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  1. 13 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

  2. 17 mtmarilyn
    June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Moving fast this morning,

  3. 18 amk for obama
    June 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Great tweet. So true.

    • 19 anniebella
      June 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Who is Stephen Neill?

      • 20 MightyPamela
        June 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        Stephen Patrick Neill is the artist who presented PBO with the lovely composition he made depicting PBO’s ancestral home in Moneygall and the White House. It is beautifull done and I believe now hangs in the Oval Office, tho IMO it should be in the private collection. I suppose it will become part of the Libraries I & II.

  4. 25 Layla
    June 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hello again! Moving at warp speed Chips! TY

  5. June 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Holy cow Chipsy you are speedy this morning. The posts are coming in at lightening speed

  6. 27 desertflower
    June 20, 2013 at 11:43 am


    – 87% of Americans don’t agree on much, but they support the pathway to citizenship — got me thinking about the larger dynamic of Congress ignoring public opinion.

    During the fight over reducing gun violence, more than 90% of Americans supported expanding background checks on firearm purchases, and wanted Congress to support a bipartisan plan to do just that. Republicans killed it anyway.

    During the budget fight, most Americans supported a balanced deficit-reduction plan that included tax increases on the wealthy, but Republicans didn’t care. When President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act, most Americans backed its provisions, but Republicans didn’t care. Americans like the idea of the Buffett Rule, ending tax subsidies to oil companies, and leaving Medicare intact, but for congressional Republicans, it just doesn’t much matter.

    As for why Republicans ignore the polls with impunity, there are competing schools of thought, but I’m inclined to believe it has a lot to do with the way in which the literal electoral lines are drawn — GOP lawmakers are confident that attitudes in their red states and districts don’t reflect national trends, so they couldn’t care less what Americans in generally believe, so long as the folks who turn out for them on Election Day think the way they do.

    • 28 Bill
      June 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

      The Tea Party rally yesterday hit a new level of disgusting.

    • 37 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      They easily get away with it, because they vote. They always vote, they vote their anger passionately. They love being angry – I wonder what they’d do with themselves if abortion was ever eliminated. REALLY turn on the teachers and the unions and the immigrants until everything this country stands for is destroyed. They’ve been working on this for over 30 years, and Dem’s won’t give something 30 minutes before they turn off.

      Do you realize how few people actually make the decisions on candidates? Local elections – turnout is abysmal. Primaries – a small sliver of people are deciding who gets to run the government. It’s appalling and terrifying.

      I heard that the local election in Los Angeles a month or so ago for all the local officials, including mayor (I believe): 16 % turnout. Get your brain around that.

      So the Republican strategy makes sense in that context: we play to our wingnut base because that base votes; and independents vote by who made the biggest noise right before an election. It’s pathetic that Republicans don’t care that the most incompetent boobs now make up Congress and a big chunk of state legislatures. They have a winning strategy.

      PBO’s approval was 59/39 with non-registered voters in the recent Pew poll. Public opinion doesn’t mean shit if we don’t vote.

    • June 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm


      “Agent Orange – the Manchurian Candidate”.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      June 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Amk, I truly feel as if this worthless man and abysmal leader has been inflicted on this country like a disease. He has absolutely no value, no skills and no spine. We might as well have a fire hydrant as Speaker of the House for all the good Boehner serves. But then a hydrant at least provides water.

  7. 43 Allison
    June 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Chips, something weird is happening. Please delete. Thanks.!

  8. 44 Allison
    June 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

  9. 65 Layla
    June 20, 2013 at 11:56 am


    indian river lagoon
    Dozens of bottlenose dolphins have succumbed to the “killing zone” of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.

    Day after day, dolphins floated up dead, emaciated down to their skeletons. Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, considered one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, was in dire crisis.

    And it wasn’t just the 46 dead bottlenose dolphins. The casualty list is long and depressing: gone are 47,000 acres of sea grass beds, 111 manatees, and 300 pelicans, reports Fox News.

    It’s been described as a “killing zone” and a “mass murder mystery” that is perplexing biologists.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports that scientists believe it may be due to one or several causes: fertilizer-laced stormwater runoff, polluted water dumped from Lake Okeechobee by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, climate change and effects on acidity, changes in water temperature and salt levels, and overflow from contaminated mosquito-control ditches.

    The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University was counting on $2 million in state funds to study the dead bodies piling up at Indian River Lagoon.

