Jon Favreau + Twitter = Brilliance


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  1. 7 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  2. October 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    So the geniuses in the House believe that having the default issue come up again just before Thanksgiving is a winner approach? Do they have any idea how much contempt they’re creating in American hearts? And keeping the government shut down all that time is a winning idea as well in their minds. Veterans not getting treatment, disease spreading bacteria not being detected, vital services shut down in 50 states and all of this is designed to win them points, rally troops? I am getting past furious and far into rage about now. Boehner needs to be brought down and it needs to happen soon. However virulent and determined the TPs are they are the MINORITY. We have to stop this.

      • October 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Deleted based on the comments she just made … i.e., they can begin getting signatures this Saturday and that 200 Dems and 30 Rs have indicated they want an up or down vote on the clean CR.

        • 20 jacquelineoboomer
          October 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          Fingers crossed.

        • 21 57andfemale
          October 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          Wanting an up or down vote and actually crossing the aisle to sign the Democratic petition are two very different things. these ‘principled’ loons are complete cowards. But at least, even in ‘safe’ districts, people are getting pissed about the shut down. And really, there aren’t enough old white people in polyester pants to fund all of their campaigns – they need the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Local businesses are PISSED.

          And my God – there have to be representatives in PA, OH, upstate NY, IL, etc. who can’t weather this insanity.

          So here’s hoping that there are 17 brave souls who actually understand that they are there to actually, you know, govern.

          A jackass called in to Ed Schultz today saying that he didn’t understand the problem – these people were sent to Washington to kill Obamacare and that’s what they are doing. Okay – actually governing is a foreign idea to these loons?

        • October 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          I hope those aren’t ‘false’ Repubs who say yes and then won’t put their names out. Our congressman Dent is already being called out to put his money where his mouth is. He’s been all over the media saying how much he hates this shutdown and is trying to find fellow Repubs to vote with him and then his office said they weren’t sure he would sign the discharge petition. Hollow hypocrites, all of them.

    • October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      To reignite this battle the week before Thanksgiving will destroy the end of year purchasing window. They tried to keep the economy down ever since the recession started under Bush, beginning with their hair-brained scheme to hand over $700 Billion dollars to the banking industry, without any strings attached. They couldn’t stop President Obama from orchestrating the recovery and saving the auto industry. They’ve done nothing but screech, “where are the jobs”, while they downsized state workers across the country in an effort to keep the unemployment numbers bad. They haven’t lifted one finger to do anything good for the American people. Not one thing. And now? They are playing games at the end of a year where we saw the recovery really taking momentum, in order to bring this country back to its knees.

      I ask – are Americans really not seeing who these GOP really are? Seriously? Every night this week, I’ve stayed up to hear the teasers for the 11:00 news. And every night, it’s been some frivolous nonsense – as though the country isn’t perched on the precipice of disaster. Is it that the media is keeping people ignorant, or is it that people don’t actually care to get informed? I’m stumped.

    • October 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Yeah. I’m wondering how is it a good idea to kick the can down the road for 6 weeks and then go through this whole nightmare again. Doesn’t make a lick of sense. I hope the WH refuses to go along with any 6-week resolution. A clean CR, raise the debt ceiling – no strings attached. No gun to the head of the American economy, and by extension American people. And end the GOP shutdown at the same time.

  3. 26 tally
    October 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • October 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      If the Gop Business guys are now thinking Default is not such a good idea because they will lose $$big — let’s take care of everybody 300 million else — and make GOP end the Shutdown at the same time.

  4. 28 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund chief warned the U.S. on Thursday that failure to raise the debt ceiling could do deep damage to both the American and global economies.

    Christine Lagarde, speaking at a news conference, told the U.S. to put its “fiscal house” in order, referring to the deadlock over passing spending and debt limit bills. Lagarde’s comments began an annual meeting of global financial leaders by the IMF and World Bank.

    “Obviously, we know, and you know by now, that failure to raise the debt ceiling would cause not only serious damage to the U.S. economy but also to the global economy as a result of the spillover effects,” Lagarde said. “It is not helping the U.S. economy to have this uncertainty and this protracted way of dealing with fiscal issues and debt issues,” she added.

    She said the global economy is in a slow and unbalanced recovery and urged Europe to clean up its banking problems and forge ahead with a banking union.

