‘The Republicans have a fully functioning marionette in the Speaker’s chair’

Charles Pierce: So Sequestration Day is here …. And it seems that the House Republicans are dancing in the streets of Pottersville…..

…. The country’s going to hell, but the Republicans now have a fully functioning marionette in the Speaker’s chair. They want him to be a vandal. He’s a vandal. They want him to be butch. He’ll be butch. If they told him to sprawl across a sofa in the Rotunda dressed as Scarlett O’Hara, well, who the hell knows? Maybe he’s got the legs for it. At least he can sleep with both eyes closed for a while.

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191 Responses to “‘The Republicans have a fully functioning marionette in the Speaker’s chair’”

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      gratz Maryl!

      Chips, you owe me a new keyboard……. that byline is HILARIOUS!!!

    • March 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Maryl1! Tally! Chipsticks. Hey y’all! Whew.

    • 4 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      .Congrats maryl1 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      No, it’s Mary Número UNO! I’m off the update list for now. 😕 But I hope to fix that someday and be back in competition. Bigger fish to fry, or never mind. Using my Jedi mind Force to keep from letting my mouth get the best of me. Now where is our happy go lucky Cookemom and have we gotten her daughter to the top? We need to rally the vote! 😀 I don’t even know what else is going on at the village TOD. I’m writing a letter to Steffannie Cutter on how the sequester will hit our family. Then I’m writing letter about our stupid gun laws. I don’t think anyone but Suzsanne saw my post last night. But I think we should not take our eyes off what will cement PBOs legacy. That is giving everyone a fair chance to vote. We can change Federal laws. WY is fair with the vote. But only local elections count for much here. Did you see Barr-ASS-o on MSNBC? What an idjit.

      If anyone knows how to help me with WordPress and has the time, please send me a tweet @carolmaewy. Thank you. Carol

      Let’s have a great day and a great week-end and wish the same to the Obama family!

      • 6 cookemom
        March 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Awww thanks CarolMae for encouraging the vote for my kid. She is doing pretty well, but we’re hoping that she will qualify by having the best video, if not by having the most votes. Five of the top 10 are chosen by number of votes and 5 are chosen by the sponsors on the merit of the best video in the pool. We’re trying to cover all the bases. Thanks again.

  1. 7 LDS
    March 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Congrats Mary1

  2. March 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks! You guys must have been asleep at the switch – it took me a few seconds to realize a new thread was up and that’s usually all it takes for someone to slip in.

  3. 11 57andfemale
    March 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  4. 17 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I hope they come up with a deal and soon!

  5. 18 LDS
    March 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    In order to stay focus today I am viewing videos of our intelligent, calm, sane President.
    It is so important that we STAY FOCUS, stay positive and trust who we elected with every fiber in our body and our souls to lead this country.

    Prayer Warriors, you know what to do. THIS IS ONLY A TEST! Whose report are you going to believe?
    We won! We are winners! The right man has been appointed for a time such as this to lead this country. We must not get distracted. I submitted my zip code to the call at What’s Working. Do something! It empower you while we wait for the victory that is ultimately coming. Even if it’s 11:59…waiting requires patience. What we do while we wait is called praise.

    When Joshua was up against the battle of Jericho, they stood firm and strong. We must do the same.

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I’m with you LDS. You are better at inspiration than I am.

      • 20 LDS
        March 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Thank you. But WE are all inspirations for each other.
        The way the Regthugs are handling things, we have to encourage ourselves.
        The President is encouraged by us being encouraged…so we keep on trucking along with him.
        It is all going to work out. I know it!

        Remember he forewarned us”change is difficult”. Especially for us who desires it.
        Those who don’t give a damn are doing what they are designed to do. But we are better than that!
        The President has exposed these clowns for who they are so we wait patienty.
        Waiting patiently means being positive.
        I am truly amazed how calm our President is. What a humble soul. He inspires me.

  6. March 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I knew I loved my first lady, but I didn’t know how much until I read this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/michelle-obama-oscars-criticism_n_2788512.html She really has her head on her shoulders and doesn’t play into the hype.

    • 22 anniebella
      March 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      jacobsilly, I was thinking the exact same thing. I am so glad FLOTUS doesn’t let these haters on the left and right get to her. She knows what she is doing and I hope she continue. She has been a great First Lady, and I have no doubt that these next four years she will be a even better First Lady.

