ObamaCare: A Better America


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    • October 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Yes! You! tnmtngirl! 😆

      • October 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        Then had to step away for few minutes. Hello all! I think I saw the effects of the cut in food stamps at our food pantry this morning. We served 60 families. That is not that unusual, especially late in the month though it may be a tiny bit high. The big sign was that 12 of those were new to us. We are bracing ourselves for more people, but our church, like many others can afford to do just so much. This is so sad and so maddening. Why do they hate so much??

    • 4 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Yes way! Congrats on #1 🙂

    • 5 Dudette
      October 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Yeh Baby! You do WOMAN! 🙂

  1. October 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    GE TOD. Another great round-up, UT!

  2. October 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election to be the most important one since the Greeks developed the idea of democracy 2,500 or so years ago. It does, however, make the case that this election is a pretty important one in terms of determining the Senate’s partisan balance of power for the better part of the next decade.

    Any discussion of Senate elections has to start with the observation that what happened six years earlier—the issues, dynamics, circumstances, and outcome of that election—effectively set the table for this upcoming midterm. In the House, with two-year terms, the playing field is determined in the previous election. In the Senate, with six-year terms, it is what happened six years earlier that sets the field. If one party had a great election and picked up an unusually large number of seats one year, that party is likely to be overexposed six years later. It not only will often have significantly more seats up and at risk, but often will have some freshmen within the ranks who were first elected with a strong partisan tailwind, some of whom might not have won under normal circumstances

  3. October 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?
    Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition


    NOT-S0-GREAT EMANCIPATOR: “Lincoln Proclamation Stirs Controversy,” by Jethraux VandeHei: “Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation was bound to rile opponents who already viewed the president as high-handed and arbitrary… Senior White House officials assert that Lincoln has the authority to free slaves under the Constitution’s war-making provision. But Congressional Democrats have vowed to hold hearings, which could put border-state Republicans in an awkward position…. Lincoln is risking his presidency and his reputation on the uncertain notion that future generations will eventually appreciate the end of slavery.”

    WEST-WING MINDMELD: This shows a direct, decisive president, something that will improve Lincoln’s ability to get his agenda through Congress

    FORMER GEN.-IN-CHIEF GEORGE MCCLELLAN, on MORNING JEHOSEPHAT: “Lincoln has flip-flopped once again on emancipation…. Washington politicians are doing an end run around the Constitution… I think we need less polarization and divisiveness during a civil war. A leader needs to stand up to extremists and reach out across the aisle. Lincoln has not led.” 1864 TEA LEAVES: “I am not ruling anything out, but I’m not ruling anything in.” …….

  4. 9 vcprezofan2
    October 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I’m coming – wait up!

  5. October 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats on 1st tnmtngirl!!

    Fine tweet selection, UT 🙂

    All #AGIPROP, ALL the time ….

    We must be ‘the media’ for our fellow citizens and for the sake of preserving and expanding the promise of America.

    Yes WE Can

  6. October 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thank yoooooooooooooou UT!!!!

  7. 20 anniebella
    October 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    You think POTUS is watching the Heats-Bulls game? Derrick Rose is back for the Bulls and I think they can give the Heats some tough competition for the East.

  8. 21 susanne
    October 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    hawaii legislature is in special session to legalize same-sex marriage. our gop is pretty small in numbers, but they know the playbook.

    ‘ HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

    A power play to remove the sole House Republican who plans to vote for same-sex marriage stirred up controversy and political tension at the Capitol today.

    In the showdown, more socially conservative Republicans attempted to oust more moderate Republicans. ‘


    • October 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Saw this in my twitter feed (substitute HI for HA, but of course there’s only one state that begins with “H”).

      So it’ll be a happy Thanksgiving for SSM advocates.

      There’s also this from Montana. Pretty striking numbers for the state adjacent to “Brokeback Mountain” and Matthew Shepard (from yesterday).

  9. October 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Hypocrites…….. just run out there and report what GG feeds these foreign papers as fact. Pathetic

    Rather, the document appears to be a slide that was assembled based on NSA data received from French intelligence, a U.S. official said.

