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  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    • September 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      As a former Catholic, I can say that I never expected a pope with this kind of enlightened vision in my lifetime. If he succeeds in opening the minds of even a portion of the Catholic hierarchy and Laity, he will be a truly transformative figure in history.

  2. 3 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    The House’s Un-American Activities

    Posted by Richard Eskow


    The Constitution does an admirable job of describing the way our government is supposed to operate, and nowhere does it say the House of Representatives has the power to shut it down in order to revoke a law that displeases it. In fact, it makes it clear that this is not how our system works.

    And yet that’s exactly what House Republicans under John Boehner and Eric Cantor are attempting to do, through a series of arcane procedural maneuvers that involve a continuing resolution this Friday and an upcoming fight over the government’s debt ceiling. The Republicans are attempting to use these administrative processes to revoke or neutralize duly enacted legislation, and perhaps to hijack the governance process in other ways as well.

    The Constitution doesn’t give the House that kind of unilateral power. It does, however, include these words: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned … and all executive and judicial Officers … shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”



    • September 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Any chance this whole issue of the House refusing to pay its debts and undermining the full faith and credit of the US could be taken to SCOTUS? Sure we have a dicey group in the Supreme Court right now, but it would seem that when a single party in a single House of congress deliberately acts to undermine the Constitution, the Supreme Court does need to be called on.

  3. 5 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  4. 9 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Boehner Says He’s Out Of Ideas To Prevent a Shutdown. Here’s One.

    Posted By Bill Scher


    Here’s an idea, Mr. Speaker. One they can’t shoot down.

    1. Stop trying to unify the Republican Caucus.

    2. Enter into budget negotiations with the White House and Senate alongside Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    3. Agree to put a final deal on the floor the House regardless of how many Republicans support it.


    Read the full post here …..


  5. September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Way to go UT!!!

    Happy Belated Birthday Greetings, Dudette!!!

    Something tectonic is happening ….

    Daily reminder ….


    Yes We Can

  6. 17 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Repeating from bottom of last thread. What Pope Francis is doing may well revolutionize the Church if he is given a change. This can’t be underestimated when it comes to potential impact domestically and elsewhere in the world.

    • September 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      I agree, Japa, just because a Pope says something does not make it happen. He is not speaking ‘ex cathedra’ and so there is no obligation to obey his rule. What he is doing is setting a tone of moderation, toleration and reason that will filter (slowly) through the church and lessen some of the chilling absolutism that defines some diocese and parishes. Most of the church hierarchy is pretty hardened in the old ways, so it will take many years with new priests and new seminary curricula to de-ossify the church. This is, however, a wonderful start.

  7. 19 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm


    by Van Le on 09/19/2013 at 10:59am


    Last night, House Democrats held a special order session in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, where they took to the floor to speak about the economic and moral benefits of passing immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
    Members speaking yesterday also highlighted the economic benefit and number of jobs that immigration reform will bring to their states, the beneficial impact of reform on the deficit, the contributions of immigrants, their own personal family stories, and much more. View Twitter coverage (#CIRmeansjobs) of last night’s special session below:



  8. 20 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  9. 26 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    And the EmoLeft will give them a pass while jumping on PBO’s back, issuing all kinds of threatening ultimatums, while not lifting a finger to deter /thwart the GOP, or drown them out with useful information about the dangers of the Keystone pipeline.

    • September 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hf, the attitude of the emos that I heard today at a meeting is that “I wanted single payer and nothing else is worth fighting for. That’s why I oppose ObamaCare.” That’s the terminally hopeless and permanently delusional speaking. When I asked him how “single payer” was ever going to be passed into law, the guy glared at me. Fortunately, someone reminded him that every major step forward begins with the imperfect and starts the process of change. Was true of SS and true of Medicare. He was not interested in hearing.

  10. 28 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

  11. 31 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  12. 32 Don
    September 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The only people that are to the right of the Pope are usually wearing a suicide vests.

  13. September 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    • September 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Tally, I had to explain this at a meeting today and few people knew that. Now if I know it and you know, how come the idiots in the House and Senate don’t know it and what it is theater all about? Fundraising? Pats on the back? Showing how large their appendage is? Honestly, I’ve lost all patience with them.

  14. 38 Linda
    September 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    PARIS — With one lab suspended and its replacement unfinished, Brazil won’t be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup alone and is looking overseas for help.

    The executive director of the country’s anti-doping authority told The Associated Press on Thursday the new lab in Rio de Janeiro should be running a year before the 2016 Olympics. But, Marco Aurelio Klein added, the lab won’t be ready for the World Cup next June and July.

