Life in the House of Mirrors

Do you look around and think life is starting to look like the distorted images reflected in the amusement park House of Mirrors? If so, you’re not alone. Virtually none of these observations are original — hell, lots of people and pundits are talking about them — but I wanted to get them documented for the record.

Ted Cruz in Need of Remedial Reading

During his 21 hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate, Ted Cruz of Texas read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. I think I read somewhere that he was really reading it to his kids who he thought were watching him on C-SPAN, as a bed time story. The great irony is that in the middle of a filibuster about rejecting Obamacare before it has even taken effect, he read a story about a creature who refuses to try green eggs and ham but in the end DOES TRY THEM AND LIKES THEM. Could the moral really be that Obama is “Sam I am” and Obamacare is Green Eggs and Ham?

Russia and America Allies (Sort of)

Regardless of how much you might distrust Vladimir Putin’s motives, the bottom line is that both Russia and the United States are getting what they want by Putin poking his nose into the Syria chemical weapons thing. Now, if Putin would just deport Edward Snowden, things might really be cozy.

Detente with Iran

Regardless of how much you might distrust Hassan Rouhani, the new President of Iran, the optimist in me says it is good that he is at least talking a good game. After years of Ahmadinejad talking like a madman, Rouhani is a bit of fresh air. Quite frankly, Netenyahu’s immediate rejection of him, calling him  a wolf in sheep’s clothing, only further enforces my suspicion that Bebe is not the least bit interested in peace. Wouldn’t it take the wind right out of Benjamin’s sails if Iran finally decided that a vibrant economy was more important to it than nukes? One can only hope.

Is the Pope Catholic?

In recent weeks Pope Francis has said that the church over-obsesses about abortion and homosexuality. He has suggested that God loves homosexuals much as He loves others. He has even gone so far as to suggest that atheists who “follow their conscience” will be in God’s good graces. All this is not quite enough to make me convert but it sure makes it harder for me to be critical. This Pope serves the purpose that I believe religion should serve in every day life — as consolation to the downtrodden and spiritual nourishment to those faltering. 34 years ago my college roommate asked me “do you love?” I replied “yes”. He shot back at me “then you believe in God.” What a beautiful notion of faith — that it is overwhelmed by love of self and others. This Pope seems to be on that trip, and my hat is off to him.

Why Don’t We Care About Each Other Anymore?

A few weeks ago a woman called me on my job very upset that her dog was locked in her car. Assuming that some public agency could get help to her faster than I could, I put her on hold and called the police, the fire department and even animal control. NO ONE WOULD HELP. That’s right, not a single public agency representative gave a flying fig that this woman’s dog might die in her car from the heat. The good news is that while I searched in vain for help, she was able to get help on her own. As an aside, she assumed the worst about me and reported me as negligent despite the fact I had done everything I could to help her. The public agencies thought she was worthless and she in turn thought I was worthless.

A couple of weeks ago, a man walked into the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. and shot the place up. The top two questions that the media focused on were “how did someone with his psychological profile get security clearance to work at the Navy Yard?” and “how did someone with his profile get a gun?” While both were reasonable questions, the most important question was asked almost as an afterthought. This man told authorities he heard voices in his head. He did not receive help. Were folks just too busy? This man essentially asked for help because he knew that he was a danger to himself or others. Why didn’t anyone care enough about him to get him the help he needed? That was the fundamental question that should have been asked. Why didn’t someone intervene in this man’s life to help him?

On the flip side was the story of Antoinette Tuff, a school book-keeper who calmed down a mentally ill man who had entered her school with an AK-47. In her short encounter with the man, caught on a 911 tape, she probably showed him more respect than he had received from anyone in a long time. When he agreed to give himself up she said, “I want you to know I love you and I’m proud of you, It’s a good thing you’re just giving up. Don’t worry about it.  We all go through something in life.”

This true hero met danger head on with compassion. In that moment, she convinced that man that someone cared about him. That made a difference and I believe it makes a difference in everyone’s life. I have had the good fortune of always having someone in my corner, whether it was my parents, or a teacher, or my wife and precious daughter. I’ve always known that at least someone cared about me.

There is so much anger in this country right now. Why don’t we take a page from Miss Tuff? She is right. We all go through something in life. Why don’t we help each other get through it?

Respectfully,
Rutherford

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234 thoughts on “Life in the House of Mirrors

  1. Rutherford,

    Does it ever give you pause as a Liberal, being that clearly Liberals have won the day concerning the social mores of this country, to watch the country disintegrating and being torn apart?

    Do you ever find that a bit ironic and perhaps wonder if you could be wrong in your most cherished beliefs?

  2. Appreciate the new post, Rutherford. I sense growing pains. I do think you’re crazy not to apply for disability. It isn’t like you are saving the rest of us any tax revenue by not applying. Someone less eligible will be collecting. Your family is your number one priority, as you know.

    We’ve been in this house of mirrors for quite some time, but good that you are now noticing the images are distorted.

    I don’t think green eggs and ham are kosher. Not in the house, not at the door, not in the senate, not on the floor.

    Putin and Obama are ultimately on the same side. Snowden is only the messenger. He should be protected. The government is the problem, not the government’s whistleblowers.

    Rouhani is a smart diplomat. Even so, our media has tried to distort his words like they constantly did Armedinajad. The biggest difference is now more folks don’t find Uncle Sam credible and are doing their own fact-checking.

    This pope is what the Catholic Church needed by way of PR. I’d like to see it as more significant than that, but I remain skeptical. It is certainly a welcoming new face.

    Acts of kindness are often overlooked, since they don’t feed into the sensationalism the media requires. I won’t go into the Navy yard shooting, since the msm isn’t reporting facts and only spreading disinfo, as per usual.

    All in all, it looks like you are seeing through some of the smoke and maybe will start to notice the firestarters.

    Fall has hit our region of the planet. Temps are cool enough to open the house at night. I always have mixed emotions about it, since high temperature is what often drives my business.

    Well, I guess I’d better go out and check my projects. Have a great day!

  3. I can’t help but point out that in the examples above, it is the 1-to-1, personal communication that is the display of our caring for each other. People helping people. Just like you tried to do, Rutherford.

    While the government entities—which we are told by those who are ever expanding them are the only groups who care about kids, old people, college students, Julia, etc—showed that when it comes right down to it, they don’t really 2 shits about you, your dog, your kid, or Julia. Those things are simply means to a greater end, and when they have served their election-year usefulness, they no longer have a place on the priority list.

    This goes to the heart of what we’ve been trying to explain to you for years, Rutherford. Government doesn’t expand for your sake….it expands for its sake. You’re just the poor sap who gets to pay for it.

    When you’re truly tired of it, you will vote accordingly and we will welcome you with open arms into the fold.

  4. Had Obama not taken the ad hoc liberty to change Obamacare as if he is King Leopold out on safari in the Belgian Congo, I’d say elections have consequences…..time to feel the pain for this dirty legislation.

    But fuck that. He gets to delay and tweak at will? By what right? His own political expediency?

    No.

    This bill is clearly flawed. It was passed in the most sickening fashion. And, then becomes the playground of a tyrant.

    Shut it down.

  5. I’m unabashedly going out with a cross bow this year. Little strip of public land by my house. I can get back there at 5 in the morn pitch black. I pruned a path. Marked it. Fuck work. I’m sick. In ten hours I will be tuned into every little bit of God’s ambiance.

  6. I wouldn’t take disability either, Rutherford, not unless we were running out of food.

    We are watching the cousin of a cow that started a war., A homesteader’s cow became separated from the herd and wandered in to a Sioux camp. Losing a cow was a catastrophy for a family of migrants.

    The Sioux kept the cow, and were unsure of what to do with it,.. The pioneers went to Fort Laramie Wyoming and accused the Sioux of theft.

    An eager lt, John Grattan (Ted Cruse etc) assembled 29 soldiers and set out to punish the Indians who by that time had barbecued the unfortunate animal.

    The chief offered a horse in trade (more than the Democrats did ) Grattian mulled over the bargain but he was trapped within his demands as the chief was. Neither man could back down in front of his followers. lest he appear weak,

    An acrimonious stand off continued until someone fired a rifle by design or accident. Most of the soldiers died in the attack, The Plains and Rocky Mountain phase of the Indian wars began.

    Back Street Boys are the latest entertainers to shill for Obamacare. They are another reason I like bands like Rassell and Samanta Tina (Lativian hip hop) and Vanilla Ninja, Latvian and Estonians are poor, but they are more conservative than Obama who foolishly tried to borrow our way out of recession.,They are politically more conservative than our crop, but more importantly, they are smart enough to keep; their mouths shut.

    I play those songs and others for our grand daughter, and demonstrated her reaction to Rassell and Samanta at the baby shower. The ladies who watched in disbelief swore that our grand daughter was moving to the beat as she smiled and cooed.

    We are about to leave for Omaha.

  7. The senate could have voted to give every American the same freedom that Obama has unilaterally given to businesses and special interests.

    Instead, they chose to shut down the government.

  8. Bozos are in charge of our destiny.

    When they first talked about an economic stimulus, I thought it would be best to reward taxpayers by refunding the taxes they paid in over the past ten years or more, figuring those folks would put the money to good use, paying off debts and spending local. But everyone said that was crazy talk, that folks would just waste it and none would be used to stimulate the economy. Experts agreed it was better to give it to large institutions so they could apply the trickle down plan to smaller businesses as to more evenly stimulate society and create job growth that would sustain us.

    I’m here to say, what a load of crap that was. Do you realize how many trillions went out that door?

  9. Republicans never threatened a shutdown. They explicitly moved to fund the rest of the government while defunding and now delaying Obamacare. It has been Obama and his army of unyielding Democratic goose-steppers that threatened the shutdown.

    R, I can’t believe you’ve bought into this.

    Enjoy your mayonnaise.

  10. How is asking to hold off on ObamaCare for 1 year putting a gun to someone’s head?

    How many delays and exemptions has King Obama given out? Shouldn’t every American have the same freedom that businesses enjoy?

    The shit isn’t even near ready yet. The exchanges aren’t ready. The websites aren’t ready. The doctors aren’t ready. The facilities aren’t ready. The system isn’t ready. A delay would have been a favor to democrats. That should be obvious by the fact that Daddy Morebucks (read Yourbucks) Obama hands them out like candy.

    Democrats are the party of no on this one, champ. The GOP has made every effort to try and find compromise. Obama and Reid won’t have it. Because of them, we’re shutdown.

  11. Want to hear something unnerving?

    My in-laws have a place in the Sawatch range of Colorado, the highest mountains in Colorado, near a town called Buena Vista, CO – more specifically, the cabin is on Mt. Princeton road in the Chalk Creek Canyon. Very pretty place.

    Fourteen weeks ago, we spent a week up there – just the four of us, wife, two kids. The first afternoon, we didn’t have a great deal of time so we took an easy hike down the road a few miles at a pretty place called Agnes Falls. My kids had been several times, but for some reason, I’d never walked up to see it.

    We were the only ones there at that time late afternoon, so we took a bunch of pictures, climbed all over the boulders on the cliff, even my desktop is a picture of my two girls and standing in front of the scenic waterfall at Agnes Falls – we had to do a little rock climbing to get to the position.

    Yesterday, five people were killed in a rockslide in the same exact position as my picture currently showing on my desktop – I mean the exact same position as.

    I can tell by the location of the waterfall to the slide. It’s like a before picture.

    That’s a little unnerving, to say the least.

  12. The above video shows America’s first taste of Obama’s green eggs and ham.

    Looks like it tastes exactly how we knew it would.

    Consider the first point of this post officially addressed.

  13. “GOP Nimrods STOP calling Obamacare a bill. It’s the law. Are you so stupid you need to watch Schoolhouse Rock to know the difference?”

    Rutherford, can you cite for us the part in the Schoolhouse Rock video where it says the president can ignore parts of laws and grant waivers for certain groups? How about the part of the constitution that grants him the power to pick and choose who does and doesn’t have to follow the law?

    If ObamaCare is the law of the land then why doesn’t the executive treat it that way?

  14. “Republicans never threatened a shutdown. ”

    What utter nonsense. I’ll give you a million dollars if you let me kill your baby. That’s a charitable offer?

    Negotiation is NOT making an offer that you know your opponent will not accept.

    So your only defense is that the GOP was really deluded about the odds of success.

  15. The ONLY valid gripe I’ve heard is that Obama himself delayed parts of the law. Since I’m not a constitutional scholar I don’t know if that was in the authority of the POTUS.

  16. Tex your rockslide story hits home. In the summer of 2001 my wife, my father-in-law and I had lunch …

    at the top of the World Trade Center.

