The Bard of TOD


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73 Responses to “The Bard of TOD”

  1. 1 Allison
    September 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Great tweets!

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Yea, I’ve taken to thinking of her as our poet laureate, but bard works too. 😀

    • 14 MightyPamela
      September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Move over, Tally!

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        September 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        Hey you, we already have a Tally. (We already have a few Talkys too, but they haven’t been so labelled yet.) 😉

        Did you check your email? I think I sent you a note yesterday.

        • 16 MightyPamela
          September 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

          I know that! I wasn’t calling you Tally, VC, I was just saying our TallyBard may want to move over to make room for the newly designated bard! (confess I’m not at all sure why I decided to post it as a reply to you, but there you go!) (just answered your note, btw) 😆

  3. 20 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Let’s keep Cruz on display, widely, often, and front/center. He’s our best spokesman for OCare! Remember, it’s the independents, the undecided, the uninformed who we need to reach. Those folks aren’t crazy and they won’t side with someone like Cruz.

    The people who would trust Cruz have already made up their minds and those numbers have not grown. They still think Bush was a great president, think they were WMDs in Iraq, believe PBO was born in Kenya, and are willing to throw any ‘pub who don’t think like Cruz under the bus.

    They are willing to primary their most conservative members now. They have Senate minority leader McTurtle on the ropes and running for his life. I say keep it up, let them primary to the right of their most conservative ‘pubs.

    Durbin is now on the Senate floor and he is speaking truth. Like he said, ‘Cruz wants to ride in 1st class and deny millions from even getting on the plane!’

  4. 21 GGail
    September 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    That is a GREAT R&S!

    Jovie, thanks so much for staying in touch with us. We hear your grief and as many have stated, you are going through the stages of grief, therefore the feelings and “what if’s” that you are going through are natural. I’ve gone through them too.

    But know this, we are here to help you get through the stages…and you will get through them.

    JO’B – you’re pretty good with this rhyming thingy 🙂

  5. 24 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    So Sessions is now praising Cruz after Cruz called him and other Repub senior senate statesmen squishes, cowards and every other name in the book. They are letting a 9 month rookie run the show. When they finally stand up to him and his merry men of teadom, it will be too late to herd them back into the asylum.

    I never thought I’d look forward to hear McJeebusWhatToDo speak. Especially after his esteemed former running mate all but called him a traitor yesterday.

  6. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Chips – You’re a rascal! And one of me role models. Ha.

  7. 34 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    McDoodle is up now and he starts by talking to his ‘colleagues who weren’t even there in 2009’.

    pass the popcorn

    • 35 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      btw, McYallAreGonnaPay gets 15 minutes of the Dems time to speak cause his own party won’t yield time for him. Schumer gave him his time and he’ll just use 5 minutes after McToldYouSo finishes. He’s trying the professor/student approach, but too bad his students are throwing spitballs at him.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        September 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        His party wouldn’t yield time for him? That should rough up McCain’s day nicely.

        • 37 cookemom
          September 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

          Actually, McGottaLeaveALegacy did a good job, too bad it was for his own self interest.

          • 38 jacquelineoboomer
            September 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

            I agree. Credit where credit is due. Wouldn’t it have been nice if he added something rational about respecting Pres. Obama and the American people who are looking forward to Obamacare? Oh, well, I’ll keep hoping.

  8. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    If any of these Republican Senators think that now would be the time to obstruct today’s procedural vote, they are more incredibly stupid than I thought.

  9. 40 Bill R.
    September 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    When are they going to vote on the revised amended CR bill?

    • 41 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      1pm est

      Cruz is getting the @#@$ slapped out of him by the Dems and his own party people. Broadcast for arguments and vote is live on CSPAN2.

      • 42 57andfemale
        September 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        I heard a detailed explanation of this. They are not voting on the actual CR today, but a series of cloture, etc. I don’t pretend to understand any of it, except to say that there won’t be a final vote until Saturday. At least that’s what the congressional reporter said on cspan this morning.

