127 Responses to “Any Questions?”

  1. October 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Yikes! Michelle Bachmann It’s halloween

  2. October 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Morally first again!!! Thank yoooooou UT!

  3. 11 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Um, nope. No questions. I totally get it!

  4. 12 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Yes the vote is just a month away but imagine if Christie was defeated and Ms. Buono won?

    A Christies loss would send a level of terror into the republican party and there would numerous stories to related this to the GOPshutdown.

    Based on today’s reports of the NJ governor debate, it seems as if Ms Bouno was doing what she has to do to help her self.

    If you have some time, please send some attention her way.


  5. 13 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love @sarcasticrover

  6. 14 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  7. 15 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  8. October 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Congrats on first, Almablanca!

    “Together, these 14 bills allocate approximately $83.1 billion in funding,” Linden writes. That would leave 82 percent of the $470 billion non-defense discretionary government unfunded. In other words (and colors), Obama wants to fund the whole pie below. The GOP, which would like to pair government funding with Obamacare’s defunding or delay, is asking him to fund the blue slices only. The White House’s logic is that passing the blue stuff makes it more likely that we go even longer without the larger, redder part of the pie.

    This isn’t three-dimensional chess, exactly. It’s not even chess. It’s just a radical wing of the Republican party exerting on House members while holding the rest of government hostage. Meanwhile, the list of casualties deepens: the roads, the patients, the kids, the border, the veterans, the economic data, the product-safety inspections …

  9. October 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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  12. 22 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Call me a cougar if you like… This fella right here is HAWT!!! 🙂

  13. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  14. October 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Usually, the president’s party loses House seats at the midterm election, so the normal expectation would be for Republicans to gain seats. But exceptions can happen. In 1998, Democrats picked up five seats. That rather surprising result came after a rough few years, during which Speaker Newt Gingrich led the way to the last substantial shutdown, lasting 21 days.

    PPP surveyed 24 congressional districts currently held by Republicans. They asked voters to choose between their current representative and a generic Democrat (data as PDF). Here are the margins they got, plotted against last November’s election result:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    The swing was toward Democrats for 23 races (below the red diagonal) and toward the Republican for one race (above the diagonal). The key piece of information is the gray zone. If more than half the points are in that gray zone, then that predicts a swing of >6% and a Democratic takeover. Currently, 17 out of 24 points are in the gray zone.

    • 29 4morefor44
      October 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      plus, there was no OFA back then. in fact, just the opposite since the clinton people encouraged just the opposite as they went after big money instead of grassroots. add that to a scandal-free president obama with internet infrastructure in place to combat the mainstream press 24/7 lies, i like our chances.

  15. 30 anniebella
    October 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Excuse me but who are the stupid ass 51% who blame President Obama for the Government shutdown?

    • 31 anniebella
      October 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      The blame for this mess lies with the Republican Party. 100% !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      October 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      They are over in the stupid ass section of the country. They remind me of the old Ziggy cartoon, for those who remember Ziggy. Ziggy is standing in front of a map with two Xs on it. At the first X, the sign says: You are here. And at the second X, the sign says: Everybody else is here. (Thought that was the story of my own life, until just now I realized it belongs to the aforementioned stupid ass 51%).

  16. 33 MightyPamela
    October 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm


  17. 35 amk for obama
    October 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  18. 38 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  19. 39 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Dennis Hastert: ‘There Is No Hastert Rule’

    The former House speaker disowns his eponymous rule.

    By By Alex Seitz-Wald


    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the famous—or infamous—rule that bears his name doesn’t actually exist. “There really wasn’t a ‘Hastert Rule,’ ” the longest-serving Republican speaker, who is now a lobbyist and consultant, told National Journal in a phone interview Wednesday evening.

    The Hastert Rule, as it’s become known, is more of a self-imposed standard that says House leaders shouldn’t allow a vote on a bill unless it has the support of the majority of their own party. The rule has been cited as the reason Speaker John Boehner won’t bring up a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government, even though it probably has the 218 votes needed to pass, as well as the reason Congress can’t pass immigration reform, new gun-control laws, or much else.



    (H/T nospin)

  20. 40 amk for obama
    October 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • 41 pickle48
      October 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Unfortunately, I am getting literally sick about his. I never believed Americans would become this self-destructive. I can hardly believe what we’re experiencing!

  21. 42 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    How ’bout some Lalah and Rachelle? Huh?
    A Two-Fer for HZ! 😀

    • 43 HZ
      October 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you, Dudette. You are such a beautiful angel. Music is one of the wonderful poets to my soul in all things. TY, TY. ((()))HZ

  22. 44 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  23. October 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    LOD had this tweet up on his show…


    ThinkTwiceSpeakOnce @Think2SpeakOnce

    @Lawrence Why doesn’t the President offer the GOP a deal to defund Obamacare in return for funding the Affordable Care Act? Simple!

