Because we’re about to start a long holiday weekend, I’ll leave you with something entertaining.
I’d be laughing a little harder if all this fascistwas doing was giving comedians like Stephen Colbert some food for fodder. That said I am grateful the comedic relief when what passes for supposedly “straight news” looks more and more like something out of The Onion, due to one of our political parties having lost their damned minds.
As we already discussed here, Donald Trump screwed the pooch once again, and just made up stuff about seeing thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering the attacks on 9-11, and then changed his story but justified it by saying that he has “the world’s best memory.”
Colbert had a field day with that one, along with Trump pretending that he has the ability to see into the future, as he did when he claimed that he predicted that Osama bin Laden was going to be causing some trouble for the United States. As Colbert noted, who could have seen that coming?…
Today I plan to dress in human clothes and explore the public areas on the first floor of the hospital. Of course, that assumes that PT and or OT does not get here first and exhaust me.
Continuing much later, I did explore. Then the prosthetic people came. Surprise!! New leg tomorrow. Then PT came and worked me. Then OT came and worked me. I’m exhausted.
From Daily Kos: Warning: Proprietors are not responsible for reader aneurisms caused by the following sentence.
Sarah Palin takes to Facebook to say Jesus likes guns. [Dingbat delinked]
JESUS WOULD FIGHT FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT
Taking concrete defense measures (ie. arming ourselves) away from the good guys? Yeah… that… we don’t want that. As this hilarious parody says, “…it will really suck when only the bad guys have guns.”
Let us not forget that Bloody Bullseye Barbie is the Republican who painted a bullseye on Gabby Giffords’ HQ shortly before she was shot. Jesus would take a coil of rope to drive out Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, today’s Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and money Lenders.
From NY Times: Planned Parenthood sued Texas officials in federal court in Austin on Monday, seeking to block the state from cutting off its Medicaid funding, the latest in a series of lawsuits it has filed against Republican-led states after the controversy over its use of fetal tissue.
Texas and a handful of other states — including Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana — have moved to eliminate Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood amid the controversy. Secretly recorded videos that were released starting in July purported to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to illegally profit from the sale of aborted fetal tissue and discussing the issue with abortion opponents who posed as representatives of a biomedical firm.
Planned Parenthood said that the videos were deceptively edited and that the group did not do anything illegal or unethical. Its officials said the state’s decision to eliminate the group’s Medicaid funding, set to take effect as early as Dec. 8, was politically motivated and without merit.
The nonprofit organization’s lawsuit alleges that Texas violated federal law and the so-called Medicaid freedom of choice provision, which allows those enrolled in Medicaid to seek services from a qualified provider of their choice. The lawsuit also accuses Texas officials of singling out Planned Parenthood for “unfavorable treatment without adequate justification,” a violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.
The author is sacrificing truth for balance. The tapes were “edited”. Planned Parented makes tissue donations only with the consent of the patients. Reimbursements to Planned Parenthood only covered the cost of making the tissue donations, but there was never profit. As of 10/15, Planned Parenthood makes tissue donations with no reimbursement whatsoever. The Republican War on Women is still with us.
From Alternet: It’s that time of year again. Time for stuffing one’s face with delicious food while re-connecting with drunk aunts, racist uncles, and disappointed parents. Luckily, since 1981 the folks at Butterball have had a hotline for tips on cooking turkey to make the holidays run just a little smoother. Late Show host Stephen Colbert decided to take this goodwill and troll the hotline because, why not?
Why don’t we leave the poor Turkeys alone. Instead, lets stuff and roast Republicans!!
Yesterday I finally got to take my first shower since 9/5. I can’t tell you what a relief it is not to smell something rancid and know it’s me. Because it involves a nurse leaving this unit with me, it’s hard to schedule, but I’m hoping to get a couple a week. Fantasy football players, don’t forget to have your lineups set early this week, as there are two games on Thanksgiving Day.
From Daily Kos: In 2014, Americans donated an estimated $350 billion to charities. A generous country we are, but how much of those funds actually benefit those in need? You might not want to know. There are good charities. There are bad charities. And there are the worst charities.