    But the U.S. political impasse dominated the discussion at the Washington meetings. It comes at a time when the IMF and other economic experts are counting on an improving U.S. economy to help carry the fragile global economic recovery.

    These new concerns are layered on top of anxiety over an expected reduction in the central bank’s bond-buying program to stimulate the economy. The prospect of that reduction has put significant pressure on markets in developing countries even before it has actually begun.

    The mounting worries about the U.S. mark a shift for the Washington-based IMF. After years fretting about the deep economic crisis in Europe, the focus of most concern is now in the IMF’s own backyard.

    • October 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      • 30 nathkatun7
        October 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        Bob, in my humble opinion, Section 5 of the 14th Amendment creates a roadblock for the Justice Department and the Executive branch to be involved in prosecuting Congress for violating Section 4 of the 14th. Section 5 of the 14th Amendment plainly says that it’s “the Congress,” which “shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this Article” -The 14th Amendment. I just don’t see how, based on the concept of separation of powers, the Justice Department can interfere when the Amendment explicitly gives Congress the power to enforce the provisions of the14th Amendment. I suppose you may be right that the Justice Department should file a court case and let the Courts decide. The other alternative is for “We the people” to band together and file law suit charging Congress for violating the Constitution.

        • October 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          Understood nath and I don’t disagree with that interpretation of Section 5. However, when Congress abrogates its responsibility to enforce the law of the land, some mechanism must exist for the DoJ – at arms length from the Executive as it often must act – to enforce what is now an unambiguous violation of Section 4. As you know, I’ve always applied the caveat that I’m neither a scholar of the Constitution or a lawyer – just a citizen who is witnessing a major crime and striving to find a way to help stop it.

          Always appreciate the fine quality of your comments and dialogue. Thank you (and hope you had a fun birthday).

  5. October 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I and my manager have come to agreement: life would be so much easier if they issued tasers to librarians.

  6. 33 Bill R.
    October 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  7. 43 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Joe Scarborough and his wife, Susan, obtained a divorce in January, records show.

    TMZ first reported the existence of the documents on Thursday.

    Scarborough had been married to his wife since 2001. They have two children together.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      October 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Yup…their “quiet” divorce…all the while he was railing about the President for one thing or another.

    • 45 donna dem 4 obama
      October 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Hmmm so she put up with that self-righteous bully for 12 years. I sure hope she took him to the cleaners.

    • 47 Nena20409
      October 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Okay…..now i know why on Mediaite two days ago, Glenn Beck was accusing JoScar and Mika of having affairs…….Scarborough cheated on his wife with this one, Susan, I have no doubt that he is doing it again.

      Karma always delivers sweet justice……my devilish side says 😉

      • 48 Lb4Obama
        October 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        I hope no interns ended up dead…..again. I read that Mika and her hubby are separating as well. As Jodi Kantor would say, Hmmmmmmmmmm. Also, Mika and Joe approached the network suits to host MTP when David Gregory’s ratings tanked. But they are sticking with Gregory. So now Joe and Mika are in talks to take over Sunday “Weekend Today” and make it mostly a political format ala “Morning Joe”. Stay tuned,

  8. 49 Vicki
    October 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    The President has been emphatic that he will sign both a clean continuing resolution and a clean debt ceiling bill as soon as they reach his desk. Length unclear.
    As soon as the government has been reopened the President will engage in conversations on an array of topics that interest both parties.

    Any American tuned in even a little bit has probably grasped these two principles.

    The GOP with their repeated offering of this bill and that bill and votes that are ridiculous are kidding only themselves.

    • 50 theo67
      October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I’ve already seen some emoprogs hyperventilating on twitter over this. After 4.5 years, one would think they’d just calm down and let the President work – especially since he’s working in a very hostile environment with crazies all around him (and enemies in his own camp).

  9. 51 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Paying the Piper

    by BooMan


    Beyond all the sturm und drang, the basic reality is that pretty much everything the Republicans have been doing all year has been bullshit. They don’t know how to get their party unified enough to make a deal with the president on the budget. That’s why they tried to compel the president to make a deal under duress, so they could avoid actually spelling out their demands in any specific way.

    Here’s the best rule for determining what John Boehner will do in any situation: If there is a way for him to delay a moment of confrontation or political risk, he will do it. That’s why Boehner’s current plan is to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks while keeping the government shut down.