    Except Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the research project in May, writing in his veto letter “While some water projects may also contribute to a statewide objective, not all projects demonstrate an ability to contribute to a statewide investment.”

    Since Scott took office in 2009, his smaller government approach has slashed regulation and conservation programs, reports the Broward New Times.

    He even reportedly replaced experienced Department of Environmental Protection employees with people from polluting industries.

    Scott also recently put the state’s water quality under the DEP as opposed to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

    “The new changes would be significant because many are less-stringent than the bare minimum recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and existing standards in Alabama,” a former member of Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission told the Orlando Sentinel.

    Meanwhile Marty Baum of the Indian Riverkeeper told Fox News, “The lagoon is in a full collapse, it is ongoing.”

  10. 69 Allison
    June 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    • 70 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
      All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
      Couldn’t put Humpty together again.[1]

    • 71 anniebella
      June 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Why can’t Karl Rove go some where and disappear. Is he married? Do he have any children, grandchildren, dogs, whatever. Go buy a nice home in the mountains and disappear.

  11. 72 amk for obama
    June 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Ye gods!

    The Greeks who want to bring back Zeus.


  12. 73 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this tweet Chiparoo. It’s so freaking true. I’m concerned about what the SCOTUS will do with Section 5 of the VRA and Affirmative Action. It’s beyond ridiculous that five conservative assholes could rip the fabric of society in 30 minutes or less.

  13. June 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Morning Obots!

    I anxiously await the SCOTUS decision on the VRA with the rest of you.

    In the meantime, some news: the missus is down almost 100 lbs since 2 weeks before the surgery!

    • 75 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Oh my LL! What an accomplishment! You both must be so proud.

    • June 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Wow, great news, LL.

      One recommendation I’ve read is to be cautious when losing a great deal of weight rapidly, because fat tends to store a lot of the toxins we’re exposed to, which are presumably released into your system as the excess tissue goes away. I’m not that familiar with foods and supplements ideal for removing those substances, but it might be something to keep in mind.

      Regardless, I’ll be saying a few prayers that all of this works out in the best way for both of you.

    • June 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      What a tremendous success. She must be feeling incredibly wonderful through and through.

    • 79 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Oh my GOD. That is amazing. Is she feeling good, that’s the important thing.

  14. 80 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    • 81 ChristiMTL
      June 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Ha!…good one………the few times I watched his show, he had Jennifer ”voices in my head” Rubbin on…..yuck….good riddance, they all belong at Fox anyway,.

    • 82 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      “Unreliable Sources”

  15. June 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm


    Ted Cruz’s Father Bribed An Official To Come To U.S.

    Yumi Araki – 11:19 AM EDT, Thursday June 20, 2013

    In a report Thursday on NPR about how Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father shaped his vision on immigration, his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba, said that while he “came to this country legally,” he basically bribed an official to get to the United States.

    “A friend of the family — a lawyer friend of my father basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit,” the elder Cruz said.

    Son Ted Cruz, who is critical of the ‘Gang of 8′ immigration bill, often attributes his views to his father’s emigration from Cuba: “In my opinion, if we allow those who are here illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, that is incredibly unfair to those who follow the rules.”

    • 84 ChristiMTL
      June 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I wonder if he’s going to run in 2016. He’s loud, arrogant, cruel, the new Tea Party ”leader”. The birthers don’t seem to have a problem with him being born in Canada…..hypocrites.

      • 85 MightyPamela
        June 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        To hell with the birthers, President has to be born in the USA.

      • 86 Puddin'
        June 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        They probably don’t know Canada is not in the United States…I’m sorry, but a lot of those people are not too bright! These are the same people that call President Obama a socialist, a fascist, Marxist and a communist…all in the same sentence…I don’t think they know where Canada is…bless their hearts!

  16. 87 japa21
    June 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  17. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    These TP’ers have got to be the dumbest people on earth….

  18. 94 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This is grab your heart and make you go awwww….

    The election of Pres. Obama changed the calculus in so many ways.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      June 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Cry, cry, cry. So beautiful. So much behind that image (dare I say for ALL of us).

    • June 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      While I absolutely love (and think I understand) this picture, one remark during the elections of 2008 will always stay with me. A staff member (if I recall correctly, an assistent professor) of Cairo University remarked about then candidate Obama: “He looks like us – he is someone you could just meet in Cairo on the street”.