      • 23 anniebella
        March 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        You have the likes of Courtland Milloy running his darn mouth and it’s clear he has no idea what he is talking about. Because we who have been following FLOTUS knows that she have constantly had events at the White House were she had had young girls come to the WH and meet with women from all walks of life, athletes, movie stars, singers, education, businesses, women from the President’s cabinet, women who are role models to the young girls, and the young girls could sit down and spend time with them to ask questions and just listen. That is FLOTUS mentoring program. But folks like Milloy want to try to say she haven’t been doing these things. I know we remember FLOTUS speaking to the young girls in London, when she and POTUS made their first trip over there. Those young girls were very impress with our FLOTUS. Then on another trip she met with the girls at Oxford U. and gave another wonderful speech then sat down and took questions. So I am fed up with these people who are just looking for something to complain about, and act as if FLOTUS should solve all the world problems because she’s First Lady. While they sit on there butts doing nothing.

        • 24 anniebella
          March 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

          By the way I think FLOTUS is telling the haters she knows about the criticizing, but you can kiss her………well I won’t finish what I started to say.

          • 25 Bill
            March 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

            I agree, Anniebella and I am happy FLOTUS has that attitude. I also think POTUS has taken that approach with the Republicans and the MSM.

        • 26 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          March 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

          I love how she stayed in touch with those young girls in London anniebella. The way she encouraged them really touched my heart. She is a very beautiful soul.

  7. 27 Ladyhawke
    March 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Thank Republicans and their anti-tax nonsense for the sequester showdown


    Today the United States economy will undergo the first stages of shock therapy – $85 billion in across the board spending cuts to defense and other domestic spending programs that will have devastating consequences in the US economy. By some estimates the cuts will cause a half-point decline in GDP and will cost the economy a million jobs over the next two years. There is a very simple reason why this is happening: Republicans don’t want to raise taxes.

    Seriously, that’s the reason. If we go back to the beginning of the manufactured fiscal and budgetary crises that have dominated American politics since Republicans took over Congress in January 2011, there is one constant in the repeated failure to reach agreement: GOP obstinacy over tax increases. It has become line in the sand issue for modern Republicans – not deficit reduction; not reducing government size. Those are talking points. It is taxes – above all – that gets Republican blood pumping.
    The reality is that whether one likes Obama or thinks he is the Antichrist, facts are facts: he has offered Republicans a Grand Bargain compromise repeatedly over the past 18 months. He has made concessions on key liberal priorities, like Medicare eligibility and Social Security benefits. He signed into law huge cuts in domestic spending without matching revenue hikes. And in return, all he has asked of Republicans is to support rather tepid increases in taxes. They have refused; and they have refused for the same reason every time.

    Why is this so hard to understand?



  8. 28 japa21
    March 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Although I may not always agree with Pierce, I adore his writing. In fact, even when I disagree, I find myself nodding in agreement. That aprticular post, like the one before it on Woodward, has so many quotable lines it is unreal.

    • 29 betseyc
      March 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      This was my laugh-out-loud line this morning: “Woodward, whose facility with English rivals a manatee’s gifts with power tools…”

      Though nothing beats his line about Reinse Priebus a while back: if he was any more of a dope, we’d be selling him by the ounce.

      Took me a while to figure out the great new tweeter you’ve been quoting is you! I’m enjoying your new addiction.

  9. 31 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Our media stays failing.

  10. March 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Honestly I don’t know whether to feel completely helpless or at least somewhat hopeful thru all this sequester mess. Its depressing.

    • 34 Bill
      March 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      It seems as though the Republicans will never attempt to work to make things better for the country.

    • 35 LDS
      March 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      IowaPanther, Stay Focus.
      Know this: We know who the enemy is. They have shown who they are and what they are all about.
      You are on the right side!

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Please feel hopeful. We have the greatest President ever leading our Country in a time of crisis. And I bet you were a part of making that happen.

  11. 37 Gazelle
    March 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Juanita Jean gave me an LOL! with this line in her letter written to Sarah-the-Ick: “Girl, sneeze – your brain is all dusty.”


