This and That

Statement from the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden:

Yesterday our son Beau underwent a successful procedure. He is in great shape and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware. He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks.



Steve Benen: The registry the NRA warned against

A few months ago, conservative senators felt the need to kill a popular, bipartisan proposal on firearm background checks, and relied primarily on a single talking point: the proposal might lead to a firearm database. The very idea of some kind of national gun registry was so offensive to the right that the legislation had to die at the hands of a Republican filibuster.

It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill had no such database. It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill explicitly made the creation of such a registry a felony. All that mattered was that conservatives had a lie they liked, and which they used to great effect.

Four months later, Steve Friess reports that a massive, secret database of gun owners exists after all. But it wasn’t built by the Justice Department or the Department of Homeland Security; it was compiled without gun owners’ consent by the National Rifle Association.

More here



ThinkProgress: The Worst Thing In That Maureen Dowd Column Isn’t Actually Her Misquote Of Bill DeBlasio’s Wife

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is taking a lot of very justified heat for a column about New York City mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, in which she appears to have distorted a quotation of McCray’s to imply that McCray is impugning rival Democratic candidate Christine Quinn for being a lesbian.

…. Dowd is now suggesting that a noisy coffee shop obscured her audio recording, and she ended up relying on what turn out to have been bad-quality notes for the quotation….

…. as bad as Dowd’s quoting malpractice is, and as frivolous as the overall column is, these problems aren’t actually the worst part of the column. That would be the way Dowd describes McCray’s sexual orientation, and places it in a context of Sexuality and the New York Mayoral Race….

More here

More at NYMag and, well, Charles Pierce says it all



Matt Miller: The GOP’s Obamacare youth hoax

It’s rare for a political party to trumpet a position that unintentionally reveals its myopia, incoherence and expediency. Yet such is the trifecta with the Republican campaign to call attention to Obamacare’s young “victims.”

Republicans are obsessed with the supposed injustice being done to some healthy young people who will effectively subsidize their sicker elders when Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect.

…. Conservatives are therefore urging young Americans to resist. “I’m burning my Obamacare draft card,” runs one theatrical riff from a group called Young Americans for Liberty…

Sounds like a sexy argument, except for one thing. Republicans seem to have forgotten where most people aged 19 to 34 get health coverage: from their employer. And at virtually every company, young people pay the same premiums as employees who are much older than they are …

More here



President Obama participates in an Affordable Care Act videoconference in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 21 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Greg Sargent: Paying no price whatsoever for climate science denialism

You really should be paying close attention to the ongoing battle between the League of Conservation Voters and Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. In addition to being highly entertaining, there’s a great deal at stake here — whether it’s possible to hold public officials accountable for climate science denialism.

Just to catch you up, LCV recently announced plans to launch a $2 million campaign attacking Republicans in Congress for climate change denialism, including a TV ad attacking Johnson. The Senator responded with a fundraising appeal calling for cash to fight against an “environmental jihad.”

Now LCV is back with a second ad responding to the “environmental jihad” barb and reiterating the case that Johnson is ignoring the consensus of civilian and NASA scientists on climate….

More here



Smartypants: An adversarial approach vs the aikido way

In my line of work, I occasionally deal with lawyers – often the type who spend a lot of time in a court room. When we have trouble working together on tackling community issues, its often because they approach things in the way they’ve been trained to practice law in a system that is designed to be adversarial. Too often the goal of our legal system is “winning” (or at least not losing) rather than finding the truth. And so facts that could hurt one’s chance of winning are left out or distorted in order to go for the win.

It should come as no surprise then that Glenn Greenwald (a former lawyer) describes himself as an adversarial journalist. His job is to present information in such a way that he wins the argument. If you understand that about him, you’ve basically got his MO.

And so, when President Obama says that, despite the fact that what Edward Snowden did was illegal, he welcomes the conversation about US surveillance, that presents some real cognitive dissonance for folks like Greenwald. The response is often to declare a win and say this vindicates Snowden as a whistleblower with prosecution being nothing more than intimidation.

Jeffrey Toobin has a wonderful response to that argument….

More here


Oooooops, they’re eating each other alive:


Loved Tom Hilton’s comment under Ed Kilgore’s ‘Emo-Progs and O-Bots’ post:

…. The focus of the “emoprog/O-bot” conflict right now is Greenwald’s “reporting” on Snowden’s NSA “revelations”.