America’s “worst” charities have gained their titles by how much they raise in donations for their cause—and how little of that money goes towards the same cause. As these deceptive organizations ask you for your financial support, many lie about where or to whom that money is alloted, sometimes paying themselves “multiple salaries” and “consulting fees.” One cancer charity paid the company president’s son nearly $18 million over eight years, to solicit donations. The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Some nonprofits are little more than fronts for fundraising companies, which bankroll their startup costs, lock them into exclusive contracts at exorbitant rates and even drive the charities into debt.
How Republican!! Click through for the list. I’m amazed that Susan G Komen for the Cure isn’t on the list. Considering all they have spent lobbying to prevent women form getting breast cancer screenings and other women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood, they should be on it.
From NY Times: Donald J. Trump said on Sunday he was in favor of the actions of his supporters who reportedly punched and kicked a protester from the Black Lives Matter movement who interrupted Mr. Trump’s campaign rally the previous day in Birmingham, Ala.
“Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Sunday. “This was not handled the way Bernie Sanders handled his problem, I will tell you.”
To support violence against a protestor is typical rabid Republican response. But Hairball is a typical Republican.
The Squatch beat me to John Oliver, so you only get two short takes.
Yesterday I was cleared to take a real human shower, with assistance and supervision. The drive in shower is in another unit, presenting scheduling difficulties, but I’m hoping to take one today. Today is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb. My Broncos’ service is with the Bears. I will not be able to see it, because the damn SeaChickewns are playing at the same time. My the Holy Orb bless your team, unless they shit in the woods.
From The New Yorker: Just days after withdrawing from the 2016 Presidential race, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said that he would return the seventy dollars raised by his campaign.
Speaking to reporters in Baton Rouge, Jindal said he was proud that his campaign war chest “came entirely from small donors.”
Dang, Andy!! Booby Butthead actually raised THAT MUCH?!!?
From Daily Kos: Since William Rehnquist joined the Supreme Court, it has made several rulings that have knocked the U.S. Constitution out of whack. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who deliberated on most of those rulings, has written six amendments to fix the damage and tune-up the Constitution. Stevens published his proposed amendments last year in the book “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.” The amendments are terse, surgical fixes, which seem to fit the Constitution’s style of saying much with few words. The book gives a good history and description of each problem. Here is a brief rundown with the text of each amendment:
1. The “Anti-Commandeering” Rule: In 1997, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court, created an “anti-commandeering” rule, which bans Congress from ordering state officials to carry out federal duties. The case was brought by two county sheriffs, who did not want to do background checks for firearm sales as ordered by the Brady Act. The new rule led to holes in the database that would allow persons prone to violence, like the killer in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting, to get firearms. Stevens notes that the “anti-commandeering” rule could also cripple other Congressional acts, from routine administration of federal programs to emergency responses to national catastrophes or acts of terror. His fix adds four words (in bold below) to the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges and other public officials in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
I agree with virtually everything Justice Srevens has to say. I have shared one of six of his proposed Constitutional amendments. Click through for the other five.
From NY Times: Outside her two-story tract home in this working-class town, Debbie Alberts, a part-time food service worker, has torn out most of the lawn. She has given up daily showers and cut her family’s water use nearly in half, to just 178 gallons per person each day.
A little more than 100 miles west, a resident of the fashionable Los Angeles hills has been labeled “the Wet Prince of Bel Air” after drinking up more than 30,000 gallons of water each day — the equivalent of 400 toilet flushes each hour with two showers running constantly, with enough water left over to keep the lawn perfectly green.
Only one of them has been fined for excessive water use: Ms. Alberts.
Four years into the worst drought in California’s recorded history, the contrast between the strict enforcement on Californians struggling to conserve and the unchecked profligacy in places like Bel Air has unleashed anger and indignation — among both the recipients of the fines, who feel helpless to avoid them, and other Californians who see the biggest water hogs getting off scot-free.
