President Obama arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, March 5 (Photo by Pete Souza)
1 I’m done with soccer/football. Forever. Well, until Sunday.
2 Will catch up with newsie stuff in the morning in a monster huuuuuuge Rise and Shine, it was another one of those days.
3 Seriously sad about Hugo Chavez, he did so much good in his life. Rest in peace.
4 But missed just about everything else today.
5 Hope everyone’s in good form?
Hey, congrats, SWbluega!
Coveted #1 position. Way to go!
Now I’m probably going to annoy TODville by bringing over my last couple of posts from the end of the last thread.
Thanks Arapaho415. Looks like there were about 3 of us who got here at the same time. Kudos JER and Desertflower!
Hellooooooo swbluega, hellooooooo everyone!
Congrats on first, swbluega!
Paul Ryan: "Obama doesn't have a mandate to raise taxes on the top 1%. Let's pass my plan to kill #Medicare instead" http://t.co/FLxnY1hzVD— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 06, 2013
He fits his nickname well… The zombie-eyed granny killer.
The Obama Diary – an escape from stupidity and a haven for sane, rational thought. Thank you Chipsticks!
yes – safe haven indeed!
He is very handsome!
Are you saying that Paul Ryan is very handsome.
Oh – the horror!
My President is looking intense lately.
yes..i thought the same thing,,,,i think he feels this way when he visits the hospital
Congrats swbluega! Chips here is something to look forward too…………. in 2018
One of the stadiums to be built for the Russia 2018 World Cup. http://t.co/rsbulDbEXw— Earth Pics (@Amazin_Photos) March 05, 2013
What the heck is that meant to be LP??
You missed earlier in the afternoon, there was an intramural brawl on TOD, during the ManU vs. Real match…..
Upon further inspection, looks like the Russians are going big…….A big Slip-n-Slide on the roof of the stadium. Who knew a waterpark and a soccer stadium!
Thanks Lovelyplains. Honors also to JER and Desertflower.
The stadium looks like Stephen Colbert got the naming rights, although the C is backwards!
The backwards C is probably Stephen just being funky, Judith!
is that a banana slug on their roof?
4. got that right
Oi, how about some compassion for a heartbroken United devotee, you scoundrel?
After af’s temper tantrums ? dood, has your precious club never played with 10 players before ?
He reminds me of the that stupid don’t tread on me teabaggers.
jm’s jab was delish.
Harsh. *Making loud raspberry-noise*
Typical manic u fan.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa…Amk wins tonight in everything he said about Man U and Alex Ferguson.
And Chipsticks? Umm…Hugo Chavez? Rrrrrrrright.
Got the blues: http://t.co/ySqDcok6Td— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
I’ll try again…
Well, I’m sorry, it’s worked before. 😽
Love the kitty picker-upper cartoon!
Best VP ever! Nice profile…
Deep dive into how Biden's personal history, from lifeguard to lawmaker, affects his crime control vision huff.to/W2eONC— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
Before the bobble-heads on MSNBC come on…… I’m sure they will be excited.
A.G. Eric Holder Says @barackobama Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil "N extraordinary circumstances" motherjones.com/mojo/2013/03/o…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
isn’t this what police & other law enforcement do when they use lethal force!
Yeah. They’re called S.W.A.T.!
pretty funny photo spoof from buzzfeed (clearly they got the idea from chips!)
‘The 33 Most Annoying Things About Being President’
LOVE them Susanne, even if I don’t love BuzzFeed! Thank you!
LOL. Very funny.
The 33 Most Annoying Things About Being President. buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/t…— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
'Manufactured crisis' http://t.co/ttAVtGBNBq— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) March 06, 2013
This is perfect. Sad and perfect.
Ms Chips, SO sorry about Man U… Nani should NEVER have had that red card. Just wrong!
Mr. andogriff was furious with the ref for that one.
Umm..yes Nani deserved that red card. You almost jump someone with your flying leg kick, you deserve 10,000 red cards.
Hahahahaha. You know I’m right.
Hey WordPress has a new thing called “Like This” under people’s comments. Interesting.
Really?! Oooooh, I always get nervous when WP introduces new things, it usually results in a mess. Will check it out.
It just disappeared after you said you’d check it out. What have you done you blog tyrant!
Seriously?! My secret is out: I Am WordPress!!!
I thought I was on LSD for a moment, down thread I asked what are these blue stars? Now there gone….that feeling you get after hitting your head on a wall.
Ah, thank you Andogriff! I’ll be honest: when the ref gave the red card I almost punched the TV, I couldn’t believe it. But when I looked at the replays from all angles later I reckoned Nani was just asking for trouble. I don’t think it was deliberate (like De Jong on Alonso in the World Cup final), because he wasn’t even looking towards the RM player, but it was completely reckless and stupid – but then, stupidity is Nani’s speciality. Damn it all!
Yes, all true… but he WAS just going for the ball, even though it was indeed reckless and stupid!