To people who accept all of Greenwald/Snowden’s claims at face value, the O-bots are defending the indefensible. They believe the O-bots are supporting a massively oppressive surveillance state solely because Obama is in charge.

To the people who are labeled “O-bots”,

1) Greenwald’s reporting has been shoddy, grossly inaccurate, and full of alarmist exaggeration;

2) when you strip out the hysterical overstatement, what you get are potential (not actual) violations;

3) while these potential violations are worthy of concern, they are vastly less important than a host of other, actual, consequential civil liberties violations happening right now (voter suppression, restriction of reproductive rights, unequal treatment of LGBT people, stop-and-frisk, etc.);

4) the politician Snowden & Greenwald have aligned themselves with (Snowden explicitly; Greenwald more ambiguously, maintaining a certain level of deniability) is terrible on almost every civil liberties issue except the narrow set of issues Greenwald cares about; and

5) Snowden seeking “asylum” in Putin’s Russia is free PR for a state whose civil liberties record is far worse in every way than ours is likely to be anytime soon even in the worst-case scenario.

That’s what all the fighting is about right now. I leave it to the reader to decide who has the better of the argument.



Michael Tomasky: Who Inspects the Inspector?

More documents have been released showing that there’s nothing to the IRS scandal. Yeah, yeah, I know; Washington has “moved on.” But Washington has a strange definition of moving on, which is, if there’s no longer a foul odor lingering in the air around what people very excitedly once thought was a scandal, they just mostly ignore it and write nothing.

I suppose you could call that moving on, but I think actual moving on involves settling accounts and setting things right. If there was no scandal, then why did everyone initially believe there was? And if the press got something wrong, isn’t there a responsibility to go back and get it right?

… This case is by now settled. No partisan scandal here. But it seems to me that now another question deserves a hearing, and its own share of media attention: who inspects the inspector?

Full post here



145 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm


  2. 11 vitaminlover
    August 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Congratulations, ut. God bless and heal V.P. Biden’s gracious son Beau. Much love sent their way. In Jesus Name Amen!

  3. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    This is pretty cool – from the ’84 Olympic Games in Los Angeles – back when even I was dancin’ all night long to this song:

  4. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Also keeping Vice President Biden in my thoughts, because his own health is liable to suffer worrying about his dear son. Sorry they have to go through this.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      August 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      JOB, I think Joe Biden has deep well springs of strength that stem from loving parents, a strong faith, a beautiful and fulfilling marriage to Jill and a deep commitment to his family. If anything, I think the love he has for his son will make him stronger.

      • 22 jacquelineoboomer
        August 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Yes, I agree. But I keep thinking that he already had lost his first wife and daughter, many years ago. Think I’ll start thinking about the good news that Beau is heading home, soon.

    • 23 canadabarb4obama
      August 22, 2013 at 3:27 am


  5. 24 Layla
    August 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I love that little curl in VP Biden’s hair…hell I love everything about VP Biden!

    • 25 carolyn
      August 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      It’s amazing and wonderful how the love and respect the Bidens have for each other come through my computer screen. They are an amazing family. So glad to hear this hopeful word for Beau.

  6. 26 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  7. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    This NYC mayoral debate of the Democratic candidates on C-Span is a real microcosm of New York society, and that of our country at large, methinks. And everybody’s feisty and competitive! Go, Democrats!

  8. 29 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  9. 30 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Christine Quinn waffles and waffles and waffles. She uses words in a roundabout manner and never answers a question with a straight answer. She waffles on the living wage question, waffles on how she would stop closures of hospitals, waffles on universal pre-k for kids, waffles on raising taxes on millionaires and acts as though it should be a painful last resort; as though the middle and working class haven’t suffered enough.

    She won’t give a firm position on where she stands on ending Stop and Frisk and said “racial profiling is illegal in New York.” Oh really? Then what does she think Stop and Frisk is? A jolly good time for African-Americans and Latinos?

    So far, from what I’ve seen, Bill DeBlasio is the only one who’s been giving concrete policy plans on what he would do as Mayor of New York City.

    Very interesting set of characters on the stage that’s for sure.