      I think *this* is the world-wide appeal of President Obama: He looks more like the people in the world who always (or at least in the past century) have hold the short stick – to them it is like the supertanker that is the United States of America just changed course to be aligned with *their* future.

  19. 97 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Pierce’s deconstruction of how many of President Clinton’s failed policies our President Obama has rectified is quite excellent, Chips. Thank you for posting it in R&S. The list is actually, as I’m sure Mr Pierce realizes, much longer.

    It’s mere speculation if VP Gore would have had a much larger margin of victory in 2000 had Pres Clinton been a more upstanding, non-divisive Democrat & person.

    But, what is not speculation is the damage that his inking the repeal of Glass Steagall (Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act) has had and continues to have on our economy.


    • 98 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I’ve been screaming about this for years. Off to read the piece. No one better at using words than Charlie Pierce.

      • 99 Vicki
        June 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Read it and it is terrific. Pretty much what we’ve been saying.
        Clinton and Robert Rubin(Citibank) tore down the wall between savings and investment banks. Chaos ensued.
        GW Bush took the blame.
        PBO is engaged in the repair and recovery.

        Or more simply; Clinton Broke It.
        Bush got Blamed.
        POTUS is fixing it.

        • 100 57andfemale
          June 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

          Well, a quibble

          Clinton Broke It.
          Bush Embraced It.
          Bush got Blamed
          PBO fixing it, with no help from traitors in Congress.

    • 101 ChristiMTL
      June 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      He does has a way with words….sometimes it’s hilarious, like Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver….haha….

  20. 102 Ladyhawke
    June 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm



  21. 103 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Yes We Can

  22. 104 Ladyhawke
    June 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Updated: Coming Soon: Death Knell for John Cornyn’s Anti-Citizenship Amendment


    Stay tuned for what happens with the Cornyn amendment today. If it gets tabled (or put to a vote and defeated), it’ll mark “the defeat of a major conservative drive to kill reform,” as Greg Sargent put it.



  23. 105 ChristiMTL
    June 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Speaking of crazy…….

    …like nobody saw this coming…..

    Boehner: Obama’s New Energy Proposal ‘Absolutely Crazy’


    “I think this is absolutely crazy,” Boehner said at his weekly Capitol Hill press conference, noting the move would increase the cost of energy and kill jobs across the United States.

    Ahhh….I forgot that they are laser focus on jobs….

    No job bills and a gazillion abortion bills……

  24. 109 Jovie
    June 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Nancy reads the Hill? Interesting!

  25. 110 57andfemale
    June 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is a stunning turn of events, if you haven’t heard:

  26. 111 joyfulmeme
    June 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The House Farm Bill just went down. Several Rs voted against. 26 Ds voted for it. Who are these Ds?

  27. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    June 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    A friend of mine and I were talking last evening about how the President just keeps going without any help from those “asshole Congressional Republicans.” For instance, they vote against closing GITMO, and the President names a significant player to plan for the closing of GITMO. I mentioned he’s unfazed by them, and will use his executive powers, as he said he would, as far as he can ~ to gain progress. She said it’s as though he views Congressional Republicans “like a pain he might have in his left knee from arthritis … he just plans his day around it.” Love our President … planning his day around Republicans since Jan. 20, 2009!

    • 115 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      JB, I feel the President has a whole bunch of executive orders ready on his desk just waiting for the appropriate time to whip them out.

      • 116 57andfemale
        June 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        At some point PBO has to go that route. It’s obvious he’s not getting any help from Congress to do anything decent. He’s taken that route with gun control. I understand how much he hates going that route because yes – executive orders can be overturned with the stroke of a pen. But there’s just so much political capital that’s worth blowing on b.s. compromises. DADT repeal was worth fighting for and it was a huge victory for this President because it was achieved legislatively. And although that must always be the goal, it is not gonna happen with these loons.

        Be on record with what you believe and can do to the best of your ability. Let them scream “Overeach!” They’re going to scream anyway.
        Sign an EO closing Gitmo, let them scream. It won’t close Gitmo because we need the funds to do it, and unless the whiny left is willing to write checks to do it, STFU. But stop taking the blame for not closing Gitmo. Let it become obvious to even the most deranged liberal that it’s Congress who is not letting it happen.

