A Few Truths










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  1. November 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Well, either Chips is playing around with the blog, or WP added a new feature, i.e. “Related”.

  2. 20 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    The last one is the Best. 😆 😆 😆

    So very true.

  3. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    November 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    What my Joey added to his Veterans Day schedule:

  4. November 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Not sure which event this occurred at today:

  5. November 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  6. November 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  7. 41 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm


    President Barack Obama agrees with former President Bill Clinton that people should be able to keep their existing health insurance plans, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

    “The president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options,” Carney told reporters at a press briefing, explaining that Obama is looking for ways to address cancellations in the individual market.

    • 42 57andfemale
      November 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      grrrr…… This is the stuff that drives me crazy.

      So let’s just jettison the hard-fought regulation, as little as it is? The ONLY way ACA works, since there are no controls on premiums, etc., is to keep every bit of regulation that is already in place.

      This makes me insane.

      One of the (what proved to be untrue) criticisms from the whiny left about ACA is that we’d get stuck with junk insurance. I was thrilled to find out that junk insurance was pretty much jettisoned in ACA and that, indeed, the insurance market would begin to be reformed. To make allowances because of a few lying loud mouths and a corrupt insurance industry, is frankly, madness on the part of the administration. PBO wil gain nothing, ACA will give up a lot. And junk insurance will be an ‘affordable’ option.

      I’m pissed.

      • 43 utaustinliberal
        November 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        That’s not what Carney said. The TPm article is misleading.

      • 44 ERICFIVE
        November 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        I would advise waiting to see what PBO and his administration decide on, before getting yourself upset. One possible solution would be have insurance companies eat the expense of grandfathering in the cancelled policies with ACA mandated protections.

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      November 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      The TPM article is misleading. This is what Carney said.

      • 46 ERICFIVE
        November 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        Thanks UT for posting this clarification. Still don’t understand how many times the MSM (especially TPM) has to lie and misrepresent PBO before we start taking what they say with a huge grain of salt.

  8. 49 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm


    When Tapper pointed out that Christie’s appearance has also been scrutinized, Palin responded “That’s because it’s been extreme. So it’s hard for some people not to comment on it.”

  9. 50 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm


    An autopsy report on a 19-year-old woman, who was shot and killed on a front porch in Detroit, determined that she was shot in the face, and a medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday.
    Renisha McBride was shot on Nov. 2 with “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to a report released by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

  10. November 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    According to Dave Weigel, a handful of conservatives in Virginia are struggling to reconcile a state painted red with a narrow McAuliffe victory. Obviously, the explanation is that the handful of “blue” counties have many, many more people than the “red” counties. In fairness to those Virginia conservatives, this is a common issue. A couple of months ago, a map of AIDS in the United States went viral with the accompanying statistic that 92 percent of AIDS cases occur in 25 percent of counties.

    But what percent of the population lives in those same 25 percent of counties? I actually don’t know, but I know that 84 percent of Americans live in the largest 25 percent of counties. I also know that 50 percent of the population lives in 5 percent of counties. So the statistic was mainly, although not exclusively, telling us that most people live in a handful of counties. There might be something interesting about where people with AIDS live (like, they’re probably more likely to live in urban counties) but that was left for me to deduce from my unreasonable level of knowledge of America’s counties.

    Fortunately, there’s a solution: the cartogram, where the area of spaces on a map is determined by a variable other than geographic area. In this case, it’s population: Make the most populous counties proportionately larger than the least populous counties.

  11. 55 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    The TPM article is misleading, folks. Stop tearing your hair out and wait for Pres. Obama. You already know the media doesn’t get everything 100% right. If you want to read about the GOP plan from Rep. Upton, I included it in this morning’s Rise and Shine.


  12. 56 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm


    Fred Hiatt told TheWrap that Cohen wasn’t being racist when he wrote, “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.” But Hiatt said that he should have edited that particular sentence “more carefully.”

    “Anyone reading Richard’s entire column will see he is just saying that some Americans still have a hard time dealing with interracial marriage,” Hiatt said. “I erred in not editing that one sentence more carefully to make sure it could not be misinterpreted.”

    They try so hard to deceive. Failed, WashPo.

