Oct 122013
 

The Bible teaches that sowing the wind is not free.  There is a cost.  Republicans have tried to destroy Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid since their inception, because they hate the notion of anything other than death as the safety net for who cannot pay.  They have failed because the American people support these valuable programs so much that Republicans have to pretend to be supporting them at the same time they are trying to destroy them.  Faced with another addition to America’s safety net, Republicans sowed the wind.  With lie after lie, they whipped up such fear of ObamaCare abound their rabid base they they felt sire they could stop it, while pretending to negotiate.  But they failed.  So they tried to prevent it’s implementation, right up to shutting down the government.  Now they have failed, again, but the fear they generated has taken on a life of its own.  Now they are beginning to reap the whirlwind.

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As the government shutdown enters its eleventh day and the nation races towards a possible default, a growing number of Republican lawmakers, leaders, and voters are publicly blaming Congressional Republicans for the budget impasse. Though they fault President Obama for failing to negotiate with Congress, as the public mood sours, some within the GOP are hurriedly distancing themselves from the mess in Washington.

“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) told the Associated Press. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) agreed, remarking on Monday that “This is not how we should operate. It shouldn’t be about people fighting and yelling.’ “The bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) told the Arizona Daily Star on Thursday, criticizing the GOP’e effort to defund the Affordable Care Act.

The criticism comes as an Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday showed that “three-quarters of Republicans nationally said their party in Congress deserves a moderate degree or most of the blame for the shutdown” and a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey reported that just 24 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Republicans — the lowest figure in the poll’s history. Seventy percent of Americans say Republicans are putting politics ahead of the national interest and have an increasingly dim view of Tea Party backed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), who orchestrated the current impasse.

In yet another sign of trouble for the GOP, business interests are also showing signs of discontent, signaling a possible rift with Republicans ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections

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Rachel Maddow and Ezra Klein discuss how the Republican Party is crashing and burning in the eyes of the American People.

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This looks great to me. ObamaCare is more popular, and if Obama and the Democrats stand firm, we will enjoy the sweet, musty fragrance of Republican cave moss.

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Sep 302013
 

If the Republican leadership follows their current path, the US government will shut down on Monday night at Midnight EDT.  Like spoiled brats, it they can’t have their way, despite heavy opposition from the American people, they will resort to terrorism and harm the people we pay them to represent.  They are saying that Obama and the Democrats are at fault, but that’s a lie.  Neither Democrats nor Obama are at fault for the poison pill they put in their continuing resolution (CR).

GOPTerrorDirectors generally are distinguished individuals who set the tone for the organization, providing guidance, vision and leadership. Fortunately, federal employees don’t follow the leadership example set by their board,  this ”Congress of chronic chaos,” as Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) described the legislative body late Saturday night.

If they did, they’d be fired for dereliction of duty.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, the majority House Republicans voted for legislation that could lead to a shutdown of large portions of the government. Under the guise of compromise, they approved a temporary funding bill, but included a poison pill –a one-year delay in  implementation of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature achievement. The “compromise” was not defunding it, as they had previously voted to do.

“Republicans in the Congress failed the American people,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), “all because of their obsession” with the health care law and in “their blind pursuit of ideology.”… [emphasis original]

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Kudos to the two Republicans with the good sense to follow the people’s will. They are Christopher Gibson (R-NY) and Richard Hannah (R-NY). Conversely, two DINO traitors betrayed their constituents and goose-stepped behind the Republicans, demonstrating that there is such a thing as a waste of skin. They are James Matheson (SCUM-UT) and Mike McIntyre (TURD-NC). If either of these is yours, let them hear your ire.

When the Senate reconvenes in the morning, they will reject the House offer to delay ObamaCare for a year.  Then  it will be up to the House Republican Leadership.  If they drop the Hastert Rule (nothing comes to the floor unless the majority of Republicans agree), the majority of Representatives (all the Democrats, joined by a few Republicans) will pass it.  If not, government will shut down, because the Republican Party refuses to allow a majority vote in the House.  This must be made clear to the American people, because Republicans are working overtime to project their own responsibility for this onto others.

In my opinion, Republicans will shut down the government.  However, if the American people realize Republicans are to blame, the Republicans will cave-in.  Hopefully that will happen in a matter of days, as the people know Republicans have done this before.