    One of the first things we thought on 9/11 was that some of the staff who served us just months before had met their maker.

  17. Huck is that YouTube vid your best shot? You ARE kidding right? Even Tex will have to admit countless IT implementations underestimate capacity and have burps on start up.

    I guess the system can’t handle all those people who oppose Obamacare. 🙄

  18. Tex your rockslide story hits home. In the summer of 2001 my wife, my father-in-law and I had lunch …

    But did you have the Trade Center staring you in the face every morning when you turned on your computer? Eerie feeling.

    I can still remember taking my mom to NYC, and standing beside while staring up at the North Trade Center….seemed 10 miles high. That was the last time I went to NYC – probably ’97. I thought about that too when the buildings fell.

  19. I drank gin and tonics at that bar on the top Sept 9th 2001. I always figured most of that staff worked nights. I hope so.

  20. “Negotiation is NOT making an offer that you know your opponent will not accept”

    Tell us, Rutherford…where does “we will not negotiate” fit into your classification of what is and isn’t a negotiation?

    Negotiations begin with offers. Usually offers you know the opposition won’t accept. That is where the process (yes..negotiation is a process) begins. Do you really expect the guy selling something to take your first offer at a lower price? Or do you expect a counteroffer that continues a series of offers that hopefully meet somewhere in the middle?

    “We will not negotiate” ends them before they can even begin.

    ————–

    “I don’t know if that was in the authority of the POTUS.”

    Let me make it very simple for you…it isn’t.

    The president is picking and choosing who has to follow the law and who doesn’t. The GOP offered a negotiation compromise that would make it so that everyone is treated equally. Obama and Reid stated they would not negotiate.

    ——————-

    “Huck is that YouTube vid your best shot? ”

    Are you kidding me? The guy who has been phoning it in for so long that he actually uses as an excuse “sorry I cant give you a proper answer because I am typing this on my phone” is now going to get snarky about quick jabs being best shots? You’re not the only person who has other things to do.

    The system has been online for less than 1 day and even one of Obama’s cheerleaders got so frustrated trying to be a part of his big fucking deal that she gave up. There is one state (cant recall which) that after 3 hours had thousands of site visitors and a whopping 22 official sign-ups. You gonna defend a system that is so shitty it can only process 1 person every 8.5 minutes?

    “I guess the system can’t handle all those people who oppose Obamacare.”

    What the system can’t handle is all those people who are forced to follow a law they are overwhelmingly opposed to and not exempt from…because they aren’t one of several states or a business.

    Just like we told you would happen. The system isn’t ready for this. The system isn’t built for this. Now you want to use that as a form of defense? Nope…ain’t gonna happen.

    Don’t tell us about implementation hiccups. We’re tired of excuses. We’ve gone from “we have to pass the law to see what’s in it” to “we have to turn it on to work out the bugs.”

    You’ve had plenty of time to work out the bugs. And you refused the offer that would have given you more time. Because of that, you own this…as is. No excuses.

  21. To address my specific point: I have worked in IT almost my entire adult life and sadly it is the rule, not the exception, that we work out the bugs as we go along.

    IT implementations are notorious for inadequate requirements gathering, poor project management and insufficient testing. From what I heard this morning the site is actually designed pretty well (usability wise) which is in and of itself a miracle.

    The primary tool I use on my job just got “fixed” and in the process they broke part of it. I said to my colleagues in the team chat room “apparently they never heard of regression testing”.

    So … a one year delay in Obamacare would have done nothing to help the IT side … the techies would have mismanaged the extra time too.

    And let’s not be disingenuous. The GOP doesn’t want to delay Obamacare to make it better. They want to kill it. Their opening negotiation gambit was not really their opening gambit. It was their only gambit and when they discovered that Reid and Obama weren’t going to be intimidated they moved to delay rather than destroy in the hopes that delay would buy them time to destroy.

    The GOP believes that gov should have no role in health care. They’d repeal Medicare if they could. Fortunately the Tea Party has told them to “keep your government hands off my Medicare”.

  22. Welcome back Rutherford.

    People who paid into Medicare their whole lives and insisted that the promise made to them for having done so be fulfilled were 100% in the right. They are too old to be fucked over like that. Get over it.

    President “Fair Shot” reveals he’s more Emperor Commodus than King Solomon with his bullshit delays handed out like party favors. Even Rutherford think that’s a “valid” gripe. 🙄

    How many young and healthy people do you think helped make Oh-crap Care a smash today?

  23. “So … a one year delay in Obamacare would have done nothing to help the IT side … the techies would have mismanaged the extra time too.”

    Then why the delays to the chosen recipients?

  24. “The ONLY valid gripe I’ve heard is that Obama himself delayed parts of the law.” -R

    Are you saying Obama delayed parts of the law for no valid reasons?

    “The president is picking and choosing who has to follow the law and who doesn’t. The GOP offered a negotiation compromise that would make it so that everyone is treated equally. Obama and Reid stated they would not negotiate.” -Huck

    How do you get past this?

  25. Nope.

    How’s the kiddo’s head Rutherford? She OK? I had a concussion when I was a kid – I got pushed off a garage roof that I was too scared to jump off. I landed flat on my stomach and the side of my head – on the grass thank goodness – but I had a bad time of it for a few days especially the first night. Not good.

    But if she’s up to it ask her if daddy says that the ONLY valid gripe is that Obama himself delayed parts of the law – then why the waivers? 🙂

  26. “But if she’s up to it ask her if daddy says that the ONLY valid gripe is that Obama himself delayed parts of the law – then why the waivers?”

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  27. Ah, where was R when the sequester crisis came down. Now that was some negotiatin’.

    And here I viewed the offer of delay was the dems “out” — kinda like Putin’s “out” for Obama. You know, delay.

  28. It’s been a good day. I figure if a week passes and people aren’t jumping off roofs, all these non essentials are truly non essential. It will prove so much of government unnecessary, we can work on whittling some more.

    This may be become a permanent majority Dim Country. But I guarantee you if it does, nothing great will come of America again. There will be no putting men on the moon, or 40 day wars with military technology that blew us all away. We’ll slowly become a banana republic – diversified, multicultural and totally dysfunctional. Something like India is now – a caste system.

    Dimocratic politicians have proven themselves incapable to manage and lead.

  29. “And let’s not be disingenuous. The GOP doesn’t want to delay Obamacare to make it better. They want to kill it.”

    Which begs the question that has already been asked…

    “Then why the delays to the chosen recipients?”

    Of course, that’s a rhetorical question. We already know why Obama gave the delays. He knows ObamaCare is a job killer. So he waived the business requirements until after the midterms so the results of his big fucking deal won’t cost his party the House (which it already has…twice) AND the Senate.

    He’s obviously worried about its effects, so he pulls this BS move. And he gets away with it because of a “supine press” (thank you Krauthammer) that does nothing and supporters who say “gee I don’t know if he’s allowed to do that or not” and then don’t give a damn when they are informed that he isn’t.

    —————————–

    “And let’s not be disingenuous. The GOP doesn’t want to delay Obamacare to make it better. They want to kill it.”

    Take a close look at your wording there, Rutherford.

    Now consider this…on Sunday the House sent to the Senate a plan that did not try to kill ObamaCare…but tried to delay it.

    Now unless you want to move the goalposts..I think even you have to agree that was a compromise on their part…as they offered to do the exact thing you state they didn’t want to do.

    And what did the Senate have to say to that compromise?

    “We will not negotiate.”

    The same thing that Obama has been saying about the coming debt limit mess we’re about to rehash.

    “I will not negotiate.”

    Something that used to be a sign of failed leadership is now a non-negotiable issue.

    So what we have here is 1 party telling the other, you must give us everything we want…while we give you nothing you want. We will not negotiate. You either do everything we say or fuck you.

    It gets tiresome….

    Remember “elections have consequences”? You folks need to remember that not everyone that’s been elected is a democrat. This “we will not negotiate” horseshit isn’t going to cut it. And I hope like hell the GOP continues to push it. They are elected officials and have been given a voice by the people in this process.

  30. Let me lay a lot of this stuff to rest for you dummies.

    The ACA is the law of the land so Republican lawmakers, you “can’t touch this.” But the president alone can make exceptions and pick and choose who must follow the law of the land and who gets to slide. But the ACA with all the exceptions – the waivers and delays and backroom deals – is the law of the land and so Republican lawmakers you “can’t touch this.”

    And you hate women.

    Further, the ACA is so awesome that there’s no reason whatsoever for the president to have granted the waivers and the delays in the first place. In fact, the president is really bestowing blessings upon those who are not stuck with the waivers and the delays and don’t have to wait to be subjected of this hugely awesome law of the land.

    And racism.

  31. King Obama is ordering the closure of privately-funded parks and memorials that just happen to be on public land…and the cancellation of a college football game that is also privately funded but happens to be between armed forces cadets. Stuff that has never been affected during past shutdowns.

    His Majesty has decried that this shutdown must be as absolutely painful as possible for the common man.

    Still no word on if his personal chef is considered an essential government employee, or if he is relegated to eating what Michelle puts in front of him…which may or may not contain arugula.

  32. “What right do they have to pick and choose…?”
    “The have no right to pick and choose.”
    “Why put 1 against the other?”

    But isn’t that EXACTLY what King Obama has done? He has picked and chosen who does and who doesn’t have to obey “the law of the land”.

    What right does he have? Why put business over everyday people?

    The icing is when Reid tells Bash that his 1100 constituents who are currently furloughed are more important than “even 1 child with cancer.”

    “Why would we want to do that?”

    Its obvious the election is behind us, isn’t it? The evil GOP who hates kids wants to pass a resolution to fund stuff like cancer research during the shutdown and the Senate Majority Leader asks “why would we want to do that?”

    They want all or nothing. And if it’s nothing, they want it to hurt as much as possible.

  33. “But if she’s up to it ask her if daddy says that the ONLY valid gripe is that Obama himself delayed parts of the law – then why the waivers? 🙂 ”

    For reasons I don’t understand my daughter usually sounds like a conservative. She gives lip service to supporting Obama cos she hears Mommy and Daddy but her views are pretty damn conservative.

    When Sandy destroyed the Jersey shore, she asked why the media wasn’t covering the Midwest fires. I think I’m raising my own Alex P. Keaton.

  34. “There will be no putting men on the moon, or …”

    😆 Did you really just say that? You mean the space program that was spurred by one Dem (Kennedy) and then nurtured by another (Johnson).

    I happen to share your concern that our best days may be behind us but for me it isn’t partisan. I fear the nation has lost its will to be great. We have become a fat and lazy nation.

    Our only hope is that the next generation will save us.

  35. LOL Whether you meant to or not Muffy you really gave me a chuckle on your explanation to the dummies.

    My fav parts of course: “and you hate women” and “and racism”.

    😆

  36. Oh fuck yeah a liberal hopes the next generation will save us. Your entire paradigm rests on the next generation paying for things. There is no liberal policy I can think of that doesn’t depend on the future paying for it.

  37. Did you really just say that? You mean the space program that was spurred by one Dem (Kennedy) and then nurtured by another (Johnson).

    Richard Nixon was the President, if memory serves. Ronald Reagan was once a Dimocratic, or have you forgotten, Rutherford? And those astronauts? White and Christian…

    I remember well when you idiots mocked Star Wars, you amongst them, I’m sure. Young and arrogant, thinking you couldn’t be laid low. Then we watched it work in Kuwait.

    Like I said. You now belong to the party that purposely punishes veterans and citizens, oversees failed public schools, threw a tantrum and canceled visits to the White House though they were led by volunteers, and has Nancy Pelosi in a position of leadership.

    The party of Puerile and Petty.

    My suggestion to people is use the national parks anyway. Can’t stop thousands of people.

    And tell Barack Obama to eat shit on the way through the gate.

    And I noticed you skipped my question in #1.

  38. This is for everyone, but especially Rutherford.

    Take the 8+ minutes to listen to Rand Paul’s very sensible positions and feel free to rebut anything he has to say. Also compare his demeanor and statements with the Reid video I posted in #43.

  39. Leaders are supposed to…expected to…provide confidence and leadership in times of crisis. Even manufactured crises.

    So what does Barack Obama do?…he tells the Market that panic would be appropriate right now.

    That’s our leader.

  40. Compare this…

    “We have nothing to fear but fear, itself.”

    …with this…

    “I think this time is different. I think they should be concerned.”

    I just don’t know how anyone can not agree that Barack Obama is the worst president this country has ever had.

