The Watering Hole, Thursday October 3, 2013; “None Dare Call It Treason”

Sir John Harington (4 August 1561 – 20 November 1612) of Kelston, England, is best known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He was also a writer of some note, and is still remembered for his political epigram which reads, “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” 

Those who wrote the United States Constitution, however, ‘dared’ to talk a bit about Treason; in fact, the Constitution mentions the word seven times. The first six appear as follows:

Article I., Section. 6., Clause 1:

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

Article II., Section. 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article. III., Section. 3., Clause 1:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Article. III., Section. 3., Clause 2:

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason . . .

Article. IV., Section. 2., Clause 2:

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

So. On October 1, 2013, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government unless the American (Health) Care Act (aka Obamacare) was defunded and its implementation postponed for (at least) a year. Neither the Senate nor the White House have ever been even remotely interested in going along with the Tea Party’s self-imposed ‘crisis’ and therefore, in the absence of any continuing funding resolution, the government has been shut down. Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees have been furloughed without pay; national parks are closed; estimates are that on the front end, the dollar cost is approximately $300 million PER DAY! But hey, if that’s what it takes to disallow ordinary people the privilege of reasonably-price health care, so be it! Yee Haw!

The next serious issue that’s currently on the docket about two weeks forward from this day  will likely be the congressional (House) GOP’s refusal to raise the nation’s debt limit unless included in the legislation are concessions designed to rid the country once and for all of “Socialism” (read: Obamacare) in order that the demands of their corporate and billionaire masters/owners be satisfied. To not raise the debt limit will, of course, prevent the United States from satisfying any/all of its existing financial obligations. Economic collapse is the predictable next step in the process and if/when it should occur, the nation’s enemies around the globe shall surely cheer. Perhaps even the spirit of Osama bin Laden will . . . ummm . . . rise again? And rejoice because his Mission — the destruction of the United States — has finally come to pass?

The far right wing of today’s Republican Party, in consort with its somewhat more moderate/centrist faction(s), remains outside the fringe of what should, in normal times, be considered political civility. Suppose today’s anti-Obama insanity continues; suppose the next step really IS to deny any debt limit increase (to accommodate spending already AUTHORIZED by Congress), and that the worst case scenario commences. Suppose the United States is forced to default on its financial obligations; suppose the result is the easily projected economic collapse of the nation’s . . . and most likely also the world’s . . . collective economy. What then?

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

Simply stated, today’s American far right wing proto-fascist movement, aka the Tea Party branch of the GOP, the Republican Party, appears to be perfectly willing to do whatever they feel is necessary to destroy the Presidency of Barack Obama. He’s not “white” after all, and therefore . . .  whatever it takes? Including actions that could well destroy the United States of America?

Was Sir John Harington right when he noted that no one will “dare call it treason”?

In most quarters, I suspect that yes, the darkness implicit in elected members of Congress actually ‘giving Aid and Comfort’ to the nation’s enemies will indeed be overlooked; and  none [will] dare call it treason.”

None . . . no one in the public eye . . . will dare speak the truth. But I will. Speak. The. Truth! And call it what it is:Treason! And yes, I do understand that Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act is required. So . . . I’m in. Anyone else? 😀

Oh, and special thanks to Sir John Harington for inventing the flush toilet . . . it’ll surely come in handy as a tool to rid the world of, say, used teabags?

OPEN THREAD. FLUSH AWAY.


165 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Thursday October 3, 2013; “None Dare Call It Treason”

  1. The law of the land for over 4 years. 40 congressional votes that failed to eliminate the law. Multiple lawsuits that failed to remove the law. The (conservative) supreme court ruling the law to be constitutional. The president being re-elected by the majority of Americans years after it was signed into law.

    Yet a small group of fanatical extremists take the entire federal government hostage and DEMAND that their failures are ignored and that the law s hampered or they will not authorize the operation of the American government. That is treason, and I will witness that. It is also terrorism in my book.

    • Great comment:

      “And why should he negotiate? That would like negotiating with an arsonist who wants to burn your house down.

      Can I burn your house down?
      No.
      Just the second floor?
      No.
      Garage?
      No.
      Okay then, let’s talk about what I CAN burn down.
      No.
      You aren’t compromising. “

  2. It’s not about principle or ideology, or even the will of the people they pretend to represent, it’s about tea party egos.
    “We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

  3. I laugh and applaud:

    “Now the spirit of Catherine Idalette Johnston is officially into other chicks, meaning her gravesite is a viable target for one of her son’s “God hates fags” protests. Lucien told me, “We believe that Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay in the afterlife. Further, if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay.””

    http://www.vice.com/read/satanists-turned-the-founder-of-the-westboro-baptist-churchs-mom-gay

  4. The 986 Billion budget compromise made by Reid, Pelosi, Obama and Biden and turned down by Boner and Bitch, was……..the RYAN budget.

  5. I’d love to get one of those Giant canons that Daredevils are shot out of and fire a Cruz-missile against the dome of the Capital!….