  12. 39 Gazelle
    March 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    [Touching, positive story! Indeed, “… life never loses potential.”]:

    The 2013 Academy Awards marked a milestone for 16-year-old actress Rachel Mwanza, a teenager pulled from the streets of the Congo to star in what would become the Oscar-nominated foreign film, War Witch. After living most of her life homeless in Kinshasa, Mwanza arrived to Hollywood’s grandest red carpet, dressed in a floor-length gown and posing for pictures, and proved to the world that life never loses potential.


    “They told us to arrive early, so we arrived really early,” Mwanza tells theGrio through a French translator. “Actually, we were the first on the red carpet. So, it was so long. We took our time…We took pictures of every combination of people imaginable in front of the statues.”


    In War Witch, Mwanza plays the role of Komona, a 12-year-old kidnapped by rebels, and forced to become a soldier in their scheme of murder, revenge and tyranny against the government. Komona finds consolation in ghost-like apparitions, and through a relationship she develops with a fellow boy soldier. The film aims to expose the truth about civil wars in Sierra Leone, Angola and Burma, and is based on true stories from war children and former child soldiers.

    Lots more here & her cute photo on the Red Carpet: http://thegrio.com/2013/02/28/war-witch-actress-rachel-mwanza-journeys-from-the-congolese-streets-to-the-oscars/

    • 40 Gazelle
      March 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      [From above link, don’t know why, but that last sentence made me smile. 😉 ]:

      Along with the idea that “love conquers all,” Mwanza says she hopes the movie helps people to realize that the issues and people depicted in the story do exist. And while her current focus now on fulfilling her dreams, she has one other goal in mind: meeting Beyoncé.

      “She’s wise. She has a big heart. She’s nice. She’s sweet and she’s beautiful. And she’s polite,” Mwanza points out.

      Miming a cigarette drag, she adds, “She wasn’t part of any scandals.”

  13. 41 57andfemale
    March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • 42 pkayden
      March 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Exactly. How in the world is all this mess President Obama’s fault? It was the GOP who made a fuss about passing the debt ceiling, which has been done scores of times before under other Presidents.

  14. 43 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The white house is not playing. They are hitting back with all forms of media at their disposal.

  15. March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  16. March 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    So, a little geek moment for me. Tonight I and a friend are going to see the magnificent Morrissey at Staples Center in downtown L.A. And who is opening for him, you ask? Well, none other than the amazing Patti Smith! (There’s a 3rd act who regularly tours with Moz, but I’ve never heard her. She sounds interesting, though.) So if Patti sings “Because the Night”, and Moz sings “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, I will be in heaven.

  17. March 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Sharing a bit more of my Morrissey geekiness. (Yes, UT, I’m middle aged. Hush!)

  18. 50 4morefor44
    March 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    i think the OBAMA RECOVERY is so strong and sustainable that this sequester business is not going to hurt it too much. so we need to be proactive right now…

    a year from now when the economy is getting stronger and stronger, the republicans and “the news” will be saying, “see it’s those cuts republicans forced that’s making the economy strong!!” and of course ignoring how the past 2-3 years have had steady economic improvement. they will use this to take away yet another obama success, and the TRUTH is that the recovery would be much stronger even without the republicans trying to stop it. they do this every, single, time. let’s stay vigilant and on top of this storyline NOW. i promise you they will be saying that within this year.

  19. 52 Bill
    March 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Ashley Judd speaking live on C-SPAN2

  20. March 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    From my little WY town. Our very own Team Leader of OFA.WY
    Congratulations to this year’s Nellie Tayloe Ross Award recipient, Donna Robbins of Campbell County!!! Thank you Donna for your hard work and dedication to the Wyoming and the Democratic Party.

  21. 55 betseyc
    March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    This was my laugh-out-loud line this morning: “Woodward, whose facility with English rivals a manatee’s gifts with power tools…”

    Though nothing beats his line about Reinse Priebus a while back: if he was any more of a dope, we’d be selling him by the ounce.

    Took me a while to figure out the great new tweeter you’ve been quoting is you! I’m enjoying your new addiction.

    • 56 betseyc
      March 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      This is a duplicate of a response to Japa above, thank-you-very-much-WP-login.