  41. I noticed gas was exceptionally low this morning when I filled my tank. That usually means they are trying to placate us. 3.18 per gallon here. “Be happy America, have some cheap gas!” It functions emotionally much like the threat level did. And the new Fall tv lineup is here. Life is good, right?

    Meanwhile, the TPP is being fast-tracked, and is a serious threat to our sovereignty as a nation.

    Pay no attention to man behind the curtain.

  42. Ouch. The Economist ripped Obama’s war on terror to shreds. To sum it up, Obama is bull shitting pussy and is responsible for an Al Queda resurgence in which more people have joined up then anytime in its history.

  43. Al Qaeda is recruiting big time. What’s a brown kid to do? With our drone campaign toasting your neighborhood on one hand and our proliferation in supplying weapons and training on the other, it’s a fine time to be a freedom fighter terrorist. There’s apparently a demand. It’s a supply and demand setup. Awesome far-reaching campaign the ptb have got going. Capitalism extraordinaire. It’s golden. Create the market, and that’s all a war is. Then cash in on the debt to destroy, rebuild, repeat. And, you get to kill a whole lot of people. 😈

  44. You ever have one of those days where every traffic light is red? Or at least plenty in succession. Other days I hit every light green. It used to piss me off when I’d hit red light after red light, always when running late it seemed. Today was that red light day. But I decided it was opportunity to notice stuff I generally cruise past.

    It seems they are upgrading all our traffic lights. I’m guessing the new lights have stealth cameras, because all the cameras are going away from view. They get you coming and going. Got to love it. Keep on smiling. 😀

  45. So, this is the end of week one in what is likely to last at least a couple of weeks (most likely three in my opinion).

    I’ve been ‘excepted’, which means that I get to work for free by covering my equities as well as those who are not here right now. Good times. I’m fairly confident that I’ll get back paid, which isn’t guaranteed but is very likely, but I’m pretty sure that those furloughed right now are going to get paid too. This is, of course, doubly great for me…

    I’ve been lurking a bit to see some of the comments, mostly out of curiosity more than anything. I think R’s acceptance of violent gun analogies humorous, considering his hypocritical–and quite ignorant–position on guns. There have been many instances of laws passed not getting funded by a hostile Congress, but putting that aside, I thought R’s refusal to address the points by Huck and Co. quite telling. Why is it that Obama can contravene the law at will to suit his political whims? If you want to make the argument that the law is the law, then all of the law is the law, not just the parts that are convenient to Obama. It’ll be interesting to see if R makes a real effort to explain this, though I think we all know he probably won’t, mostly because he really can’t.

    It is pretty clear that this shutdown was wanted by the Dems. Obama probably could have done without it, but Reid clearly sees it to his advantage and pushed hard to ensure that it happened. Refusing to setup a Conference Committee was a giant red flag demonstrating such. Obama and Reid have been adamant about NOT negotiating or looking to compromise. That is the very definition of intransigence.

    Further, efforts to block partial funding streams highlights the political games being played. The Administration has gone out of their way to make this painful. You don’t close down open air monuments or privately funded/manned areas unless you are intentionally trying to make it painful. It is just like Obama’s sequester. He wanted that to hurt as much as possible and it has hurt the Administration that it didn’t. Obama’s efforts to close Mt. Vernon were pathetic and instructive. After all, if you can’t close the Mansion, then close the parking lots (which they had to back off of)…

    No one is talking, unfortunately about the cause of this. Instead, we see constant violent and prejudicial rhetoric from politicians (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Dems in general) and political hacks (Chris Matthews, hell, the entire MSNBC staff) alike, but no real analysis of root issue. All of these things going on right now are symptoms of the problem. Obamacare deserves a place in the “Cause” category. It was corruptly written and illegitimately pushed through with reconciliation, it has been deceptively explained and dishonestly litigated as advertised. Finally, it has been illegally implemented, which only exponentially expands the corruption that is this law. It has never enjoyed popular support and is adversely affecting the nations economy and the healthcare system in general by doing the exact opposite of what it was originally intended to do, which was save money. It has the dubious honor of being not only the worst piece of legislation ever written, but the most corrupt legislation ever implemented. It is a quintessential travesty.

    But it is not even the root cause of the problem we face today. This Administration is the first Administration in U.S. history to have NEVER passed a budget. Not one. Zero. The U.S. government has been operating on a 2008 budget passed by the George W. Bush Administration that was structured to address the 2008 Subprime crisis. This is really important to think about, because in that budget, there were scores of bloated funding lines implemented to supposedly address the financial crisis, which is a primary reason why we’ve had trillion dollar deficits every year since. Obama, and especially the Dems in the Senate, have made zero effort to change this. Reid has refused to even present a budget and will not bring forward any of the budgets passed in the House.

    So liberals can bitch and moan about the “process” of our government all they want, but they’ve been on the wrong side of that argument for years as they’ve intentionally undermined the process when convenient to suit their political needs. The only reason why we’ve gone through so many of these near-financial collapses, and now this shutdown, is because of this Administration’s complete failure to ever pass a budget. If we had one, like we’re CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED, this would not be happening right now. Debt Ceiling would not have nearly the impact that it does because we would not be nearly in the financial hole we’re in now because we know the House would have forced some constraints on spending. This Administration has had zero constraints on its spending and has showed even less willingness to properly and responsibly manage the People’s monies.

    So, while you sit at your phone bank, listening to the frustrated vent on the calamity of the moment, ponder for a moment the true depth and breadth of this crisis of governance. We have a legislative branch that is completely dysfunctional not because of their political and ideological divides–as great as they might be–but because of a refusal on the part of–almost entirely by–the Senate to actually function as laid out in the Constitution. We have a Judicial branch that, right or wrong, is removed and not focused–nor should it be–on tactical government management. And finally, we have an Executive branch that repeatedly violates the law, enforcing those laws that it likes while ignoring the laws that it doesn’t, even within its own “signature” legislation. Coupled with this flagrant violation of the President’s Oath of Office, is the abuse of power seen in the targeting of political opponents with government agencies, the intentional effort to distort freedom of speech and press, and the general–and quite repeated–lies to the American people. Under any other administration, this would sound like hyperbole, but this is cold hard reality for the years we’ve been subjected to Obama. With any metric used to judge success or failure for any other Administration, this Administration would fail, yet this band of misfits has been given a pass by a sycophant media feeding a disinterested, and increasingly ignorant electorate so frustrated and disgusted with our government that they’ve fallen victim to Obama’s snakeoil and carpetbagger salesmen.

    There is little to appreciate right now, and while many of us have put up the good fight, it has unfortunately fallen short. Rutherford, you can use what ever rhetoric you want, but it has been you and yours that has had a gun not to my head, but to the head of my children for years. What’s unfortunate isthat you pulled the trigger a long time ago…

  46. Case in point…

    Although the government shutdown continues, it appears President Barack Obama and the White House are not getting any closer to negotiating with Republicans. A quotation from an unnamed senior administration official in today’s Wall Street Journal explains why.

    Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

    With this view, it explains why President Obama won’t agree to any piecemeal legislation that would keep Veterans Affairs and NIH open during the shutdown. And it explains why President Obama would rather cancel his Asia trip than negotiate with Republicans.

    It’s because the White House (or, at least this unnamed official) believe it is “winning” by shutting down the government and blaming Republicans. And when one’s winning, he’s not likely to change course.

  47. Very well said Gorilla.

    Last night the neighbors dog went nuts around two am. Said neighbor walked outside and caught a man lurking next to my bedroom window. He ran off.

    A week ago my 4 year old refused to go to bed because he said someone one was looking at him in the window. I didn’t believe him of course.

    Pervert doesn’t know who he is fucking with. I will have guys on my roof for the next week. I’ll be on watch. Random looking cars, guys getting off the afternoon shift, lunch during the night shift….everyone packing…doing me a favor. My brothers are taking a night each.

  48. Reading Gorilla is like watching Fox News. If his distortion wasn’t so entertaining it would actually be a yawn fest.

    Start by boning up on your current events. The Senate finally did pass a budget. Took way too long–no argument there–but it happened.

    As for the rest: I agree that Reid’s refusal to stopgap fund certain departments was reprehensible. I assume he thinks he’s playing hardball. But let’s be goddam clear who started this fight. This is a Congress that has wasted YOUR tax dollars voting to kill Obamacare 47 fucking times. Are you kidding me? And they’ll attach their dislike of the law to anything that might hurt the country.

    There are two very simple facts that are irrefutable. First the Supreme Court vetted this law and it survived. Second Mitt Romney made opposition to Obamacare the cornerstone of his campaign and he lost. An America so vehemently opposed to ACA merely had to elect Romney by the landslide that Gorilla so laughingly predicted and we would not be having this discussion.

    While I have questions with Obama’s handling of the law I have to believe it falls within the enforcement role of the executive branch. Furthermore his moves were an attempt to make it go down better which is more than can be said for the GOP House which has done nothing to improve the law and everything to kill it.

    Again Gorillas rant is just more Fox News which Jon Stewart appropriately calls Bullshit Mountain.

  49. “While I have questions with Obama’s handling of the law I have to believe it falls within the enforcement role of the executive branch. ” Rutherford

    Of course you “have” to believe that. You “have” to do a lot of stuff for your god king these days.

    So…Obamacare is Obama’s personal art project? He can finger it anyway he wants, following your logic. Or any law?

  50. Dear Rutherford Lawson,
    I am writing to address your most recent post and two of your comments found within the thread.
    Regards your view of Ted Cruz. You could say a lot about him and be as critical as the talking heads are and you would have a ring of truth to it that the Cruz fans won’t get. Clearly he meant to put forth an appealing strategy and I imagine did so with a dose of Rand Paul envy urging him on. He chose a good fight but fought it poorly. As Green eggs and Ham well the ACA is more a shit sandwich than anything else but you can indeed eat shit and live,you just won’t like it EVER!!!
    Russia as allies. Putin put the ultimate bitch slap on Obama and that is the bottom line,period,end of story thing there. Obama and his ilk were and are ill prepared to act in the realist world of foreign policy and should be seen as a shameful waste of carbon by the entire world. America has been diminished by the Obama Presidency to a level beyond that of GW Bush hands down.
    Detente with Iran. A very good idea and one that bears monitoring. The change of president has been a good thing for the world. We still will need to maintain a watchful eye along with an open mind but the potential for some good things do indeed lie with the more solid mullah-ocracy in Tehran. Sucks for the Iranian people but actually good for the world. Like all commoners the Iranian people will gulp it up if their life improves secondary to sanction removal.
    Pope Dickhead the First. I’m not catholic so I do apologize sincerely for my comment but this guy is the anti-Pope more than anything else. He is a PR piece who will ultimately do as much harm as good and not that I subscribe to conspiracy theories I would not be shocked if this guy gets whacked. Serious.
    As for humans caring….We’re selfish fucks deal with it. We’re also kind of numb until something is too big or too personal to shrug off.
    As for elected officials holding votes to change a law…Did you really question that? As for SCOTUS upholding,vetting whatever the ACA you need to read the decision again (or first time) They ruled something not in evidence and played their role in assuring the freedom and identity of the United States of America.
    As for the civil war stuff. Well that ties in with the last. It isn’t that America is going to pass away and disintegrate. The America we have known and the world has envied is all fucking done. I was listening to NPR today and they were doing a piece at Harvard,Kennedy School to be precise. I laughed and vomitted at the same time as some student talked about being ashamed in front of the foreign (smarter) students. That our native Ivy turd couldn’t explain the shut down. Can’t explain the shut down to some lesser democracy or no democracy having native and the bitch still got into Harvard. Sad!

  51. Rutherford, love made you dumb. The “passing” of the ACA went down badly and Obama/Jarrett, Pelosi, and Reid were (still are) a guileful group. Now 25% of the UNINSURED according to gallup is PLANNING to defy the law of the land and pay the fine instead of sign up. Those are the people that all this madness is supposedly FOR! Only 68% of them understand there’s an individual mandate!

    “Furthermore his moves were an attempt to make it go down better.”

    BULL. SHIT. I’ll bet you know it too.