    • My take is that if the Republican House of Representatives allows a default to occur, by failing to raise the debt limit to pay for expenses they approved, they will be in willful violation of the 10th Amendment, violation of their collective oaths of office, and should be charged and tried for those offenses.

    • Well spoken article.

      I may be wrong (happens a lot), but it is my perception that this eternal false equivalence that is pervasive in our media was started by the very fringe of the republican party benefiting from it now in the media (which dominated the party, so I guess I should just say republican party, because by designating the TEA faction of the party is also giving them a kindly flase equivalence – the fringe may be steering the ship, but the rest are still on board for the ride, and willingly so).

      It was these fringey types that were, not so many years back, whining and crying and screaming about “you have to give ‘both sides’ an equal chance” and (I heard this a lot in the last 15 years or so) “There’s two sides to every story” – though those ONLY apply when it is to their benefit. They don’t care about the ‘side’ of the gay, the poor, the climate or any other group or issue they have chosen to hate.

      The media is to blame for going along… but this has been a prominent right wing refrain (in my encounters) for some 10-15 years or so – always used to try to give their fringe ideology more relevance than it should have.

      I don’t believe that they laid this in a carefully planned way – it just happens to have become something that is very much in their favor right now, as it obfuscates the entire situation.

      “There’s two sides to every story…” Many times I have had to point out that there are way more than just two sides to almost every ‘story’, but that doesn’t mean those sides are equally relevant or valuable.

      I also have tended to ask questions of these people like: “So, you are a Christian – do you consider equally Lucifer’s side of the story? Does he get a ‘fair shake”?” or “So, you will deeply and fairly consider the ‘side of the story’ of any of the mass murderers? Or any of the people who abduct and molest children? They HAVE a ‘side’ of the story, you know…”

  6. I have one little quibble, Frugal. I think the monied interests have lost control of the monster they created and other than a vague desire to get rid of the ACA before people actually benefit from it I just don’t see them driving the madness any more. People like Rover, Boner, and even Bill0 are starting to look like the voices of reason while the completely rabid teabaggers double down on the insanity with each passing hour. It’s a very dangerous game that the slightly more sane GOoPers are playing. They are trying to appease moderates, to some extent, with their pathetic admissions that “both sides are to blame”, as opposed to “it’s all Obama’s fault”, but they know that any genuine wish to negotiate in good faith will result in the base, that was once the fringe, utterly destroying them.

  7. Right now we are getting “both sides are to blame”, but isn’t this just a variation of the “both parties are equally bad” line? While there are some who believe in that, every single time I have encountered that has been from a right wing person who is going to vote and support all things republican, but will cheerfully opine to anyone that listens that “both parties are just as corrupt”: an attempt to convince non-republicans to just not bother voting, even though they certainly plan on it.

    My experience, anyway.

    I guess my point here being that I don’t feel that the republican leadership saying “both sides are to blame” is any kind of ‘moderate’ [position — they KNOW they are to blame, and they juat want to spread teh wealth of the blame: it is a damge control/PR tactic, and nothing more.

    • My take on those who make the “both sides are to blame” and “both parties are equally bad” argument, is that taking such a position is easier than actually THINKING.

      They think they’re giving off an air of superiority by dismissing our problems in such a manner, but it actually shows they haven’t spent even a moment studying the situation.

      • I get the “both sides are to blame” stuff from republican leaning friends who aren’t crazy. They have nothing else and are smart enough to know the current republican position in indefensible. It allows them to save face, and both of us know exactly where the fault lies.

  8. The GOP House is passing bills that would undo the most visible consequences of the shutdown. Brian Beutler explains why Democrats aren’t biting:

    “[Republicans] ran a version of this play after the sequestration order went out earlier this year. They pushed for special flexibility for the FAA, so that business travelers wouldn’t be inconvenienced by flight delays and Dems gave it to them. It was an error. In so doing, they placated a powerful lobby they could have marshaled to rescind all of the cuts. Poor people had no such recourse, and sequestration continues to harm the programs they rely on to this day.

    Democrats aren’t falling for it this time. They passed a bill to secure military pay, but have so far rejected all other piecemeal shutdown fixes. Not because they’re craven or want the shutdown, and not even really because they care about the principle of equal treatment, though I suppose they do. Democrats aren’t letting Republicans make the shutdown they caused painless for themselves to endure. And that’s set off a massive fight for narrative control. Who’s really pro-shutdown, if Republicans are at least trying to open parts of it? Republicans want to enlist the press in its campaign to flip the script on Democrats, and have even had some success.”

    http://www.salon.com/2013/10/03/republicans_government_shutdown_bamboozlement_is_working/

    • It made me feel good to read that some of the crowd also defended her, and basically ran the GOpiggy off:

      “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves,” the congressman said.

      “I’m not ashamed,” replied the ranger.

      At that point, a crowd of onlookers got involved. “Ask those questions of the people who aren’t passing the budget,” shouted a voice from the crowd. “That’s who you need to ask these questions to.”