What an Outrage! This injustice could not be more Californicated!!
This will be my only post today. I’m taking it easy, because I’m very tired. Yesterday had it’s high and low points. It started well with me making three laps after breakfast. After lunch the Occupational Therapist had me practice transfers from bed to the portable commode and back. That tired me out. Then the Physical Therapist came and took me outside. I took a lap around a circular path in an enclosed garden. I enjoyed getting out and about, bur wheeling my fat ass and a heavy wheelchair uphill was excruciatingly difficult and exhausted me completely. When I returned to my room, all the laxatives and stool softeners they have been giving me for Replicitis gave me acute Republicosis. I made my third trip to the portable commode, since 2 AM. However, I was so weak and tired that I almost fell, and pulled muscles in my good leg slightly. Afterwards, I transferred back to bed. I did not get up for supper, and had a special supper of binding foods.
Today I feel much better, but my good leg is still sore, and my hands are very sore and stiff. I did two laps around the unit, and left the unit to go to an observation area, where I can see outside. I took some pictures for you. The surgical team removed the Xeroplast bandage from my donor site, which is almost healed. After I returned to bed, a doctor came to put a stump shrinker on me. It feels like I’m getting electrical shocks on my nonexistent left foot. I’ll be getting up for lunch soon, and may have to finish this later.
From The New Yorker: In a major foreign-policy announcement on Wednesday, the Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson unveiled a detailed plan to Google Syria.
Speaking in Iowa, the retired neurosurgeon told an audience of supporters, “Any responsible policy on Syria must begin with a fact-finding mission, and such a mission must begin with Googling.”
He said that “Google holds the key” to many questions about Syria. “Where is it? Who lives there? How many square miles is it? These are all things that have to be pinned down,” he said.
Carson, who leads several Republican Presidential polls, said that while his search for answers would start with Google, he would “not rule out” seeking information at Wikipedia and beyond. “No Web site should be taken off the table at this time,” he said.
Sorry Andy. Interest in fact finding from anyone in the Clown Car, especially Uncle Token, is just not credible.
From Daily Kos: Okay so, here’s the thing about Black Lives Matter (BLM): When it comes to black people and the police, there is no question that the police act as judge, jury, and executioner. They kill with impunity. There is no accountability or redress. This is how it’s been historically: The entire justice system appears to act in collusion with this, and structural racism (also known as white supremacy) has facilitated the ease of these attacks on a segment of the population that is a numerical minority. That is BLM’s beef with law enforcement in a tiny nutshell.
Now let’s step outside of that nutshell for a moment. When you step outside of that lens, here is what you see: The police act as judge, jury and executioner with the population at large. They kill with impunity. There is no accountability. And the entire justice system appears to act in collusion with this. This horrible case out of Brunswick, Georgia, appears to bear this out.
And when I say horrible, I mean horror-bull.
Click through for more disgusting details. Every community needs a Citizen Review Board with full investigative powers and the power to fire officers for cause.
From PR Watch: The Center for Media and Democracy, a national watchdog group exposing corporate influence on democracy, has submitted evidence to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman showing how Exxon Mobil has promoted climate change denial through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). CMD believes this information is relevant to the landmark investigation into whether Exxon Mobil deceived its shareholders and the public about the impact that burning fossil fuels has on climate change.
“Exxon Mobil has bankrolled ALEC for decades and has a seat on ALEC’s corporate board, as ALEC has plied legislators with disinformation and denial about climate change and pushed legislation and resolutions to block crucial federal and state efforts to address the climate crisis,” said Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice under both Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Janet Reno.
CMD has identified at least $1,730,200 in funding from Exxon Mobil to ALEC between 1998 and 2014, based on publicly available disclosures, although the actual total is likely higher. CMD has documented Exxon funding for ALEC at least as early as 1981.
This funding makes Exxon Mobil one of ALEC’s biggest financial supporters as ALEC has promoted legislation, resolutions, presentations, and publications seeking to stop efforts to address climate change, and has indoctrinated thousands of state legislators with the idea that “a great deal of scientific uncertainty” surrounds the science of climate change and that carbon emissions “may even be beneficial.”