    The existing Rio lab that Brazil was expecting to use was stripped of its accreditation last month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA cited “repeated failures” by the facility. Without accreditation, the lab isn’t authorized to do WADA-recognized anti-doping activities.

    Klein called the lab’s loss of accreditation a “disaster.”

    He suggested the WADA lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, could oversee the testing of blood samples. Brazil could turn to labs from Europe or the United States for help with the urine sampling, he added.


    ah…..now that need our help ? but…but…but….The US spies on them !

  15. 39 Dudette
    September 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Pssst… poked my head in to say hi! Supposed to be working, but I can’t focus. Wanna be here catching up on TOD so badly.

    Boy that Rise & Shine is jam-packed with good stuff! See y’all later. Back to work! 😀

    I’m the QUEEN OF THE WORLD (for a day)! 🙂

    • 40 theo67
      September 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I’m suffering from the same weakness, Dudette – my to-do list has only one minor thing crossed off today so far! hope you’re enjoying your birthday. 🙂

      • 41 Anjo
        September 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Happy Birthday to Dudette also the day we (St Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis) celebrate our 30th anniversary of Independence. Its a holiday today, catching up on Tod bits, cooking in a bit and then off to a celebratory cocktail/dudette birthday celebration…I’ll raise a toast to you

        • 42 cookemom
          September 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

          What a co-ink-a-dink! My brother just sent pics from St. Kitts, where he and his wife are celebrating their 49th anniversary. I have no clue where St. Kitts is, but omg it sure is purrdy. Seriously, where is it? It looks beautiful. Undoubtedly, they’re enjoying the Independence celebrations.

          • 43 No Child Left Behind
            September 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

            Cookemon, St. Kitts and St. Nevis are two small islands; they are called also the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis) and are located in the Leeward Islands. They are a federal two-island country in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population

          • 45 desertflower
            September 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

            Caribbean:) That’s all you need to know for now:) FABULOUS!!

        • 46 Dudette
          September 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          Thanks Anjo!

          Happy Independence Day! 🙂

      • 47 Dudette
        September 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        I am theo67. It’s been great! Except for the having to work part, which really hasn’t been that bad — just busy.
        Got a little breakfast party and some flowers and other gifts. I can’t complain at all! 🙂

    • 49 No Child Left Behind
      September 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Happy Birthday Miss Dudette! May you have many, many more.

  16. 51 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The GOP right now.

  17. 52 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  18. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Style Points and the Beltway Pundits’ Substance Deficit

    By Spandan


    It’s time to give up the notion that it’s the president’s job to herd the 535 moody cats in Congress. It’s time to hold Republicans in Congress (and Democrats, when they go down the same path) accountable for their intransigence, their obstructionism, and their willingness to harm America in order to be a thorn on Obama’s side. It’s time to insist that members of Congress begin acting like grown ups and earn their keep. And it’s time for members of the press to focus this country on the substance of the debates instead of monkeying around about syle points.



  19. 54 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    • September 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      There’s a name for that, Df. Hmm begins with h…. Couldn’t be ‘hypocrite’ could it?

    • 56 99ts
      September 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Seriously short on brain cells – self interest is their only thought. They have also probably forgotten that many many of those in flood areas are probably going to be unemployed and/or need food assistance for the next many months – everything they are trying to do in congress is working against the people who elected them.

  20. September 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    GA TOD. Happy B-day, Dudette 🙂 …….any Top Gun fans? This story is awesome!

    Earlier this year, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, said that an IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-4 Phantom combat plane attempted to intercept a U.S. MQ-1 drone flying in international airspace off Iran.

    “He [the Raptor pilot] flew under their aircraft [the F-4s] to check out their weapons load without them knowing that he was there, and then pulled up on their left wing and then called them and said ‘you really ought to go home’”

    If the episode went exactly as Welsh described it, it was something more similar to Maverick’s close encouter with Russian Mig-28s in Top Gun movie than a standard interception.

    • 58 desertflower
      September 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Billy Badass.

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      You ‘young’ people! It figures you would think it awesome! I read that and thought, ‘now why did that pilot want to say anything that might have been provocative?’ 😉

      • September 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Ohhh, VC. Trying to rain on the, parade ……..the provocative part was the Iranian F-4 trying to shoot down our Reaper. It was only after that the F-22’s starting escorting Reaper’s, over international waters for recognisance missions. The “awesome part” was the F-22 unknowingly creeping up below the F-4, checking out the payload undetected, pulling up next to his cockpit……. and politely asking the Iranian F-4 to skedaddle back to mommy. The F-4 pilot was so scared to bejesus…. that he promptly obliged…. just a ‘young’ persons take….. I know seed the flor back to you 🙂 Don’t stir to much more up before I get back home from class this evening!

