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  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • 2 Dudette
      October 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I remember wondering about that same thing when I was a kid.

    • 3 desertflower
      October 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Congrats, Alycee:) Now…off to bed!

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      This has been my contention for a long time now – actually when I tried to sing it to my little one and listened to the words. In fact I had a similar reaction to fairy tales once I started to pay attention to the words too. Yet they never bothered me as a child, as far as I can remember.

    • 5 dotster3
      October 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

      I figured this out after a bit when I had little ones. And in the same vein—–the bed time prayer—-Now I lay me down to sleep—–same thing—–would never make my kids go to bed with “if I should die before I wake”…..What a horrific last nighttime sentiment for little kids.

    • October 23, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Congrats on 1st Alycee!!!

      Excellent selection for ‘God’ – UT 🙂

      Will have more to tweet about this in the days/weeks/months ahead.

      It’s OUR DUTY to DELIVER

      Yes We Can

  2. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Good evening, TOD!

  3. 17 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Remember this? http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/how-democrats-saved-bushs-medicare-drug-program

    the Bush administration rollout of the Medicare drug benefit for 43 million elderly Americans was a disaster. Ohio Congressman John Boehner admitted as much to Fox News in February 2006 when he lamented that two years after its passage, “The implementation of the Medicare plan has been horrendous.” As Ezra Klein recently recounted, in his rare moment of candor the future Speaker was right:

    In 2006, the bill went into effect. It was a disaster. Computer systems didn’t communicate with one another. Seniors were confused. Some of the poorest and sickest enrollees — “dual eligibles” who qualify for aid under both Medicare and Medicaid — weren’t able to get their drugs. It was so bad that in his 2006 State of the Union address, Bush “said nothing about the new Medicare prescription drug program, an initiative Republicans once hoped to trumpet but has angered many seniors in its implementation,” reported the Washington Post.

    Much like Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, most Democratic Senators and almost all Democratic House members voted against Bush’s Medicare Rx plan because they considered it an unnecessarily expensive, unfunded giveaway to insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms. But unlike Republican obstructionists who went to the Supreme Court, attempted to repeal and defund the law, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, refused to set up their own state health care exchanges, sought to cut-off funds for Obamacare “navigators,” tried to halt spending on outreach and customer service, and even proclaimed they would refuse to answer constituent calls, Democrats at all levels helped save Bush’s signature health care achievement from its disastrous roll-out.

  4. 18 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Talking to myself over on the other thread. 🙂

  5. 24 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Whoops—–babysitter leaves semi-automatic handgun out on coffee table, went napping, 5 yr. old shoots and kills self ….Texas…..

    • 25 99ts
      October 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Strange that they will always charge third parities – And who leaves a 19 year old babysitter with 2 young children in a house with no telephone!! A gun – but no telephone??

      Sometimes I wonder if I am the one who is insane??

      • 26 Obama Grandmama
        October 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        One time I had visited my oldest son and his family to babysit my granddaughter a couple of days while they went on an anniversary trip. Before they left I said where is your phone? It was a few years ago and I did not have a cell phone. They each had a cell phone but had no landline. Luckily I thought to ask them so one of them left me their phone. Lots of assumptions are made about people having cell phones.

    • October 23, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Dotster, why in the world did this teenager have a GUN to babysit??? Has everyone in Texas become insane?

  6. 28 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Post Redux
    ———————–

    This disrespect of our President is OUTRAGEOUS!

    Clearly somebody in GOP House Leadership apparently didn’t get his ass crushed enough.
    Well, I hope POTUS pummels him into the ground and stumps hard for that creep’s Democratic opponent during next yr’s campaign, no matter how big or smalll the district is.

    • 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      October 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Frankly, I lay the blame for the way the President is disrespected at the feet of the Democratic Congressional Delegation. The first time an errant word was spoken against him, Dem House & Senate leadership should have called them out; instead, they remained silent. Silence in the face of evil equates to consent.

  7. 33 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

  8. 35 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  9. 37 amk for obama
    October 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  10. 38 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

  11. 47 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Sen. Shaheen asks for extended ACA enrollment period, adds lots of non-helpful criticism.

    • 48 Dudette
      October 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Makes sense to me. Get it fixed and extend open enrollment.