  10. 45 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Reid needs consent from the other party to start the vote. Not getting it, he gets to waive quorum call and with no objection the vote proceeds. Gosh, I can get me a degree in Senatestuffnessism from watching this stuff.

  11. 50 yardarm756
    September 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Two tourists were traveling through Louisiana. As they approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town’s name.

    They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the blonde employee, “Before we order could you settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly.”

    The blonde leaned over and said “Burrrrrrr Gurrrrrr Kingggg.”

  12. 54 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm



    John McCain’s complaints about the Tea Party wing of his party should always be accompanied by the chyron “The Man Who Picked Sarah Palin.”


    • 55 57andfemale
      September 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      the tea party is polluting all halls of Congress at all levels precisely because John McCain told the country that Sarah Palin was qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

      Too little, too late.

  13. September 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Letter from Sec Lew to Boehner on the debt limit (Hint: President Obama will not negotiate the issue):

    September 25, 2013

    The Honorable John A. Boehner Speaker
    U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Mr. Speaker:

    I am writing to follow up on my previous letter regarding the debt limit and the Department of the Treasury’s ability to continue to finance the government.

    As I have written previously, Treasury’s estimates are subject to inherent variability due to a variety of factors, such as the impact of sequestration and the challenges of forecasting the timing and amount of daily government transactions. On August 26, I wrote to inform you that the extraordinary measures we are employing to preserve borrowing capacity would be exhausted in the middle of October. We estimated that, at that point, we would have
    approximately $50 billion to fund the government-an amount insufficient to cover net expenses for a meaningful period of time.

    Since August, we have received quarterly corporate and individual tax receipts and additional information regarding the activities of certain large trust funds, including military retirement trust funds. Treasury now estimates that extraordinary measures will be exhausted no later than
    October 17. We estimate that, at that point, Treasury would have only approximately $30 billion to meet our country’s commitments. This amount would be far short of net expenditures on certain days, which can be as high as $60 billion. If we have insufficient cash on hand, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history.

    The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that includes an ill-advised provision to prioritize payments, which would not protect the full faith and credit of the United States. Any plan to prioritize some payments over others is simply default by another name. The United States should never have to choose, for example, whether to pay Social Security to seniors, pay benefits to our veterans, or make payments to state and local jurisdictions and health care providers under Medicare and Medicaid. There is no way of knowing the damage any prioritization plan would have on our economy and financial markets. It would represent an irresponsible retreat from a core American value: We are a nation that honors all of its commitments.

    The debt limit impasse that took place in 2011 caused significant harm to the economy and a downgrade to the credit rating of the United States. The drawn-out dispute caused business uncertainty to increase, consumer confidence to drop, and financial markets to fall. If Congress were to repeat that brinksmanship in 2013, it could inflict even greater harm on the economy.
    And if the government should ultimately become unable to pay all of its bills, the results could be catastrophic.

    The President remains willing to negotiate over the future direction of fiscal policy, but he will not negotiate over whether the United States will pay its bills for past commitments. Extending borrowing authority does not increase government spending; it simply allows the Treasury to pay for expenditures Congress has already approved. As such, I respectfully urge Congress to act immediately to meet its responsibility by extending the nation’s borrowing authority.

    Jacob J. Lew


  14. 57 Linda
    September 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t understand what they are voting on right now..

    • 58 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      They are voting to pass the CR that the House sent to them exactly as it stands, defunding OCare. Once passed, the Senate (Reid) gets to take it and put their Senate spin on it (removing the defund ACA part). Then, the Senate and the House versions are ‘reconciled’ by members of both the House and Senate, or sent back to the House (‘ping-pong’) for them to put up or shut up. Boehner can agree to bring it to a vote as it stands from the Senate, or choose to leave it on his desk. In this case, he’s between the rock and hard place that Cruz put him in, by forcing him to pass a CR to defund, then saying in the Senate for 20+ hours that he’s against that very same CR. Now Boehner has to convince his folks to vote again for the umpteenth time to repeal OCare. The difference is this time they want to bring the government down if they don’t get the votes to do so.