    ~

    Public Approval of Health Care Law

    RCP Average 9/4 – 10/2 — 40.0 51.1 Against/Oppose +11.1
    CBS News 10/1 – 10/2 1021 A 43 51 Against/Oppose +8
    FOX News* 10/1 – 10/2 952 RV 36 52 Against/Oppose +16
    CNN/Opinion Research 9/27 – 9/29 803 A 38 57 Against/Oppose +19
    Quinnipiac 9/23 – 9/29 1497 RV 45 47 Against/Oppose +2
    Rasmussen Reports* 9/14 – 9/15 1000 LV 43 53 Against/Oppose +10
    ABC News/Wash Post 9/12 – 9/15 1004 A 42 52 Against/Oppose +10
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 9/5 – 9/8 1000 A 31 44 Against/Oppose +13
    USA Today/Pew Research 9/4 – 9/8 1506 A 42 53 Against/Oppose +11

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/obama_and_democrats_health_care_plan-1130.html

  52. Yours truly didn’t close her italics again but that RCP data runs from Nov. ’09 to the present (so it isn’t “this fight” that influenced the pollees) and in summary the public OPPOSES the ACA by a margin of 11.1%

  53. That scared the hell out of me ‘pizzle. The thing about the peeper. I can’t get the part about your little one off my mind. You must be so angry!

  54. Rutherford, there is 1 simple fact that is irrefutable, and it trumps those you listed.

    The constitution of the United States give the power of the purse to the House of Representatives. That is the cornerstone of the separation of powers. If passing a law were enough to guarantee its funding, then paying for it would be part of the executive’s powers.

    It isn’t.

    Trying to defund ObamaCare is within the constitutional powers of the House, and the GOP representatives there are doing what they were sent to Washington to do. And they’ve been sent there twice to do it.

    They won their elections…elections have consequences…get over it.

    ————

    “While I have questions with Obama’s handling of the law I have to believe it falls within the enforcement role of the executive branch.”

    It doesn’t.

    Whether or not you “have to believe” it does is irrelevant. The Executive must execute the law as written.

    ——————-

    “I might add we are having the nonviolent civil war you boys have been itching for.”

    Please……

  55. That’s some shit, Occupy. I hope the idiot realized last night that it would be best to move on to another house and doesn’t force you to have to ruin his day.

  56. I’ve got much more neighborhood intelligence that has put my mind at ease. There were two dudes not one. I’m almost certain now they were casing my neighbor’s garage and not creeping. While crack head thieves are never a good thing I’ve lived with that threat my whole life. Somebody lusting over my tools in my garage to sell for dope is much easier to take then a pervert watching my family. I’ve called off Operation Ambush and sent my hired guns home.

  57. Re: Comment 43.

    My first reaction was as follows:

    “1.”We’ll only pass legislation to save “at least one life” if it infringes on the Second Amendment.” Because CONSISTENCY.

    2. “They are obsessed. I can think of no other word for it.”
    I can think of a few, Senator. “Pissed”, “Angry”, and “Determined” are just a few that come to mind.

    3. How dare they pick and choose what get’s funded! Yeah, who do they think they are, anyway? The House of Representatives, which exclusively has FedZilla’s power of the purse?

    Nevada, you not only need to recall this dolt, you need to go around the country, door-to-door, and apologize for electing this dissembling, mote-eyed, doddering spendthrift knucklehead to begin with.”

    —————————————————————

    Re: Leftardian anger over the House’s attempt at “legislation by appropriation”.

    It is not unconstitutional.

    It is not even “historic” and “unprecedented” (unlike a President breaking with the “tradition” of SEVENTEEN prior shut downs and REFUSING to negotiate.

    And while it is not the favored way of doing things, NEITHER IS PRECIPITATING THIS “CRISIS” BY NOT PASSING A !@^$%@# BUDGET FOR OVER 1600 DAYS, which is OWNED by Searchlight Reid, who refused to even have a VOTE on several of the budgets sent to the Senate by the House.

    ————————————————————

    Re: President Petulant and his move to block access to open air memorials and monuments that are not blocked or prohibited when Fedzilla is getting its full ration of taxpayer and borrowed money:

    “What could be worse than a President who will chat up foreign dictators and thugs, but won’t sit down and negotiate with the Speaker of the House to end a partial shut down of government?

    A President who will spend money (in said partial shutdown) barricading open air monuments (that are open and unguarded any other time) to WWII vets in order to prevent them from visiting (many for the last time) to see it.

    Never have I seen such a petulant person attain such a high rank. It must be really, really cold in the shadows of men whose company he can never be worthy of.”

  58. “”What could be worse than a President who will chat up foreign dictators and thugs, but won’t sit down and negotiate with the Speaker of the House to end a partial shut down of government?”

    Wow and I get accused of parroting liberal nonsense talking points. This is the kind of robotic nonsense talking point that Frank Luntz teaches GOP’ers to repeat verbatim. I’ve heard this so many times this week that it has become a punch line.

    Obama has no one to negotiate with. These ideologues hate Obama and Obamacare. And to be fair Obama hates them. We are being ruled by children.

    By the way in regard to the unpopularity of Obamacare are any of you aware of the poll where folks favored the ACA over Obamacare? A government of children running a nation of idiots.

  59. Wow I know this makes me crazy but I am astounded that not one person here has advised Rabbit to call the police. Instead everyone is gung-ho for Rabbit’s posse.

    And aren’t we relieved that Rabbit called off his posse since a crackhead thief deserves a neighborhood ass whupping so much less than a pervert. Yup we should not only police ourselves but decide on the proper punishment. It’s Wild West boys and girls. Yeeee fuckin’ haaaaaaaa!

  60. Can you tell me the details of who was polled, R? Registered voters? Likely voters? Adults? College students? Welfare recipients? Members of the Free Shit Army?

    Rutherford, the House sent over bills to fund everything but the Unaffordable Nudge the Nation Into Single Payer Act. Searchlight said no because his boss has already gone on record that he won’t negotiate. He’d much rather close open air monuments and try to close privately funded parks and cancel privately funded interservice football games.

    Carter negotiated.

    Reagan negotiated.

    Clintoon negotiated.

    Obama “doesn’t care how long this goes on.”

    And it’s a nation of children that expect the government to “give” them health care….which as the kids are starting to learn, to their sorrow.

  61. Rutherford, when was the last time you heard about a cop stopping a child molester or rapist BEFORE he committed the crime?

  62. Rutherford the fact that dead rabbit joins together with his community members to serve himself and his community is a good thing. I’ll agree with you that it isn’t a bad thing to call the police and get put on the “we’ll have a car pass through and note your address” list but lets stay connected to reality please. That list is one long ass list and if the area has staffing issues and crime issues it is even longer to the point that you better live near a Dunkin’s,Krispy or other entity that assures a presence. Thats not a knock on the PD. Thats truth. Presence is a harder thing to muster in a residential setting than any other. Its provable science.

  63. How is it that this web site stays up, has resources devoted to fixing it, and call center staff that is not only working, but expanding?

    The simplest answer is pride,conceit and vindictiveness. The fuller & more likely answer is actually far more ominous though. I’m going to go with the thought that the precedent is being set that anything connected to ACA reaches the level of life and limb thus it must be funded ALWAYS.
    Not for nothing but this is the kind of stuff I warned about when this pig was reconciled instead of properly legislated and then illegally declared a tax by SCOTUS. Folks like Rutherford all over this nation have no clue that when you set such an un American un Constitutional precedent such as this it is only a matter of time before it happens again with a different subject line and THEN folks like R will be up in arms thats too f234ed up to even dwell upon but it is the truth.
    Rutherford some really good advice for you as a parent and citizen for the future would be the following:
    Get over the hating Obama stuff and get with the thinking that the real hate is about what is happening to/with this nation. You show the basic aptitude in your railing in #70. In connection to one of your post points the caring stuff. Reconcile your #70 with that thought. A nation encumbered,mesmerized and placated all at the same time with entitlement mentality is a nation easily ruled via division politics.

  64. If it means anything to you Rutherford, we did call the cops. I’m not sure what you expected them to do, post an officer at my house?

  65. I’m kind of perplexed over your ass whopping statement. A thief is less of a threat to my child then….uh…..a child molester. That’s all.

    And….I now have a ton of evidence that a couple losers needed to get a few bucks for heroin. They broke into cars the same night. Took pocket change. They actually left my house alone, ironically, since I’m the one that unleashed the “posse”.

  66. lol…..bragging about my house being unscathed might be a little premature. I woke up and noticed my mail box was obliterated by a baseball bat. I don’t know whats going on, man.

  67. it’s starting to remind me of old school October in the Detroit area back in the 70’s and 80’s. Problem is…this isn’t supposed to happen where I live! 😦

  68. “Yeeee fuckin’ haaaaaaaa!”

    Ah you craze?! #71 isn’t just judgmental it’s altogether mental. Rabbit relayed a horrifying moment and sum TWO of us were, uh, horrified.

    “Obama has no one to negotiate with. These ideologues hate Obama and Obamacare.”

    Take the earlier suggestion (Alfie I think) and get over this crap. You keep trying to find others responsible for his pure weapons grade balonium. He sucks at life. That doesn’t make his detractors racist and it IS the reason his disparagers are maxing out in numbers and saturation.

  69. @ 86 I am literally stunned. The depths the Feds are burrowed into everything and have the gall to present it as something benevolent. I am serious
    Y in awe how it is the GOP gets the short end of the stick on this freaking nightmare. Seriously how is it not transparent that the common man is meant to suffer pain due to Obama and Reid.

  70. And now we’re closing the Vietnam War Memorial?

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/nbc-police-remove-vietnam-war-veterans-memorial-wall_759267.html

    Given the history of that conflict, including the civilian micromanagement and the squandering of the sacrifices of those who answered the call, I’m pretty sure that this completes the cycle and makes Fedzilla the ultimate buddyf#@cker.

    The level of provocation that the Most Petulant Prezidunt EVAR is engaging in is “HISTORIC” and “UNPRECIDENTED”.

  71. I’m sorry but how fucking stupid is this Administration?!?
    24 hours ago I would have said the Dems win this shutdown debate thing and take the upper hand in the looming debt ceiling talks. NOPE not now. If the Obots keep rattling the cages of folks connected to the open air war memorials they lose.
    The funny thing is that obviously there is a civil servant somewhere that would make the case the closures make sense secondary to protecting the monuments and collecting the things people leave behind,good and bad. Thats where common sense is supposed to kick in. Even on a fully funded day the Mall is a disgrace or at least that has been my experience.

  72. Apparently it wasn’t enough for His Nibs to bar Grandpa from the memorial to war he fought in, now His Royal Highness has decided to kick Grandpa and Grandma out of their home.

    http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/Lake-Mead-Property-Owners-Forced-Out-Until-Gov-Shutdown-Ends-226557661.html?lc=Smart

    Don’t want those evil Republicans voting to fund everything but the signature legislation you have already warped out of recognition by executive fiat rather than the Constitutional process of working with Congress? TAKE IT OUT ON GRANDPA.

    Your savior is an asshole, Rutherford.

  73. Again dumb as dumb can be.
    “Mr President by all means we should be screwing with folks in “fly over” America who have Senators worthy of POTUS runs” –Obama staffer

  74. Rep Lee Terry said that furlowing the ancillary civilian staff at Offutt Air Force base violated a law Obama signed the previous week. It has created hardship for the businesses which depend on the trade. He said he had contacted Chuck Hagel, another Nebraskan.

    Hagel is a Vietnam veteran who nearly died there. Surely he cannot appreciate the dirty little cowards driving folks from the Vietnam Memorial because they were less infirm and photogenic than the WW11 veterans.

    It is no suprize to me. The administration is replaying the “Slow Bleed” it tried to use before the Iraqi surge to maximise the deaths of our troops and Iraqis We saw it again in the e mails asking administration heads to make the sequester as painfull as possible.

    Its the little things like rising health insurance rates and people vindictively restricted from tourist sites which draw people’s attention.

    “Let them eat cake,”whether Marie said it or not can elicite the same response here. Someone at a wedding we attended last night said what I was thinking.

    Sarajevo War ’92..but we’re never gonna survive, unless we get a little crazy Youtube video. We had better get a little crazy, not necessarily through force of arms, or this experiment is over.

    The Estonians, Lativians, and Lithuanians freed them selves through the “Singing Revolution” The Tea Party staged a peaceful revolt which gave us the Republican House of Representatives and many other more conservative office holders.

    The administration doesn’t realize the anger which is growing in fly over country.

  75. Our grand daughter is still progressing well. The shape of her head is not quite normal, but it is hardly noticable to anyone who doesn’t see her often.

    Last week, I was feeding her in her swing. She figured out that if she pushed against me, she could make the swing go. She smiled and cooed over her stroke of genius. My wife left her with her play mat to get another bottle. The little tyke had figured how to move herself on her back and had traveled four feet across the room.

  76. From Twitchy: “Unbelievable: Police ;prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt.Rushmore.

    Families throw off the cones at Badlands National Park in South Dakota” One family took pictures and circulated them on FaceBook.

    Five for Fighting John Ondrasik tweeted how he and some girls crossed the baricades at the Jefferson Memorial and physically pushed him out.