    Based on an analysis of the document, the U.S. concluded that the phone records the French had collected were actually from outside of France, and then were shared with the U.S. The data don’t show that the French spied on their own people inside France. U.S. intelligence officials haven’t seen the documents cited by El Mundo, but the data appear to come from similar information the NSA obtained from Spanish intelligence agencies documenting their collection efforts abroad, officials said. The U.S. hasn’t made public the role of European spy agencies in the collection efforts because of the diplomatic sensitivities of outing partner services, which the NSA relies on for a considerable amount of intelligence.

    Public disclosure of European complicity in the collection efforts would likely spark domestic outrage in those countries against their own governments, and could threaten cooperation with the U.S. U.S. officials said the European collection programs were part of long-standing intelligence sharing arrangements between the U.S. and its closest allies.

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      LOVE Marc Ambinder’s tweet. He has a way of cutting through the bull.

      Thankfully, some honest journalists (not GOP water carriers like upChuck Todd, Jake “the Snake” Tapper, Jonathan Karl, etc.) are beginning to question GG’s intent and “investigative” journalist skills.

      A little…

      Much better…

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Arapaho, I hope Max Fisher and Ken Dilanian are sending these tweets with tongue in cheek. Of course, GG and Snowden have “other” agendas–they are both working with Russia to undermine US credibility at home and abroad and disrupt relations between the US and its closest allies. Snowden was used by Putin–he hacked and stole documents. He may not fully understand them, but he knew that he was providing valuable intel to US enemies. GG is the agent provocateur, carrying out his mission of disruption out of an insane hatred of the president and the US. He would work with the devil himself (probably has) if he could substantially damage the US. Hopefully more people will wake up to the danger these people represent.

  10. October 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    “Journalists have a natural inclination to cover bad news over good and to be skeptical of the government, which is usually healthy. But if you aren’t careful it can also lead to misleading reporting. If you’re going to do a story presenting one person as a victim of the law, it might be a good idea to make sure they are what you say they are.”

  11. October 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    “The first monthly report from the chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons confirms that the Assad regime is thus far proving cooperative, meeting the strict timetable the international community laid out in September. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) catapulted to the public view in the past weeks, as the world scrambled for a diplomatic response to the massive chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus in August. When the United States and Russia came to an accord that would forgo an American bombing campaign in favor of the systematic disarmament of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s stockpile of chemical arms, it was determined that the OPCW would be the main vehicle for accomplishing that goal. Just weeks later, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts over the years to rid the world of chemical arms.”

  12. 28 vcprezofan2
    October 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    A question I have been meaning to ask, but keep getting sidetracked – does anyone else find posts with front page tweets slower to upload and refresh? Do I need a new laptop, or what?

    • 29 Dudette
      October 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Any excuse will do. Just buy it. 🙂

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        October 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        I see you weren’t around a few days ago when I remarked that the money tree(s) were more than a bit undernourished this year. The maturing of fruit and harvesting, not to mention the yield left a lot to be desired. I think the whole might have been damaged by the wild life in the area. 😛

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Not just you, vc……and, for me, it’s not only tweets……it’s always. Seems to take a long time for every thing to load and I have a fairly new laptop (less than 3 months).

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        October 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        Sorry you are having problems too, TNMG, but glad to hear it’s not the age of the laptop, as mine is 3 yrs old. Will toddle along with it, twiddling my thumbs when it slows down. It does eventually get there, after all, and that is what really matters.

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        TOD is one of the more sluggish sites for me (ancient Windows operating system on ancient laptops), but it’s worth it! Some sites are really annoying (like HuffPo and TPM, so I avoid them as much as possible).

        Google Chrome browser helps the performance, but it often crashes (shockwave — so I can’t see the videos).

        But for me, the posts with lots of videos take the longest to load and/or cause Google Chrome to crash.

        • October 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

          Hiya Arapaho415, can’t remember where I saw the stats, but TOD appeared to be one of the very slowest blogs in the entire cyberspace to load 😕 Yep, it’s all the pics and videos, my heart goes out to any one with a slow-ish internet connection.

          • October 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

            Thanks for this info from both of you. I thought it was just me. I must learn more patience. NOT my forte!

          • October 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

            Chips, I use a desktop and have never had a problem. Even if I did, it would be well worth the wait. There’s really no other site that provides even a fraction of the information and most are also poisoned by venomous trolls.

          • 39 Dudette
            October 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

            It’s kinda slow on my iphone too, but what bothers me more is the typing on the ttiny keyboard. Ugh! I will never get used to that. So I prefer using my laptop when I come to TOD anyway.