Schneiderman should file charges against both Exxon Mobil and ALEC, and prosecute them to extinction.
Yesterday was good but tiring. Last night, I made my first pivot transfer rotating to my stump side using a walker. That is much more difficult than rotating toward the good leg. I successfully landed on a portable commode. While not ideal, it sure beats Republicating in a bedpan. I made seven laps around the unit. Five was my previous high. I almost ketched me a purdy nurse, but not quite.
Short Takes:When warm water stored below the surface of the western Pacific ocean moves east along the equator it moves the earth’s tropical atmospheric convection cells with it. Responding to the eastward shift in the tropical convection, the jet stream moves south on normal on the west coast bringing heavy winter rains to California in strong El Niño years. With this year’s El Niño at record or near record strength NOAA’s CFS climate model predicts a strong southward drop of the storm track off the west coast. A very stormy winter can be expected from California, across the gulf states and up the east coast. This year’s intense jet stream pattern will bring much warmer than normal temperatures to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
El Niño will shift the storm track south this winter into California, the gulf states and the southeast. The northeast and eastern Canada will be much warmer than normal, warmed by flow off the north Pacific.
This winter, California can expect heavy rains, floods and mudslides, but snow levels (elevation of rain snow line, not amounts) will be high because moisture flows from the tropics in an El Niño winter are warm and wet. California’s water situation will improve but ground water levels are unlikely to rebound to levels seen before the drought began. One year’s rains will not alleviate the long-term water problems caused by the record California drought but reservoir levels will rebound.
Click through for much more. It looks like California is about to get Californicated. And Oregon may have a cold winter.
From The New Yorker: There are growing fears among supporters of the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump that his new focus on Muslims is distracting him from his campaign against Mexicans.
After the billionaire said he would consider shutting down mosques if he were President, supporters expressed concern that such signature proposals as a wall with Mexico and mass deportations were being lost in the shuffle.
Carol Foyler, who viewed a recent Trump appearance on television, said that she was “alarmed” to hear him talk about closing mosques “without mentioning the wall with Mexico even once.” “I just worry, I guess, that with all of this talk about Muslims he’s really forgetting about Mexicans,” she said. “It feels kind of like a bait-and-switch.”
But Andy, don’t you think that the hairball will announce that Mexicans are Muslims?
From Upworthy: Jeremy Hoffman spends his days studying ocean sediment samples.
That may not sound very interesting, but for Hoffman, it’s fascinating: He’s reconstructing climate records from Earth’s past.
So you can imagine how the 26-year-old paleoclimate scientist feels about climate change doubters, people who say Hoffman — and 97% of his colleagues — are wrong about the effects of human activity on global climate.
He’s tried to convince them using traditional methods, but some people can’t be swayed by peer-reviewed papers.
So he’s decided to use a different tool: parody songs.
That parody song needs to go viral. Please spread it around.
Yesterday the nursing got so bad that I called in the Charge Nurse to complain. The straw that broke the TomCat’s back was the nurse’s insistence that I insert my own suppository, when I cannot because of a partially frozen shoulder. I was in pain from severe Republicitis for 5 1/2 hours. The Charge Nurse agreed that she was completely out of line, and promised never to schedule her to care for me again. Today is much better, and I took an extra lap, but, dang it, I’m still too slow to ketch me a nurse.
Extreme Religious Agony:
From NY Times: Like millions of people, I’ve been obsessively following the news from Paris, putting aside other things to focus on the horror. It’s the natural human reaction. But let’s be clear: it’s also the reaction the terrorists want. And that’s something not everyone seems to understand.Take, for example, Jeb Bush’s declaration that “this is an organized attempt to destroy Western civilization.” No, it isn’t. It’s an organized attempt to sow panic, which isn’t at all the same thing. And remarks like that, which blur that distinction and make terrorists seem more powerful than they are, just help the jihadists’ cause.