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

          You are so right, LP – I was being troublesome teasing you about this.. I did get all the stages of the drama the first time I read it, though I had to squeeze my eyes together to decipher the whole. Oh I didn’t see the part where the F-4 guy took himself off quickly. 😀
          Hope you evening class is interesting!

          I’ll be good. I’ll try at least. 😉

  21. September 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    A very detailed post on the fraud that is the GOP’s answer to Obamacare.


    Same old Song and Dance

    Posted by Richard Mayhew at 8:40 am .


    The House Republican Study Committee is offering a “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare. If we assume that this is purely a marketing document aimed to fulfill the check box that there is a “plan” to “replace” Obamacare that can get 218 votes in the House, then this document aces that evaluation. However, my therapist asked me to try not to be a cynical bastard before my first cup of coffee every morning, so lets evaluate this plan on the following criteria:
    •Provides coverage for people with pre-exisiting conditions
    •Provides coverage for people who aren’t part of the Republican donor class
    •Attempts to bend the cost curve down
    •Covers neccessary medical processes

    Before we evaluate, let’s go over the major policy planks.
    1.Repeal all of Obamacare including Medicaid expansion and the three legged stool of subsidies, community rating/guaranteed issue, and mandate.
    2.Give people a tax deduction of $7,500 for an individual and $20,000 for families
    3.Significant expansion of HSA tax advantages.
    4.$25 billion for state run high risk pools with premium support for any premiums that are over twice the state average for insurance.
    5.Coverage guarantee for pre-exisiting conditions only applies to people who maintain continuous coverage
    6.Allow insurance companies to sell a single product through a single state regulatory filing
    7.Allow small groups to pool together for better risk pool pricing.
    8.Improve pricing transparency
    9.Stop comparative effectiveness research
    10.Tort reform to cap damage limits
    11.Random anti-abortion plank

    The short version is MASSIVE FAIL

    read more of the details here:


  22. 69 dotster3
    September 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Be an eagle! Fly over Chamonix, France and see the incredible views thanks to a camera attached to eagle’s back


  23. 73 Nena20409
    September 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm


    Total U.S. health-care spending will jump by 6.1% next year when key provisions of the federal overhaul law take effect, a slower growth pace than previously had been expected, federal number-crunchers projected Wednesday.

  24. September 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Truly in Lord of the Flies Territory
    Josh Marshall – September 18, 2013, 11:57 PM

    Yesterday the news was that Ted Cruz had essentially rolled the GOP House leadership and gotten them to get behind his quixotic and colonic effort to shutdown the government over Obamacare. But that was yesterday. They say revolutions eat their children. But this is more the children eating the children. Or something. DC Republicans are in some sort of infinite regression or feedback loop in which no Big Cheese can ascend the hill without people turning on him as not a real conservative and deserving of destruction. Now House Tea Partiers have decided that Cruz himself may not really be gung-ho enough to kill Obamacare.

    The trigger was Cruz’s statement today that the firebrands in the Senate simply don’t have the votes to force the matter. So it will come down to the House to push the ship of state onto the glorious sandbar of shutdown.


  25. 75 Linda
    September 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    A House Republican proposal to defund the Affordable Care Act would also devastate a program that insured over 8 million moderate-income children this year, Democrats said on Thursday.

    Under the government funding bill proposed by the House — which includes Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) amendment defunding Obamacare — the Children’s Health Insurance Program would lose about $13.3 billion dollars, or 70 percent of its funding, on October 1. CHIP provides health insurance coverage to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but still cannot afford private coverage. The program was set to expire at the end of this month, but the Affordable Care Act reauthorized and funded it through 2015.

    “The Republican approach would rescind the funding the ACA provided –- $13 billion in 2014 alone -– effectively ending this insurance coverage for the vast majority of children covered under CHIP,” Reps. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to colleagues

  26. September 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Ted “I’m Not Canadian” Cruz is now vowing to conduct a talking filibuster. Which means he knows he doesn’t have the votes to sustain the more common filibuster. But he’ll get ugly mug on the TeeVeeBox.

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      September 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I cannot stand the man. It’s starting to be “scary” how much I detest these people. Luckily, I’m not close enough to slap any of them upside the head.

      • September 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        I think I detest Ted Cruz more than all the others; although Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are tied for second place.

        • 79 jacquelineoboomer
          September 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

          Ted Cruz is like a snake in the grass. The other two you mention, whom I also detest, are more obvious, but Cruz will slither up next to you before you see him coming. Eek.

          • 80 Linda
            September 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

            Giant Huff Puff Headline on the front page.