  24. 50 amk for obama
    October 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  25. 51 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Ahem, if it please the court, I’d like to make the case for this:


    Thank you! The Defense Rests! 😎

  26. 52 Dudette
    October 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Speaking of rest… I’m need to visit the regeneration chamber myself!

    I leave you the music of Enya.
    Oíche Mhaith agus Dreams Sweet, Ones chara

  27. 53 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala 1h


    .@johnboehner has called 42 separate votes to repeal Obamacare. Why won’t he call one to fund the govt? #JustVote


    Retweeted by LOLGOP

  28. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I was late getting back to the festivities! So, one more time (and I hope I didn’t miss anyone):

    Happy Libra birthday, nathkatun7, Bill R, and Jackie4Obama!

    • 55 HZ
      October 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Happy Birthday nathkatun7. I missed seeing yours, but yet too, my eyes are getting to a point where I am missing more than I would like.

      Nath, I hope that your day was a great celebration of joyful things on this your birthday. HZ

      • 56 jacquelineoboomer
        October 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        Beautifully said, HZ! Nath deserves that sentiment and more, since he’s such a thoughtful, intelligent part of TOD and a huge Obama warrior!

    • 57 yardarm756
      October 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      X2! 😉

    • October 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Thanks J O’B. I will be celebrating my birthday for about a week with an abundance of food. I had a special lunch today, went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, tomorrow night a steakhouse and Thursday night The Elephant Bar. I also had a huge brownie today. What. Else is there in life but family, friends and food.

  29. 60 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Jonathan Cohn ‏@CitizenCohn 6h


    Boehner still rewriting history — threatening to allow default w/o policy concessions unprecedented before 2011


    Retweeted by LOLGOP

  30. 62 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 12h


    Boehner again says he will only negotiate with Ds if Rs enjoy threat of widespread harm to US as leverage


  31. 63 anniebella
    October 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell played a clip of Gov. Christie debate with the woman who is running against him, I can’t think of her name, but Christie asked the woman about taxes, and she shut that phony clown up when she told Christie how he has raise taxes on the middle class and poor, while looking out for the millionaires. I think she left Christie speechless. I say maybe the Dems in NJ will wake up and not support Christie.

  32. 70 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Today’s Press Conference

    “The President answered all my questions today. How about you? Here are the key points I heard:

    >The President will not negotiate the CR or the debt ceiling. No wiggle. No slight restating. No change.
    >Why is he not willing to negotiate? He will negotiate any and every thing – after we have a clean CR and a clean debt raise.
    >Hasn’t there always been negotiating over the debt ceiling? Didn’t he do it in 2011? In the 2011 case, he did not enter his discussions with Boehner in the presence of a default threat. That came up when their deal fell apart. And it was a close thing. In earlier years and earlier debt ceiling raises, there was lots of posturing, but no explicit default threat. No opposition leader has ever said “We are on a path to default,” before or during negotiations.
    >There are no secret silver bullets that will be revealed after the October 17 drop dead date has passed. Obama feels that issuing Treasury Bonds and selling them to the public, without a debt ceiling raise would cloud the legal provenance of the bonds so issued, and mess up the market and devalue our bonds.


    The President spoke well – relaxed, clear, not apparently angry, thoughtful, upbeat. You got the feeling that the whole thing is incredibly clear to him, and he is pretty sure the other side will see the light before it’s too late.

    The biggest risk I see is that the MSM’s “false equivalence” presentation and atmosphere will get stronger and stronger as we approach next Thursday’s deadline. “It’s un-American not to negotiate.” “There is no choice but to throw Boehner a lifeline.” “No side can win it all.” “Unconditional surrender may work in a World War, but not in a political fight.” And so on. Many Dems think he’ll do it, since he appears to have done it before.

    What do you think?…….
    I am excited AND nervous. //


    • October 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      The President will not relent.

      Boehner and many other US Senators and Congresspersons are already, beyond reasonable doubt, in flagrant violation of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment. That is the legal instrument the DoJ can use to bring all of them to account.

      The Chinese, earlier today, established the FACT that the credit worthiness of the United States of America is now in QUESTION. That’s material breach of Sec 4 of the 14th.

      President Obama has given them every opportunity to back away from their clear and present danger – that they have blatantly violated their Oath of Office and the Constitution.