        • 117 Layla
          June 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

          I completely agree with you on this. If the President does sign executive orders to put his agenda through, whoever will be running in 2016 will have to support those or threaten to end them. By then the American people will have appreciated the results of such orders and might be very reluctant to make any changes, I think it’s a win win.

          • 118 57andfemale
            June 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

            I’m there. I wasn’t ‘there’ for a long time because anything legislative is a lot harder to change. I would not have done repeal of DADT by EO. But we’re at the point now where it’s important for PBO to put his stamp on his agenda in any way he can. Yeah, they’ll scream. They make shit up and scream about it anyway. Eff ’em.

            The only thing that pissed me off in the Charlie Rose interview was that he actually said “Yeah, I haven’t closed GITMO yet.” Because he takes on all of their failures to himself, because he’s such a decent man. So at this point I’d like an EO so we can say, “Yes, PBO did close GITMO. Congress wouldn’t fund it.”

    • 119 debz
      June 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      LOL ” a pain in his left knee” That is a perfect description of how POTUS just keep on doing what he wants.

  28. 121 Bill
    June 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Fireworks in the House and Senate. The House is discussing the failure of the farm bill and the Senate is discussing the changes in the immigration bill.

  29. 124 Linda
    June 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm


    Senator Inhofe is whining……..he wants his turn to lie NOW !

  30. 126 yardarm756
    June 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    A bit of a tear jerker and lenghty…Another yardarm e-mail.

    I was at the corner
    grocery store buying some early potatoes… I noticed a small boy,
    delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a
    basket of freshly picked green peas.

    I paid for my potatoes but
    was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for
    creamed peas and new potatoes.

    Pondering the peas, I couldn’t
    help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner)
    and the ragged boy next to me.

    ‘Hello Barry, how are you

    ‘H’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ them
    peas. They sure look good’

    ‘They are good, Barry.
    How’s your Ma?’

    ‘Fine. Gittin’
    stronger alla’ time.’

    ‘Good. Anything I can
    help you with?’

    ‘No, Sir. Jus’
    admirin’ them peas.’

    ‘Would you like to
    take some home?’ asked Mr. Miller.

    ‘No, Sir. Got
    nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.’

    ‘Well, what have you to trade me
    for some of those peas?’

    ‘All I got’s my prize marble

    ‘Is that right? Let me see it’, said

    ‘Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.’

    ‘I can
    see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for
    red. Do you have a red one like this at home?’ the store owner

    ‘Not zackley but almost.’

    ‘Tell you what. Take
    this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at
    that red marble’. Mr. Miller told the boy.

    ‘Sure will. Thanks
    Mr. Miller.’

    Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby,
    came over to help me.

    With a smile she said,
    ‘There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in
    very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas,
    apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

    When they come
    back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t
    like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a
    green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to
    the store.’

    I left the store smiling to myself,
    impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but
    I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering
    for marbles.

    Several years went by, each more
    rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit
    some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned
    that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening
    and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon
    arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the
    deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

    of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the
    other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts…all very
    professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed
    and smiling by her husband’s casket.

    Each of the
    young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her
    and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them
    as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm
    hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary
    awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

    Our turn came to meet
    Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from
    those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband’s
    bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and
    led me to the casket.

    ‘Those three young men who
    just left were the boys I told you about.

    They just told me how
    they appreciated the things Jim ‘traded’ them. Now, at last, when Jim
    could not change his mind about color or size….they came to pay
    their debt.’

    ‘We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of
    this world,’ she confided, ‘but right now, Jim would consider himself
    the richest man in Idaho …’

    With loving
    gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.
    Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red

    The Moral:
    We will not be remembered
    by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the
    breaths we take, but by the moments that take our

    Today I wish you a day of
    ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make

    An unexpected phone call from an old
    friend…. Green traffic lights when you drive….

    The fastest line at the grocery

    Your keys found right where you left

    Send this to the people you’ll never
    forget. I just did…

    If you don’t send it to anyone, it
    means you are in way too much of a hurry to even notice the ordinary
    miracles when they occur.


  31. 135 desertflower
    June 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been watching “The American President” on AMC. I love this movie. Funny……and same things still apply:)

  32. 136 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Fact ….


  33. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I feel ill….

    For Goodness Sake!! Donna Brazille PULEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The pair took a spin onstage at the Points of Light conference in Washington, D.C., proving even they can get along when it comes to community service.


