see Wagonwheel, you look at it like it’s Democrat vs. Republican. I look at it like it’s liberal vs. conservative. And unlike your party, we do have room for liberal Republicans. Bush was one, so was McCain. We call’em Country Club Republicans or RINO’s.

    BTW, you can take sentences out of context for anyone and apply them to your arguments. Hell, you leftists have been doing that for decades. For example, who said “I love you mommy” and “I love animals and believe people shouldn’t eat them”? Why Adolf Hitler, the great humanitarian. Or who recently ststed “I’m for free markets”? Obama, and we all know that’s nonsense.

    Also, everything I don’t like about government is not automatically the Dems fault. It’s the politicians fault. You’re the one who seems to believe Republicans are evil incarnate because we believe in smaller, limited federal government. We’re still waiting to hear if there’s anything you don’t like about government. Tell us, when are taxes and regulations too much? Or is there no limit?

  34. Questions? Here’s one.

    What Democrat Senator has announced that he may not vote for Obama?

    Hint: he’s the one who said he’s keeping his options open and hasn’t decided yet if he’ll vote for Romney instead.

    Another hint: he’s the one who said Obama’s failed policies over the last 3 years have made for pretty rough going in his state.

  35. Rope:
    Another hint: he’s the one who said Obama’s failed policies over the last 3 years have made for pretty rough going in his state.

    Didn’t BO just say he beat coal. I remember BO on the campaign trail saying something like build a coal fired generator, he’ll put it out of business. Yup, BO is all about jobs, jobs, jobs, and how many he can destroy.

  36. That “Prominent Republican” was Alfredo Huntsman (and if you try to correct me, you will show you do not understand how “prominent” he was) who was Governor of Utah and became Barack Obama’s envoy to Communist China. It was the same Michael Huntsman who was “Governor Asterisk” because people who get less than 1 percent of the vote or the polling get an asterisk by their name instead of a number. It was the same Wilfred Huntsman who bowed out of the race and heartily supported Flip Flopney (the man who is almost assuredly going to be the GOP nominee). It is the same Ralph Huntsman who got 16 percent of the open Republican Primary vote in Massachusetts by collecting votes from people who said Obama’s doing a good job. It is the same Waldo Huntsman who gathered Democrat votes at a rate of 20 points higher than Ron Paulnut in New Hampshire, hardly a three-prong Conservative state. Barely a one-prong Conservative state. Actually quite centrist/center-right. That’s the “prominent Repubican” (spelling intentional) that Perry is hailing as some great man.

    Is there any wonder why Perry would hail such a “prominent Repubican”? Doug Huntsman is the kind of Repubic that radical Leftists want us running. Nevermind the fact radical Leftists would never actually, you know, vote for Richard Huntsman! They are still going to vote for their radical Leftist Democrats, but they want the GOP to nominate a Center-Left creature from the black lagoon for whom they won’t vote anyway.

    Mitt Romney is Center-Left. And Perry had already endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee at the beginning of the process. Of course, as it was becoming clearer that Flip Flopney was going to be the nominee, Perry let his true colors show, and lambasted the man he had previously endorsed for the Republican nominee to run against the man whom Moochelle Obama committed Sacrilege in plagiarizing Micah and Matthew to put the deification mantel on her Socialist husband.

  37. There’s a reason why Perry did not name the “prominent Republican” and that reason is because the “prominent Republican” was rejected by more than 99 percent of Republicans nationwide. A secondary reason why Perry did not name the “prominent Republican” is because the “prominent Republican” worked hand-in-glove with the Obama administration. A tertiary reason why Perry did not name the “prominent Republican” is because the “prominent Republican” wholeheartedly threw his support behind Flip Flopney and declared the Republican Party needed unity before the “prominent Republican” pulled a Charlie Crist and went Flip Flopney himself, totally trashing the Republican Party.

    Yeah, that “prominent Republican” that all active grass-roots Republicans cleaned off of the soles of their shoes with a stick is the “prominent Republican” that Perry will never vote for but is championing anyway.

    Talk about a disingenuous, dishonest, dishonorable, two-faced act. Perry just did it by promoting Governor Asterisk.

  38. Okay, Open Thread. I love this guy:Auric, Bonds enemy! (BTW a goog Rolls Royce, I actually had one of those a…..can’t remember) Got it, a Silver Wraith. You’re welcome. (Kneeling Lady Limosine).

    Karl Gerhart Fröbe, better known as Gert Fröbe (German pronunciation: [ˈɡɛɐt ˈfʁøːbə]) (25 February 1913 – 5 September 1988) was a German actor who starred in many films, including the James Bond film Goldfinger as Auric Goldfinger, The Threepenny Opera as Peachum, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Baron Bomburst, and in Der Räuber Hotzenplotz as Hotzenplotz.

    Life

    Born in Zwickau, Fröbe was a member of the Nazi Party before World War II. He was initially a violinist, but he abandoned it for cabaret and theater work.[1]

    He joined the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei in 1929 at the age of 16 and left it again in 1937.[2] However, he aided two German Jews by hiding them from the Gestapo. Because of his former membership in the Nazi Party, the film Goldfinger was initially banned in Israel until the family came forward and thanked him for saving their lives.[3]

    Fröbe gained fame in one of the first German movies made after World War II, called Berliner Ballade (The Ballad of Berlin, 1948). His role as “Otto Normalverbraucher” (lit. Otto Average Consumer), became a German term equivalent to Average Joe or Fred Bloggs.[4] In 1958, he was cast as the villain in the Swiss-German film Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight), which was turned into a novel by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt. His role as a serial killer of children drew the attention of the producers of the James Bond movie Goldfinger (1964) and he was chosen to play one of the most well-remembered villains of the series, gold tycoon Auric Goldfinger.

    Fröbe made several appearances in all-star casts in the 1960s, including the films The Longest Day, Is Paris Burning?, Monte Carlo or Bust, and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Because of his thick German accent, Fröbe was dubbed in some of his classic roles, including by British actor Michael Collins in Goldfinger. He also appeared in $ (1971) with Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty. During the 1980s Fröbe played small parts in Mercedes Benz W123 commercials, helping to promote the coupe and the sedan.

    Besides acting, Fröbe was a prolific reciter of lyric poetry, especially that of Christian Morgenstern and Joachim Ringelnatz.

    Fröbe died in Munich in September 1988 at age 75 from a heart attack.

  39. Ropelight asked:

    “What Democrat Senator has announced that he may not vote for Obama?”

    I believe you’re thinking of Senator Lieberman. He is not a Democrat, rather he is an Independent. Fortunately he will not be running for reelection, as he has decided to leave the Senate.

  40. Mr Hitchcock, what is it that you have been drinking, or smoking, or somethinging?

    Since Mitt Romney is, according to you, a Center-leftist, I’m thinking that you are considering to vote for President Obama, who is more to the Right, a Centrist, although you’d never know it relative to how far Right you Republicans have drifted, pretty close to Fascism maybe?

    What party would ever support transvaginal invasion of a woman’s body, required by law? — That’s the tip-off regarding Fascism!

    What party would ever support the Ryan Plan as their cornerstone, a plan which calls for an increase of defense spending and a further decrease of taxes on the wealthy, all at the expense of the middle and the poor Americans??? (This is extremely radical policy!)

    Why a Fascist party, that’s it, or some such which is both odious, odoriferous, and full of guile against the better interests of the common American!!!

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