    Ondrasik also photographed the Washington Post office and wrote “of course, I had to stop by the White House.”

    The national media isn’t telling us much about this. It is another reason why Rush Limbaugh and his ilk are more relevant news providers than most of our press. Disregard the interpretation and read or listen to the facts.

  77. Robotic nonsense, utter nonsense, nonsense nonsense. Rutherford’s word for the thread.

    From the man who less than four years ago was sure Obama was ‘The One.’

    I’ve got a word too. Rutherford’s incredulous is not credulous. Rutherford represents the epitome of Obama rubedom – was and still is.

  78. “Six things we’ve learned about democrats from the government shut down”: Town Hall

    “A Call for Civil disobedience” Town Hall

    PJ media The Obama administration now has two more guards at the WW11 Memorial than were at Benghazi before the attack.

  79. Kicking people out of their homes and denying access to war memorials is a messaging war that cannot be won.

    I find this kind of surprising from a group that is usually pretty strong in the optics and messaging dept.

    I don’t watch the Sunday talk shows. Is anything being said about these things from either camp?

  80. Hucking,

    I know its obvious. But…..they hope the GOP gets blamed for the memorial closures. I’ve been either in the woods or playing pretend Zimmerman in my Hood. Are you sure it isn’t working?

  81. Watching the ObamaCare sticker shock sink in to the members of the Free Stuff Army is schadentastic.

    It shows the folly of the whole “We have to give it a chance!” nonsense.

    Do you stand by while a neighbor drives your car over a cliff because you have to “give them a chance” first?

  82. It might be working now (I don’t know that it is or isn’t) but I think its ultimately a losing battle. I suppose there is also the question who it is and isn’t working with. That’s why I was wondering if the Sunday shows mentioned it as I am curious just how much national exposure it is getting.

    The longer it goes on, the more it’s going to come out that it is the Executive that actually decides what does and doesn’t get closed. Combine that with the “I/we will not negotiate” position. It really should be a gift to the GOP.

    That is…if the Republicans play their cards right…which historically isn’t the case……

  83. The last time I checked the other blog after a long spell, the Obama strategy is working, at least with true believers. They are convinced this is all the Republicans’ fault. Obama also still has the press to indoctrinate them.

    I believe the l archillies heal lies with the insurance snafus and rates,.

    It could get nasty if we default on the debt.

  84. And now the Amber Alert System is shut off.

    Yeah. For the childrennnnnnn, and if it saves just one life.

    They never had the moral authority they always claimed, but it’s going to be a little difficult for them to continue to cover their lawlessness in the mantle of compassion now.

  85. If Chris Wallace was the standard of Fox News their credibility would soar. Wallace grilled the fuck out of Jack Lew and instead of Hannity like stupidity, he gave a fact based tough interview. Gotta hand it to him.

  86. R, you watch MSNBC which is constantly exposed for bias. Can we stop with the Fox bashing, its not like you’ve a leg to stand on.

    Further, how stupid are you? You think ONE budget so blatantly unbalanced fours years later excuses the Senate Dems from all of this?

    When I wrote that comment, they had not passed the bill back paying anyone shithead.

    Clearly, there is little reason to be here. You’re so fucking emotionally invested in this abject failure that you’ll railroad your little girl into eternal debt so you don’t feel like the mark that you are.

    If anyone ever needed a reason to question the value of a Haaaaavard education, Rutherford Lawson is it.

    Enjoy the phone bank genius and your life’s bobsled-like run. What a tool….

  87. Since they are kicking people out of the homes that sit on Federal property, why are the Obama’s still residing in our home?

    That’s the definition of federal property. Kick those nasty ass squatters out of our house and do it today. Give them 24 hours like they’re giving the American citizens.

    Rutherford, your President is a petty asshole…

  88. The inevitable outcome of Dim policies ~ Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit:

    As late as the 80s, California was democratic in a fundamental sense, a place for outsiders and, increasingly, immigrants—roughly 60 percent of the population was considered middle class. Now, instead of a land of opportunity, California has become increasingly feudal. According to recent census estimates, the state suffers some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. By some estimates, the state’s level of inequality compares with that of such global models as the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.

    At the same time, the Golden State now suffers the highest level of poverty in the country—23.5 percent compared to 16 percent nationally—worse than long-term hard luck cases like Mississippi. It is also now home to roughly one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients, almost three times its proportion of the nation’s population.

    Like medieval serfs, increasing numbers of Californians are downwardly mobile, and doing worse than their parents: native born Latinos actually have shorter lifespans than their parents, according to one recent report. Nor are things expected to get better any time soon. According to a recent Hoover Institution survey, most Californians expect their incomes to stagnate in the coming six months, a sense widely shared among the young, whites, Latinos, females, and the less educated.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/05/california-s-new-feudalism-benefits-a-few-at-the-expense-of-the-multitude.html

  89. Reid is now fully in charge of his party’s negotiating strategy, a significant change from past showdowns with Republicans.

    He has taken the initiative from Obama, who played the principal role in the 2011 debt-limit talks and New Year’s fiscal cliff deal. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are relieved by the switch.

    The majority leader has brought a more pugnacious style to the debate, bashing House conservatives as “anarchists” and mocking the “Banana Republican mindset.” This is a welcome change for Democrats who thought Obama was too accommodating to Republicans during previous crises.

    Simply put, they believe less is more when it comes to Obama’s involvement in negotiations with the GOP.

    Liberal Democrats do not fully trust Obama, in part because of his more diplomatic style. Their disquiet was deepened by his past tax deals with Republicans and repeated offers to trim Social Security and Medicare costs.

    Obama alarmed some in the Senate Democratic caucus last week when he convened congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the government shutdown and looming debt-limit debate.

    They feared he might take the lead in the talks and make concessions to get past the current fiscal crisis.

    “There’s some concern being expressed now that Obama is calling the leaders to the White House that this might be premature,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, a senior Democrat from Iowa. “What’s he going to say? What’s he going to do?

    “I hope he just says, ‘Harry’s the leader. We’re following Sen. Reid,’” he added.

    Reid praised the president after the Wednesday meeting, reassuring colleagues.

    “The president of the United States was very, very strong, strong, strong,” he said.

    Democratic aides say Obama has served as a crucial backstop by refusing to negotiate over the debt limit and quickly issuing veto threats against House measures to defund, delay or otherwise erode the Affordable Care Act.

    “There’s no question, Reid is now the quarterback,” said a Senate Democratic aide.

    That became clear when Reid persuaded Obama last month to abandon an effort to set up a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders before government funding expired.

    Reid is pursuing a high-stakes strategy in the hope that by staring down Tea Party conservatives now, he will dissuade them from demanding major concessions in exchange for passing future bills essential to the smooth functioning of government.

    His biggest asset has been the solid unity of the Democratic caucus, liberals and centrists alike, despite personal preferences for higher spending levels and changing key elements of the Affordable Care Act.

    Nine months ago, Reid failed to hold back the administration as it sought a last minute deal to keep all of the Bush-era tax rates from expiring.

    Reid wanted Democrats to take a harder line on the so-called fiscal cliff, say Democratic senators and staff. He was willing to let the tax rates expire to give Democrats more leverage.

    Instead, Obama dispatched Vice President Biden to meet with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). The resulting deal made most of the Bush tax rates permanent and exempted inheritances under $5 million from taxation.

    Many liberals were dismayed.

    “We’re going to lock in forever the idea that $450,000 a year is middle class in America?” Harkin said at the time.

    Many Democrats wish they could take back the deal as it failed to address the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. Now, there is little prospect Republicans will give any more ground on raising taxes.

    “Sequestration is stupidity on steroids,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said.

    Republicans would prefer to see Obama or Biden at the table instead of Reid.

    “Reid has put himself in charge of this whole thing and Obama is a non-player,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said.

    Hatch complained Reid “doesn’t want to do anything.”

    On “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) accused Reid of being “scared” of bipartisan talks aimed at striking a deal.

    A major difference between now and the 112th Congress is Obama, having won reelection, no longer has a personal electoral stake in the negotiations. Instead, preserving their Senate majority is the Democrats’ highest political priority.

    Democrats feel confident that public opinion is on their side. They hope the refusal of Tea Party House conservatives to accept a “clean” bill to reopen the government will hurt Republican chances of taking control of the upper chamber after 2014.

    Privately, some Republican senators agree that the GOP is playing its hand poorly.

    “We have all the advantages and we’re squandering them,” said a Republican senator, who requested anonymity to speak frankly.

    Reid’s tough tone has sometimes hurt his cause, however. He stumbled at a press conference last week after CNN’s Dana Bash pressed him about a GOP bill funding the National Institutes of Health, but leaving other agencies shuttered.

    “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” she asked.

    “Why would we want to do that?” Reid scoffed, noting there are over 1,000 people furloughed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada who have “a few problems of their own.”

    He subsequently clarified his comments, after the GOP had seized on them.

    Reid, a Senate institutionalist, has fumed over the outsized role that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a freshman senator who has yet to serve 10 months in the upper chamber, has had in the debate.

    “Sen. Cruz is now joint speaker,” he said. “He lectures the House on occasion, as he does people over here.”

    Reid disputes GOP assertions that he has refused to compromise.

    “We had negotiated our hearts out,” Reid said Friday, referring to a deal he struck privately with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in July to pass a clean stopgap bill at funding levels set by the House GOP.

    Senate Democratic sources say Reid agreed at a meeting in Boehner’s office on July 17 to accept a stopgap set at $986.3 billion. In return, they say, Boehner promised to keep it free of legislation defunding ObamaCare.

    Reid knew he would have a tough job selling liberals on a funding level $72 billion lower than what labor unions and progressive groups wanted.

    When Congress reconvened after the August recess, House conservatives balked at their leadership’s plan to merely require the Senate to vote on defunding ObamaCare before considering legislation to keep the government open.

    House Republican leaders in response crafted a more aggressive bill that included language to defund Obama-Care in the spending stopgap.

    Reid and Boehner met on Sept. 12 to discuss a plan for avoiding the looming government shutdown.

    Reid told Boehner of a Senate procedural move that could be used to strip the defund-ObamaCare language without relying on Republican votes, and send back a clean resolution funded at the House GOP level.

    Boehner jumped on the plan, according to Senate Democratic sources.

    The Speaker on ABC’s “This Week” did not dispute that, and suggested his GOP members wanted to go in another direction.

    When the Senate passed the clean stopgap without language defunding Obama-Care, Boehner, under pressure from Tea Party conservatives, rejected it.

    Reid made little effort to hide his frustration.

    “[We] can’t perform the most basic functions of government because he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to that small band of anarchists,” Reid told reporters.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/326819-smash-mouth-reid#ixzz2h33R38P5
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  90. R’s peeps, to a T…

    Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

    Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

    Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

    “Welcome to the club,” said Robert Laszewksi, a prominent health care consultant and president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates in Virginia. […]

    “Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

  91. I really don’t know what to make of #117. There actually was a point when Reid and Pelosi emerged from that meeting w/ The Man early on (sometime last week) and Reid began his hoarse serial maligning of Republicans while I watched Pelosi and I actually felt a little sorry for her and wondered how savage the meeting had gotten. I sort of thought she was beginning to look a little stripper-weary of the dance.

    But then I remembered what a willing fuck buddy she is with Reid and how she enthusiastically she helped them shaft us with the ACA. I’m surprised one or more of them didn’t just spontaneously combust while they were penning that monster.

    Anyway I don’t think very many of our representatives paid attention in history or civics class or even in the years in congress leading up to this current snake pit in WA. I sure don’t think Obama is learned in governance nor is Jarrett.

    I did catch Chris Wallace slapping Lew the Liar with the facts and wondered if the lowlifes in this administration ever question the bullshit they talk or just feel like not sliming on any given day.

    FWIW Rutherford I don’t think there’s any hope for you as long as your nose is buried in Rachel and that muppet creep and the rest of them on that meritless channel but there are a number of journalists on Fox that live up to the standard of Wallace. I can’t name one decent human being on MSNBC never mind professional.

  92. So after a week of this bullshit we’re now being told that the President of the United States is not the man in charge and that this is all Harry Reid’s fault.

    So typical. The buck always stops someplace else….

    Worst. President. EVER.

  93. Sorry you’re so bitter Gorilla. Clearly all is not well in your world.

    Take care dude and I hope things improve for you.

    P.S. I basically retired my Internet radio show. What ever became of your plans to start one?

  94. Yes, I know we all rightfully discount polls. But with that said, I found this interesting.

    Naturally, there are strong partisan numbers going both ways. But the interesting part is….

