79 Responses to “‘5 things you should know about Obamacare’”

  1. 1 Allison
    February 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    GA Chips! Hope all is well!

  2. February 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    That’s it, I’m invading Canada. Who’s with me? We must finish the War of 1812 and absorb all of Canada’s sporting talent.

  3. 19 amk for obama
    February 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm


  4. 22 JER
    February 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm


    … John Paul Stevens, 93, served on the highest court in the land for an impressive 35 years, from 1975 until his retirement in June 2010. Known for his bow ties, brilliant legal mind, and striking transformation from Midwest Republican conservative to hero of the political left, Stevens remains an intellectual force to reckon with. In his latest book, the forthcoming Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, he offers a half-dozen stimulating ideas for altering, and he would say improving, our foundational legal document. …

    Since Stevens believes that the authors of the Second Amendment were primarily concerned about the threat that a national standing army posed to the sovereignty of the states—as opposed to homeowners’ anxiety about violent felons—he thinks the best way to fix the situation is to amend the Second Amendment. He’d do that by adding five words as follows:

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed. …


    • February 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      The thing is, we’re not an 18th century republic any longer. We no longer have a militia. We have state National Guards, but I don’t think those qualify as militias as foreseen by the founders. The fact is that we do have a standing army, the most powerful standing army in history, and the idea that state militias could stand against that army is farcical. The 2nd Amendment is now as much of a dead letter as was the 18th Amendment instituting Prohibition. It does far more harm than good.

      • 24 57andfemale
        February 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

        Part of the back story was economic: America did not have easy access to manufactured goods so expecting a citizen to provide his own gun to the militia was important to having enough arms. Interestingly, it was the Federal government that established mass production practices of guns, NOT private industry which contributed to the American System of Manufacture, which created efficient mass production and markets. The United States didn’t have the infrastructure or labor that Europe had, so it was out of necessity that mass production was developed to such a scale in the U.S.

    • February 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      It is time to repeal the 2nd amendment

  5. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    February 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Olympic Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seems PBO will be sending two cases of beer to our neighbors in the North. Congrats Canada

  6. 31 Nena20409
    February 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Bummer. Yikes.

    O’ Canada. You did it to Us again…….?

    Congrats 😉

  7. 32 amk for obama
    February 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Serious security failings in home routers are getting more attention from both attackers and researchers.

    In recent weeks, attacks have been mounted on Linksys and Asus routers via loopholes that thieves could exploit.

    In Poland, reports suggest one gang has successfully adjusted router settings in a bid to steal cash.

    A separate study found many of the routers sold online have bugs that attackers could easily exploit.


  8. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    February 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    It’s okay, Canada. Hockey is all you have.

    Oh, and maple syrup.

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      February 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      What Democrats need to do to maintain the “coalition of the ascendant”


      And so I’d like to counter that narrative by suggesting that there are some things Democrats need to do in order to maintain the momentum started by President Obama and build on the success of the coalition of the ascendant.

      First and foremost, they need to go “all in” on the 2014 mid-term election. Groups like Priorities USA that decide to sit this one out and wait for 2016 risk incurring the ire of those of us who know that what has halted progress in this country is NOT the lack of presidential leadership, but Republican obstructionism. That is a direct result of the 2010 mid-term election when too many Democrats decided to sit things out – giving the teapublicans the opportunity to win both Congressional majorities and governorships/state legislatures. The real base of the Democratic Party knows that winning presidential elections is not enough. And we’ll be watching to see who puts it all on the line to do what needs to be done in 2014.


      Any political party – including Democrats – that wants to survive had better start listening to people like Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rev. William Barber and David Simon on continuing the work President Obama has begun to build the coalition of the ascendant.


  9. February 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Today’s news in WY, the Senate did not pass the Medicaid expansion. Last week a 61 year old woman was kicked out of her apartment because she couldn’t pay the rent. A few days latter she was found dead of hypothermia. Wed. a 48 year old man was shot in our County outside a house apparently by a 15 year old boy who lived there. No other details were known. 😦

    • 45 99ts
      February 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Tried to reply CarolMae – couldn’t think of anything – love thy neighbor seems inappropriate in the extreme.