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      August 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Also, just because Bill Thompson is the only black man on stage does not mean he is in charge of ‘Minorities Are Us’ and Quinn should stop pandering.

    • 32 57andfemale
      August 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Boy, she’s slick though. I only caught a little bit of the debate. She sure stacked the room with her disruptive people.

      • 33 Vicki
        August 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        I agree 57 and i wonder how that happened.
        You’d think all the candidates would get equal tickets, wouldn’t you?

      • 34 hopefruit2
        August 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

        Stacking the room is a sign of desperation + bully combined. Romney used that strategy a lot during the GOP primary. When your opponents are weak (as in Romney’s case), it might work, but when you’re going against a stronger candidate, stacking the audience is just downright annoying/irritating.

    • August 22, 2013 at 1:57 am

      I agree with you. However, I’m not sure if DeBlasio will get rid of Stop and Frisk. He sounded a little shakey in an interview I saw.

  10. 37 yardarm756
    August 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Is it time for a break? Try one of these. 🙂

  11. 41 Vicki
    August 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Here’s my take on the NYC Mayoral debate: Bill de Blasio came in as the front-runner and he bore the attacks from Christine Quinn Bill Thompson and John Liu quite well. Thheir attacks consisted of the word “misrepresented” and flip-flop clearly trying to hurt Bill’s credibility and integrity. I don’t think they got much of a glove on Bill.
    He was very clear and calm about his plans to keep our hospitals open our kids in pre-K and housing built for the good of the populace rather than the Real Estate developers. Bill stood up strong against the triple tag team and he won tonight.

    • 42 Layla
      August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Yeah!!!!! and TY Vicki!

    • 44 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Vicki I agree with your take. Bill de Blasio was clearly the front runner which is why they were all after him.

    • 45 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Good luck Vicki! I have family in New York (a cousin and a nephew in Brooklyn, a nephew and a niece in Manhattan, and a daughter in Long Island). They are all supporting Bill de Blasio. That’s five votes from my family! My nephew in Brooklyn, who supported Bloomberg when he first run, is so fed up with him. Let’s hope all of you New Yorkers will vote for the right person.

  12. August 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    From this morning: JER posted this article.

    I liked the photo, so I tweeted the link.

    The whole #Snowdenwald fiasco has run itself off the rails. The deluders have to lie and fabricate in order to continue their undying support. MSM as a whole seem clueless.

    Here was my response to Little Green Footballs contributor (?) gus_802 (biggleswald being GG):

  13. August 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Has this been posted?

    This is the Texas politician that I think was the biggest, most disrespectful jerk during Wendy Davis’ filibuster marathon.

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I can’t bring myself to read that, but I’m guessing it just shows they’re all self-absorbed crooks, aren’t they? Laws for them; laws for everybody else.

  14. August 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m SO relieved to hear about Beau’s progress. I hope he has a safe journey home, along with our beloved VP Biden.

    • 50 donna dem 4 obama
      August 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Meta, have you heard what “procedure” was performed?

      • August 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Donna, I’ve been scanning reports because I want to know exactly what’s going on but so far I’m not particularly satisfied with what I’m seeing. The procedure he underwent yesterday couldn’t have been too invasive because he is being released tomorrow. As brain issues go, this is good news. If I see anything further, I’ll post.

        It’s not clear to me that he’s had any seizures. He’s had a mild stroke and then some subsequent disorientation. So that’s an unusual path. Perhaps the doctors here at TOD can comment.

        I think just having met him a month ago just really depressed me to hear about his condition. He’s a wonderful man who spoke openly of his tremendous love and respect for his father and mother, which I found very genuine. I hope there is something his doctors can do to manage his problems.

        • 52 donna dem 4 obama
          August 22, 2013 at 7:45 am

          I remember when you posted about your wonderful experience in meeting him a few weeks ago. This is such a beautiful family (that has had their share of tragedy) and I hate to seen them have to go through this. I pray he is okay and the that the procedure produced positive results.

        • 53 Layla
          August 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

          ‘The procedure he underwent yesterday couldn’t have been too invasive because he is being released tomorrow’ Meta, I am speaking from personal experience here. He could have undergone an endonasal procedure to remove the tumor or part of it. It is invasive but people are usually released the next day if there are no complications. The tumor is removed through the nose, no incision needed.