That’s what I adore about you, Chips. Like myself, you can be an honest assessor of when your side royally fucks up. Welcome to my world with the woeful Lakers and “OHWHYTHEFUCKDIDROMANHIRERAFA”.
Here is an awesome WH infograph on Judicial delays, and response from the WH Chief Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler
Senate Delays Negatively Impacting our Judicial System wh.gov/GiJH#.UTZ2KIYi… WH Cheif Counsel 1.usa.gov/14pVqKQ http://t.co/cqy6omarhM— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
The book I mentioned below talks about this in detail….
HA! So THAT’S why they ran for President! SMH…it was the PERKS!
Turkish Oil Wrestling Is A Totally Legit Sport
Heh, don’t shoot the messenger.
WP is acting weird today, I dont know if it is the same for everyone else. Some my posts are not coming out correctly. Apologize for duplicates
Looking FABULOUS Mr. President!! Do you
Are you a fan of Liverpool?!! Love Sat and Sun mornings Barclays premier and FA Cup! After MTP! Keep up the magnificent job!!
Kristen! “Liverpool”? Nooooooooooo!!!!!
The real Reds: Manchester United!
Apart from that, thank you Kristen – and welcome!
Kristen, number one rule of TOD is that Chelsea is the BEST TEAM EVER. Bar none. Manchester United is the suckiest team ever. All other teams come up tops before Man U.
Welcome to TOD!
Don’t listen to both of them.They’re partisan hacks like gop.
At least we don’t have the mind of Rick Santorum and think he’s the best thing since sliced bread like you do.
The Ed Show is going to interview Colbert’s sister tonight.
I’m reading this book now. It should be required reading. I highly advise.
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism: Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein: 9780465074730: Amazon.com: Books
It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism
OH CRAP! I didn’t think it would pop up like this! Excellent, excellent book.
It’s okay. We like pictures.
hard-sell by amazon?
who knows:) I really recommend this. Hard sell or not.
Am reading this now too. Very intense book – excellent read.
Seriously, a must read for political junkies and anyone that is concerned for democracy. Glad that you’re reading this, too!
another great read is Michael Grunwald’s book, The New New Deal. Excellent.
thanks for the recommendations!
Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll look for that one too.
After a post re. horse slaughterhouse proposal for N.M., I did some checking—-remembered that Illinois closed down some foreign co.’s slaughterhouse in 2007. Now I see they’re popping up all over—-not happy that President Obama signed a bill overturning the nationwide ban. This is disgusting to me. Here are the facts:
I suggestion on the last thread was to create a petition…either on Change.org ….or now, I guess a WH petition. I have to say, the fact that he did that saddens me.
Wow, had no idea.
Thanks for following up dotster3.
I think it was you who mentioned you are on twitter. If I may be so bold to ask, what’s your twitter handle?
Thanks for asking—but so far nothing much to see—-just a bunch of retweets. Need to get my twitter legs—-easing into it. And I don’t like my username—-need to change and then I’ll advertise.
Why do I feel that there’s a lot more to this story? Somehow I doubt that PBO would callously sign a bill overturning a ban on slaughterhouses…just because. There’s something else that the humane society is not disclosing.
It was part of a Federal Agricultural Appropriations Bill.
I’m not talking just the bill – I’m referring to the reason he signed the bill, knowing that it would overturn the ban on slaughterhouses. I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Absolutely heartbreaking 1 hour special with the parents of the Newtown tragedy. All clips in link if you can get through them.
New song featured on @KatieShow #VoicesFromNewtown Download 2 support SHES #SandyHookPromise bit.ly/XjJECh ktie.tv/13pLnJT— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
Ok what are the all the Blue Stars? I knew something was up w/ WordPress….Anybody?
You guys must have the fancy dancy features…blue dots, blue stars, notifications when someone has responded to your post…lawdy! I have boring vanilla…and not one bit of trouble:) Just sayin’!!! Was it over the summer when WP went nuts and not just put our posts all over the place, but duplicated them and totally messed things up….multiple posts….it was like poltergeists had taken over! Ever since then, I don’t care if I’m notified of followup comments and I don’t care if I get told about a new post. I live here. I know these things already!
what blue stars ? Let’s not give ut any more ideas.
Looks like either I am on drugs, or the only person who can vouch for these imaginary citings is UT. One or the other…..
Phew, glad I’m not the only one not spotting them. Seems like some folk have stars in their eyes tonight. Hmm.
If makes you feel better, they have disappeared. Chipsticks didnt like the juxtaposition of Blue(to close to Chelsea) so she removed them…..
I banished the blue!!! (Actually, I touched nothing – and have yet to spot these new things. But honestly, I almost never see these new things you people see, I have no clue why!)
blues fans are famous for seeing everything through blue-tinted glasses.
True. UT should use this as her new avi:
Agree, df. Vanilla for me too.
works for me!!!
Hello and Goodbye, y’all. I’m out this evening for a networking group meet, sometimes it goes on waaaaaaay too long! See y’all tomoz!
Have a great evening Pamela, see ya tomorrow!