    • March 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Wood-gate: he could have put a stop to Nixon’s reelection if he would have printed his stories and pushed the burglary. He has said he was a Republican. Never hid that fact. I remember reading the paper at work and just knowing Nixon was behind the burglaries. I grew up in SD and Sen. George McGovern was my hero and it was my first chance to vote for President. Only Woodward I liked was the character Robert Redford played in “All the Presidents Men”.

  22. March 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’m not sure about this, but if all these cuts for special education funding go through, I think the school districts will have to fund the programs anyway. In Michigan, at least, they are mandates and I believe they are unfunded. If this is the case, my district will be out of business.

    • 59 57andfemale
      March 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Oh, Snyder will just appoint another emergency manager and do away with all government (he’s seriously on my shit list today.)

  23. 60 anniebella
    March 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I loved it when POTUS asked the idiot who asked him wasn’t there something he could do to get the Republicans to work with him. He look at her and told her what do you suggest I do. She said nothing, because she had no answer. Silence is golden.

    • 61 57andfemale
      March 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Loved it:

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, Julie, give me an example of what I might do.
      Q: I’m just trying to clarify your statement.

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, no, but I’m trying to clarify the question. What I’m suggesting is, I’ve put forward a plan that calls for serious spending cuts, serious entitlement reforms, goes right at the problem that is at the heart of our long-term deficit problem. I’ve offered negotiations around that kind of balanced approach. And so far, we’ve gotten rebuffed because what Speaker Boehner and the Republicans have said is, we cannot do any revenue, we can’t do a dime’s worth of revenue.

  24. 62 jackiegrumbacher
    March 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’m still trying to understand why we’re not hearing more screaming from the defense industry. It’s easy to understand why no one cares about ordinary people, but there are billions in defense contracts that are at risk here and the big money guys are not making much noise about it. Have they been given assurances by the R’s that this won’t last long? Have they got some other motive for the relative silence? Anybody know?

    • March 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Hagel and the Under Secretary were on C-Span and the picture they painted was scary. They said the impact will be immediate for the military and I believe them. I can already see changes in the base near me. Civilians have been given notice and many soldiers have been placed on 12 hour details.

  25. 64 mtmarilyn
    March 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Does anyone know how to get a list of the WHPC. I have tried to google but I can’t find a current list. Thanks for your help.

  26. 68 Ladyhawke
    March 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm


    President Barack Obama

    Statement by the President on the Sequester

    March 1, 2013


    In the meantime, we can’t let political gridlock around the budget stand in the way of other areas where we can make progress. I was pleased to see that the House passed the Violence Against Women Act yesterday. That is a big win for not just women but for families and for the American people. It’s a law that’s going to save lives and help more Americans live free from fear. It’s something that we’ve been pushing on for a long time. I was glad to see that done. And it’s an example of how we can still get some important bipartisan legislation through this Congress even though there is still these fiscal arguments taking place.

    And I think there are other areas where we can make progress even with the sequester unresolved. I will continue to push for those initiatives. I’m going to keep pushing for high-quality preschool for every family that wants it. I’m going to keep pushing to make sure that we raise the minimum wage so that it’s one that families can live on. I’m going to keep on pushing for immigration reform, and reform our voting system, and improvements on our transportation sector. And I’m going to keep pushing for sensible gun reforms because I still think they deserve a vote.

    This is the agenda that the American people voted for. These are America’s priorities. They are too important to go unaddressed. And I’m going to keep pushing to make sure that we see them through.



  27. 69 japa21
    March 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • 70 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you. And that’s the problem right there. The media is enabling this crap from the GOP…and they have been doing so since PBO got elected.


  28. March 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Of course PBO “remains optimistic”… He truly believes in the goodness of the human spirit, in Do Unto Others, in I am my Brother’s Keeper, I am my Sister’s Keeper. He is true to his high ethical standards, he cannot be bought. He is a man of Hope. He is a Man of the People. May God Bless and Keep Him strong, and those of us who stand beside him.

    • 72 daisydem
      March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Yes Pamela. He is truly a good man. A client of ours who has made remarkable progress in his own recovery from a TBI and man effects of that, including having to reestablish his relationship with his spouse and children, is currently on a mission to lend aid to his mother and father-in-law who are quite elderly and have medical issues. He is across the country helping them; he sent us a postcard and after a short greeting, he signed it “in His Service.” That really hit me, so much so that I googled the phrase to read about its uses. And then I thought how it applies to our President … I truly believe that he acts in accord with service to the Lord, and that he feels he is in service to us; that as President it is his primary duty to do what it best for all Americans regardless of the obstacles he has to face. God Bless him.