    “Not surprisingly, huge majorities of Democrats are angry at the Republicans, and huge majorities of Republicans are angry at Obama and Democrats. Independents are equally angry at all sides, with 59% of Independents very or somewhat angry at the Democrats, six in 10 angry at the GOP, and 58% angry at Obama.”

    A mere 2 percentage points between GOP blame, Democrat blame, and direct Obama blame with independents polled. And there’s a 3-point MoE.

  95. I don’t think you can lay the bitter card down on Gorilla, R. Unless there are a bunch of them in the deck including one for you. There’s enough acrimony to go around.

  96. Including me!

    There’s a part in #62 that cuts like a knife. I meant to call it out before. The story about the kid @ Harvard and this – “The America we have known and the world has envied is all fucking done.”

    Ouch.

  97. All this havoc wreaked through the Park Service. Consider that for a moment. The National Park Service has managed to barricade scenic vistas in North Dakota, piss off World War 2 vets in DC, and keep small children from getting home to their parents after school in Tennessee. And it’s just the Park Service! Imagine if the federal government were as omnipresent and powerful as the left wishes it were. “Sorry; we’d love for you to have your kidney transplant, but the government is shut down. All because you pesky citizens wouldn’t behave!”

    But holy crap, it’s the Park Service! The absurdity is stupefying. Just the thought of using something as innocuous as the PARK SERVICE to cause so much damage–all for the sake of causing damage and pissing people off–confounds the mind. It’s like a confederacy of clowns on tricycles, swarming over the nation, wreaking havoc with balloon animals and confetti–because those are the only tools at their disposal.

    But, in any case, Obama’s intended lesson was meant to be, “See how awful life is without your Federal Family?” But the lesson learned–I hope–is, “See how awful your Federal Family can make your life if you tick it off?” We’re not seeing the absence of government; we’re seeing an excess of bad government. ~ Coketown

    Great comment…

  98. One of my consistent problems with you guys is you always overstate the case.

    It isn’t hard for me to recognize the skill of Chris Wallace who clearly learned a thing or two from his late dad. But to even hint that he is typical of Fox is laughable.

    By the sane token, to claim there is not one worthwhile journalist on MSNBC is to reveal yourself as not just partisan but downright stupid.

    I can get it when you dismiss Martin Bashir, Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz. Each is off putting in his own way and each relies more on opinion than facts to make their case.

    But you are off base when you dismiss Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow. The former exhibits a clear curiosity about what’s going on around him. Being accurate matters to him as evidenced by corrections he made on his old show Up. He has a refreshing idealism and lacks the overbearing qualities of a Schultz or Matthews.

    Rachel Maddow is a Rhodes Scholar who obviously prepares meticulously for each broadcast. In fact the only reason I find her hard to watch is that she is often just too damn precious in her analysis. Does she get it wrong sometimes? Yes. Is she ultra partisan? Absolutely. But to deny that she comes to the table with at least as much intellectual rigor as Chris Wallace is to either be totally ignorant of her work, totally in partisan denial or at the very worst an anti-gay bigot.

  99. Does Maddow spend any time with articulate opposing viewpoints? If so, I’ve never seen it. From what I can tell, her guests, if any, are bobble head props. That is not journalistic rigor. That is pandering.

  100. A Rhodes scholar doing infomercials promising that you can eat all you want and still lose weight. She’s a nothing burger with fries.

    Brit Hume, Shepherd Smith, Brett Barr, James Rosen, Jennifer Griffin, Catherine Herridge…all class acts with plenty on the ball who don’t let lying sacks of shits tell them they’re asking the wrong questions when said sacks can’t or don’t want to answer the right questions.

  101. It’s telling what you’ll respond to while all of the hard stuff goes untouched. So much for basking in the light of the Rhodes scholar.

  102. Maddow is nothing but snark and straw men. It’s appealing to R because her credential and bent signifies truthiness.

    R nearly wept when Olbermann left and cheers when Lawrence O’Donnell engages in dumb as shit shout-downs. I think his powers of observation speak for themselves.

  103. I have a little experience with this bonafide of “Rhodes Scholar”, being my daughter was asked to apply.

    It’s political hackery and window dressing, akin to Nobel Peace Prizes.

    Beautiful take downs of Rutherford’s weak excuses, Tigre and Muffy. Notice that if the puffery doesn’t work, we can always be accused of gender and sexual bigotry.

    I’ll tell you what Rachel Maddow really is. She’s the talking head for Media Matters and David Brock – a man whose proven to be unstable and mentally ill; so paranoid, he actually is escorted by two bodyguards everywhere he goes. I would wager not one in a hundred people even know who David Brock really is.

    Tigre is absolutely right, Rutherford. Let’s see Chrissie Hayes and Chaz Maddow have a real debate with opposing opinion, where they have to think on their own feet instead of carry water for the propagandists.

    Pandering indeed.

  104. P.S. I basically retired my Internet radio show. What ever became of your plans to start one?” – R

    I’m fighting a war, working on a second Master’s degree, and trying to raise my boys in a government that is attempting to fuck them every chance it gets.

    I guess I’ve just been too damn busy…

    Your radio show fell apart because you were talking to yourself. It was an echo chamber of you and that bitch circle-jerking for an hour, reinforcing your own biases and doubling down on the ideological talking points fed to you by that hateful, partisan hack in the Oval office.

    In all the years that we (collectively) have conversed with you, you have repeatedly made a consistent to avoid questions that might challenge your own beliefs. You think that we’ve done the same, but we’ve been more than willing to not only debate our ideology, but criticize anyone–our side or yours–who fail to live up to the premise we espouse. You’ve been more than willing, however, to ideologically whore yourself out for the partisan in office: and your life is the worse for it. Everything bad that has happened to you, you can lay at the feet of liberalism, and more specifically Obama. I know you won’t have the testicular fortitude to admit when your healthcare goes through the roof, but I imagine that if that claim ever comes, it will be followed by the recognition that everything you’ve been led to believe is a lie.

  105. I watch Maddow sometimes. She gives a monologue and then high fives her friends. Never is challenged. Never debates anyone of merit. She sucks!

  106. ”Does Maddow spend any time with articulate opposing viewpoints? ”

    Not nearly as often as I’d like. One of the first high profile interviews of Rand Paul was done by Rachel Maddow. Conservatives are invited to the show and most decline. Wonder why? Perhaps because they don’t want to get backed into an intellectual corner where their only remaining retort is “shut up you dyke”.

    I think if we did a study we would find that liberals are more willing to go on a conservative show and get challenged than vice versa.

  107. “A Rhodes scholar doing infomercials promising that you can eat all you want and still lose weight. She’s a nothing burger with fries. ”

    Muffy come on that’s nonsense.

    If I could I’d rent a resort for all of us to gather at for a week and we’d watch some liberal commentary shows together and the assignment would be for you guys to, point by point, prove Maddow and some others as liars.

    Forget the resort. We should start our own publication where the rule is no spin and nothing but facts. We’d be the only ones on the block doing it. But it means we’d all have to leave the extremist rhetoric at the door. I don’t think most of you would be up to the challenge.

  108. Appeal to authority argument = ZZZZzzzz……

    You want to defend Maddow, fine. But the “she’s a Rhodes scholar” argument means nothing. Charles Krauthammer has degrees that leave Maddow eating his dust, and I don’t see you giving him any weight because of it (nor should you).

    I gave Maddow about 10 minutes worth of a chance a few years ago. When, in that 10 minutes, she was citing Huffington Post, I turned it off. If I want people citing friggen blogs for commentary I can come here.

    It’s actually pretty sad that the best defense given of her is her preparation….something that shouldn’t be a plus, but a basic quality displayed by any journalist or commentator, no matter who they are. I don’t think that speaks as much about her as it does about the state of our media, today. Funny that we hold that institution up as a point of moral authority over others.

  109. “It’s telling what you’ll respond to while all of the hard stuff goes untouched.”

    When time is at a premium I go for the low hanging fruit. Did you bother to read my very clear retort to the objections to the Obamacare web site?

  110. “We should start our own publication where the rule is no spin and nothing but facts.”

    That would be impossible because we have virtually zero access to non-agenda-based information.

    We’re all left picking “low hanging fruit” because that is all any of us are offered. It’s been that way for so long that we’ve developed a taste for it. It’s now a staple of our information diet.

  111. Tigre as often you show yourself the ass. I have always said Crazy Larry is entertaining. I seldom watch his show because I find his confrontational style embarrassing more often than not.

    My view of Olbermann changed over the years. He is now in my estimation an egotistical pompous fool.

    One of the things I was thinking about this blog in the wee hours of my work day is that I’m just about the only one here who has evolved and is willing to consider and even champion new views.

    Most of the rest of you are a broken record. With few exceptions there are few surprises coming from any of you.

    Alfie and Huck are notable exceptions and yes even Tex surprises now and then.

  112. Rutherford, the bullshit about libs willingly going on shows to be challenged is laughable. These same bravehearts you’ve latched on to tried to shut down FOX News for dissenting commentary that doesn’t parrot Obama’s demands.

    Get Chaz Maddow out of an MSNBC studio and let’s see how that diseased carcass fares. She’s not only pretentious – she’s a gutless coward like the rest of those shills you take your marching orders from.

    Chris Hayes sucks dick…I can’t help but puckering when that pussy comes on the screen.

  113. “I have a little experience with this bonafide of “Rhodes Scholar”, being my daughter was asked to apply.

    It’s political hackery and window dressing, akin to Nobel Peace Prizes.”

    I can only hope your daughter chose not to apply by her own volition and was not unduly influenced by her ignorant father. The fact is the Rhodes is a high distinction and an incredible addition to any resume.

    You should have been enormously proud of the kid being asked instead of being a Neanderthal. I can only hope my daughter achieves such a distinction. While you berate the honor your daughter remains a role model for mine.

  114. I’ve gleaned some good from the mouthpieces mentioned. Sometimes they speak the truth, yet they all have a certain rattle. Like Alex Jones and some of the alternate sources, you have to listen carefully to decipher the truth. It’s kind of like learning to recognize the separate instruments in an orchestra that is playing a certain tune.

  115. I would think this past decade should have pretty much decimated any merit our institutional awards held. Too bad for the honorable and deserving, because the dishonorable and unscrupulous have undermined them.

  116. I can only hope your daughter chose not to apply by her own volition and was not unduly influenced by her ignorant father. The fact is the Rhodes is a high distinction and an incredible addition to any resume.

    😆 Rutherford,

    Being for some odd reason I still like you, if there is one thing I could change about you that would make you vastly more worthy, it would be your uncanny inability to realize the value of something – your soul, for starters; what is truly prestigious being a distant second; even if I am a Neanderthal.

    Chaz Maddow is a buffoon and high paid marionette.

  117. “One of the things I was thinking about this blog in the wee hours of my work day is that I’m just about the only one here who has evolved and is willing to consider and even champion new views.”

    Now that’s life in the house of mirrors.

    You haven’t evolved so much as thrown in the towel on trying to defend the indefensible. Which of your views does not conform to the party platform? But congratulations nonetheless on eventually seeing a jackhole for a jackhole in Keef.

    I have to say that your professed lack of surprise at most of us is contradicted by the half dozen or so times you’ve said the exact opposite directly to me. You just don’t see a shift further to the right as “evolution.”

  118. You haven’t evolved so much as thrown in the towel on trying to defend the indefensible.

    Bingo! Muffy once again nailed you, Rutherford. Your complaint with Obama is that he hasn’t shifted far enough left for your tastes, no matter how much the “partial” shift has failed. You demand cataclysmic failure.

    That makes you even less credible than Obama. And even more the hack.

  119. We can’t get Obama to talk about the closure of privately-funded monuments but thank God he’s weighed in on the great Washington Redskins controversy……

  120. Part of the script. Working Twerking the masses. The media is doing a great job keeping us preoccupied with meaningless drool and dribble while real events go under-reported.

  121. R, ever the ass, you’re so full of shit. Muffy’s dead on. You’re so frighteningly immersed in MSNBC propaganda and narratives that you honestly think expressing skepticism or deviation from them constitutes an ideological evolution or “championing new views?” 😆

    From what I generally see, any “new views” claim to “champion” are temporary. You have a real knack for running back to the narrative after your MSNBC friends get back in your head and tell you what you’re supposed to think.

    Hell, I’ll wager you have accused me of “almost fooling you” a half dozen times on some area of the law that I am intimately familiar with because so douche at MSNBC that doesn’t know squat later told you something contrary.

    How about a couple of examples? Go for ones that aren’t the product of being shamed into an admission because you were just dead wrong on the facts.