  13. 40 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Sunday morning time change for some of us!

  14. 50 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  15. 51 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  16. October 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    • 53 Dudette
      October 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Cold water: Gotta get ’em TO the polls and with the REQUIRED ID on ELECTION DAY. Low turnout could make this graphic just some nice wallpaper.

  17. 54 desertflower
    October 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hello:) Important to nothing, but I just made a vat of pezole. It’s my idea of comfort food…OMG. It’s delish!! Carry On!

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      😯 You just casually slip in that comment in a casually casual kind of way, with no thought for the drooling you leave behind?!

      • 56 desertflower
        October 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        So sorry! 🙂 May I offer you a napkin?

        • 57 desertflower
          October 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

          You want my recipe? 🙂

        • October 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm


          • 59 desertflower
            October 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

            🙂 That was so mean…I’m gonna share:)

            I just throw everything in a big pot…saute large onion and lots of garlic..whatever your tastes are…I love garlic, so I put lots more than the 3 cloves it calls for

            shredded chicken (about 3 breasts worth)
            large can (28 oz) of hominy…drained
            3- 28oz cans of green enchilada sauce…I use Hatch or Las Palmas

            I get a small can of jalapenos and use whatever tastes right to you
            Small to medium can of diced green chilis….I put the entire can in, no matter what size I have on hand

            2 tsp ground cumin
            2 tsp basil
            1 tsp oregano
            1 cup chicken broth

            Heat it up for a little bit….I like to have cornbread with it….OMG. Sheer bliss:) I put some shredded cheddar on top…sour cream dollop is good too…… Are we good now?? 🙂

  18. 66 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Love these ladies! 🙂

    Ted Cruz could start an argument in an empty house

    “Margaret is it just me or have the Republicans all gone bat shit crazy? First they are screaming bloody murder about Obamacare and then they complain because people are having trouble signing up for Obamacare. Do they want the thing more alive so they can enjoy killing it? Or are they just upset because Obama is still black? I suggest it’s the latter but I sure as hell know this – these days if a Republican politician’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

    They close the government and then complain when government-funded national parks are closed. They whine about activist judges but then run to the Supreme Court when elections don’t go their way. They scream for freedom and then make it harder for people to vote. They complain about the liberal media but then spend all their time getting interviewed by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. They take issue with Obama being born in Hawaii with a Kenyan for a father, but have absolutely no problems with Ted Cruz being born in Canada with a Cuban for a father. Now on that last one, I half agree. In truth, I have no issue with either birth certificate. But I never did fancy hypocrisy much. These days, the Republican platform is so crooked it could get lost behind a cork screw… [more in the article’

  19. 70 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Mario (the father of Chris and Andrew?) said this?

      It sounds like an insult.

      Barack Obama has been honest throughout his life and his career, yet of course, the MSM give him absolutely no credit for his honesty. If you didn’t know better, you’d think our President is one of the more unscrupulous politicians around. And yet they LOVE the Clintons, who should take a patent out on lying.

      PBO said last year that he will never campaign again, so how is GOP obstruction affecting our President’s poetry.

      Here’s something the MSM should be focusing on, since Congress will only “work” a few more days this year.

      • 72 hopefruit2
        October 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Mario did not insult PBO – Lawrence did.

        • October 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm


          Glad to hear that the elder statesman Mario didn’t insult PBO.

          Though I’m wary of his sons. Andrew seems too PUMA-like for my tastes, and Chris’ tweets a week or so ago were nothing short of entitled libertarian I’ve-got-mine-jack nonsense.

          • 74 hopefruit2
            October 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm

            Yes unfortunately, his sons have been infected with the corporate greed syndrome that is typical among this current generation of politicians and media figures.

            Sad commentary!

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    • October 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      HF, this is a great response from aspirational. I especially love, “yet he prevails.” And , on the other hand, the media reveals itself for the corrupt and incompetent business they’ve become.

  20. October 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Attn history and engineering geeks:

    Next week marks the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles aqueduct, and the LATimes has posted a photo gallery from that time online.

    This photo was taken in Sylmar, site of Feb 1971 earthquake and not far from the Jan 1994 Northridge earthquake.