      • March 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        Yes, daisydem, I also hold this to be true. I appreciate reading your thoughts. I work with seniors, and I hear the words of your friend very clearly in my heart. Blessings.

  29. 74 Gazelle
    March 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    [Vivica Fox is going to the naughty mat! 🙂 ]:

    [….] During the show Fox revealed that she was in Washington D.C. yesterday to celebrate the end of Black History Month. While in town, she was invited to Vice President Joe Biden’s house.

    “I got to go to Joe Biden’s house,” Fox exclaimed. “I call him white chocolate. I said to him ‘thank you so much for getting lying Ryan in the debate. I appreciate you Joe.’”


  30. 82 4morefor44
    March 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    my president was outstanding today when taking those questions. damn, he’s good. forward!!

  31. 83 Gazelle
    March 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    [Jeebus! Effer! ‘Nuff said.]:

    In an upcoming documentary about the legacy of Dick Cheney, Foreign Policy notes the former vice president lashes out at Condoleezza Rice for overriding his recommendation to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

    Said Cheney: “I thought [destroying the reactor] would reassert the kind of authority and influence we had back in ’03 when we took down Saddam Hussein and eliminated Iraq as a potential source of WMD. Condi was on the wrong side of all those issues so we had significant issues.”


    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Yeah, his after-the-fact use of “potential” related to “source of WMD” regarding Iraq wasn’t what the dawgs were saying real time, but Condi was “on the wrong side.” Well, of course she was on the wrong side, anyway, working for those liars.

  32. 85 Gazelle
    March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Steve Benen cracked me up w/ his post: “Friends of Malaysia” fireworks & all. We need a committee to investigate, we need a hearing, dammit. Where’s McQuackery? He surely must see Benghazi from Malaysia!


  33. 87 yardarm756
    March 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    A recently received e-mail. Look familiar to anyone?


    Mrs. Ms. Or Sir: I’m in the process of renewing my passport and still
    cannot believe this. How is it that Radio Shack has my address and
    telephone number and knows that I bought a cable TV from them in 1987
    (23 years ago), and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where
    I was born and on what date. For Christ’s sake, do you guys do this by
    hand? Ever heard of computers?

    birth date you have in my social security file. It’s on EVERY income
    tax form I’ve filed for the past 30 years. It’s on my Medicare health
    insurance card and my driver’s license, it’s on the last eight damned
    passports I’ve had, it’s on every stupid customs declaration form I’ve
    had to fill out before being allowed off the plane for the last 30
    years. And it’s on all those census forms that we have to do at election
    times. Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my
    mother’s name is Maryanne, my father’s name is Robert and I’m reasonably
    confident that neither name is likely to change between now and when I

    you and me, I’ve had enough of this bureaucratic bullshit! You send
    the application to my house, then you ask me for my #*&#%*&
    address. What is going on? You must have a gang of bureaucratic
    Neanderthal morons working there! Look at my damn picture. Do I look
    like Bin Laden? And “No,” I don’t want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for shit
    sakes. I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach. And would
    someone please tell me, why would you give a damn whether I plan on
    visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do
    something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I’d sure as hell
    not want to tell anyone!

    Well, I have to go now because I have to go to the other end of the city and get another #*@&#^@*@& copy of my birth certificate to the tune of $100 Would it be so difficult to have all the services in the same area so I could get a new passport the same day? Nooooo, that would require planning and organization. And it would be too logical for the @&^*^%@% government. You’d rather have us running all over the place like chickens with our heads cut off. Then, we have to find some asshole to confirm that it’s really me in the damn picture – you know, the one where we’re not allowed to smile…Hey, you know why we can’t smile? We’re totally pissed off!

    Signed- An Irate Citizen.

    P.S. Remember what I wrote about getting someone to confirm that the picture is me? Well, my family has been in the United States of America since 1776. I have served in the military for something over 35 years and have had security clearances up the ying yang. However, I have to get someone important to verify who I am – you know, someone like my doctor….WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDIA ! And you assholes want to run our health care system?????