    Please hurry. Unlike Gorilla, I’m holding my breath.

  122. Reflecting on my own views and how they’ve changed over the years – you’re really off the reservation on this one Rutherford. Tigre was only recently talking about a similar observation that one of his own viewpoints had undergone some reevaluation in recent years.

    Some of my own persuasions have crystallized or deepened over the years, others sorrowfully put away like childhood keepsakes, and still others buried with good riddance under the weight of circumstances.

    I continually endeavor to be on good terms with myself. Clearly the others here do too. If you think that doesn’t involve some degree of growth and often painful then maybe you aren’t as familiar with the pangs of change as you imagine that you are.

  123. “I have to say that your professed lack of surprise at most of us is contradicted by the half dozen or so times you’ve said the exact opposite directly to me. You just don’t see a shift further to the right as “evolution.””

    Damn! You beat me to it. I WAS going to cite you as an exception. You have evolved–just in the wrong direction. 🙂

  124. “thank God he’s weighed in on the great Washington Redskins controversy……”

    I thought something similar. He gets asked questions that are inappropriate in context to other stuff that us going on and then he answers them.

    It’s partly cos his ego makes him think his opinion about everything matters. But we also live in a time when “no comment” would have inspired Native American wrath.

  125. Unless I misunderstood, Alfie suggested Pope Francis might get whacked.

    I have thought the same thing. There is a force (Poolman calls it Satan) that will not allow men of peace and love to survive.

    I don’t care if I am a religious know-nothing. I say Pope Francis is the best thing to happen to the Catholic Church in decades.

  126. Tigre I’d much rather be able to admit when I’ve gotten something wrong than be some arrogant stick in the mud.

    The fact that I haven’t done a complete 180 and watch Fox and listen to Rush and spout ignorant conservative propaganda means I haven’t evolved?

    If you’re waiting for me to stop being a liberal then by all means please exhale.

  127. “Tigre was only recently talking about a similar observation that one of his own viewpoints had undergone some reevaluation in recent years. ”

    Wow I must have missed that one. Honestly.

    The only person on this blog who ever openly stated that the blog discussion made him reconsider his POV was Pfesser.

    By the way, where the hell has he gone?

  128. Yeah we keep in contact with him and know and what’s more care where he went.

    Get real. 🙄

    “He gets asked questions that are inappropriate in context to other stuff that us going on and then he answers them.”

    Yeah the press does that to conservatives come election time hoping to catch them saying something offhand and hopefully just as inappropriate about rape and/or abortion. Of course they ask the pussident about his favorite flavor of ice cream not Doctor Gosnell.

  129. That refers to what?

    If you’re referring to my comment on the red skins thing please tell me which point you disagree with:

    1. It was a stupid question to ask the POTUS with all this other shit going on.

    2. Part of why Obama answered it is that he is in love with the sound of his own voice.

    3. If Obama didn’t give some answer to the stupid question he would have had Native Americans pissed.

    Please tell me why any of those three observations miss the mark.

  130. Rutherford that POV that you say “evolved” wasn’t even a viewpoint you yourself held. Your big leap was to find even more fault with a viewpoint held by others, wasn’t it?

  131. The Red Skins – the real ones, not the team – need to get their priorities straight. 11 percent alcoholism rate and 6 percent fetal alcohol syndrome among newborns. They need to worry about real problems, not how offended they are by being called redskins.

  132. Rutherford – I see from the comments that you are considering filing for disability. I would encourage you to do so, but beware of the corrosive influence of an income you do not earn by labor. As has been said before, your family must be taken care of, by whatever means possible. As a supplement, disability is fine – and if you don’t qualify, nobody does – but I suggest you never stop working – the damage done to your inner self by living entirely off a wage you did not earn is incalculable.

  133. And speaking of our current devolvement…

    HONOLULU — A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields.
    After NBC News raised questions about the arrival ceremonies, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn’t even fly but were towed into position.

    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20889368-pentagon-unit-held-phony-ceremonies-for-mias-using-planes-that-cant-fly?lite

  134. Let me get this straight, Rutherford. Your shitty asshole President, after making sure he exempts anybody that would cause political fall out, purposely forces the plebs to sign into a website that was known for months to be broken just so he doesn’t look inept. Wouldn’t want to delay because the site is a nightmare for the common folk. Nah. Deal with it slaves. And you, always quick to chug Obama penis, ran on to your fake political website and claimed its just mundane IT issues. Nothing to be worried about. OK. Got it. Go team! Yeah! Team MSNBC! Helllz Yeaaaaz.

  135. Rabbit have you noticed that Tex hasn’t had much to say about the broken web site? You know why? Because unlike you, he’s spent a good amount of time around corporate IT projects and he knows just like I do that they are most often clusterfucks.

    You don’t like Obama’s exemptions? Fine. You don’t like the law? Fine. But the web site is a bullshit complaint on your part. If the site ran swimmingly you’d suddenly be happy?

    Puhleeze.

  136. .6 Billion Dollars for a website that can’t only handle 50 thousand a day. Forty million people need to be signed up by January or they get punished by Leviathan. Wtf!

    I must be a closet liberal. I always underestimate the government clusterfuck even when I predict clusterfuck. It’s always worse then I expect!!!!

  137. Dude….it doesn’t work. Glitch my ass. It doesn’t work. I know people stranded in that system.

    .6 billion dollars? You guys had .6 billion dollars at your department’s disposal?

    They knew the site didn’t work and didn’t care. You don’t have a problem with that? So, a plebeian’s time and effort is meaningless?

    4 years? You guys had 4 years to roll out your shit? And you guys purposely launched utter garbage? Because that is what Nanny was working with. 4 years, .6 billion dollars and a gun to the head of every client.

  138. Yes, the website sucks because its just so friggen popular…

    Except now we find out that there are 399 websites that are more popular. Perez Hilton’s site gets more traffic than the website for this totally awesome program that is supposedly so popular it crashes.

    And his site doesn’t seem to crash and didn’t cost $634,000,000.

    That this is an IT nightmare is not a defense, Rutherford. In fact, it is just a facet of the overall clusterfuck we told you this was going to be all along.

    If you can’t even implement the website rollout correctly…how on earth do you expect to implement the actual law without problems?

    Oh that’s right…we can’t expect that…in fact, we can expect the exact opposite of that, which is why King Obama hands out exemptions to those he deems politically worthy.

    First we were told we have to pass the bill before we know what’s in it. Now we’re essentially being told we have to implement the bill before we know what’s in it.

    What BS excuse for this “big fucking deal” are we going to be forcefed next? Christ, our government can play with remote control cars on other planets but it can’t build a website that isn’t so full of coding errors that it crashes itself with javascript?

    16 months ago when I was having some health issues there arose an incident that led me to think putting medical records online for any doctor to access could be a good thing. Your “IT clusterfuck” has now shown me that the government is simply not capable of handling such a thing. Let a private company do it and let doctors and hospitals pay for it as a service. Capitalism has a nice way of working these things out quickly and cheaply….government doesn’t.

  139. Dude one of many jobs at IBM (yes IBM– now that my wife’s severance check is in the bank I’m coming clean) was to delete thousands of programs (millions of lines of code) off our system cos the multi year multimillion dollar project had been cancelled. It broke my heart to see all that hard work go down the toilet.

    You don’t understand dude. Time and money don’t buy you quality without proper management. In this case the gov made one of the most common mistakes in IT which is poor load forecasting. They’re not getting thousands of hits. They’re getting several million.

    Should they fire their vendor? Probably. But that means starting with a new vendor which carries its own risks.

    And yes Rabbit the end user or pleb as you call him always gets screwed in the end.

  140. “And yes Rabbit the end user or pleb as you call him always gets screwed in the end.” -R

    Then leave them the fuck alone!

  141. “You don’t understand dude. Time and money don’t buy you quality without proper management.”

    That’s the thing, dude. We DO understand that.

    The thing you don’t understand is that the government is atrocious at quality management. It doesn’t have to manage things efficiently because it has an endless supply of money to throw at it. If yours and your daughters isn’t enough, it’ll just print some.

    Again…this is what we’ve been telling you for 4 years. You think you’re launching a defense and what you’re doing is supporting our many points.

    “They’re not getting thousands of hits. They’re getting several million.”

    Evidently you haven’t seen the stats. 399 websites work properly while getting more hits. People can watch Perez Hilton cry over Britney-abuse easier than they can comply with Obama’s law. And his site is ranked 55 spots higher in traffic.

  142. Beautiful day out here in the sw. Mid 70’s.

    The real news is getting very interesting as of late, hard to keep up. More conspiracies transparencies apparentlies are being revealed. We were promised transparency, and by God, we’re gonna have it. 😉 Rolling back the curtains…

    Breitbart’s apparent murder, and now Clancy’s unexplained death/delayed autopsy, the documented drill/terror events of late, Libya, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, TWA 800, …

    It keeps going and going. A virtual nonstop sunshine boogie.

  143. The House GOP is signalling that they would pass a clean CR to raise the debt ceiling for 6 weeks, which many conservatives are seeing as a concession, in exchange for democrats doing what they should be doing anyway…simply participating in the process of negotiating with the opposition party that has been democratically elected to control the purse of our government…twice.

    Anyone care to guess what Senate Democrats are signalling in response to that?

    Obama and Reid want all of their demands met before negotiations even begin…in which case, there really won’t be anything left to negotiate about.

  144. Rutherford, you claim this is about improper load forecasting….yet we’ve been told for years how popular this is going to be once people start seeing its benefits.

    Nevermind the fact that people might actually want to comply with federal law…because, unlike so many others, King Obama hasn’t given them a free pass….we were told everyone was going to want to get a piece of this.

    And yet, now that they can’t do either, we’re being told its because nobody knew how popular it was going to be?

    Don’t you see the contradiction in those 2 positions?

  145. Our leader-in-name-only tries to panic the market, finger pointing that the GOP is going to hold steady on an issue that he and his entire party refuses to negotiate on.

    Today yields the best market gains of the year as the GOP tries to come to an agreement with Democrats on an issue they still refuse to consider up for negotiation.

    Earlier the paid liar, Jay Carney, says Obama would sign it. What does Harry Reid say?

    He says “Not going to happen.”

    And lookie here…turns out Obama says “nope” too.

    Remember when Boehner was called out for calling Carney a “paid liar”? And yet, that is EXACTLY what he did today to the White House Press Corps(e). He acted like a fucking cock as they tried to get past the rhetoric of arson and kidnapping and get to accuracy of the president’s position…and at the end of the day, he bald-faced lied to them.

    Tell us again who are the arsonists that are holding our economy hostage.

  146. “Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon, it knocks all the pieces over, defecates on the board, and then struts around like it won something.” ~ Attributed to Vladamir Putin

  147. Let me make sure I’ve got this: Breitbart was murdered and Tom Clancy’s death is suspicious?

    Let me guess. Scott Carpenter was really a revenge killing by the moon-men.

  148. I’ve learned from the not so distant past to tread lightly on the blog the next few days. As all of you strut and glory in your Dim/Obama bashing the country turns more and more tired of the Republican Party and its Tea Party faction.

    You folks have shown in the past that you don’t do too well when “your side” loses a battle.

    I am frankly amazed that none of you have called out Ted Cruz for instigating much of this. Even respected Republicans have done so. Oh I forgot. Any Republican who actually wants government to function is a RINO. 🙄

  149. Rutherford…..we always lose! You think we’re not used to it? The upshot is a growing blob of terribleness that the media refuses to probe. You and your ilk hurt people badly. The fact that the non productive class loves your system doesn’t make it right. And, I’m part of said unproductive class. My job might be needed, but I only survive because of real men and women who produce wealth. My honesty alone should mean something to you.

    Again. Obamacare is a modern American dirty disaster. That’s what we are pissed about. We’re not fan boys like you are. Cruz is the least of our worries. We talk about the future of our kids. You only bring the youth up when you politically pawn them after a shooting. If they are white, of course.

  150. Rutherford still doesn’t understand how things work….

    It doesn’t matter what the country thinks. All that matters is what a congressman’s constituents think. Haven’t you learned yet, after the last 2 elections, that these people have been sent to Washington to do EXACTLY what they are doing? Piss on these claims of some voter mandate by Obama’s re-election. Every member of congress has their own mandate.

    It’s laughable that Rutherford has taken the time to post a comment predicting an inevitable GOP defeat, followed by a snark about who does and doesn’t want the government to function properly…while he continues to ignore the FACT that the GOP is really the only party that has made even the slightest attempt to resolve the current impasse.