HP is on the Man U game already, question is they have been robbed?
I am sorry Chips.
Thank you Nena, a HORRIBLE sporting night!
Don’t forget the UNM Lobos men’s basketball team just won the Mountain West Conference!!!! 25 and 4 BABEEE! Fourth championship in five years!!! Goin’ to the BIG DANCE!!!!
Thank you Magapie, I feel MUCH better now!
Pass this along, if anybody ask what the presidents plan for sequestration and deficit reduction is:
A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit: Interactive State-by-State map wh.gov/sequester http://t.co/1QDrePhQkf— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
Another splendid post from FayPax…
Thanks to FayPax for yet another great post. I’ve bookmarked it to make sure that I share it with as many people as I can. It’s by far one of the most educational piece I’ve come across that systematically debunks the right wing myth of the “Great Ronald Reagan.” DF, as always, thanks for sharing with us another important and must read piece.
On the “Thunderbirds’ 60th anniversary year…”
“Air Force Academy seniors may be tossing their hats into an empty sky when they graduate next May because the budget battle in Washington has grounded the Thunderbirds demonstration team.”
Thunderbirds may not fly at AF Academy graduation bit.ly/10bRIru— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) March 06, 2013
Someone please give Bob Woodward his meds.
WTF?! | Bob Woodward's Back-And-Forth With The White House Gets Even Weirder, As He Invites Obama And Others Over businessinsider.com/bob-woodward-o…— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) March 06, 2013
Why would POTUS want to go to Bob Woodward’s house?
POTUS should send Bo over to bite him.
That would be animal cruelty
There is no way FLOTUS would allow Bo to go bite that lying Bob Woodward.
Woodward is trying to save his reputation. If they accept, this will be in his next book.
President Obama did accept an invite to some GOPher’s house for dinner early on – was it George Wills or somebody?
Found it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/13/obamas-dinner-with-conser_n_157701.html
that invite was before the GOP exposed its self fully
Yes, nobody had any idea what it was to become, that’s for sure.
@AngryBlackLady Woodward needs adult supervision & maybe some (more) meds. He & McCain's only value now is to comedians & their writers.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 06, 2013
UT, somebody needs to come to get their paw-paw. Seriously.
NO argument here… http://t.co/bzQf2pU2— RC deWinter (@RCdeWinter) March 06, 2013
NO reason to ever vote for them.
Not everything is bad news out of Colorado/New Mexico area:
“Colorado Senate committee passes 7 gun control measures
One bill would make manufacturers, sellers liable for crimes”
Colorado Senate committee passes 7 gun control measures bit.ly/WJIamP— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) March 05, 2013
Good for them. Is CO firm blue or trending blue ? Hope the dnc , dccc and other such c’s have a serious gameplan for 2014 for flipping the house and raising the senate seats.
VP Biden was involved in helping it get passed. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22601723/colorado-republicans-democrats-butt-head-gun-debate-drags
I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times. I apologize for posting the same twitter three times.
Carol, are your fingers glued to your keyboard?
No, the chalkboard.
Ah, that’s ok!
Attention CarolMaeWY and Arapho, before you start channeling Bart Simpson again on the chalkboard Carol, when you post a tweet on twitter, sometimes it wont load the white box the first few times the page refreshes. Just b/c you dont see it doesnt mean others cant. Wait 10-15 minutes it will show up like it supposed to on your own computer. Hope that helps………
Thanks LP. I thought it was me.
Meant to say, when you post a tweet on WP, but you get the gist…….
Spencer Zwing is apparently R-money’s private equity version of Karl Rove:
SpencerZwick: to put that in perspective, Obama camp had more new donors than Romney had total donors in 2012— UChicago Politics (@UChiPolitics) March 06, 2013
Trying again to get the white twitter box:
It took me three times.
Hey Ted Cruz, want to start a REAL investigation??? Start a full fledged investigation as to WHY JOHN MCCAINS MILITARY RECORS ARE SEALED???— Art Leverone (@ArtLeverone) March 06, 2013
Scathing. I’ve heard most of it before. And yet he prevails … with the help of the lackluster GOP who wouldn’t know a military record if they saw one, as well as the MSM who only care who’s “nice” to them on the “Straight Bullshit Express.”
all the Pentagon debriefings of the prisoners who returned from Vietnam are now classified and closed to the public under a statute enacted in the 1990s with McCain’s backing. He says this is to protect the privacy of former POWs and gives it as his reason for not making public his own debriefing.
In 1989, 11 members of the House of Representatives introduced a measure they called “The Truth Bill.” A brief and simple document, it said: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict shall make available to the public all such records and information held or received by that department or agency. In addition, the Department of Defense shall make available to the public with its records and information a complete listing of United States personnel classified as prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action (body not returned) from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict.”