Think, for a moment, about what France is and what it represents. It has its problems — what nation doesn’t? — but it’s a robust democracy with a deep well of popular legitimacy. Its defense budget is small compared with ours, but it nonetheless retains a powerful military, and has the resources to make that military much stronger if it chooses. (France’s economy is around 20 times the size of Syria’s.) France is not going to be conquered by ISIS, now or ever. Destroy Western civilization? Not a chance.
So what was Friday’s attack about? Killing random people in restaurants and at concerts is a strategy that reflects its perpetrators’ fundamental weakness. It isn’t going to establish a caliphate in Paris. What it can do, however, is inspire fear — which is why we call it terrorism, and shouldn’t dignify it with the name of war.
The point is not to minimize the horror. It is, instead, to emphasize that the biggest danger terrorism poses to our society comes not from the direct harm inflicted, but from the wrong-headed responses it can inspire. And it’s crucial to realize that there are multiple ways the response can go wrong.
Click through for the rest of this excellent Paul Krugman editorial. I agree with him. The Daesh is far too small to overthrow even small Western nations, let alone the US. Climate change is a greater threat to the US than the Daesh will ever be. If we let the Daesh dominate our policies, we are handing them a victory over us.
From TPM: Daily fantasy sports sites — like Fan Duel and Draft Kings — arrived on the scene like “a pack of wolves,” according to host John Oliver on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight.”
“Daily fantasy sports combine everything dudes love: sports, money and a lack of commitment,” Oliver said.
Congress cracked down on online gambling in 2006, but, as Oliver pointed out, the law exempted fantasy sports.
As a lover of old style fantasy football, I have no doubt that daily fantasy sports is gambling. The law needs to be updated,
From Crooks and Liars: At each NFL football game on Sunday, there was a moment of silence for the people of France who suffered an unimaginable terrorist attack.
Unfortunately, some jerk at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, took the opportunity to prove to the world what an ass he is by yelling an anti-Muslim statement. (Said fool either shouted “Muslim sucks” or “F*ck the Muslims,” depending on which account you listen to.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who came off the field after losing another heartbreaking (for Packer fans anyway) loss, still had the wherewithal and class to denounce the fan who yelled that:
“I must admit I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was that made a comment that was very inappropriate during the moment of silence,” Rodgers said. “It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that puts us in the position we’re in today as a world.”
Kudos to Aaron Rogers for a very classy statement.
I’m having a lousy morning. I was lest sitting in a chair, without access to my computer, for over 90 minutes. I need to trim my fingernails. A “one size fits all” CNI refused to give me my fingernail clippers for fear that I might cut myself. I’ve been cutting my own nails for over 60 years, and I have never cut myself yet. ARGH!! Continuing later, an Occupational therapy nurse came, gave me my nail clippers, and taught me how to move from the wheelchair to a real flush toilet. I got to Republicate without using a bed pan! Woo Hoo!!
Every once in a while someone from the Religious Right does something truly funny. Although I disagree with virtually all his Republican Supply-side pseudo- Christian political policies, I do appreciate his talent and humor.
From Daily Kos: When I read that the latest persecution of the rightwing Christian involved Starbucks changing their cups to red for the holiday season, I thought that the War on Christmas had officially hit rock bottom.
The MSM jumped all over the story about a video from a “pastor” saying the red cups Starbucks is using for the holiday season aren’t Christmas enough and that Starbucks literally “hates Jesus“. Video goes viral and rightwing is outraged. This whole thing is beyond stupid, even for them…
…It wasn’t until I finally read one of the articles that I came across the name of the man who spawned this latest freak-out: Joshua Feuerstein. In none of the countless articles does the MSM bother to discuss who this clown is. So allow me:
Joshua Feuerstein is a self-described evangelist and “social-media personality”. I recognized his name because he is the same asshat who harassed one of my local bakeries (and illegally recorded the phone call) because they refused to fill a fake order for an anti-gay cake. His followers bombarded their Facebook site with Ben Carson-like yarns of their supposed “bad experiences” with the bakery. Astoundingly, all of these reviews happened immediately after the date Joshua posted his hate-filled video. The bakery had to temporarily close in response to the harassment, which included death threats.