      • 49 Obama Grandmama
        October 23, 2013 at 12:04 am

        My thoughts are the longer the GOP can hold off the ACA the more likely they can turn the public’s opinion against it or water it down. Also, I want to keep the start during PBO’s time in office when I know he can protect it, not leaving it up to the next president to protect and get it started. There were four or five years of glitches in Medicare before it started running better. Why wait? More people can sign up as we go.

        • 50 Dudette
          October 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

          This might just be my ignorance here, but I’m not clear how extending the enrollment period “holds off ACA”? The law’s been enacted. Jan 1 people are covered. It’s a go! The point now is to get lots & lots of people signed up. They’re coming, but more should come. Likely some are skeptical and scared by the publicity of the glitches. That perception must be counter-balanced by an effort to show it’s being dealt with and people are being accomodated.

          Here’s how you resolve customer service problems (and this is a big one):
          1. LISTEN to the customer,
          2. Make it clear you understand what the problem FROM THE CUSTOMER’S PERSPECTIVE & and how it affects them
          3. Fix the problem quickly (and avoid pointing fingers – TO THE CUSTOMER, IT’S YOUR FAULT – period)
          4. Make the customer whole, but then GO BEYOND their expectations
          5. Make sure it never happens again (improve your processes)

    • 51 Obama Grandmama
      October 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Senator Shaheen needs to look at the Utube of one of the last press conferences that explained there was no need for extending the start since there is no penalty if there is a tech problem. The Congress needs to understand what they are dealing with.

    • 53 theo67
      October 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Three weeks into a six month enrollment period? Really? Way to pile on. The enrollment period is already longer than usual.

  12. October 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    More GOP lies………. what’s new?

  13. 57 99ts
    October 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Completely off the laugh laugh laugh topic but

    THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO CANNOT SEE. We have a climate denier as Prime Minister

    ————————————————————————————————————
    Abbott hits back at UN

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused a UN official who linked the New South Wales fires to climate change of “talking through her hat” on radio station 3AW.

    Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the NSW bushfires were proof that the world “is already paying the price of carbon”, and also criticised the government’s direct action policy.

    Mr Abbott told 3AW “fire is a part of the Australian experience”.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/live-coverage-of-the-new-south-wales-bushfires/story-fncynjr2-1226744347084
    ————————————————————————————————————–

    We used to have major fires every 10 years – NOW they are every year – most of us could do without such an experience. My cousins have fled their homes – with little more than their children and insurance policies – at least they have the latter – many do not.

    • 58 theo67
      October 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

      99 – it’s the same nonsense as though who deny climate change while seeing 100 year hurricanes occurring in the US every two years now.

      • 59 99ts
        October 23, 2013 at 4:11 am

        But this is our Prime Minister – the Political leader of the country!

        • 60 theo67
          October 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

          Yeah, that’s pretty bad. I also noticed that he sports biotech gear on his bicycle outfit, but doesn’t believe in supporting the sciences through investments. He sounds like a typical right winger. 20 years from now, he’ll be complaining why the scientific advancements happen elsewhere and blaming the opposition for the consequences of the decisions he’s making now.

  14. October 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I’m still working on forgiving Sen. Murphy for his nay vote in the SFRC on the Syria Resolution (have to remind myself that still could be Joe Leiberman) but he seems like a fun guy to work for…..

  15. October 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    This is something the GOP will never have……… what an asset as President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Councilor

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      October 23, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Are you saying the chosen anointed Cruz doesn’t speak Spanish?

      • October 23, 2013 at 12:22 am

        He speaks Canadian, a foreign language only tea partiers understand!

        BTW You have 2 new emails you have not responded to! *Scratching my head* what did I do this time?

        • 65 vcprezofan2
          October 23, 2013 at 12:26 am

          2??? O-kay, I’ll go answer before I go to bed.

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          October 23, 2013 at 12:27 am

          And BTW, what do you mean that joker speaks ‘Canadian’? Most Canadians have a bit of sense!

          • October 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

            …….another failed attempt at snark 😦 working on my routine. Lets hope Layla, doesn’t go to town on me 🙂

            • 68 vcprezofan2
              October 23, 2013 at 12:40 am

              Have to say SOMEtimes when you make a joke, I do get it. 😉 😉 It’s not always a ‘failed attempt’ as you are quick to say. My problem is that I do have a very dry sense of humour, so people don’t always know when I’m (not) serious.

              I’m really signing off now as my eyes are feeling tired. Good night. I’ll remember to check my email tomorrow.