    • 57 ERICFIVE
      November 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Very strange to hear a Jew talking like a Nazi. I wonder if Cohen is as sympathetic to Americans who hate Jews and would not want their son or daughter to marry or “mix races” with a Jew. There are a lot of Americans who fit this description, but are afraid to say so publicly because, unlike racism against African-Americans, people/columnists who are racist against Jews are afraid to let that hatred flow publicly due to the consequences (i.e., they will be forced to apologize and will be fired for even the slightest appearance of anti-Semitism).

  13. 58 57andfemale
    November 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  14. 59 57andfemale
    November 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • 60 COS
      November 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      So Bill is at it again.

      • 61 Vicki
        November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

        He is at it again and the press is so grateful.
        They have something to discuss.
        Apparently the MSM doesn’t care to comment on a Congress that isn’t meeting to resolve the budget/sequester issues.
        Let alone vote on immigration.
        A 9% approval rating is not nearly as compelling a topic as an aging out-of-touch politicians latest drivel.

        If there was an actual Press or responsible Media in this country there would be an entirely different menu of items getting our attention.

      • 64 nathkatun7
        November 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        I am really sick of Bill Clinton! Just imagine how his administration would have felt if Jimmy Carter was always available to offer editorial critiques about his policies. Say what you will about George W. Bush, at least he has not been eager to criticize the sitting President.

  15. November 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    LP: follow me so that I can DM you.

  16. 68 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  17. 70 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    For those who missed POTUS.

  18. 71 donna dem 4 obama
    November 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers regarding my daughter-in-law. She was given IV’s for the dehydration and that has apparently slowed down the contractions. She is on bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy. Let’s just hope she can keep those precious bundles of joy in the oven for another few weeks.

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      November 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for the update Donna. Glad she’s okay.

    • November 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      She will be good if she can stay off her feet. I had to do that with one of my sons. He was impatient and still came a little early but was a good size 6 lbs. 8 oz.. He is now one big boy, over 6 ft. and 200 lbs.

    • November 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Good news.

      Bed rest for multiple births is not uncommon. A friend of mine’s step-mother had triples (2 identical, 1 fraternal healthy gorgeous girls) — a tiny thing, she was as big as a house, and was confined to bed for most of her pregnancy.

    • 75 carolyn
      November 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Bless you and your family Donna. Even a few weeks will make a big difference. So glad you got her to the hospital for proper diagnosis and care. We will all be remembering you and looking forward to the healthy birth of the little twins.

    • 76 GGail
      November 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Yes indeed Donna. Thanks for giving us an update. When prayers go up…blessings come down

    • 77 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      This is really positive news – thanks dona for the update!

    • 78 57andfemale
      November 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for the update. She is in my constant thoughts and prayers.

    • 79 Nena20409
      November 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Good news indeed. I wish your daughter in-law well.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      November 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      We’re all hoping for that. Won’t be long, though, before they’re born and ready to see their grandma on their first Christmas. I don’t know if you remember ancient times when Sophia Loren was trying so hard to have children. She finally got pregnant with her oldest son and was told she had to have complete bed rest for SIX MONTHS. She wanted that baby so much she did exactly what the doctor told her and did it TWICE when her second son came along. They are very big strapping men these days and she is a very happy grandma.

    • 81 99ts
      November 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      I missed the start of your story donna – all best thoughts for your d-i-l and the babes.

  19. 82 57andfemale
    November 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  20. 83 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    These recent rash of supposedly low approval numbers for President Obama are very suspicious in my mind. First of all, I think these pollsters are trying to dampen enthusiasm (on the DEM side) for our President, keep people unmotivated and unhappy, leading to a low DEM turnout in 2014. No one pays attention to congress’ low approval numbers, and the media certainly doesn’t harp on those figures. They will however, raise a big stink about PBO’s “falling approvals” and use that as leverage to help the GOP fight PBO’s legislative goals and keep the public thinking that he is unpopular because his policies are unpopular.

    Secondly, the low-balling of PBO’s numbers will come in handy for the dishonest media, pollsters and racist historians, when it comes time for them to compare him and his legacy with that of recent previous presidents. They will try to make the claim that his numbers were no higher than that of GWB, knowing fully well that GWB’s numbers were artificially inflated, while the opposite is true for PBO.