Opposed by Pentagon
Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon, “The Truth Bill” got nowhere. It was reintroduced in the next Congress in 1991 — and again disappeared. Then, suddenly, out of the Senate, birthed by the Arizona senator, a new piece of legislation emerged. It was called “The McCain Bill.” This measure turned “The Truth Bill ” on its head. It created a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the available documents could emerge. And it became law. So restrictive were its provisions that one clause actually said the Pentagon didn’t even have to inform the public when it received intelligence that Americans were alive in captivity.
” … didn’t even have to inform the public when it received intelligence that Americans were alive in captivity.”
1. What about informing the families of the POWs and MIAs?
2. What was McCain hiding back in Vietnam that could have hurt him, once he returned here? (I just wrote that because this has implications that he did it from his vested self-interest, not anybody else’s interest, but I really have no idea.)
I think that some of the MIA/POW questions you asked may have been addressed in this article…I skimmed but didn’t read the whole thing
Df, funny how when you start looking at a lot of dark or sleazy stuff you find McCain’s name lurking somewhere. He has been a creepy menace for many decades. And he actually thought be could be president.
Add this to your book club list……..can’t wait, I’m sure they will smear him and say that b/c he was involved w/ Abramoff.
Ex-Rep Attacks Boehner n New Book "If the DOJ… made John produce receipts.. 4 golf…. he got away..more than ny1" nationaljournal.com/politics/disgr…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 06, 2013
Shit Meets Fan
I can’t wait to read this! When does it come out?? The article didn’t say.
Apparently today!! and its SOLD OUT……… http://www.amazon.com/Sideswiped-Lessons-Learned-Courtesy-Capitol/dp/0984304770
could the republicans have bought all the ocpied and destroyed them ?
I want to see if any MSM will put this guy on TV. Just yesterday they were pumping a book trashing PBO from Vali Nassar, a underling of Richard Holbrooke. When it comes to selling books or getting on TV, just trash the president. GOP…. not a peep!
PEOPLE!!! Things just got interesting……….
Speaker Boehner's staffer- Steele is denying Boehner cut a deal with me to retire-does he think that I am the only one that can verify this?— (@bobney) March 06, 2013
#GOP #Sequester hostage taking:
Turn the red to blue in 2014!
RT if U agree!
#UniteBlue #p2— Joe Spataro, MD (@doctorjoe56) March 03, 2013
Kenyans are fuming that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) fucked up the reporting of election results after spending over 80 million dollars for the elections.
Sweet Aqua Buddha, can ANYONE run a decent election?
.@McConnellPress @AshleyJudd – The #yurtle for sure is scared of you, Ashley. Go, get that corrupt-to-the-core punk. http://t.co/yAUGAqR4d2— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
This is getting too good…….
@jonfavs C'mon Favs. You know we would have called a strategy mtg about how to maximize tour cancel. I'm sure I'll read somewhere we did.— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) March 05, 2013
@jonfavs Most excellent strategery. Just wait til the Easter Egg Roll revenge plan is hatched.
Seriously – poor kids and tourists.— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) March 05, 2013
@jonfavs Most excellent strategery. Just wait til the Easter Egg Roll revenge plan is hatched.
Seriously – poor kids and tourists.— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) March 05, 2013
How long for me? http://t.co/RG1mpbs1G5— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
AS IF a HOUSE CAT would spend ANY time in the snow!!!
(Oh, it’s a joke. Ok.)
Shipping lanes have started wars before, keep an eye out on these developments. Just look at China and Japan over a small island now!
Climate change opening surprising Arctic shipping routes washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog… State dept. fighting Russia 4 claims wapo.st/XLPoTW— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 05, 2013
A man charged with assault and battery insisted at his trial that he had just pushed his victim “a little bit”. When he was pressured by the prosecutor to illustrate just how hard, the defendant approached the lawyer, slapped him in the face, grabbed him firmly by the lapels and flung him over the table.
He then faced judge and jury and calmly declared, “I would say it was about one-tenth that hard.”
A woman goes to a psychic who tells her: “Prepare yourself for widowhood … Your husband is about to die a violent death.”
The woman takes a deep breath and asks, “Will I be acquitted?”
For those who live in the mid-Atlantic region please stay safe and warm when the snowstorm hits your area. The northeast will not escape what I hope is the last snowstorm of the season. Take care everyone.
Chips, you NEVER need to apologize!!!! You do so much good, everyday, nurturing the TOD community. Thank you.
This seems worth repeating …
Tell Chief Justice Roberts you reject Scalia's Republican racist, Jim Crow activism bit.ly/Ybr5vR Preserve & STRENGTHEN the #VRA TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 05, 2013
Senate Republicans Open To Gutting Voting Rights Act, Despite Scalia's Analysis zite.to/14qrTkh. If they gut it, we will March again!— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) March 06, 2013
craziness. the republican/fascists are going down swinging, and that’s why they bought up all the media to enable it. he wrote this song when ronnie reagan was busy destroying america for the same fascists, and i bet bruce never thought it would get even worse than then, and that this song is more valuable than ever (i still can’t fathom that we’re having to debate the voting rights act in 2013!!)…
How do the these Republican racists intend for this to clear the Senate and be signed by the president? They like to flex their muscles and make noises like tough guys while ignoring the real work the Senate has to do. Want to guarantee minority turnout in 2014. Make a whole bunch of ads with Republican Senators spouting KKK talking points about voter rights.