    • 88 57andfemale
      March 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm


    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Well that about captures every facet of our lives and all the time wasted! I can call for a pizza and through my phone number, they can tell me my first name and address and ask me to verify it and come find me (pizza!). I called a state office today for a form (printer’s out), gave them my Social Security Number and they gave me back my address – on their automated line – for verification. Of course, the automaton ladyrobotte pronounced the “Dr” in Drive in my street address as “Doctor,” but, hey, I’ll probably get the form. 🙂

  34. March 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

  35. 95 anniebella
    March 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    In that picture just look how that bastard Boehner is looking at President Obama with such contempt. OMG!!!!!!!!!!

    • 96 LDS
      March 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Annibella, he wants to be like him when he grows up. Which is never, ever going to happen.
      First, he needs to admit that that he is a cry baby who has a dependency of alcohol.
      Oh, yes….the most important thing is HE’S A PUPPET!

      • 97 carolyn
        March 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        Yes, John B is a puppet with a SEVERE alcohol problem. The alcohol problem exacerbates all of his other weaknesses. He in no way should be in this position. Of course, thinking of Eric Cantor in that position is positively enraging. But, a man with Boehner’s severe alcohol problem could do something totally erratic which would have even more devastating effects than what we’ve seen so far.

  36. March 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  37. March 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Dont mess w/ POTUS

  38. 104 prettyfoot58
    March 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  39. March 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This is getting ridiculous.

    I think the last Congress was in session just over 100 days.

    We definitely pay these people too much, since their off-time is spend cozying up to donors.

    “Congress will take a 2-week vacation starting March 22, even though funding runs out March 27 http://theatln.tc/Z7y1fi #sequestration”

  40. 106 anniebella
    March 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Some of those jackasses on MSNBC is saying that POTUS wanted the squester to happen. That POTUS is paying a dangerous game cause allowing the sequester to happen, when people start being affected the people might blame him as much as the Republicans. But may question for them is the only way POTUS could stop the sequester is to give in to the Republicans allow the Republicans to have their way on this. When we know darn well that POTUS all during the election was asking for a fair and balance plan, because we can’t just cut our way out of this. I believe the media is pushing this B.S. around cause they want to put it in the Americans head that POTUS is just to much to blame as the Republicans are.

    • 107 Vicki
      March 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Exactly what I think, Anniebella.
      I pray that all the crap they are flinging comes back to hit them in their faces.

  41. March 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  42. March 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    The police chief who tore Lindsey Graham a new one…. Had some more to say pertaining to guns.

  43. March 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      • March 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        Thank you.

        Hadn’t seen it LL, but it’s been obvious to those of us paying attention that day by day Speaker Pelosi is gaining control of the House. The VAWA vote yesterday tells us she has more than enough Rs to join with Ds on key legislation and if a majority exists in the House for any particular piece of legislation Boehner must bring it to the floor.

        Gonna get really interesting over the next few weeks as all those Rs who voted yesterday for VAWA hear two things from their constituents – you would have been finished if you voted against VAWA and the same applies if you don’t kill the sequester, close corporate and billionaire loop holes and CREATE JOBS!!


  44. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    “If they told him to sprawl across a sofa in the Rotunda dressed as Scarlett O’Hara, well, who the hell knows?”

    Okay, I have my one-liner of the day to guffaw about. The line’s funny, but too bad it’s about Boehner … ain’t nothin’ funny about that creep.

  45. 114 prettyfoot58
    March 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  46. March 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Filed under “elections have consequences” folder (Vulnerable Republicans Side With Dems to Reauthorize VAWA): “every House GOPer from Obama-won seat voted for VAWA”


  47. March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This is absolutely ridiculous, GD the GOP….they could give 2 sh*ts about our men and women in uniform.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      One thing the Republicans don’t like to think about, in addition to hurting our actual military folks and their families – which doesn’t even give them pause these days – is that it’s the civilian population in the Department of Defense who are in shore jobs here and across the globe, doing work that frees up the military to go defend our country. The Navy alone has about 300,000 civilians working for it, and that’s just one service.