      • 59 57andfemale
        September 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        I know this can’t be avoided, but the knuckledraggers are not going to understand that this bill has to be passed by the Senate before it can be amended (if I’m following you correctly, cookemom). I can see the ads now “Dem Sen. so-and-so voted to defund Obamacare”. It’s confusing to me, and I care about this stuff.

        • 60 cookemom
          September 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          I don’t see it that way. I see it as:

          – ‘pub House voted to defund OCare.
          – Dem Senate gets it and votes on it to go through the established constitutional procedure.
          – Senate gets to modify it with their version which keeps OCare and sends it back to the House
          – the House once again will try to repeal, but this time it will impact the ability of the government to function

          The only way it becomes a Dem issue is if there are enough Senate Dems (I think 13 needed and all Senate ‘pubs stick together) vote with the expected House’s suicide vote. Some of those Dems are in vulnerable states and most likely, depending on the count, may get a pass to vote against or abstain from the vote.

          From reading other blogs and the Twit machine, their plan is backfiring, and that’s without very much help from the MSM.

      • 62 Linda
        September 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        Thank you…

  15. 63 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    So far, not one ‘pub has voted to stop the bill from moving forward as their golden boy wants. Now he gets to call the House pubs names when they don’t agree to the CR and send separate ones for everything but ACA.

    This will get him big bucks in his campaign coffers, so no lost to him.

  16. September 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    This is a big deal …. and it likely would never have happened in my life time if Barack Obama hadn’t been elected President – Twice.


    • 65 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      WOW! Forget a symbolic handshake, that IS a BFD!!!

    • 66 vcprezofan2
      September 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Now, if Netanyahu hadn’t told the Israeli delegation to make themselves scarce (or close their ears) when Pres. Rouhani is speaking they might have heard this with their own ears?

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      September 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Nutinyahoo just rejected this in a statement saying the US should not be fooled by Iran’s remarks. I hope the Israeli people get rid of him like the Iranians got rid of Akmadinnerjacket and get someone who wants peace.

  17. 69 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium.

    • 70 Ladyhawke
      September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Jay opens the briefing talking about the new report on the low cost of the Affordable Care Act premiums across the country. He also touches on the very informative discussion between President Obama and President Clinton on the ACA yesterday.

      My guess is that Jay’s comments on the ACA will be ignored and the focus will be on the optics of no handshake with Iran.

  18. 71 yardarm756
    September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    How about this for a change of pace?

  19. September 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Great posts as always!! What a day!!! So many great articles about Cruz and that the GOP is trying to get him to shut up alongside many, many articles about ObamaCare premiums cheaper than expected. A couple of days ago my Indiana GOPer Rep tweeted proudly how he had sponsored legislation to protect America and defund ObamaCare. All but 1 reply to him were supportive of ACA. NBC had an article specifically mentioning that a family of 4 in Indianapolis could get a bare-bones plan for $11! So glad to tweet that to my rep and say the protection we needed is from him. I have been wanting some GOP lie big enough to get the attention of low-info voters and this is it. Even Texas has a lower costs than national average. The news will get out. When the Fox watchers question one lie then they will begin to question others. And the GOP are the ones who called it ObamaCare. Health insurance touches every religion, political party, you name it. It is bringing relief and saving lives.

    $11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

    Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government’s new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.

    A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a more generous “silver” plan, the Health and Human Services Department estimates…..
    Here’s some other good news. After lower than expected sales in July

    New home sales climb in August

    …Sales of newly built homes climbed 7.9% from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That rate is a 12.6% increase from August 2012….

    I am going to tweet the NBC article to some GOPers. I’ve been trying to call my rep but the Congressional Switchboard has been busy so I’ll try that again. Wishing all TODers a day filled with unexpected joy!

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