A husband walks into the bedroom holding two aspirins and a glass of water.
His wife asks, “What’s that for?” “It’s for your headache.” “I don’t have a headache.”
He replies, “Gotcha!”
I will NOT send this to hubby:)
Clever! …for a man…
@davidplouffe Only dates cancelled are tours requested by House Rs from swing districts #2014— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 05, 2013
http://t.co/N3jgLEPs9c— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
i’ve been trying to remember where i’ve heard ron fournier’s name before, then remembered al giordano took on the republican propagandist back in 2008. fournier’s been playing his game for a long, long time…
yup, he was openly shilling for mcangry and Al called him out for what he is.
From a kenyan blog
Problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. #gop #tcot #teahadist— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
CAn we PLEEEeeeASE get some dog pictures posted????? Chips, you can post my doggie rompin’ video…..er, if it will work!
Here ya go
mebbe this one hasn't heard of 'doesn't have a dog's prayer' ? http://t.co/LEHaOfbx6l— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
Okay, here you go.
Am I forgiven for all the cat photos yet?
March 5th is National Cheese Doodle Day. Oh, yes! The wonderful crispy orange cheesy things: cheese doodles! http://t.co/oxYrdwfYgs— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
http://t.co/EgxeQw5sZi— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
What is this Fascination Rachel has for Nicole Wallace? She is a staunch conservative, Bush WH liar Director and she does not stand for anything Rachel stands for. Yet, this is her 10th appearance.
I have to say, does Rachel LIKE her?
I mean, it’s pretty obvious Rachel has the hots for Nicole Wallace.
However, she dusgusts me, I can’t stand her.
it could also be that MSNBC is auditioning her for a show – they usually use this as a first step.
never forget who own MSNBC now – rightwingers & PBO-hating Dems could soon dominate these airwaves
When I saw Frank Rich and heard Rachel was going to talk about drones killing Americans, I was not in the mood to hear about that. I took a break tonight.
Gotta call it a nite, Try not to yawn…….. GN TOD!
YAWNS wp.me/s2YZ8A-yawns Collection of innocuous people & animals yawning inconspicuously. See if u can hold out vimeo.com/59629693— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) March 03, 2013
Good night. 😴💤
Judge rules tobacco money must go to defunct Pa. insurance plan for lower-income adults therepublic.com/view/story/9a0…— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) March 06, 2013
Ok. I did this so you wouldn’t have to go to the sludge pit to get these names….And just to see how totally F’d up these radicals are, check the commentary….free brain bleach or gin and tonics…whatever your preference. Apologies all around…however, I think it’s a good thing to know their “thought process” to counter that…good lord. If any of you have any of these Reps…LIKE I DO….feel free to give them the appropriate hell.They deserve every bit of wrath you can lay on them.
On Wednesday morning, the House will vote on the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 933) to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year. This is the last opportunity to defund Obamacare before the health exchanges are implemented on October 1. Conservative lawmakers, Jim Bridenstine (OK) and Tim Huelskamp (KS), submitted an amendment to the Rules Committee today to defund Obamacare. The amendment was rejected. As such, the CR will continue to fund Obamacare.
Bridenstine and Huelskamp circulated a letter asking colleagues to join them in the defund effort and to resurrect our most important policy issue, and frankly, our most potent political weapon in the field. The fight over Obamacare has been dormant ever since we won the 2010 elections. This letter was an effort to restart that discussion and call upon conservatives to stand firm one last time to block the worst piece of legislation in American history.
In the end, 30 members signed the letter:
I’m sure there are millions of Americans, many of whom can no longer afford their private health insurance, who sincerely appreciate this effort.
A number of good friends of the conservative movement are not on this list. The letter was circulated last Thursday, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for members to weight in. To those who didn’t get a chance to sign the letter but support the sentiment expressed in the letter, please let us know that you support the effort and vote down the CR.
To those who didn’t sign the letter because they feel committed to their agreement to vote for the CR as long as it contains the sequester cuts, please let us know your plan to push for defunding Obamacare in the future. Do you really think it will happen during the debt ceiling fight, which is perceived as more radioactive than a battle over the CR? Will you fight for defunding in the September CR, after passage of the Ryan budget? Or will you only vote for defunding Obamacare when it doesn’t have the force of law, while voting to fund it when a defund effort would actually force the issue?
Moreover, has leadership upheld their side of the bargain to push a path to a balanced budget when they forced you to vote for the Orwellian-named Violence Against Women Act? How is expanding an unconstitutional program a step towards a path to balance? These are all questions that your constituents are asking.
To those stalwarts who declined to sign the letter because you are tired of fighting losing battles with leadership, please reinvigorate your commitment to stand by your convictions. Obamacare is not the issue to go wobbly on. Remember, unlike with many other issues, there are millions of people who stand behind you. This is an issue we cannot let slide.
