January 8 –


House Speaker John Boehner talks as if he's surprised to find that Obama is an unyielding left-wing tax-and-spend fanatic who isn't interested in negotiating. The man's been in office with his attitude and philosophy on full display for four years! And Boehner's just now figuring that out?!

    If this is what passes for Republican leadership, the party's doomed. And should be. “Fool me once,” etc.

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Budget analyst Tad DeHaven: “The administration has been very successful in convincing an extremely ignorant public that our fiscal imbalances can be solved by merely having the wealthier people pay their fair share. And it’s simply nonsense. The amount of revenue that they are going to generate from this tax increase is not a heck of a lot, relative to how much is going to be spent.”
    Thank you again, America's “educators,” for turning out some of the dumbest people on the planet. And an extra-large thanks to the media morons who keep them that way.

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After CNN's Candy Crowley displayed her blatant bias as “moderator” of one of the presidential debates, the leftists who dominate the Big Media pretended that she had done a “balanced” job.
    I'm sure they'd say the same about this big, fat softball she delivered to ultra-liberal Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois over the weekend: “Do you think that taxes have been raised enough on the wealthy?”

    Does anyone believe she expected this Chicago Democrat political hack to say, “Oh, yes! The taxes we just raised were quite enough. We don't want any more.”

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Victor Davis Hanson casts a skeptical eye upon hypocritical, free-loading rich liberals …
    “The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people they wanted less-rich people to pay their 'fair share' to help the poor.
    “Class warrior Barack Obama spent his winter break in a ritzy rental on a Hawaiian beach. It cost the taxpayers $7 (or is it $20?) million to jet him and his entourage 6,000 miles for their tropical vacation. But whether the first family escapes to Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard or Costa del Sol, the image of a 1 percent lifestyle seems a bit at odds with the president’s professed disdain for 'millionaires and billionaires,' 'fat cats,' and 'corporate-jet owners' who supposedly can afford such tony retreats only because they have done something suspect.” – National Review Online
    By the way, does nobody notice that those “corporate jets” are not being paid for with taxpayer dollars – unlike the giant Boeing 747 that Obama uses for his playtime frolics? Those fuel-gulping monsters are so expensive to fly that no airline uses them for domestic service anymore and most have dropped them even from international long-haul service.

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Now, a trip down memory lane …
    Remember how media liberals credited haters of George Bush (“Hitler” was one of their more complimentary names for him) with noble motives, calling their blind hatred “speaking truth to power?”

    Notice how seldom – like
never – do you hear that hackneyed phrase used when conservatives criticize Obama? For example, if I offer the opinion -- for which there is abundant support -- that he's a Marxist, Muslim-coddling, America-hating Affirmative Action president, can I expect applause from liberals for “speaking truth to power?”
    I won't hold my breath.

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Priorities, priorities …
    “Homeless man Darren Kersey, 28, was jailed overnight in November in Sarasota, Fla., after being busted for charging his cellphone at an outlet at a public picnic shelter in the city's Gillespie Park. The police report noted that 'Theft of city utilities will not be tolerated ....'
    “However, for owners of electric cars (less likely to be homeless!), the city runs several absolutely free charging stations, including one at city hall.” – JWR

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Gunslinger alert! The Florida Everglades are infested with Burmese pythons that grow to nearly twenty feet in length and are slaughtering indigenous species and pets in nearby housing areas.

    Now the state is offering a $1,500 reward to the hunter who can kill the most of the giant snakes. So far, more than 400 volunteers have signed up.

    Anti-gun wussies are presumably welcome to go into the 'glades and strangle the monsters with their bare hands.

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It's a good thing for college football, overall, that Notre Dame is on the way back to national power and prominence. On the way – but not yet there, as last night's total butt-kicking my Alabama illustrated. Based on the Massacre in Miami, not only are the Irish not #1 … they may not even be a for-real Top 10 team. Their vaunted defensive front-seven (down linemen and linebackers) folded like a wet sack before the 'bama onslaught. Manti Te'o, ND's highly-acclaimed linebacker and an admirable young man, was a total non-factor in the game.

    What the Tide did to Notre Dame makes Johnny Football's performance in the Texas A & M win over 'bama all the more remarkable.

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Len the haiku master sees RG-3's injury-filled season with the Redskins as a re-run of Michael Vick's career. It's a rough life in the NFL for quarterbacks who run a lot …

    RG3 goes down.

    An injury-filled career?

    Now he's MV2.

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A blast from the past as reader Jack delivers some classic lines from “Hollywood Squares,” hosted by Peter Marshall …

Q. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?

A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. If you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A. Rose Marie: No wait until morning.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. Is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.
Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."