Click through for more about this purveyor of TEAbuggery and the media complicity that enables him to spread it.
From NY Times: Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have become snarled in the complex rules of the Senate, raising questions about whether the Republican-controlled Congress can fulfill its pledge to send a repeal measure to President Obama.
Repealing the law, passed five and a half years ago, is a goal cherished by Republican politicians, including those running for president, and by elements of the party’s base. Mr. Obama has repeatedly vowed to use his veto power if necessary to preserve the health care law, the biggest change in domestic social policy in a generation.
The House on Oct. 23 adopted a budget-reconciliation package that would repeal core elements of the Affordable Care Act. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans have health insurance, and that larger employers offer coverage to full-time employees. It would also repeal taxes on medical devices and high-cost employer-sponsored insurance.
In the Senate, Republicans are determined to dismantle or defund the law using a fast-track procedure that requires a simple majority vote, rather than the 60 votes needed for most hotly contested measures.
But the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, ruled this week that some provisions of the House-passed bill were not eligible for expedited procedures, aides to Senate leaders of both parties said Thursday. Democrats said the ruling meant that Republicans would need a supermajority of 60 votes, which they do not have, to repeal the individual and employer mandates.
This is why that keeping the Senate in 2016 is an absolute imperative.
Those Justices of SCOTUS sure were better than the fascist five Injustices of SCROTUS!
I’m running quite late today, because I was dealing with extreme Republicitis. In spite of laxatives every day, I had not Republicated in over a week. They gave me a suppository, and I had to use the bedpan twice this morning. Fortunately the Republicans I produced were flushed quickly, because they were nasty enough to join the Clown Car. They will be putting me in the wheelchair in about thirty minutes, and I’ll eat lunch there. After that I’ll take a spin around the unit.
From Daily Kos: On Tuesday night, Fox Business will host the next debate between the 2016 GOP presidential contenders. All involved are hoping to avoid a repeat of the last such event, the CNBC fiasco which left the moderators embarrassed and the campaigns whining. But while the Republicans have been fretting about the debate format, questions, opening and closing statements, bathroom breaks and even the room temperature, the GOP White House wannabees have a much bigger problem. As a spate of recent analyses once again confirmed, the U.S. economy almost always does better under Democratic presidents.
Going back to Herbert Hoover, the economy grew faster, job creation accelerated, incomes expanded and stock prices jumped higher when a Democrat sat in the Oval Office. And as the New Democrat Network documented last month, the last four presidencies are no exception…
The only people who do well under a Republican Reich are Banksters and the 1%.
From The New Yorker: In a potential stumbling block for his Presidential ambitions, a new study indicates that the average American can stand only four seconds of exposure to Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican.
The study, conducted by University of Minnesota researchers during Tuesday night’s Republican debate, required subjects to be connected to electrodes to measure their tolerance for the senator.
Within four seconds of watching Cruz, the majority of participants begged to be released from the experiment, researchers reported.
I think Andy is exaggerating. Four seconds is way too long to tolerate Uranus Inspector.
From Alternet: Fox Business hosted the fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday. Unlike its sister network Fox News, many are unfamiliar with the low-rated Fox Business. But Media Matters has been watching since the network’s debut in 2007.
Here are 35 of the worst things to appear on the “business” network.
It’s been a busy day, pushing myself to learn new physical skills, while choking back the pain that accompanies the effort, and doing the prep work for three articles.
From Daily Kos: House Speaker Paul Ryan managed to get a long-term transportation funding bill out of the House last week. While that first long-term funding bill in a decade was a pretty significant accomplishment, his conference is warning that they won’t let him do anything else without a fight. That fight: Noxious policy riders attached to spending bills that have to pass by December 11 to avert a government shutdown.