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Aug 192013
 

There’s a plot afoot.  It’s really not even a plot.  It’s a full blown CONSPIRACY.  That Democrat Party is up to all manner of evil!  They want to take away your freedom!  They actually have the the bold-faced audacity to take away your right to pay or die, using the RepubliCare Death Benefit.  They want to institute single payer!  Oh the horror! ;-)

FoxPropHere’s another segment from Fox’s "business block" or as they like to call it, "The Cost of Freedom" where every Saturday, they continue to prove that they hate the working class, as our friends over at Media Matters discussed this weekend, they don’t know anything about the economy or what’s kept Americans out of poverty, and as they did in this segment from Cavuto’s show, they’d also like to dupe their viewers into believing that a single-payer health care system would be very bad for them.

Following Harry Reid’s statement this week that "Obamacare" or The Affordable Care Act, would eventually lead to the United States moving to a single-payer system and that it was a step in the right direction, the yappers over at Fox are yelling, conspiracy theory! Hah! We knew it all along that this was just a stealth plan to impose single-payer health care on the country! The horror!…

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Here’s the video:

Update: click through to C&L for the video.  It seems that their new embed coding had a bug.

It’s no wonder that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda is reacting so badly to the mere mention of single payer health care. Look how much they hate the OTHER single payer plan: Medicare. BTW, that single payer plan has room for private insurance. It’s called Medicare Advantage. Their claim that single payer provides no real choice is a lie.  This is really just a means to fear monger over ObamaCare.

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Aug 112013
 

As I write for tomorrow, day 58, it’s 82° at my desk.  Instead of getting a thunderstorm, the sun just hit the breezeway, so my continued comfort depends on whether it stays out long enough to superheat the air trapped there.  Yesterday a church group visited the building, including the Republican Mayor of a Portland suburb.  He is a nice guy, and unlike most Republicans, he will listen.  In discussing the applicability of the Old Testament to today.  I think I frustrated him, as he told me it would be wrong for me to stone my noisy next door neighbor to death for mixing meat and dairy.  He also said that, even if I move to his town, he will not allow me to own a Canadian, although the OT authorizes it. On the down side, I fell into the donut hole yesterday.  Major ARGH!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.

Short Takes:

From TPM: These days it seems no gaffe will stay hidden for long.

The recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager that surfaced Thursday — you know, the “holding my nose” one — is just one among a collection of taped gaffes that have taken off in recent years.

From George Allen’s “macaca” incident to Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment, here’s a recap of some taped gaffes that the politicians themselves probably never thought would go public…

Click through for four wonderful videos of Republicans caught with a foot as deeply embedded in their mouths, as their heads are embedded up their asses.

From MSNBC: Move the Olympics to Vancouver!

 

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Beam those Olympics elsewhere, Mr. Sulu! Everyone, please sign the petition, I did.

From Newstimes: The still-raw emotions created by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and its aftermath, boiled over here Friday, as gun rights supporters poured into the local Starbucks, to the dismay of many.

The Church Hill Road store, normally open until 9:30 p.m. closed at 4:30 p.m. A sign posted on the front of the store said it did so "out of respect for Newtown and everything our community has been through.

For these hate-filled armed Republicans to pull an "open carry" event in Newtown demonstrates a total lack of respect for the suffering that town has undergone. Kudos to the local Starbucks there for kicking the bastards out!

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Wow! Was putting them on camera a mistake or what. For a mind blowing experience, check out the 1924 election map.

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Aug 052013
 

The Republican leadership goose-stepped into the House chamber, shortly before attending to what Republicans do best: vacation.  They expected easy passage on a measure in support of one of their two goals: the transfer of wealth from the poor and middle classes to billionaires.  Much to their chagrin, hardly anyone showed up.

RyanBendOverAmid the morass of Washington’s endless budget fights there was a moment of sweet revelation last week: House Republicans choked outright when they failed to muster support for the draconian dreams of Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin legislator and fabled budget hawk who last year ran for vice president on a program of unforgiving fiscal austerity that his colleagues suddenly found too politically risky.

A $44 billion measure based on the tooth-and-claw Ryan blueprint approved by the same House just three months ago had to be yanked from the floor when not enough Republicans showed up to vote yes. An embarrassed leadership was forced to concede that the size of the proposal’s cuts to transportation, housing and urban development had become intolerable even to the fiscal zealots among the rank and file, who no longer had the stomach to walk the austerity talk.

The embarrassment was deserved. The leadership offered hollow excuses about a tight legislative calendar, but the truth was more accurately explained by Harold Rogers, the Republican appropriations chairman and no slouch as a budget hawk. The frustrated lawmaker underlined the moment by noting: “The House has made its choice: sequestration — and its unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts — must be brought to an end.”