  15. August 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    This is just stunning.

    The most powerful graphic I’ve seen on the topic of gun safety because it appeals to the brain (not the heart, which the photos of murdered children do).

    We all know the GOP and NRA are heartless.

    • August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      I can’t believe this Congress has done absolutely NOTHING since one of their own was struck down. Unconscionable.

      • 57 jackiegrumbacher
        August 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        I can believe it, meta, because the House Republicans are nothing but a worthless group of corrupt, incompetent, utterly heartless asses who have no business managing a fruit stand, let along representing people in Congress. They need to be defeated utterly, absolutely and soundly in 2014.

        • August 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          You’re absolutely right. I just don’t have it in me to try to put myself in their place, seeing a colleague so damaged and office members and volunteers and innocents killed and injured, to do absolutely NOTHING. It’s so horribly shameful.

    • 59 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Arapaho, thanks for sharing Captain Mark Kelly’s Query! Surely, this is not the “American exceptionalism” right wingers want to promote around the world?

  16. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  17. August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  18. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  19. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  20. August 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    This is a couple of days old, but it’s a remarkable lightning picture–with my avatar, it’s a good guess that I would like it. LOL.

    • 70 desertflower
      August 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Isn’t nature cool:)

      • 71 COS
        August 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Wow, I use to live very close to Pacifica, CA.; actually, right next door. If I were still there, I would have seen this.

        • August 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

          COS, we’ve had a few nights in a row of lightening. It troubles me because it’s not really storming and today was rather warm and clear.

          • 73 COS
            August 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

            That is weird Meta. Send some of that rain to SoCal. I lived in Daly City, a block from the ocean and I took it for granted. I sure do miss that now. 🙂

          • 74 Anna Luc
            August 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

            Earthquake Weather!! (Sorry) That photo was taken from the pier. Not a good place to be when its ligtening.

  21. 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    A few tweets from “Hands Across Pennsylvania”

  22. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    • 78 sjterrid
      August 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Hi Alycee!

      Thank you for all the work you’re doing in PA.

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Alycee – Was Hands Across Pennsylvania your idea? I know you said you vividly remembered the first Hands Across America, and still had the banner! Congratulations!

  23. 80 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm


    The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 8/21/13


    Bad Journalism: Bradley Manning Sentenced; FISA Court Oversight Revealed; Greenwald’s Husband Detained and Questioned; The Guardian Is Imploding; The Ridiculous Computer Smash-Up Caper; Botching a News Story That Happened In A Newsroom; The Thwarted Atlanta School Shooting; The Secret NRA Gun Registry; The President’s New Dog is Black; New Huff Post Comment Policy; and much more.



  24. August 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Welp I called myself staying away from the interludes and choosing to read a book instead and the first thing I read is about the brutha from Prison Break officially came out of the closet in a statement condemning Russia’s gay rights stance.

    I always wonder what do you say to someone when they officially eats that closet??? Congratulations seems appropriate, or maybe a god for buddy…lol

  25. August 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I think the networks ask interns to write articles during the summer. Maybe the MSM acceptance of GOP noise will be behind us next month. (Not holding my breath, though).

    This was such a worthless article, I can’t believe a “major” network tweeted this.

    • 83 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2013 at 1:51 am

      “This was such a worthless article, I can’t believe a “major” network tweeted this.”

      Arapaho, as far as I am concerned, the mainstream media (MSM) are as afflicted with the Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) as are the GOP and the emoprogs on the left. They all hate President Obama and they never miss a chance to promote negative news about hi,

  26. August 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Here’s another good reference tool:

  27. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    This button was mentioned on Rev. Al’s show today, and I happened to find the image, which is bittersweet.

  28. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t think Frank Rich is quoting anybody, when he calls Lanny Davis “sleazy” – good for him:

  29. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      That happened in Queens, NY, by the way.

      • 90 COS
        August 22, 2013 at 12:26 am

        OMG, this is horrible. So now interracial couples have to live in fear. I hope they catch the one who escaped.

        • 91 jacquelineoboomer
          August 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

          Some people have to be brought kicking and screaming out of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

        • 92 jacquelineoboomer
          August 22, 2013 at 12:29 am

          Oh, and, I think there was a gay gentleman friend of theirs involved, who was called the “F-word.”