And to those who declined to sign because you honestly feel that Obamacare is here to stay; those of you who share the view of Jack Kingston that “Obamacare has been the law of the land, and it is getting implemented. We have to work in that context,” it might be time to retire. If we are going to operate under the assumption that Obamacare is here to stay, there is nothing to operate.
We cannot continue to operate under normal rules of engagement. We cannot let the Democrats score 5 touchdowns and congratulate ourselves when we score a field goal with 2 minutes left on the clock. Securing some random discretionary cuts that have already gone into effect, half of which are from the military, is meaningless if Obamacare is not disrupted this year.
Democrats are indefatigable in their pursuit of utopian socialism. Our guys must match and surpass their degree of courage, commitment, and passion to roll back the socialism and restore our Republican form of government. That road is not paved with the funding of Obamacare.
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Ok/ I have no idea what what all THIS^^^^^ stuff is…just wanted to get the list of names! I probably have some damn computer virus now…cooties, for sure. I feel dirty.
We love you desertflower so you can do whatever the hell you want!
Thank you, magapie:) I love you back! Actually, the entire thing is quite telling….I think that it should be forwarded along to the appropriate people……
Trying to Revive Talks, Obama Goes Around G.O.P. Leaders nyti.ms/12sEQP1— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) March 06, 2013
Dear #PBO @NancyPelosi you have ~ 44 House Rs who aren't crazy. Flip 18 & you've got the majority. WE CAN HELP Let's roll. @whitehouse @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 06, 2013
Yes We Can
YES WE CAN
Gee, isn’t that what a certain Bobfr has been saying would happen for, oh, a few months now?
Off to the kitchen to prepare some dinner. Hope you and your wife are having a relaxing evening.
You are absolutely right! Our fearless twitter worrier, Bobfr, has been advocating this for over two months.
The talk about classification of documents above has reminded me of something which MUST be brought to light now that jeb is trying to get himself elected – G.H. Bush’s records were never released.
here is a reminder to those here who know more about classification & being good librarians:
- I believe I had it was reported that documents from every US Presidency are released after a specific number of years have passed from when they left office.
- in the case of the Bush Crime Family, the time to release 41′s records was supposed to be due just a short-time after the SCOTUS gave shrib 43 the Presidency.
- I remember at the time that one of the demands that Darth Vader had and put into action was to assign one of the top-ranking officials (I can’t recall which one of the gang) to re-classify the information for 41 for another number of yrs (many be 20 – or what ever time is desginated by law).
- so you can see that if jeb can get into the WH (God Forbid) then he would have another chance to re-classify both 43 & 41′s records.
Can you imagine what the country would not know about the activities of 41 (as head of CIA & POTUS) and also 43 (especially leading to the Iraq War?
Anyone have any idea where we can get a news report about this? I remember that some host on Progressive Talk Radio (probably Randi Rhodes) did some shows about this re-classification when it it happened.
I thought I read 25 years for past Presidents…I was curious as to whether McCain’s info could be had under FOIA….and thought I saw that info in there….
I don’t know how long, but some historians are still listening to LBJ, Nixon, I’ve never heard about Reagan’s being released. Of course, I don’t think he had deep thoughts.
true dat. http://t.co/vfFBx1EsAp— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
Couldn’t resist dropping in my 2 cents…
@davidplouffe @jonfavs U2 need to quit – LOL! UR going to make RWNJ's lose their minds and our mental health system is already overcrowded!— Alycee (@jazziz2) March 06, 2013
Why am I posting away on the old thread – when the new one has 197 – thats one hundred and ninety seven – responses – sigh!
My thoughts on the markets – brought over
In my opinion – could be completely wrong, as I am no expert – the markets are too volatile and too high. They go up and down 1-2% on the smallest piece of news (eg Italian election results, minor change in employment figures). There has been a major jump since PBO was re-elected with not a lot to base it on. I believe there will be a major correction – and can imagine who the GOP will try to blame.
My own retirement investments have sky rocketed in the past 2 months – slow and steady growth is good – I don’t like these jumps – in either direction.
No, something is bothering me too. Why with the sequester? I feel the insiders are manipulating it.
I believe that some of this is because of the spending cuts. Corporate profits have been sky-high due to all the layoffs and forcing people to work hard and longer for less. The right wing and their puppet masters are thrilled with all that. The GOP have apparently been trying to get some legislation to cancel some of the Pentagon cuts. They are diabolical.
People working longer for less has been happening since Reagan times – I agree it is getting worse – but I think it is more that people are making money out of the market itself – rather than the underlying companies – it’s not just happening in the US – all world markets are similar – European ones go up and down based on a rumor out of any one of 17 countries – and in my world we follow the worst of everyone. Remembering that the Netherlands used to have a huge market for tulips which eventually imploded – I’m not sure the stock market as we know it will live much longer than me.
Need some clarification on a few issues related to the current outrage about drones operating in the US:
-except for the obvious fact that one has a human at its controls, how is a drone different from a typical police helicopter that has a mounted camera and is used to monitor events from the sky?