              Once again, congrats on your excellent mark for your essay!

            • 69 Layla
              October 23, 2013 at 6:59 am

              I won’t honey!

  16. 70 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  17. 71 a4alice
    October 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Nite TOD

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

  18. 74 LDS
    October 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Good night….
    Sweet sleep.

  19. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    October 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I am not up to much fighting with O-haters at this time of the night.

    But I can see that a dude from politico & some usual suspects the left are now twitter with a new “political toy”;

    they are pushing an anti-O New York Times story about PBO’s foreign policy team as “bombshell”.

    Some here who have enough energy tonight can get a head-start in pushing back now because it will be part of the chatter starting in the morning

  20. 76 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Following a4A out the door, I’m going to say ‘Au revoir’ too. Wishing everyone (already sleeping or not) ‘Sweet Dreams!’ 😀

    ‘I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.’ ~ Mark Twain

  21. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    October 23, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Meta – If you’re still around – looks as though Chris Cuomo is treating me the same as he did @ExtremeLiberal – this was a follow-on to my earlier post about wishing for, and getting reading to applaud, any positive news on his CNN show. I could be reading him wrong (who cares if I’m not), but sure seems like immature snark to me, so I hit him back:

  22. 83 Sara
    October 23, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Does anyone know if this is true, or is there a downside to the global community?

    I don’t want to be an isolationist, but upping to 5% more ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ doesn’t seem like much.

    There’s always someone in TOD that knows the answer 🙂

    • 84 Dudette
      October 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Can’t give you stats, figures etc, but encouraging us to buy just a little more of our own products is not just patriotic, it’s good for the economy (stimulus, if you will) and when the U.S. economy is stronger, the world economy is stronger.

      Plus if Heritage Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce hate it, 9 times out of 10 (if not the whole 10), we should go the exact opposite. And of course, when new President Barack Obama touted a Buy American provision in the 2009 timulus package when he first took office, they screamed to high heaven about how it would hurt our global partners. Hm, wonder if that happened with other Presidents.

      • 85 Sara
        October 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

        Thanks much for info that Buy American was in President’s 2009 stimulus package. Works for me.

        Also, thanks for the link to bio … I should have thought of that myself. I’m leaking brain cells. But the right wing nutters lie so much that I’ve become rather jaded; so I really appreciate your reply. TOD is my go-to place for reliable info.

    • 86 Dudette
      October 23, 2013 at 1:18 am

      By the way, the guy behind this is legit. Here’s his bio:

      http://www.alexbogusky.com/

  23. October 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

    KARMA as unintended consequences 🙂

    #TrustBarack …. or get PAVED

  24. 92 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    A MUST READ. PA AG is in the “I ain’t putting up with GOP bullsh*t” mode…

  25. 96 Dudette
    October 23, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Goodnight Everyone!

  26. October 23, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Even if the following has been mentioned on this TOD thread, this is worth continuous repeating:

    In a negotiation mtg w/the president, 1 GOP House Leader told the president: 'I cannot even stand to look at you.' http://t.co/T9uZ5f3bT9— RanMan (@ranman09) October 23, 2013

    • 98 theo67
      October 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

      This country is lucky to have this President, who is willing to absorb this kind of abuse in order to get the people’s work done. Why would a worm like Cantor or Boehner even say something like this, to a man who has done nothing but work hard for the people since he was inaugurated (and before)? What have they done that they should be looked upon with any grace or praise? What horrible people. I deeply detest them.

    • 102 Luna
      October 23, 2013 at 3:56 am

      why not release the top leadership’s name? expose the racist!!!!

    • October 23, 2013 at 5:06 am

      I’m wondering if it was the October 9th meeting? Here are the RWNJ attendees:

      Along with Boehner, attendees will include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.).

      Also attending are Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

      House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will also make the trip.

      That’s quite a list of jerks. Could have been any one of them.

  27. 104 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 23, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I’m in the mood for positive news:

  28. 106 99ts
    October 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    My goodness Robert Gibbs stood up for the democrats – and INSTANTLY – the conversation was stopped. Morning Joe was so expecting “both sides do it”. Maybe Mr Gibbs has been reading TOD – or he found his soul.

  29. October 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    This sounds absolutely correct to me – it’s not healthcare.gov that is the problem. It’s trying to make many old legacy systems interact successfully.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/misunderstanding-the-problem

    • October 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Sounds plausible to me as well, Meta.