    • 93 canadabarb4obama
      August 22, 2013 at 3:40 am


    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      August 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

      This is such a beautiful couple, JOB. Can you imagine the level of hatred, ignorance and downright ugliness that must inhabit a person to harm these two? There should be no question about this being elevated to a hate crime. That’s what it is and the attacker should get the maximum sentence. Also, I hope a lot of people in Queens boycott the bar that shut the door in their face. This has got to stop. And that will only happen when people stand up and fight back.

  30. 99 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    • 100 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      I must add that Chris Hayes is one epic idiot. He just showed his 100% ignorant slip by tweeting this. When he tries to compare fools like Snowden and Assange to MLK, I hope he remembers this.

    • 120 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2013 at 2:04 am

      Way to go Mike Green in speaking Truth! Thanks, hopefruit, for sharing this. Hopefully, Chris Hayes will soon wake-up and smell the Coffee. The white dominated Press has never treated intelligent and charismatic blacks fairly. This was true of Dr. King, Chicago mayor, Harold Washington, and, of course, President Obama.

  31. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Goodnight, TODville! Tomorrow, when we wake up, Barack Obama will still be President of the United States, and Joe Biden will still be Vice President of the United States!


  32. 122 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 12:39 am

  33. 123 yardarm756
    August 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Goodnight folks.

    The Patriot

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol’ Joe has passed away,
    And the world’s a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing,
    ‘Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he’s here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let’s give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:

  34. 129 globalcitizenlinda
    August 22, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Dudette and all members of TOD, thanks for the activism on Mr. Anthony Stokes – great to learn that he got a new heart and that the transplant was successful.

    Very grateful to the donor & the family that honored the donor’s request.

  35. 131 amk for obama
    August 22, 2013 at 2:47 am

    lmao. karma bitchez.

    • 132 99ts
      August 22, 2013 at 6:09 am

      “I have been trying to save a young man’s life” – Snowden’s life is NOT in danger – unless Assange knows something about what is happening in Russia that the rest of us do not. He was never going to win a seat in parliament – so now he can blame Snowden because he lost.

  36. 133 amk for obama
    August 22, 2013 at 2:49 am

  37. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    August 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Good Morning TOD

    For you early birds if you watch this stuff Chris Cuomo is going to be interviewing the President this morning. I’m not a fan so I’ll wait for the tape.

    I’m off to work so have a great O’Day everyone!!!!

  38. August 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

    In the words of Chris Cristie’s guy, Steve Lonegan:

    “People are going to say, well doesn’t this mean a tax increase for the poor? And the answer is yes, it does.”

    “I have no interest in paying for your health care. I’d hate to see you get cancer. But that’s your problem, not mine.”

    “… Medicare and Medicaid… both of these programs are destined for destruction for the next generation, and I think they should be done away with and privatized. That’s what I think.”



    Another example of how much Christie has the best interests of working middle income and poor New Jersey residents at heart —- NOT!!!

    • 137 jackiegrumbacher
      August 22, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Sw, I believe the people in NJ have been conned or in a coma. Christie does NOT deserve a second term. Even if he endorsed this guy for the sake of his so-called party, it shows he’s a man of no conscience. I hope Cory Booker crushes this Lonegan into the dust on election day.

  39. 138 LDS
    August 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Okay. That means Friday, right?
    I thought today was Friday…….darn it!

    I will just go back to bed until then…..rest up for the March on Washington this Sat. I put my walking walks on hold.
    So excited!

  40. 139 LDS
    August 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Sorry. I put my “morning walks” on hold.

  41. 141 dotster3
    August 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I see Manning wants to live the rest of his life as a woman, sent his military therapist photo of himself in long blond wig and makeup.


  42. August 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I was reading AMK’s earlier tweets/comments about Chris Hayes. Does Chris Hayes have pictures of the NBC/MSNBC executives that they are afraid he will release? Or is this just a matter of these executives refusing to admit that they made a mistake; that their golden boy is tarnished? At any rate, they seem to be trying to place the blame for the deteriorating ratings everywhere but where the real problem lies.

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      August 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

      I have thought that blackmail thingie myself, for a long time, swbluega! It’s got to be the only answer. No other answer is even SANE.

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