- haven’t these been in use at least to film episodes of “Cops” aka “Bad Boys, …. Bad Boys. Or is it because the people who are routinely chase by the police choppers are usually from a different background. Do these cop chopper first get a warrant before they chase US citizens throughout their neighborhood
- how are images captured by drone any different from images captured by the millions of cameras that record our every activity on the street
- how is the fact that law enforcement can use lethal force on US citizens (almost dairy) different from what AG called extreme circumstances?
- is a mounted a camera by any name still a camera?
- is a lethal force delivered by any gun still lethal force?
All reasonable & informed people, you being one as evidenced by the structure of your questions gcLinda, know the answers. We also know that the solutions to why any of these systems are in use have everything to do about improving the quality of LIFE for ALL citizens rather than aggregating almost all resources and wealth into the possession of a very, very few.
Implementing those solutions requires a society in which each person is enabled, to the best of their abilities, to think critically and both think and act with empathy. Those skills, along with literacy and numerical skills, are the bedrock of the type of society we know how to nurture and we have as a President, for the first time in my 65 years, who gets it, comprehensively.
Joe Buden hanging out at a Delaware Fire station tonight-
Sarah Palin: "Hugo Chavez dead at 58. This PROVES socialized medicine doesn't work because no one in America ever dies of cancer."— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) March 06, 2013
Hope DOJ will investigate…
Judge failed to disclose he was married to a cop in courtroom… Federal probe sought into ex-cop’s assault acquittal philly.com/philly/news/br…— Alycee (@jazziz2) March 06, 2013
"If you can't dazzle with brilliance; you baffle with bulls&*t. on" via @HuffPostMedia— Nelson (@Yardarm756DD) March 06, 2013
Debaters Motto I learned this early on from my debate coach:)
How’d that work for ya?
Ah….I really was an extemporaneous speaker so I never got to BS much at all….one of those sayings I never forgot though….in “real life”, I’m not a game player and I smell BS a mile away…not something I would ever do in my life. I call it like I see it, if people can’t deal, oh well!
It posted without letting me ask how you were doing this fine Tues, eve:) Hope all is well. You’re my SECOND favorite sailor, you know
Finer than fog hair Missy. Now’s by you and the Chief?
OK…he needs a JOB. Other than that…all is well:) Trying to stay out of trouble…you know, normal stuff!
I hear ya df. Went I get up in the morning I put on my bs filters before I turn on the news and run ‘em under hot water before I hit the rack.
I hear you:)
Are you an in the eye of the snowstorm?
Not really. We only got 9 inches in my neighborhood. Some others got more. It’s now moved on to Indiana and points East.
Stay warm warm and safe.
Thanks but I’m good. I got plenty of rhum and the food locker is stocked. Beside it should get to 40 degrees by Thursday.
http://t.co/kV7X5EOw7D— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) March 06, 2013
oh my. soooo sleepy
Okay, my 2 cents about Hugo Chavez.
I have no brief for him, and as a Latino, I have a very jaundiced eye towards the long line of caudillos—both of the Left and Right—which have “graced” our various republics since independence from Spain. But, unless the Venezuelan gov’t does a complete 180, there will be elections in 30 days. If that’s a dictatorship a la Cuba, it’s certainly a very incompetent one. So we’ll see who wins in 30 days.
Women can't tell a joke because they are married to one.— (@amk4obama) March 06, 2013
You brat! How’d ya know I already ate a whole bag of them the other day and have none left?
But, but, but…
Off to hit the hay…dog is staring me down and becoming quite insistent. See you all in the am
These True Love stories make me cry!
This 80 year old woman was arrested for shop lifting.
When she went before the judge in Cincinnati he asked her, “What did you steal?”
She replied, “A can of peaches..”
The judge then asked her why she had stolen the can of peaches, and she replied
that she was hungry.
The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can.
She replied, “6.”
The judge said, “Then I will give you 6 days in jail.”
Before the judge could conclude the trial, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked
the judge if he could say something.
The judge said, “What is it?”
The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”
Terrible! You’ve been hanging around amk for way too long!
No heart. No brains. No courage. OMG, Toto, they're #republicans! h/t FB/theprogressiveoffensive http://t.co/IcMkjtNqfJ— Alycee (@jazziz2) March 06, 2013
i’ve never made an account at “the people’s view” but read there often. the crew over there, especially our favorite librarian, have just been kickin’ butt left and right. what a great smackdown over there today.
can home just ahead of the snow.
since then it has been falling steadily;
everything is now covered & yet snow is going to keep coming through the night & morning.
I hate the snow!
I know farmers need the snow/moisture for the crops but I always complain about the snow.
at times like this, I miss home and the tropical weather.
Ps, I am very grateful that I have great heating while others may be freezing tonight!
Hi guys, everytime I see this commercial, I believe this is what Sarah Palin was like as a child.
This child is too smart to be compared to Sarah Palin.