  10. 46 Linda
    February 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Arizona Pizzeria Reserves The Right To Kick Out Anti-Gay Lawmakers (PHOTO)


  11. 50 Ladyhawke
    February 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Max Fisher ‏@Max_Fisher 46m


    Ukraine’s parliament has accomplished more in the last 24 hours than the U.S. Congress has done all year. Seriously. http://wapo.st/1fhAIal


    • February 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      “Ukraine’s parliament has just approved a resolution that allows for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and opposition leader who has been in jail since 2011. Tymoshenko’s arrest, ostensibly for a natural gas deal she signed with Russia while in office, is widely considered to have been political. She was a major rival to President Viktor Yanukovych and ran against him in the 2010 presidential election.

      The parliament, which has 442 seats, approved the resolution by an impressive 310 votes, including dozens of lawmakers in Yanukovych’s party. Technically, the vote does not directly call for Tymoshenko to be freed, but amends the country’s criminal code in a way that seems likely to lead to her release.

      Over the past 24 hours, Ukraine’s parliament has passed a series of resolutions that aggressively undermine Yanukovych, curbing both his actual power and his legitimacy as national leader. This may actually be Ukraine’s best shot at ending its three-month crisis and averting disaster. But it’s an even bigger deal than that, because of what it means not just for Ukraine’s present crisis but for its future as a fledgeling democracy.”

      more at the link in the tweet LH just posted, above.

      What matters more than anything else is can the opposition leaders convince folk not to attack Yanukovych home/offices/etc. Next 24-48 h really need to see a deescalation of the violence or civil war could readily emerge.

      • 52 jackiegrumbacher
        February 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        Bob, thank you for this update. If the Parliament is undermining Yanukovych and an important political rival may soon be released from prison, where does that leave him? Wouldn’t his best resort be to leave as quickly and quietly as possible. I’m sure Putin could provide him with a nice little place right next door to Snowden. He has crossed every line possible with Ukrainians, firing into crowds and mowing people down with his brutal tactics. How can this man have a future within the country?

      • 53 japa21
        February 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        As with Syria, there is a lot of confusion and diversity within the ranks of the anti-regime folks. There are definitely some people that we would not really want to be supportive of, including those calling for violence if Yanukovych doesn’t step down. But they tend to be the most eloquent at the present time. They are tapping into the anger of the people and those who are more moderate are being overwhelmed by them.

        There is a bit of it that is reminescent of the rise of a certain mustachd fellow back in the 30’s.

  12. 54 amk for obama
    February 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    With that admonition being in your nightmares, gunnite.

  13. February 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Snowdenski’s ‘free and open’ Russian paradise …


    …. not so much …

  14. February 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  15. 59 japa21
    February 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Okay VC. I just spoke to my son. He is marshalling his troops. Expect him to cross into Canadian territory around International Falls. Since there is nothing of value east of there, he will then head west.

  16. 62 hopefruit2
    February 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

  17. 63 hopefruit2
    February 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm


    • 64 japa21
      February 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Waiting for the uproar from the right. I actually hope they do scream about this. Will really take care of their rebranding campaign.

    • February 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      “On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Each of these Soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award; that award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

      In 2002, Congress, through the Defense Authorization Act, called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice. During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were also found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 Act was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade – in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers.”


  18. 66 JER
    February 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  19. 67 hopefruit2
    February 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Mark Knoller is greedy. That is all!

  20. 71 JER
    February 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

  21. 72 hopefruit2
    February 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t get it…

  22. 75 JER
    February 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  23. 77 japa21
    February 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This is, of course, purely a rhetorical question because we all know the answer is “They’re nuts.”

    • 78 99ts
      February 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Making the states poor via such expenditure allows them to cut more and more services to the people they supposedly serve.

  24. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    February 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Bringing this over from the Early Bird Chat because we have a lot of TODer’s from IL here and wondered if any of you had visited this particular McDonald’s? It is apparently still standing but owned by another AA.


    Did You Know That?

    After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr major cities like Chicago, Detroit, LA etc., had all experienced social unrest. The need for an injection of hope and inspiration was at the forefront in the African-American community. It appeared Blacks everywhere had reached their peak with the injustice in this Country. Recognizing the need to address this problem and sensing that Black business leaders were better able to address issues and concerns in the community where they live and work the McDonald’s Corporation offered a Franchise to a black man. The recipient of opportunity was Herman Petty opening his first restaurant in December 1968 on 67th and Stony Island on the Southside of Chicago.

    Mr. Petty went on to own numerous other McDonald’s locations and was a founding member of the NBMOA (National Black McDonald’s Operators Association). Today there are over 300 African American Owner Operators of McDonald’s nationwide.

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