    Business is freaked out and will be furious with him if he triggers a default. So he’s raising the debt ceiling for long enough to get them off his back. And tea-partiers will be furious if he abandons their quest to defund Obamacare by shutting down the government. So he’s leaving that part in place.



    • 52 Ladyhawke
      October 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm


      (Unbelievable, see comment below from the BooMan post.)


      Re: Paying the Piper (4.00 / 2)

      Yeah, I just saw that. So not only do they want to continue holding the gun to the head of their hostage, they now also want a Do Not Resuscitate Order with the President’s signature, just in case they decide to shoot the hostage in the future.
      The more Boehner talks to his caucus the more things actually move in the wrong direction. Imagine that.

      “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”

      by MikeInOhio on Thu Oct 10th, 2013 at 12:30:00 PM EST
      [ Parent ]



    • 53 pkayden
      October 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Keep the federal government shut down for another 6 weeks???!!! Are Repubs crazy? I don’t get how voting to give federal employees retroactive pay for the shutdown as the House did last Saturday but then having them out for so long on what amounts to a forced vacation makes any sense whatsoever. Isn’t that a waste of $$$?

  10. 54 LDS
    October 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Congratulations Layla, I sure hope you are feeling better.

    Psalm 37:1
    Do not fret.

  11. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  12. 59 Jovie
    October 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  13. 61 Jovie
    October 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  14. October 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Talk about having it all.

    Brilliant, funny and so good-looking (thinking in the Jan and Dean mode, for other Boomer gals).

    And with a connection with the most important and interesting man of this era.

    Thanks for posting @JonFavs tweets, UTA!

  15. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm


    Bruce Bartlett on Where the Right Went Wrong

    February 10, 2012


    BILL MOYERS: What makes you most pessimistic right now?

    BRUCE BARTLETT: The gridlock in Congress. Or I don’t know. It’s the lack of willingness to discuss issues in a reality-based way. We just seem to live in a zone in which people no longer really seem to care about facts or analysis. And we talk in sound bites.

    And the media of course contribute to this. The decline of the major media. People don’t want to read magazines. They don’t even want to read a newspaper article if it’s more than a couple of inches. And if it doesn’t mention Lindsay Lohan, they move on.

    Clearly people don’t seem to know as much. And they don’t seem to care that they don’t know as much about public policy or just the basic facts of, you know, how much does the government tax, how much does the government spend? What does the government spend money on? I’ve seen more than one poll that shows people believe that 20 percent of government spending goes to foreign aid.

    20 percent. It’s actually one percent. But of course if you believe a huge percentage of government spending is going to just giveaways to foreigners then why not cut taxes and slash spending? It’s not coming out of anything that matters to you. People have to be given the factual information they need to make decisions. And they’re not getting it. And they may not even want it.

    BILL MOYERS: I just read a summary of a study done at the University of Michigan that over a period of time shows that people have confronted with facts they believe to be true will reject them nonetheless if they offend or undermine their belief system. That their beliefs — our beliefs are more important to us than the facts.

    BRUCE BARTLETT: Oh, I think we need some — instead of talking to economists like me, we need to be talking to psychologists and sociologists to try to get at the root of this problem.



  16. October 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  17. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    October 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    As UT would say…”for the win” 🙂 😆 🙂

  18. 75 Roberta in MN
    October 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Chris Van Holland had an interview, it is on BJ, the House changed to rules for putting a bill on the floor on September 30th just before midnight in secret so no one can put a bill on the floor unless it is Boner or Cantor. The article was very telling. That is why this has been going on for so long. I posted it on my FB page, roberta anderson mpls, mn In case anyone wants to read it or go to BJ’s site. This time it was a normal article.

  19. 77 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm


    Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties

    August 31, 2012


    BILL MOYERS: It seems that some of these people are willing to see the government go down in order to win.

    MIKE LOFGREN: That would be the case. I grew up in a party that believed in the traditions of Eisenhower, and for that matter, even Reagan. He raised taxes several times when the deficit threatened to get out of control. He pleaded with Congress to send him a clean debt limit extension bill without any extraneous riders on it. He knew what the stakes were.

    But now it’s basically obstruct. They’re no longer a parliamentary loyal opposition. They want to seize up the wheels of government. And to most people that means you don’t have federal inspectors of airliners. You don’t have federal inspection of food safety. Your national parks will be closed. Federal law enforcement will go home. That’s what that means.