Asked early in the week whether he would press so-called “policy riders” to the spending bill that would condition the money—perhaps to defund Planned Parenthood or rein in the EPA—Ryan suggested he wouldn’t back down from the fight, noting Congress is the institution that holds the power of the purse and “we fully expect that we are going to exercise that power.”
Because the spending fight is a tough line to walk due to the warring factions inside the GOP conference demanding different things, Ryan put together an advisory group of key leaders representing the different ideological viewpoints. Representatives of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 40 members on the right who were Boehner’s toughest critics, will join members of the moderate Tuesday Group, and the Republican Study Committee, another large group of conservatives for weekly sessions to discuss policy ideas. […]
“I’m not going to pre-determine the outcome of negotiations that have not even taken place yet,” Ryan said. He also pointed out that Congress was separately moving a budget process — known as “reconciliation”—that stripped federal money for the group, and that path was a better bet to get a bill to the President’s desk.
But as Ryan tries to avoid saying specifically what House Republicans will do on the spending bill, Senate Democrats are insisting that the appropriations bills all be lumped together in a massive omnibus measure. That means party leaders like Ryan will have to get personally involved to hash out a compromise behind the scenes and push it through both chambers. That tactic could infuriate the right of Ryan’s conference, but Democrats say it’s the only way to go.
At the moment, Ryan is trying to take a hands-off approach, leaving it up to the appropriations committee to do the negotiating with various factions. That’s not going to fly. And it’s not going to be enough for the Freedom Caucus, the group of maniacs that seems to claim the largest membership. “We think he is going to want input from members of the Freedom Caucus as well as input from everyone else in the conference,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, when asked about the budget fight. “That’s how it’s supposed to work, he’s committed to do that.” Jordan and his members are already pushing hard to include those noxious policy riders—that Senate Democrats will not allow to pass.
Lyin’ Ryan is learning that dealing with Republican wackydoodles, bent on committing TEAbuggery, is just as impossible for him as it was for his predecessor, who has been demoted. Agent Orange was the Soused Speaker. Now, he’s just a Limp Boehner.
From The New Yorker: Arguing that the voters have tired of “gotcha questions,” the Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he hoped Tuesday night’s debate would “focus on the real issues facing this country, like finding the lost city of Atlantis.”
“The American people don’t want to hear personal attacks,” Carson told reporters. “They want to know which candidate has the best plan for locating Atlantis and recovering its storied treasures.”
Carson said that finding Atlantis was central to his plan for reviving the U.S. economy. “We could start paying down the national debt with one jewel-encrusted trident,” he said.
Andy should have added that many Americans can help search for Atlantis, from an underwater perspective, if Uncle Token wins the White House and implements his environmental policies.
I was able to get back to sleep, after they woke me up last night, but I still feel very tired. They put a goopy cream on my donor site to soften the thick scab so it will flake off. It also increased the pain level.
From The New Yorker: Presidential candidate Ben Carson has issued a dire warning that President Obama’s cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline has left the United States with “virtually no place to store grain.”
Without the massive pipeline, Carson told Fox News, the nation’s network of silos is woefully inadequate “to store the bounty of grain that we soweth.”
Andy might as well be quoting Uncle Token, because the statement fits his stupidity level.
From Daily Kos: Why any ostensibly rational person living in Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana who saw this map, and still would think their states’ Republican leaders’ policies were delivering the economic growth their region so sorely needs is beyond comprehension.
Almost every county in the U.S. has its share of haves and have-nots. But there are some regions where it’s just plain harder for Americans to thrive, places where the poor far outnumber those living in middle-class comfort.
Ten counties in America stand out as the most challenging places to live, based on a survey of six criteria including median household income, disability rate and life expectancy, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
The county with the dubious distinction of being the worst of all is Clay County, Kentucky, where residents can expect to die six years earlier than the average American.
The other four counties ranked at the bottom of the survey include four counties in the rural south: Humphreys County, Mississippi; East Carroll Parish, Louisiana; Jefferson County, Georgia; and Lee County, Arkansas.