The retreat hardly settled the larger budget wars, which remain noxious. The Republicans have not abandoned their threats to bring government to a halt, to stage-manage another federal debt crisis, and, of course, to fiscally strangle the law of the land known as Obamacare… [emphasis added]

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I disagree with the author’s contention that Harold Rogers (R-NC) explained this correctly. In my opinion, the key factor was timing. Even the "fiscal zealots among the rank and file" feared going home for summer recess and having to explain their support of 1% greed to local residents, even conservative ones, whose lives and livelihoods will be impaired by the damage the cuts would do to transportation, housing and urban development. So instead of voting, they used the Republican method, also known as the cowards’ way out.  They snuck out of town.

Ryan does not care who he hurts, as he goose-steps behind Ayn Rand. He even held a budget hearing on poverty with no input from poor people, as Melissa Harris Perry explains in her open letter to him.

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When it comes to opinions, Paul Ryan, and the Republican Party, measure their value by one metric alone: the net worth of the person who has the opinion. This is true, because Republicans equate financial worth with personal worth.

So don’t think for a minute that caving-in means a change of heart. Republicans are expert at using fear to motivate their sheeple, and they spread that fear using lies. However, they are also motivated by fear.  What they fear is the truth.

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Mar 132013
 

It is highly unusual for 91% of Americans to favor anything, but when we do, one might think that political support for such things would be nearly universal.  But that does not take into account today’s Republican Party, that continues to goose-step in lock step behind Wayne LaPierre and the gun industry.

13LaPierreA Senate committee approved legislation on Tuesday that would expand background checks covering all U.S. firearms sales, part of a federal gun-control push prompted by December’s school massacre in Connecticut.

The Judiciary Committee decision by a party-line vote of 10-8 cleared the way for the Democratic-crafted background check measure to be debated and put to a vote in the full Senate.

Less clear is the fate of a proposed ban on military assault rifles proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. The panel put off a vote on that plan, but is expected to revisit it as early as Thursday.

There is little expectation Feinstein’s proposal, which President Barack Obama backs along with expanded background checks and other steps, will win congressional approval due mainly to stiff opposition from lawmakers aligned with the politically potent National Rifle Association… [emphasis added]

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Rachel Maddow covered the state of firearms legislation in detail and interviewed Elizabeth Esty (D-CT).  She also covered the historical background, including how the NRA assisted, albeit unwittingly, in the assassination of JFK.

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Let me reiterate.  Nobody has sponsored legislation to take away people’s right to own and use firearms responsibly.  I want to see is legislation to bring the requirements for responsible firearms ownership and use up to the same level as it is for responsible motor vehicle ownership and use.  Instead, universal background checks, the most popular measure, received ZERO Republican votes.

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Mar 122013
 

Yesterday I could not sleep.  I have no idea why.  My COPD was no more severe than normal.  Sleep just would not come.  The upshot is that I feel exhausted, so I’m posting just this to avoid overtaxing myself.  I’m current with replies and should return to normal tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:25 (average 7:23).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Salem News: America has moved backward over the last half century. There is now representation without taxation, which is the opposite of the founding philosophy. What America has now is a culture where a few thousand people control the political and corporate worlds and are not taxed. Because they control the political process, they have almost entirely freed themselves of a tax burden.

 

The reality of inequity has become skewed beyond recognition, and preventing more equity is the mission of the Republican Party.

From NY Times: What’s really needed is a new act that makes access to the polls a universal American right. The Voting Rights Act remains necessary to prevent continuing racial discrimination, but bringing lawsuits under Section 2 of the act (which applies to the entire country and is not being challenged) is enormously difficult and costly. Preliminary injunctions to stop discriminatory election practices outside covered areas are rarely granted.

Racial prejudice was the principal target of the 1965 act, but the partisans who control so many state election systems have often gone beyond race in their attempts to rig voting to their advantage. Voter ID laws that impose a burden on students, the elderly or the poor, for example, should become as presumptively illegal as racial burdens are now. So should registration systems that make it harder for immigrants or non-English speakers to get on the rolls, or districts gerrymandered for political gain.

A country that takes pride in its democratic system should provide all voters with basic voting standards. Though Ms. Miller and other Republicans seem to think that federal mandates “would disrupt our already well-run system of elections” in the states, millions of voters have experienced something very different. Solving that problem is as urgent now as it was 50 years ago.

I could not agree more.

From MSNBC: Ed Schultz covered the same Republican hate that I did Sunday.

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In the Republican War on Women violence and threats of violence are too extreme a tactic to allow.

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This was the first move in the “banana wars” to maker Latin America safe for United Fruit.

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