      “The problem is that throwing more capacity at the website itself, or praising or criticizing how it was built, is as useless as criticizing a server when it’s the kitchen that messed up. “….Hear that Chuck Todd?!?!?!

      Setting up a system to serve multiple states and incorporating numerous insurance agencies is a daunting task. Interfacing with systems that may be incompatible or do not have the needed capacity is a problem that requires cooperation by the owners of those systems. If someone was trying to save money by not doing or delaying the upgrades that might be required, there will continue to be problems.

      • October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

        And I have no doubt that there are likely several federal legacy systems that barely function.

        • October 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

          Just speaking from previous experience… it has always amazed me when companies/organizations spend major dollars on consultants and then don’t follow through on their recommendations, typically to cut costs. By the time the decision is finally made to do the recommended upgrades, the intended savings are more than lost considering all the patch work, work-arounds, and down time.

          I have no doubt that there were recommendations for systems upgrades that someone else decided was unnecessary so as to reduce costs.

    • 112 Ladyhawke
      October 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

      morning meta,

      thanks so much for posting this link. This has to be one of the most sensible and cogent explanations I have seen about healthcare.gov and I hope it gets a lot of attention. I am going to send this post to Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell for starters. Hopefully, it will be blasted out to the likes of Ezra Klein, and jackals like Chuck Todd, Ed Henry and Jonathan Karl. The commenter makes so many good points. I love the restaurant analogy. Brilliant. And of course, the sentence below says it all.

      ——————

      The Healthcare.gov site itself is probably one of the best Federal websites ever built, both in design and in the appraoches used to code it. It’s pretty, usable, relatively fast, and overall really quite good. So then what’s the problem?

      —————————

    • 113 amk for obama
      October 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

      “It probably would have been better to either use an invite-based system (like so many startups use) to meter usage initially, or to have the user submit a request and get an email when it’s done processing a couple of hours later. While it’s unlikely that capacity is the only issue, using measures like these to better manage capacity might have helped.”

      Yup. Collect the customer details, let the profressionals in each state work at the back end and then give the options to the customer by email.

  30. 114 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

    .Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes

    I found this part very interesting…..

    Like other insurers, the Blue Shield letters let customers know they have to make a decision by Dec. 31 or they will automatically be enrolled in a recommended plan.

    So they really are NOT losing insurance…they will just get a different plan……

    It reminds me of what goes on at a workplace when the boss decides to go with a new plan or carrier for their employees .

    http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/October/21/cancellation-notices-health-insurance.aspx

    Good Morning….

    • October 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

      But the consumer does not have to accept the replacement policy being offered by their insurance company; correct? They can shop around on the exchange and potentially find a plan that meets their needs and is more affordable than the one being offered; right?

  31. 117 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “Ted Cruz belongs in a tent traveling the South on the Evangelical Circuit….

    He will most likely end up like Jim Baker”

  32. 118 Jovie
    October 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

  33. 119 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Blog tyrants all sleeping in?

  34. 120 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The woman that was at the event the other day on Obamacare that was the first person to enroll ( I think it was Rhode Island ) was a another show later telling her story…

    She said that when she finally talked to someone they told her to clear her cookies and cache. She said he never heard of doing that and after being talked through it by the helper….she was able to complete her enrollment. ( I am paraphrasing )

    I wonder how many people never clean up their computers.

  35. 121 amk for obama
    October 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Thttps://twitter.com/amk4obama/status/392998160936599552

  36. 122 amk for obama
    October 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Drats

  37. 124 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I just saw this comment over on HP…….I hope it is accurate.

    ” The PP&ACA has provisions in it for circumstances that cause delays in enrollment. Circumstances such as COMPUTER GLITCHES. No one individual will be penalized if their enrollment is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances of many examples.”

    I hope this is true….yet I also wonder why the Dems don’t already know about it……

  38. 125 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Morning!! I thought these guys were all about JOBS,JOBS,JOBS!

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/10/23/2821461/shutdown-debt-ceiling-jobs/

    The fights over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling reduced economic output by 0.25 percent in the fourth quarter of this year and cost about 120,000 private sector jobs in the first two weeks of October, according to a new report from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).
    The report notes that these figures “could understate the full economic effects of the episode to the degree it continues to have an effect past October 12th.”


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