Sarah – in her latest reincarnation always wants more – for herself – any other similarity is non-existent – I find it intensely hard to believe that someone so dumb – so truly stupid – was ever elected as a Mayor – let alone a Governor. Is Alaska really so far away from reality?
MSNBC concert is simply thrilled about Ryan Budget 2, 56 and older(republican base, you ate safe from massive cuts to medicare, 56 and under, obamas base, you are screwed.
Yeah, and if the President goes along with that he has been given Ecstasy drugs.
What on Earth are they talking about?
Do it for the Country my ass!
More like do it for the Republican Base!
Warren Buffett switches his Trains from Dielsel to natural gas-
Burns much cleaner, and we have it right here in America. You will recall the Executive order in 2011 on Natural gas switch. This is his vision…
Jovie–Ryan is huffing and puffing out his chest to gain attention and to make himself a player in 2016. This Medicare crap will not pass the Senate–ever–and will NEVER be signed by the president. NEVER!!! Will there be some kind of means testing for Medicare in the future–possibly? There are retirees with very large incomes who may need to pay more, but I don’t see any greater concessions regarding benefits than this. The so-called Republican base over 56 includes a whole lot of Democrats and there are millions more people under 56, who will be furious at the Rs for this. Remember Pierce’s phrase–”zombie-eyed granny starver”? That’s Paul Ryan.
I hope you are right, but that old saying, you are liberal when you are young and conservative when you get old. Some of that is true, unfortunately.
Sequester won’t interrupt collection of taxes from ‘ObamaCare’
Bernie Becker and Sam Baker
03/06/13 05:00 AM ET
Implementation of the taxes and fees from Obama’s healthcare law is on track despite IRS cutbacks.…
To bad, so sad…
Snowquester has a Twitter account letting us know what’s going on….
I barely dropped any snow on D.C., but I bet your office/school is closed. You're welcome. #Snowquester— Snowquester (@snowquester) March 06, 2013
Report: Obama invites group of GOP senators to dine at W.H.
By POLITICO STAFF | 3/6/13 7:39 AM EST
President Barack Obama will break bread with GOP senators on Wednesday night, according to a report.
Amidst a standoff over the sequester, Obama invited a group of Republican senators – as yet unnamed – for dinner at the White House, CNN reported Wednesday.
No word on the menu yet.
Mark Knoller will bring us the menu details. Stay tuned.
Bob Woodward wants an invite!
I bet they will all really like him and will want to seek compromise deals with him now. That WAS the problem, wasn’t it?—–that President Obama hadn’t had them over for chips and dip?
It’s alright to talk to Republicans, but I don’t trust any Republican.
@davidrwhitney You heard correctly, I'm just getting started. #Snowquester— Snowquester (@snowquester) March 06, 2013
European stock markets rose to their highest since the 2008 financial crisis on Wednesday, helped by signs the U.S. economy is improving and expectations of more pledges of support for growth from major central banks.
U.S. stock index futures also pointed to fresh gains on Wall Street, after the previous session’s stellar run saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI hit an all-time high. .N
The European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are all expected to stick to ultra-easy monetary policy at meetings this week, following on from reassurances by U.S. Federal Reserve officials that their stimulus program remains in place.
Analysts even see some scope for fresh action in Europe on Thursday, giving a 40 percent chance for more bond buying from the Bank of England and a 10 percent likelihood of an interest rate cut from the ECB.
That, combined with some encouraging U.S. economic data this week and China’s promise of record government spending to help sustain growth, pushed world and European share indexes higher on Wednesday.
I love the playful, interesting and clever Twitter banter among PBO’s former (& current) guys
@jonfavs @TVietor08 @MarkLeibovich most importantly, why r u guys tweeting at 730 am 5 days after leaving the WH. Go to sleep— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) March 06, 2013
A state judge has ordered the Corbett administration to reinstate funding for programs that provided health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians.
In his ruling Tuesday, Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini found that two statutes that stripped money from the adultBasic and Medicaid programs were unconstitutional because they diverted money from the federal tobacco settlement to finance items other than health care in the general budget.
The DC judge was blocked yesterday, so much for filibuster reform aye Harry?
They are blocking because of a provision in the Dodd/Frank bill that says big oil has to disclose all foreign payments and pay a penalty.
This has been brought to court by big oil, and it is sitting in DC Appellate Court.
This is super bad news. I thought Reid made a deal to get judges thru the process in a speedy efficient manner. For me it was the only consolation for not destroying the filibuster.
Tell Rachel. She is losing her mind! I think her and Jon Stewart are where the Both sides do it meme comes from?
Thanks so much for the link, DF. Kinda figured it was just another shiny HAIR ON FIRE distraction/disruption/redirection story.
Snow Day! Good morning all!
ADP: U.S. adds 198,000 private-sector jobs in Feb. on.mktw.net/168jyp0— (@symmetry11) March 06, 2013
Rand Paul only supports the use of transvaginal #drones!— Leo Soup (@leosoup) March 06, 2013
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