      Back in the ’90s when Newt was responsible for the government shutdown (two of ’em, I think), those very same civilians were furloughed – I was one of them. Only the military stayed behind to keep the doors open, answer the phones, and help guard the premises at my command. The rest of us – and we were co-located with the other services at my organization, so it was about 2,000 strong (civilians working for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) – had to march in shifts to the local Unemployment Office to file claims. The Unemployment Office had to find a remote site to hold all of us, and they only opened their doors to us on those dates, not the general public.

      Most federal workers (working 40 hours a week, showing up at oh-dark-thirty to be on the job) that I grew up with are in it as a career, working up to or beyond 30 years for their retirement. Most were never on the unemployment roles before, including myself, and had done nothing to deserve the shoddy treatment Newt and his crowd gave us. I was p-o’d then and I’m still p-o’d about it, because eventually we came back to work – in short order – and got retroactive pay, but the number of “manhours” lost on behalf of work we were doing for the freakin’ national defense of our country was just one more part of the waste that the GOP leaves in its wake.

      • March 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        I remember PBO at his presser today mentioning that teachers on military bases will be furload, cutting school days to 4, while solidiers are overseas, with obviously more pertatinant issues in front of them.

  48. 119 prettyfoot58
    March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  49. 120 cookemom
    March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I just got a happy anniversary message for Word Press and it seems I can’t refresh to get any of my other replies. would someone please do a test reply to this post. I’d like to see what shows up in that little chat icon thanks

  50. 129 desertflower
    March 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm



    NRA Plans To Reach Out To Minorities In New Campaign
    Source: TPM


    The National Rifle Association is trying to get more minorities on its side in the fight against new gun laws after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., The Blaze reported. The NRA on Friday put of the first of what the site reported will be a “series of diverse commentators that will be making their voices heard on NRANews.com.”

    Below is the first NRA video from Colion Noir, a self-described “urban gun enthusiast.”

    Let’s use the AA to get what we want….

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Decades ago, cigarette makers used to drive vans around predominately African-American neighborhoods and hand out free cigarettes, sometimes to kids, in an attempt to get them hooked. Certain alcohol ads have been found to be predominately targeted to AA youth, too, through big billboards and the like. Maybe the NRA can hand out free guns to AA children, as a little update, to further wreak havoc in those communities. Then the private prisons, so very much supported by Republicans, can pick up more “users,” and the 1% will have more money on which to not pay taxes.

      And yet affirmative action and budget line items like funding for disadvantaged AA youth so they can get into college are considered “racial entitlements,” and a bad thing.

      Am I getting a “little” jaded? (Nah, I’ve been jaded for decades. Will it never end?)

      • 131 desertflower
        March 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        We think the same way….I guess that makes us both jaded. And more cynical than I would like

        • 132 jacquelineoboomer
          March 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          I agree about trying not to get too cynical. It hurts all of us, not the ones responsible. Hang in there!

  51. 133 desertflower
    March 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm


    here’s the entire Patty Murray letter:

  52. 135 prettyfoot58
    March 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  53. March 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  54. 137 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  55. 138 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Everyone do this NOW. It’s freaking hilarious.

    • 139 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Great – plus I sent it to the grandkids, so now I appear … uh … “cool.”

      • 140 jacquelineoboomer
        March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Uh, never mind. Granddaughter (18) e-mailed back, “I think that ‘dance’ is stupid … lol … i’ve seen so many videos … it’s pointless.”

        I’ll just go back to giving her grandmotherly advice. (At least her punctuation was good.) 🙂

    • 141 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Yup…My YouTube is doing the Harlem Shake! 🙂

  56. 143 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Chipsticks and LL, this is for you.

  57. March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Come on, am I the last to know – new site:


    • 148 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I wasn’t aware of this site either. But oh my…PBO’s smile is nothing short of electrifying. It’s Friday night – guess it’s time to get those naughty mats out once again Chips! 🙂 🙂

      • March 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        I’m thinking of setting up a naughty mat company Hopefruit, I’d make a fortune from the TOD orders alone!

        • 150 hopefruit2
          March 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

          Indeed. Between me, dudette, JOB, Ut, and many more, the revenue from the mats would just keep the $$$$ flowing in. You could then give up your day job. Then redesign your naughty mat franchise – open shops in every state, city and village. North, south, West, East. Then you could go international with the business because god knows there are many naughty folks across the globe who could use a mat or two.