      I’m just a citizen. Not a lawyer. But, if the sign says STOP and I don’t I’ve broken the law. If the Constitution says the ‘Public Debt’ cannot be ‘Questioned’ and a person sworn to defend that Constitution calls the ‘Public Debt’ to be ‘Questioned’ they RAN THE STOP SIGN.

      Indict & Prosecute. Period.

      #TrustBarack …. A Constitutional Scholar, among other skills ….

  33. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    • 79 Claire
      October 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Stupid NJ Democrats will vote for christie then they’ll whine when he enacts right wing legislation like Scott Walker. Then they’ll want everyone to help them like other Democrats in states who didn’t bother to vote during the midterm elections.

  34. 80 amk for obama
    October 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  35. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    COS – If you’re here tonight – this one’s for you and me sipping our afternoon wine together (from afar), after the President’s press conference earlier today!

  36. October 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I am three threads back but I want my cake tomorrow from the President!! (Thanks in advance Chips/UT/BT)

    Happy Birthday to meeeee (tomorrow)
    Happy Birthday to meeeee (tomorrow)
    Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Happy Birthday to meeeee (tomorrow)!

    Thank you all… I will be celebrating all week (up to next Wednesday)!

    Back to reading …. so much happening and have not listened/watched the good President at the PC as yet.

  37. 96 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Mr. Nathk, I was kinda, sorta waiting to wish you a personal “Happy Birthday” but I don’t think my eyes will last. Hope your day was special with lots of new, positive, loving memories.


  38. 97 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Bill, I can’t remember if I’d wished you a ‘Blessed Birthday’ before so …

    “Hope you had, and are having, a terrific birthday, Bill!”

    • 98 Bill R.
      October 9, 2013 at 4:03 am

      Thank you. I’m having a wonderful birthday. I’m 65 now, so I’m a full fledged Medicare senior. I have a wonderful wife of 40 years, a wonderful daughter, married to a great man. And they have a beautiful little daughter whom we have at our house for child care 2-3 days a week. It’s a good life. I’m soon to be be doing volunteer work through my Episcopal parish and through the county health dept. to to outreach to help low income and homeless people get connected with health care. So lots of goodness in my life.

      • 99 vcprezofan2
        October 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

        Glad to hear you had a great birthday, Bill. Sounds like a FULL and BLESSED life to me. May you enjoy many, many more blessed years!

  39. October 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Okay, this whole shutdown possible debt crisis has me overly upset. I come here for boosting my spirits. It’s hard to even listen to NPR news these days. I am praying so hard for this to be solved while discouraging the GOP and rich outside meddlers from repeating these actions. It would be good if something comes out of this that nothing like this happens again. Some sort of change that does not require this debt ceiling vote in the first place.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      October 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Totally agree. And God help these Republicans if they mess with the earned Social Security benefits of older Americans. If you think President Obama is “hard to negotiate with,” Republicans, you ain’t seen nothing yet. All those tea party seniors, too, will finally wake up and smell the human waste that has become the Republican party in the last 30 years.

      (Sorry for the rant!)

    • 102 pickle48
      October 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      I so identify with you. I sincerely feel hate media has poisoned and corrupted the public good.

  40. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  41. 105 amk for obama
    October 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Here is one size fit all b’day card

    Happy B’day
    Oct TOD’ERS

    Yes, I am a lazy bum, why do you ask?

  42. October 9, 2013 at 12:12 am

  43. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    October 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

  44. 114 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Any chance she can win this?

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      October 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

      I’m not from Georgia, but she’s Sam Nunn’s daughter and I believe they are a highly regarded Democratic family. Hope she does win!

  45. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    October 9, 2013 at 1:13 am

  46. 118 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 1:42 am

  47. October 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

  48. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    October 9, 2013 at 2:19 am

    • 122 No Child Left Behind
      October 9, 2013 at 5:20 am

      Good Morning Jovie,

      I am glad to see company. I couldn’t sleep for the past two hours and have been checking the blogs. I hope the speaker does the right thing, open the government he shut down.

  49. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 5:38 am

    challenging to stay calm

  50. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Calls about the Nobel Prize winner each morning are exciting news during this period.

    Wasn’t yesterday the anniversary of when PBO’s name was called for Nobel Peace Prize

  51. 125 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 6:38 am

  52. 126 kathryn kivett
    October 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Good Morning…..I find it hard to believe that the AARP is not screaming from the top of every roof, not on EVERY talk/news? show, ads over every channel and print……..so much for representing seniors…..no SS/medicare/ 401k’s destroyed=some hungry, homeless, sick seniors…..but oh, well…it won’t happen…we live in the USA…it couldn’t happen in USA…WE ARE EXCEPTIONAL, remember?…….

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