    • 138 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      HURLING ALERT!!!!!!

    • 139 COS
      June 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hey Donna, I just threw up in my mouth. She talks smack about PBO and dances with Karl Rove. Is she losing her mind??

    • 141 ChristiMTL
      June 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      ”After their dance, Brazile told Rove, “I know that you can shake a groove thing.”

      Nice visual……now she can share the title with David Gregory, Rove’s dance partner……..

      Gross! I can’t even look at him in pictures.

    • 145 Bill
      June 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      David Gregory is going to be jealous of Donna.

    • 146 jackiegrumbacher
      June 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Oh Lord, that woman is sinking fast and low. Doesn’t she have any moral limits? How could she look at herself in the mirror? First she trashes the president and then she dances with Rove. Maybe dementia has set in.

  34. 147 57andfemale
    June 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    10,000-15,000 my ass:

  35. 163 Jovie
    June 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Spiteful isn’t he?

    • 164 japa21
      June 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      He never said he would scale back the stimulus. That is the whole point. He said maybe later this year if the economy has recovered enough. But the mere fact he “may” scares people.

  36. 166 Jovie
    June 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The Dow has lost. 600 points the last two days.
    Fuck you Bernanke fuck you on the way out!

    • 167 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      I don’t pretend to understand this stuff, but I’m just as pissed at Wall St. that they tank system because the government isn’t bailing them out enough! I’m sick of the Wall St. mindset that they’re ‘free’ to gamble with everyone’s money and make a ton of profit, and the taxpayer has to bail them out when they eff up.

      • 168 Jovie
        June 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        The FED is printing money to buy US treasury bonds, actually helping the tax payer out.

        • 169 57andfemale
          June 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          Okay. Finance escapes me. Sounds like the b.s. Greenspan pulled to cool the economy at the end of the Clinton presidency (I refuse to call it the “Clinton” economy) so that Bush could say he ‘inherited a recession’.

          So the bonds were a win-win?

          Then eff Bernanke and the horse he rode in on!

  37. 170 57andfemale
    June 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  38. 172 Jovie
    June 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I just can’t believe what Bernanke just did to the economy!
    What an asshole.

  39. 174 57andfemale
    June 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Eric Cantor is hi-larious: Imagine, Nancy Pelosi didn’t help him cut food stamps:

    “I’m extremely disappointed that Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership have at the last minute chosen to derail years of bipartisan work on the Farm Bill and related reforms. This bill was far from perfect, but the only way to achieve meaningful reform, such as Congressman Southerland’s amendment reforming the food stamp program, was in conference.
    “I strongly supported the Southerland amendment which built on successful welfare reforms that have worked in the past to give states more flexibility and encourage self-sufficiency by increasing workforce participation among those enrolled in the SNAP program. I commend Chairman Frank Lucas and the House Agriculture Committee for their efforts, and am sorry that Democrats shamefully chose politics over progress and meaningful reform.”

    • 175 anniebella
      June 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Farm Bill which were expected to pass the House, is defeated. Making John Boehner look like the wimp he is. Sorriest Speaker ever.

      • 176 57andfemale
        June 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        When Repubs don’t get their way, it’s ‘lack of Democratic leadership”. Our leaders don’t try to lead us off the cliff, you nutjob, Cantor. ‘Lack of leadership’ that we didn’t decimate food stamps, all the while you assholes have found ‘stimulus’ and ‘jobs’ if they build a fence to keep immigrants out. Why is that an acceptable job and repairing crumbling gas lines and bridges isn’t?

    • June 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I’m not familiar with the details. Was the defeat of the Farm bill good or bad?

      • 178 57andfemale
        June 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

        It’s complicated. The one issue: cutting food stamps. Defeating it was the Dem’s way of fighting those cuts.

        The bill is full of b.s. subsidies. But there’s also stuff we need to get passed in any farm bill.

        Cantor has the nerve to be pissed that Pelosi didn’t deliver ‘food stamp reform’. Read the statement again, realizing that ‘self-reliance’ or whatever is code for letting kids starve.

        But let’s make more babies. And abandon them when they’re born.

  40. June 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie

    Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose previous directorial roles include 2009’s ‘Nowhere Boy,’ has been chosen to direct the best-selling EL James erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ as speculation about which leading man and lady will take up its main roles, as Joel Flynn reports.


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