  58. 152 Jovie
    March 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    If the Tea Party keeps trying to destroy the federal government, does the President have a right to impose Marshall law?
    Should he?

  59. 153 Jessica
    March 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I honestly believe this whole thing will be resolved before Easter with the republicans fighting each other. I’m not extremely worried. I’m going to let God deal with those lazy folks.

    • 154 Jovie
      March 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      My thing is, our enemies are looking for weaknesses, attacking us now would be prudent!
      Do you follow?
      Of course, the Republicans are praying that happens, so they can run on it!

  60. March 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm


  61. March 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    A reminder: “I see in the future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few and the Republic is destroyed.” — U.S President Abraham Lincoln, Nov 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)

  62. March 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Holy crap, there’s a 10 hour version of the Harlem Shake on Youtube. Make the madness stop!!!

  63. March 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Tread lightly Manhattan, their is a new commissioner and their name is not Ray Kelly

  64. 170 Jovie
    March 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    A draft State Department report concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not speed up development of Canada’s oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists who claim Keystone would worsen climate change.

    The report from the State Department says the Canada-to-Texas pipeline would have little impact on the environment.

    “Approval or denial of the proposed project is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area,” the report says.



    • 171 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Jovie – I would be very careful of posting media reports of that State Department report.

      The media is ready to frame everything as though the administration is ready to approve the pipeline tomorrow. The state report was actually neutral – it wasn’t for or against, and it certainly said nothing that “dealt a blow to environmentalists” as the Hill puts it. The media is looking for another distraction and an opportunity to get folks angry at PBO for no good reason.

  65. 174 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    My little orange reply box is not working today. WordPress is acting up. 😦

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      It’s a PAIN Hopefruit, acting up on me too. Keep having to log in, it tells me my password is wrong, so I have to reset it, and then the original one works. Having trouble with the comment box too. I’ll check their support page to see if others are having trouble.

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      It’s prolly just this little ol’ Mercury retrograde in action….. Moves direct again on March 17, 4:03pm EST. It will seem as if an eternity is passing….

      • 182 Jovie
        March 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Furthermore, private Billionaires now want to go to Mars. Not land, just go there.
        Figured out it would only cost 2 billion and a 6 month trip there, then 6 months back maybe more as Mars and Earth moving away from each other.
        Give me a break! 🙂

      • 183 jacquelineoboomer
        March 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        I always appreciate these heads up, Pamela! Helps us know how to roll out our lives, and what choices to make if it’s gonna feel as though “an eternity is passing.” #ICouldThinkOfStuff 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Tell me about it 😦

  66. 185 susanne
    March 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    here’s a jolly read for friday!

    ‘ Rush Limbaugh Still Toxic For Advertisers One Year After Fluke Attacks
    Limbaugh Is So Toxic That He’s Damaging All Of Talk Radio ‘


  67. 187 susanne
    March 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    can’t post this cartoon, but excellent depiction of the gun law enforcement issue:

  68. March 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Fighting Shortages, Syrian Civilians Take Reins in Rebel Areas

    ” With Syria’s two-year-old civil war showing signs of stalemate, scores of new local councils in rebel-held towns like Tilalyan are not only fighting deprivation but trying to set up courts, police forces and social services. Their efforts amount to Syria’s first experiments in self-government after decades of tyranny under President Bashar al-Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad.

    They are struggling to outlast Mr. Assad in what is increasingly a war of attrition. But civilian leaders say the councils are also trying to pry power from the armed rebel brigades that are already staking out control of resources and territories in the vacuum left by the government’s retreat. Tilalyan’s council illustrates the challenge: it has been forced to depend entirely on the patronage of either the Western-sponsored opposition-in-exile or competing armed factions, including hard-line Islamists.

    Three months after it was formed, though, the council can claim two achievements: four hours a day of electricity and a daily ration of two pieces of flatbread for each adult and child. That in turn has brought credibility and legitimacy, even in the eyes of skeptical town elders.

    “Young people will be the future of Syria,” said Mustafa Osman, 39, the imam of the local mosque, who first drafted Mr. Moussa and other young council members into the job.”


    Yet another experiment in forging a future in which the people determine their representative government rather than be subservient to tyrants.


  69. March 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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