          • 84 theo67
            September 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

            *quaking with fear*

            • 85 jacquelineoboomer
              September 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm

              I actually think I could “take” Cruz, if I had to and if I weren’t a pacifist. He looks like he’d fall down whimpering if anybody actually stood up to him – with words or the back of my hand. Like probably the effect his screamer daddy had on him. His father’s more scary than he is.

              • 86 theo67
                September 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

                Physically – the guy is probably just like any GOP bully – a pure coward, hiding behind their group-think and their guns. But mentally – he seems to have no conscience, a very evil type.

          • 88 MightyPamela
            September 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

            Except snakes and other creatures we too often malign, are simply part of nature, doing exactly as nature has designed. Finding these traits pronounced in a human should not reflect badly on the animal, but serve to remind us how twisted and defamed the human psyche can become. Animals know they are part of the balance of nature. Humans seem to have forgotten this, if we ever fully knew it.

            • 89 jacquelineoboomer
              September 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

              Beautifully put, gentle yet Mighty Pamela! I will try to remember that these humanoids who annoy me are very “unnatural.”

      • September 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        He’s really disgusting. I think it’s a combination of his arrogance, willful ignorance, demagoguery and famewhore obsession. He’s just nasty.

  27. 92 Linda
    September 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Mrs Greenspan yelling out questions to John Kerry…..ugh ! He side stepped them….

    I was wondering where she was today. Chris Matthews subbed for her….

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      September 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Her shrill voice made me gag, too! Ugh.

      And I love how – since he lost his second hour – Chris is being forced to sub for the daytime shows, now. Maybe he’ll be on his way out. I no longer watch Andrea and I don’t watch Chris, among others.

    • 94 Don
      September 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Poor Mrs. Greenspan, reduced to yelling out questions, I expect that sort of behavior from Chuck Tool but not Lady Greenspan.

  28. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Father James Martin, a Jesuit like Pope Francis (I’ve followed Fr. Martin’s writings for years), was speaking about the Pope, on CNN. He said the Pope’s latest interview was really remarkable and they were all “stunned.” He called the Pope’s thoughts (apparently, he’s had conversations directly with him) broad-minded, wide-ranging, and genial. Go, Pope Frankie! Can’t wait to hear what you say next. Nice to be Pope and be able to truly lead the discussion, I’m thinkin’.

  29. 98 vcprezofan2
    September 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Check out the spirit of the lady at the end of this rescue video – way to look for the light in the midst of a flood!


  30. 100 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Koch brothers push boundaries of decency, creepiness

    By Steve Benen


    If, however, Americans are looking for policymakers who want to force government into OB/GYN examination rooms, they’re not hard to find. The Koch brothers have all kinds of allies in the Republican Party who’ve pushed for state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds — including invasive, transvaginal ultrasounds — to satisfy the GOP’s social agenda.

    In this case, Generation Opportunity has managed to be both ironic and idiotic simultaneously, a rare feat to be sure.



  31. 101 joyfulmeme
    September 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve been watching the Benghazi hearing today. Been trying to figure out what it is the Rs still don’t know about the events of that night. After 3 hours of Amb Pickering and Amb Mullins, they brought on two of the victims parents. I have to say this was a setup from the Rs. I am sorry for their loss but these two seem mighty extreme to me. True to form the Rs egged on these extremists while the Ds sat back in disgust.

    There is something very evil going on in the Republican party that is very freightening. I understand these folks grief. But, their testomony was bizzare. They blamed Obama and Clinton, acused them of lying and holding back information. Everything needs to be be brought out in a public hearing so that get this “the voters” know what happened said one of the parents. This was a political stunt if I’ve ever saw one.

    One thing I did pickup over all the postering was that the CIA mission in Benghazi has a lot to do with why so much information has not been revealed to the public. Issa and company are aware of what actually happened. But that doesn’t stop them from smearing the Obama Administration who has to sit quietly while the investigation is still underway. It’s totally disgusting.

    People really need to wake up and see these people (Republicans) for who they are. They are on a mission to divide and conquer no matter who gets hurt.

    • 102 theo67
      September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      These Republicans who will use grieving family members to further their vile ambitions are unconscionable. The only reason why anyone should still be talking about Benghazi now is to make sure that Embassies and outposts are adequately secured, and to honour the memories of those who died. Nothing else.

  32. 103 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thank God they didn’t take anyone else with them! This is not a nice thing to say, but it seems like they deserved each other.

  33. September 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Just because I can’t let this go…..

  34. 107 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm



    Bob Cesca has a great segment on the Chuck Todd comments on this weeks podcast. He nails the broken media perfectly.


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