Oct 182013

I’m writing for tomorrow, as I try to fathom the damage from the Republican Shutdown and getting ready for a trip out to run errands.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:12 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Acknowledging that the government shutdown was coming to an end, an emotional Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the Senate floor today to make an impassioned speech, telling his colleagues, “The dream of keeping poor people from seeing a doctor must never die.”

His eyes welling up with tears, Sen. Cruz said, “I embarked on this crusade with a simple goal: to keep affordable health care out of the reach of ordinary, hard-working Americans. And while this battle was lost, that dream—that precious, cherished dream—will live on.”

Reflecting on the government shutdown and near-default that almost touched off a global financial apocalypse, Sen. Cruz said, “We’ll give it another try in a few weeks.”

Sen. Cruz’s closest ally, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also spoke reverently of the shutdown, calling it “the most expensive Civil War reënactment in history.”

“Unfortunately, once again, the wrong side won,” he said.

As much as that ass would like to deny it, Andy captured the vile thing that poses as Cruz’s heart.

From Media Matters: Fox’s Kelly: Deal To End Shutdown "Doesn’t Look Like A Win For The American People" Because It Doesn’t Address Debt.


This is how the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda views the events of last night. It boggles the mind!

From Daily Kos: What if I told you that one of the leaders of the tea party strategy to stop Obamacare by shutting down the Federal government didn’t actually believe it was possible to repeal Obamacare until 2017 at the earliest but pushed forward with his plan anyway?

You’d probably get pretty mad, right? Shutting down the government over an unrelated policy dispute is bad enough, but if the people shutting the government down didn’t even believe that their strategy would work, then they’d be guilty of inflicting pain and creating chaos for absolutely no reason whatsoever.


The way I see it, these bastards owe us $25 billion!!




  32 Responses to “Open Thread–10/18/2013”

  1. Time 4:13 – slow today
    Oh, Tomcat I watched that Fox video and other than feeling Very queasy I do have a question. Who uses a word like shambolic? This farce was a self induced, this was the train wreck not Obama care, but the republican tantrum that did become their worst defeat in many years. Now let us play that one more time in November 2014.

  2. Can I hurl, toss, puke, regeritate, upchuck, or otherwise spew my innards now…….

    I bet Orwell is spinning, no, make that….rotisserie-ing (yeah, I know, that is not a real word, give me some literary license here please) in his grave over these Fascist Bastards. They exist in a parallel universe aparently. 

  3. So sorry you have yet ANOTHER insanely noisy neighbour TC – so awful, I really feel for you!

    You will be delighted to hear that when I read the New Yorker piece I was so discombobulated that I took it seriously for the first paragraph, I thought "What?  He is telling the TRUTH!!!" – then of course I realised – they got me! 

    So sorry but my machine just deleted a paragraph…. they do that when you are tired, don't they?!


  4. ~ 5:21

    This is how the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda views the events of last night. It boggles the mind!

    Barf bag please…

    These non-profit Heritage people are Nucking Futs as is Fox.


  5. New Yorker ~ I can imagine a bunch of those Baggers crying in their beers over the end of the ShutStorm.

    Media Matters ~ Aren't you glad she got her own show on FAUX Noise? She has so much nonsense to spout. It all sounds like the same thing over and over again though.

    Daily Kos ~ Of course they knew they couldn't change the law by throwing a tantrum and shutting down the governmnent. They learned nothing from when the Newtster shut it down in the 1990s over a "slight" by Pres. Clinton on the plane to Israel. All they want to do is hurt the American people. Yes, they do owe us over $24 billion. Sign the petition. There's a link on this page. You can also FB or Tweet :http://sunsetdaily.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/send-ted-cruz-a-message-senator-cruz-you-owe-us-24-billion/

    How about signing one to arrest the conspirators for sedition http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/prosecute-the-conspirators-who-plotted-the-government-shutdown-in-violation-of-18-usc-2384?source=facebook-share-button&time=1381510965

    Cartoon ~ YUP!

  6. Puzzle — 3:25  I really did not want to be in the water pushing the damn boat Jerry, so move over!

    The New Yorker — I don't know which line is better . . . from Cruz, from Boehner, from Lee?  However, unfortunate as it is, I believe this from Cruz is a promise to America . . .

    Sen. Cruz said, “We’ll give it another try in a few weeks.”

    Let's hope that it is just another political promise that is not kept!

    Media Matters — Gag me with a silver spoon!  Kelly asked "Where was the leadership on entitlement spending? . . . "  I would ask, "Where was the leadership on raising taxes on those that make $1 million or more per year and on tax reform to close some gaping loopholes?"  First, she needs to read yesterday's article "Some Truth About the Debt and Deficit" so that she has some basic understanding of the facts.  If she really wants to reduce the debt, then taxes on the wealthy must be increased.  Second, entitlement spending?  Where is the leadership for efficient and fair spending — subsidies to oil companies for example?. . .  subsidies to big ag?  Leadership is certainly not coming from the Republicanus/Teabagger party.

    Daily Kos — Make it so America!

    "Well, as infuriating as the GOP nihilistic strategy has been, one thing is for sure: It's now a whole lot less likely that come 2017, they'll still be in control of the House—let alone the Senate or presidency."

    Cartoon — Are the Republicanus/Teabaggers going to claim that they didn't know the gun was loaded?

  7. Too bad you have a 3rd nutball around your apartment.  Is it a Republicanus/Teabagger plot to silence the best progressive blogger in the US?

    BTW, when do you move into the new apartment?

  8. Hey, the strategy worked for Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles.

  9. The sign at my church says this week

    Being content with little is difficult.

    Being content with much is impossible!

    Something to ponder . . .

  10. The New Yorker,  absolutely what Cruz means.

    Faux news:  Kelly fits in so well there.

    Daily Kos:  yes it makes me mad and should infuriate all Americans.

    Cartoon:  so apt!

    I hope you get moved soon, we need your leadership here and these cruds are affecting your health.

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