    If I was to be honest, I will admit that actually Reid is doing what he’s been sent to do, too. And actually, the Federalist Papers support that. The Senate is meant to slow down the fast-paced House. Sure, the rules of procedure for both houses of congress were never defined…but their intended purposes for being were.

    When you understand these nuances, it makes it easier to see that our government is not currently “broken,” rather it is operating exactly as it was designed to.

    Except when we have an Executive who doesn’t execute the law as it is written. If we did have such a man as the Executive today, the government would not be shut down today. The GOP would have realized, as it did, that it can’t yet defund ObamaCare, and their attempts to put it off for a year and put everyone on equal footing would have been needless.

    You want to blame someone for breaking the system….point at Barack Obama. Nobody else.

    We keep telling you this, Rutherford, and you keep refusing to digest it, telling yourself “I have to believe it’s within his right…”

    I truly don’t know why I waste my time…….

    ————-

    “…the country turns more and more tired of the Republican Party and its Tea Party faction.”

    You do realize that the country is also growing more and more tired of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama, right? The numbers from independents show a pretty equal level of disgust with all involved. And the last I read, your guy Barry is cruising below 40% approval.

    I guess the Rhodes scholar forget to mention those things last night while she was getting her ass kicked in ratings by Megyn Kelly so badly that MSNBC wants a ratings investigation launched.

  151. Re: the link at the end of #200 – I hope that delusional assmunch nods off for 6 hours with his tanning bed running.

    More low-hanging fruit for you R – head fluffer of MSDNC on why Obama avoids the network…(caution, do not drink from your beverage right before reading)…

    Griffin: It should be noted, every Republican, whether they’re in trouble or not, does their first interview with Fox. They are invited, and they are treated well. With us, you come at your own risk. We are not going to lay down, do an easy interview, and President Obama knows it. We’re not here to be the voice of the administration. There are a lot of things we agree on, but there are no deals. They don’t tell us what to say, we don’t ask them to come on and then we’ll give them a free ride. That isn’t how it works. And that gives us a certain amount of integrity, and I think that’s what our audience respects about us.

    On the other hand, maybe Obama avoids the network because they make white house calls to go pick up the, um, news.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/01/rachel-maddow-frequent-white-house-visitor/47506/

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/17/rachel-maddow-msnbc-colleagues-score-face-time-with-obama/

    Anyone that saw Rachel Maddow’s segment with Kathleen Sebelius earlier this week know what I mean by “Infomercial.” Yeah, she was prepared alright. She was wearing a bib to catch the drool.

  152. Rutherford’s latest comment has just become crystal clear.

    I am confident it is based on an NBC poll that told him what he wants to hear.

    It has to be. Because its the only one that echoes the BS he just tried to spread.

    Some noteworthy portions….

    78% of respondents think we’re headed in the wrong direction.

    And who is it that is leading the country in whatever direction goes?…isn’ that the job of the president?

    The respondents of this poll don’t seem to think so…as he gets an even split in approval/disapproval. I’m just not quite sure how that works…..

    And they want government to do more.

    Yeah…..they don’t like the direction the government is going…yet they want more of it.

    I seriously think they polled the 800 most dumbest people in the country.

  153. Rutherford 193 win lose or draw you actually owe us better than that comment. At a minimum it is an invitation to a dialog on the matter before this nation. I hope it isn’t as much the soft serve turd it could be viewed as given the Ted Cruz bash.
    In light that you may. Indeed be getting into some Italian American culture this weekend and not available let me chime in now myself.
    I don’t think Cruz deserves much credit or scorn no matter ones political stripes. He is a public face on the issue the media is rolling but this has grown much much bigger than the sheep are believing.
    You seem to only have scorn for the GOP folks. Where is the hate for the dems? I for one totally disagree with Hucks assessment. Reid is a piece of Shit who HATES Americans. His actions have nothing to do with debate or discernment,he is and has been about his way or the fucking highway. I don’t think he has much love for Barry,I’ll say that,in fact I think Harry finds Barry to be a great disappointment.
    Rutherford if you take anything out of this lesson in US democracy learn this. Obama and Obama alone has failed the greatest. He has been petty and petulant. He is the picture of Un- Presidential behavior.
    It actually angers me that you seem to see only the lowest partisan fluff in this matter. I was actually put on the carpet at work this week for exploding at a meeting. Some dems were whining about Boehner and the republicans. I snapped and gave them a civics lesson and ended telling them to keep their mouths shut. The rage was palpable.
    Bottom line transcend the petty pussy shit about blame or perish. Folks want to blame and headline shit instead of solving something. Sick.
    Of follow up of sorts on Europeans and others hating on Americas political system. I think we’re one of if not the only “democracy” that isn’t totalitarian in nature. Maybe that’s what makes ours better. France,Italy,UK etc pick when it’s best to hold elections and essentially sit administrations that whole premise is “we got 51% fuck off!” I for one think whether you’re 49,47 or some other % it’s good to have a voice.
    Sorry for incoherency issues in this ramble. It’s late,I’m tired and hurting in a number of ways. I hope I have presented some kind of point still.
    Hagwe

  154. “Yeah…..they don’t like the direction the government is going…yet they want more of it.”

    Huck that comment showed your brain really is on vacation. Yes they want more functional government which is not the direction in which we are going.

    You guys confuse government that works with LESS government. Your bias, Huck, is what lead to your confusion. There is NOTHING contradictory in the stat you cited (unless you were just kidding).

    On that same note, a decent proportion of opposition to ACA is that it DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH.

  155. “And, I’m part of said unproductive class. My job might be needed, but I only survive because of real men and women who produce wealth.”

    This is at best modesty and at worst self-loathing. “Real men and women”? Is your head so turned around that you can’t recognize value? You really believe that “wealth producers” who create nothing tangible other than fueling the machine are of greater worth to society than men and women who prepare children for the future? Or men who fight fires and save lives? Or a host of other contributors to society who wouldn’t know how to generate any more wealth than the interest in their savings account?

    You’ve talked about driving by mansions without envy and I agree with you there. People of great wealth show what can be achieved in America. Those mansions should inspire us to do more to better our own situation. But you take it way too far when you overvalue those mansion owners relative worth to society.

  156. Rutherford is such a liberal today. Rutherford on a logic pathway the mansion owners are actually of more value. They pay higher property taxes which go to services they don’t use and they as a rule support others in the private economy to a much higher level than a guy in a 2000 sq ft colonial and definitely more so Han someone hanging in the pjs,bricks,stacks what ever you want to call them.

  157. sorry if somone put this out there but its essential reading for rutherford
    Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem.

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

    Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

    Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

    And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans — a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.

    But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators Conrad and Feingold, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending. As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years. That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.

    Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours.

    Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

    I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.

    – Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)
    March 16 2006

  158. Rutherford is all over the map.

    He says we should be inspired by the stuff rich people have. Yet he demonizes them at every opportunity.

    He says they inspire us to do better for ourselves, even though the opportunity to do so is made available only by a system that he despises.

    He calls “fueling the machine” a non-tangible….then he insists that others give even more of their non-tangible money to fuel the machine.

    Alfie, I’m gonna have to go ahead and call you out for the “Reid hates Americans” rhetoric. It’s as ridiculous as it is unconstructive.

    Sorry, but if we’re going to call out 1 side for their ridiculous comparisons of congressmen to arsonists and terrorist kidnappers, then we have to hold ourselves to the standards we set for others.

  159. What ever huck. He is playing his game and is a vile douche. He also hates how you and I smell in the summer. He has nothing but contempt for those that oppose him. He has that as a proven time and again track record. You sir are trying to be too fair and too smart and failing at both.

  160. Any one notice kids don’t play pick up sports anymore? Wtf? I live next to this huge park. Soccer fields. Baseball fields. Football fields. Its a fucking ghost town. Sure, its packed on the rare days when organized and sanctioned leagues are there. In other words, kids only play sports when their mothers are screaming their names. There is something inherently very wrong with this. For better or worse, I learned half of everything I know when it comes to dealing with people playing pick up sports. We compromised. We made the rules. Occasionally, we dished out some justice. You never took your ball and went home. We functioned without blow hard coaches, screaming moms, dads pacing around nervously, umpires and referees.

    Am I over analyzing? Or if this a symptom of social disease like I think it is?

  161. Rabbit that has been a thing that has bothered me for years.not only do kids not go out to play they don’t come out and show any business initiative. My area no kids looking to shovel snow,rake leaves or mow lawns. I only imagine the hood has some serious gamers and kids I’ll prepared for the adult life.
    On a flip side I’m sorry I can’t wish you and yours well in the ALCS. Should be a good series though.

  162. “You folks have shown in the past that you don’t do too well when “your side” loses a battle.”

    What are you yammering about? The dumb (flawed) poll? Do you know anything other than cheerleading Mini Mika?

  163. Obama is using fine print to deny death benefits to vet families…placing armed guards at parks and memorials all over the country…shaking down states and forcing them to pay tens of thousands per day to reopen vital tourist revenue generators…his signature piece of legislation is proving itself to be the complete clusterfuck we all said it would be….and the bottom is dropping out of his approval rating.

    But its the GOP who doesn’t react well when it loses a battle….

    House Republicans may well end up losing the battles and the war. But frankly I’m glad they even took on the engagements in the first place.

    Obama constantly reminds us he’s the asshole in charge. But it’s long past time people got reminded how the separation of powers works in this country.

  164. Oh Tigre I forgot I was going to say I’ll bet Tigre read that crap about winning and losing and left without a word. Haha.

    What has anyone WON that’s what I want to know.

  165. Yeah!! You liked that Bawston? Was that what you nasally clowns call “wicked”? Was it wicked shitty for you? One hit in Fenway? You kidding me?

  166. “What are you yammering about? ”

    What I’m yammering about is that the GOP is very lucky that this is 2013 and if they straighten up they won’t pay a price in 2014.

    I’m as skeptical of polls as you are but it’s not hard for me to believe that the country is sick and tired of Washington acting like children. And yes the GOP seems more childish than the opposition.

    Let it be noted though that the House is under different pressure than the Senate. Many if not most nutjob representatives were sent to DC by nutjobs so they are probably safe in their lunacy.

  167. Now that I respond to comments almost exclusively on my iPhone app it frustrates the hell out of me when you refer to comment numbers. I know it’s my problem and not yours … I’m just bitchin’ that’s all.

  168. This statement…

    “Let it be noted though that the House is under different pressure than the Senate. Many if not most nutjob representatives were sent to DC by nutjobs so they are probably safe in their lunacy.”

    …makes this statement…

    “What I’m yammering about is that the GOP is very lucky that this is 2013 and if they straighten up they won’t pay a price in 2014.”

    …complete bullshit.

    “And yes the GOP seems more childish than the opposition.”

    Gee, that perception wouldn’t have anything to do with you being a proud, card carrying member of the opposition, would it?

    This is getting so easy it’s like picking up fruit that has fallen on the ground.

  169. Yes Huck I kinda saw the contradiction as I wrote it.

    It should be noted if I have my history right that the GOP did pay a price for the 90’s shutdown. But that was a different time.

  170. Rutherford – I see from the comments that you are considering filing for disability.

    While I appreciate the advice Parker, I’m not sure where you got the notion this was a serious consideration of mine. I have never filed for, not do I have any future intention of filing for disability. I don’t begrudge anyone else receiving assistance if they need it. As for me, I like to earn the money coming into the household. As it is I have very very mixed feelings that my wife has decided to file for unemployment insurance while she looks for new work. Lord knows we need the money, but when I got laid off 6 years ago, I did not file for unemployment. For starters, I don’t like giving the government a blow by blow account of my job search, something you have to do if you collect unemployment.

    By the way, sorry to be responding to this comment so late — for some reason your comment landed in my SPAM filter and I just found it tonight.

  171. For starters, I don’t like giving the government a blow by blow account of my job search, something you have to do if you collect unemployment.
    Oh the fucking irony that a guy that likes ObamaCare has this to say about another aspect of government.
    Riddle me this Harvard how do you feel about states having to comply with endless unfunded mandates?
    You’re either a complex civics guy or confused. I’m voting the latter.

  172. LAst word on the demise of the GOP. Sorry folks but they’re safe secondary to district gerrymandering. The same can be said of any of the democrats. The Senate is another perhaps matter but where Reid is clearly the poster child for arrogant bureaucracy that has lost sight of his home state and the People and Cruz temporarily standing for Texas as opposed to America or the world there is even doubt that either party takes its deserved licks.
    On balance if the GOP can polish itself to be seen as standing for states,populace and a dose of technocracy they will do ok. The dems have only the opposite to run on,fortunate for them the masses are stupid enough to buy that ride yet again.

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