The findings highlight an often overlooked issue in the debate about income inequality — the stubbornness of rural poverty. In the U.S., the number of poor rural residents outnumber those in the cities, with 14 percent of rural Americans living below the poverty line, compared with 12 percent in urban areas, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s Rural Poverty Portal.
Of course you’d never get an inkling of any of this from watching Fox Noise.
There is a way to improve these areas. Forget the hate and fear that the Republican Reich peddles on Faux Noise, and elect lefties in all levels of government. Every Republican in office is one republican too many!
From Think Progress: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation Monday that would have added 1.6 million new voters to the state’s rolls and made New Jersey the third state in the country to adopt automatic voter registration.
After sitting on the “Democracy Act” for almost five months, the governor and Republican presidential candidate vetoed his second voting rights-related bill in three years, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Christie has previously said that he does not support making it easier for residents of his state to vote.
Now that residents of NJ have experienced what PIGnocchio is really like, he knows that his only good shot at keeping his job is to disenfranchise voters. Republicans like nothing better than separating YOU from your Constitutional and human rights.
I’m feeling pretty tired, because they woke me up at 2 AM to check my vitals. By the time I struggled to the edge of the bed to pee, I was too fully awake to go back to sleep. I finished the majority of the work needed to lo get the right software installed on my new computer.
He is about as wrong as a person can be, because United States Constitution. The Constitution is the law of the land of course, not the Bible. The Founding Fathers conveniently set it up that way because they liked the idea of freedom of religion. People like Jindal and Huckabee, to name just two, can’t seem to get that through their heads.
Jindal was introduced by Swanson, who told his fellow haters,
“Let’s acknowledge right now that Jesus Christ is king over the president of the United States, whether he recognizes it or not. Jesus Christ is king over the Supreme Court of the United States, whether they recognize it or not!”
Watch courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
BARF BAG ALERT!!
Booby J. and the Republican Reich demand that YOU undergo forced conversion to Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity and learn whom to hate.
From The New Yorker: New reports indicating that Ben Carson might not have actually stabbed anyone during his youth have sent the retired neurosurgeon plummeting in the latest Republican Presidential polls.
Carson supporters, reeling from the news that their candidate’s past might have been devoid of stabbing, have deserted his candidacy in droves, suggesting that Republican voters viewed Carson’s stabbing as a key part of his résumé.
Indeed, a recent University of Minnesota poll showed that a full third of Carson supporters singled out “his stabbing experience” as a top reason for supporting him for the nation’s highest office.
In Iowa, where Carson was the front-runner before the non-stabbing bombshell hit, voters like Carol Foyler, of Des Moines, expressed dismay and disillusionment that the retired doctor might have fabricated his stabbing exploits to make himself more appealing to Republican voters.
Andy should tell Uncle Token not to worry about this. Republican voters will soon realize that, were Uncle Token not sufficiently criminal to quench their blood lust, he would not be allowed in the 2016 Clown Car Destruction Derby.
From Daily Kos: Harry Reid continued fully enjoying the fact that he’s retiring after this term and had a few words on the Senate floor on one of his favorite subjects: The Koch brothers. Riffing off of the really pathetic Morning Joe interview with the brothers, Reid went to town.
Putting on his media critic hat, the Nevada Democrat mocked Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for what he sarcastically called a “really tough” interview with the billionaire brothers earlier this week on their popular MSNBC morning talk show.
As he launched his anti-Koch broadside, Reid read excerpts of the brothers’ “Morning Joe” interview on the Senate floor—including Scarborough’s inquiry on whether the Kochs got their “graciousness” in philanthropy from their mother, or Brzezinski asking them who was the better brother. […]
“Wow. Those were some really tough questions asked by the host of ‘Morning Joe.’ That’s sufficient journalism,” Reid said Wednesday morning from the Senate floor. “Those questions are so easy, they may even qualify them to moderate the next Republican presidential debate.”
Note that this is the same Morning Joe that we recently discussed, because of his whining over (nonexistent) left wing media bias. What a hypocrite!!