    I urge everyone to not buy into these polls, but confront the media HEAD ON with their bullshit, and make them (and others) be aware that we know exactly what they’re trying to do here, and we AIN’T falling for that CRAP!

    • 84 anniebella
      November 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Gallup had Mitt Romney as next President, if I’m not mistaken.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        November 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        Correct, but this time they are careful to bring down Congress’ numbers so that folks won’t be clued in as to what they’re trying to do…

        Furthermore, by presenting low numbers for “congress” they also protect the GOP who are responsible for the bulk of gridlock in the House and Senate. They are protecting John Boehner who instead of being singled out and confronted, gets to block bill after bill (Immigration Reform, Infrastructure/Jobs bill, ENDA, Veterans bill) with zero consequences in the media or elsewhere.

        When was the last time you read an article or saw a disapproving tweet from Ezra Klein about John Boehner?

      • 86 anniebella
        November 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        So excuse me for what I’m abut to say, but to HELL with all these polls.

        • 87 anniebella
          November 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

          I am glad Barack Obama is my President.

        • 88 hopefruit2
          November 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

          I agree with you anniebella – that’s what EVERYONE who reads them should be saying: “To HELL with these polls.”

          But unfortunately, that’s not usually what happens, so we need to let others be aware of what’s going on, and teach them how to say “To HELL with all these polls.”

          • 89 ERICFIVE
            November 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

            Totally agree HF2. The gov’t shutdown must have REALLY hurt the GOP, because the MSM has been going into overdrive spewing anti-PBO and anti-ACA propaganda. Judging from the numerous easily disproven ACA “horror stories” and CBS’s Benghazi hit job, the MSM is dispensing with all pretense of being impartial in their coverage. Though I dislike the bullshit, I take solace in the fact that the MSM/GOP is not behaving like an entity that thinks it is “winning”.

            • 90 jackiegrumbacher
              November 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

              Eric, that’s it in a nutshell. This is all about covering up the dismal failure of the GOP and making sure that the president, and not Republicans, gets the biggest share of negative attention.

  21. 91 lamh36
    November 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Afternoon TOD

  22. November 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Alright. I’m back in da saddle again. I’m over the politics of it all. I plan to spend the rest of the year saving money and planning out some big things for me.

    Plan one is to buy a new car. I’m planning on trading in my 2005 Hyundai Tuscon. So advice time. I got it in 2006. It’s got 95,000 miles on it. I plan to get it cleaned inside and out. I know for sure it needs at least new brakes, new tires and at least some “system flushing”.

    But still, I think it’s in relatively good condition. I’ve decided that I’m gonna try to narrow my choices down to 3, one of which will be a “luxury” vehicle (with my credit history though, I’m not really expecting to be approved for it…lol)

    My wish list: mid-size, V6, sedan, “media console”, automatic…etc and other stuff.

    Any suggestions?

  23. 94 JER
    November 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  24. 111 yardarm756
    November 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Ed Schultz is really getting after it and the MSM this evening.

  25. 112 Vicki
    November 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Anybody watching Ed? He is on fire with Positive Obamacare updates!!! Correct on the facts and the numbers as far as I can tell. Go Ed Go!!!

  26. 116 57andfemale
    November 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    • 117 dotster3
      November 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      When I read she was married to a defense contractor, I guessed she might have come into that Benghasi story with an agenda, as many suspect. But it’s even worse than that. She should be banished from our airwaves.

      • 118 Vicki
        November 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Along with the publisher of the recalled Benghazi Liar book Mary Matalin.
        So cool that these disgusting people are having their masks pulled off.

    • 119 anniebella
      November 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      So little Miss Lara had an agenda she was trying to push, she didn’t care about the truth, she wanted that right wing lies and B.S. about Benghazi out there. She’s a right wing liar.

  27. 120 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  28. 125 dotster3
    November 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    re. some of the ACA discussion here, I read this yesterday in the DesMoines Register and was confused. Welland Blue Cross has informed their individual policy holders that they can keep their present policies for another year, extending current policies to 12/14. Informed their policy holders that they will not have to switch plans to meet ACA requirements. How is this possible? Can they just ignore the new requirements?

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