    I worked in Northridge then, and residents of the area told me two amazing things:
    1) It felt like 2 earthquakes when the freeway overpasses collapsed after the quake (we had thousands of aftershocks, very unnerving).
    2) Though the quake struck pre-dawn, residents didn’t lack for light because a gas line burst and sent a flaming wall rushing downhill on Balboa Blvd

    Our country built some amazing and amazingly beautiful infrastructure during the first 40 years of the 20th century. Nothing can beat the gorgeous Art Deco Union Stations for public spaces across the country.

  21. 78 Nena20409
    October 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Good Evening TOD 🙂

    Here’s Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at WH presser 10-29-13

  22. 79 amk for obama
    October 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Gunners!!! That’s all.

  23. 84 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hahahahaha….the perfect explanation of libertarianism.

  24. 86 amk for obama
    October 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  25. 87 amk for obama
    October 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  26. 88 Nena20409
    October 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm


    WASHINGTON — Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

  27. 90 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Hahahahahaha. Okay, then.

  28. 92 Nena20409
    October 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm



    Yes ❓

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted Tuesday that things could get ugly if Republicans block a vote this week on one of President Barack Obama’s key judicial nominees, Patricia Millett.

    The pressure to change Senate rules and strip Republicans of their power to filibuster certain judicial nominees “would be almost insurmountable” if Republicans block Millet’s confirmation vote to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Leahy said at an event advocating Millett, currently a Supreme Court appellate attorney.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has already threatened to invoke the so-called nuclear option if Republicans don’t let at least one of Obama’s D.C. Circuit nominees get a vote. Millett, who will come up for a vote as soon as Thursday, is the first of Obama’s three D.C. Circuit nominees to hit the Senate floor. Nina Pillard cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is ready for a floor vote, while Robert Wilkins is set for his committee vote on Thursday.

  29. 93 yesteryum
    October 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I see that some people are attacking Canadian healthcare again. Seriously get over this, guys. It may not be perfect but I doubt you’d be able to pry our healthcare from our cold, dead hands. Even the conservatives here are a bit leery of trying that kind of game.

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      We will if you will. All kidding aside, that’s like asking Canadians who come here not to attack our healthcare again. There’s good and bad in all systems, whenever profits are involved. I’m glad you have it and like it. I haven’t been here most of the day, so I don’t even know exactly what you are referencing as attacks and whether or not it was just comparison-shopping, so please forgive me – and I certainly don’t have a dog in that hunt – but one thing I do know. I don’t think anything said here about an inanimate entity in either country should be taken personally. We’re just sharing thoughts on individual topics, not targeting people of any other country. Perhaps this is just my opinion, however, but why not take it with a grain of salt like we do in reverse, and hope we get similar coverage here?

      • 95 yesteryum
        October 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Oh… I’m just talking about people ranting on the ‘net again now that that Suzanne Sommers thing came out in WSJ. I know most people here aren’t going to dogpile a Canadian for being a Canadian. I was just kinda venting. Guess I should have mentioned that. Didn’t want anyone to take it personally here. It was NOT directed at you all.

  30. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    October 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  31. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  32. October 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    As if we don’t have enough reasons to hate Republicans. (The tweeter is with the ThirdWay.org.)

  33. 107 desertflower
    October 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Did I miss this? http://www.vanityfair.com/online/eichenwald/2013/10/corporations-stealing-tax-dollars

    You are paying tax dollars to McDonald’s. And to Walmart. And to untold numbers of other major international corporate giants. And that money coming out of your pocket goes straight to the bottom line of those companies’ income statements.

    This is not hyperbole. It is the twisted, truly sick outcome of a system that most Americans don’t understand but that many pump their fists and wave their flags in order to preserve. My bottom line: Americans are being lied to by some of the best prevaricators in the country—corporations, G.O.P. politicians, and economically obtuse pundits—turning many of them against their fellow citizens in order to pump up profits to levels that these corporate managers could not achieve through their own skill and acumen.

  34. October 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  35. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    October 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  36. 112 yardarm756
    October 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I love this!

  37. October 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  38. 114 Nena20409
    October 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    So height challenged Rand Paul is a serial plagiarizer? Wikipedia……then reading those words off a teleprompter? Poor, poor, Rand Paul. 😆 🙄 😆

  39. 115 Nena20409
    October 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Later TODers.


  40. October 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    For those keeping track, joining the loathsome Greenwald in the Omidyar (ex-Ebay) venture are Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura.

    Emoprog circus.

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