    BILL MOYERS: Why did you leave the party? You’d been a Republican, what, all your life?

    MIKE LOFGREN: I left the party because it was becoming an apocalyptic cult. Because you cannot govern a country of 310 million people that is the greatest economic power on earth and the greatest military power on earth as if it’s a banana republic. You can’t govern it with people who think that Obama was born overseas or who believe in all manner of nonsense about climate change. They don’t even know, apparently, where babies come from, if we’re to believe Todd Akin.

    BILL MOYERS: What do you mean “apocalyptic cult”?

    MIKE LOFGREN: Well, I mean it literally in some cases. There’s a very strong element in evangelical or fundamentalist religion that said the apocalypse is coming. And one sort of sees it subliminally in people like Michele Bachmann when the debt ceiling crisis came to a head and people were warning that we would be downgraded. And if we actually defaulted, we would possibly have to lower our standard of living and credit from abroad could dry up. And her attitude was sort of, “Bring it on. If we’re all going to abide in the bosom of the Lord, by and by, it really doesn’t matter whether we default.”



    • 78 Ladyhawke
      October 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      BILL MOYERS: What brought you to the moment you decided to make a break, and to issue that cry from the heart if I may say so, that went out on “Truthout”? What was the trigger?

      MIKE LOFGREN: The trigger was the debt ceiling crisis of the summer of 2011. I thought it was so transparently needless, yet they did it. And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now it wasn’t just a publicity stunt that gave the United States a black eye. Just the transaction costs for having to manipulate all the money and stave off the debt ceiling cost, according to the Government Accountability Office, $1.3 billion.

    • 79 Ladyhawke
      October 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      BILL MOYERS: What’s your greatest fear?

      MIKE LOFGREN: My greatest fear is that this whole impasse simply carries on. And this country becomes more and more polarized and ungovernable. And we could be faced with a very bad situation, internationally and domestically.

      BILL MOYERS: And what is your greatest hope?

      MIKE LOFGREN: My greatest hope is that we can govern ourselves again in a spirit of bipartisanship.

      BILL MOYERS: Do you think that’s a realistic hope?

      MIKE LOFGREN: We must let our hopes be greater than our fears.

  20. 80 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm


    A New Jersey judge denied the state’s appeal to halt same-sex marriages meaning couples will be able to marry starting Oct. 21.

  21. October 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    New oil spill, 2 weeks old, just now being reported.

    GOP purposely distracts MSM toward their shiny object (debt ceiling hysteria), knowing that MSM won’t report facts worth knowing.

    Reminder from Lovely Plains of how MSM shirks their job responsibilities (see charts in both tweets):

  22. 82 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Video for Jay’s Presser from C-SPAN 10-10-13

  23. 83 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Julie Pace ‏@jpaceDC 6m


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reid on negotiating with Republicans before government opens: ‘Not going to happen”


    Retweeted by Bob Cesca

  24. 86 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Well Said by this Lovely 90 yrs old WWII Vet.

  25. 87 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm


    WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Several Republican U.S. senators on Thursday voiced support for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan for a short-term debt limit increase, but said it should also provide for an end to the 10-day government shutdown.

    “It’s fine with me, but it’s the shutdown of the government right now that’s uppermost in my constituents’ mind,” said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican.

    • 88 pkayden
      October 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      A short-term debt limit increase is not fine with me. It would mean we’re back to square one in 6 weeks.

  26. October 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm


  27. 95 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm


    So very sorry for Mayor Booker. My heart goes out to his family.

    Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker’s father, Cary Booker, died on Thursday, less than a week before the state’s special U.S. Senate election.

    Cory Booker, a Democrat, is facing off in the race against Republican former Bogota, N.J. Mayor Steve Lonegan. Booker’s campaign released a statement about his father’s death.

    “Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s father, Cary Booker, 76, who recently suffered a stroke, passed away today in Las Vegas. Today’s remaining campaign events have been canceled,” the statement said.

  28. 98 japa21
    October 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    • 99 Lovepolitics2008
      October 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      No way the President will sign this. It’s so clear the House GOP wants to weaken the President’s hand for the next round of threatening default.

      They’ve lost their minds.

  29. 100 japa21
    October 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  30. 101 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Why am I not surprised….

    Ed yelling about ” THE BIG THREE ” and guess who pops in,,,,Bernie Sanders.

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