      “This woman is doing her job, just like me,” shouted another. “I’m a 30-year federal veteran — I’m out of work.”

      The man, wearing a bicycle helmet, at this point was face to face with the congressman.

      “Well, the reason you are is because Mr. Reid decided to shut down the government,” responded Neugebauer, referring to the top Senate Democrat.

      “No, it’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget,” the bicyclist responded.

      “The House did its job; it passed appropriations. The Senate hasn’t,” said another voice from the crowd.

      Neugebauer walked away at that point

    • OMG!! The nerve of that asshole, talking to her like that — after HIS actions (or inactions) closed down the government.

      She’s actually working, and not getting paid for it, and then has to listen to an ignorant weenie dress her down for what he did — while he’s NOT working, but still getting paid.

    • I just thought that i use piggy as a perjorative, but that is not fair to the piggies, and I apologize to you and your piggies. 🙂

    • Note how the cowardly asshole congressprick mosies away after he’s confronted by the federal worker with the bike helmet. Perhaps he got a whiff of tar and feathers as the crowd grumbled loudly… DO YOUR EFFING JOB, CONGRESSPRICK!

    • “The government is shut down because of Obamacare.”

      Isn’t their thinking along these lines exactly the same thinking they use to defend rapists?

      So for the analogy consider: the republicans are the rapists, the government is the victim, and Obamacare is the short skirt that prompted the rape in the first place.

      And their rationale for defending both is the same: it’s the woman’s (government’s) fault for wearing a short skirt (Obamacare).

      Cagey to the GOP: “You are not a part of the solution, you are THE problem.”

  9. h/t Rudeone for linking to this. We should all have seen it coming…. they called it the ‘Williamsburg Agenda’

    “The way to make sense of it is that Republicans have planned since January to force Obama to accede to large chunks of the Republican agenda, without Republicans having to offer any policy concessions of their own”

    “So let’s just call this what it is: it’s an attempted coup.” – Rudepundit.

  10. Can’t I go pee in a cup without somebody shooting up Washington, DC?

    Unless this drug screen shows up unexpectedly wrong, I start work Monday morning! 😀

  11. A young woman with a child in her car tried to ram a barricade at the White House and was chased by Secret Service towards the Capitol. The injured officer was in a wreck when the Capitol barriers were raised and they upended his car. The woman was shot, and while it’s unconfirmed she is likely dead.

  12. Hope this loads. A rundown:

    No joke on Capitol Hill as Cops are running with machine guns as reports of shots being fired at Capitol pic.twitter.com/vdjAKkLP4y

    — Marc Schloss (@marcschloss) October 3, 2013

    “We heard pop, pop, pop, pop – maybe four shots,” says Sen. Casey who was walking over to #Capitol with other senators

    — Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) October 3, 2013

    NBC staffer at Capitol tells MSNBC: “10 or 15 gunshots in rapid succession” saw black vehicle drive away, officers chase

    — Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 3, 2013

    I am told shooter has been arrested. House floor activity stopped for now.

    — Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2) October 3, 2013

    Scene at the Capitol, via @CNN: pic.twitter.com/84r2UcOS8O

    — Daily Intelligencer (@intelligencer) October 3, 2013

    Harry Reid confirms “one injury” to CNN

    — Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 3, 2013

    PHOTO: Capitol Hill police and medics take a person away on a stretcher at the site of a shooting on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/aHrX2VEAdy

    — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) October 3, 2013

    Breaking: Someone tried to ram gate at the White House, then fled to Capitol Hill. Shots were fired, but unclear by whom.

    — ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2013

    This appears to be the vehicle that crashed in police station at 2nd/Constitution #capitolhillshooting pic.twitter.com/RkkATjZcIj

    — Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) October 3, 2013

    Glad to hear Capitol lockdown is lifted. I would urge folks not to make assumptions; we’ll have facts on the event soon enough.

    — Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) October 3, 2013

    Good news is: #shutdown meant the street was basically empty when #HillShooting happened.

    — Berin Szoka (@BerinSzoka) October 3, 2013

    The smashed up police car: pic.twitter.com/g5qInZnJka

    — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) October 3, 2013

  13. Crusade – a bunch of heavily-armed religious fanatics, who show up unexpectedly from less-enlightended lands and proceed to slash up, rape and burn down everything they because their Invisible Sky-wizard told them to.

    Cruzade – a bunch of heavily-financed religious fanatics, who who show up unexpectedly from less-enlightended lands and proceed to blow up their own government they because their Invisible Sky-wizard told them to

  14. Obama lays blame for shutdown on Boehner

    “The only thing preventing people from going back to work and basic research starting back up and farmers and small business owners getting their loans, the only thing that is preventing all that from happening right now, today, in the next five minutes is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party,”

    Boehner answered by batting blame back toward Obama and his “my-way-or-the-highway approach.” Boehner said that if the president would negotiate to fix flaws in “Obamacare,” the shutdown could end.
    “The president’s insistence on steamrolling ahead with this flawed program is irresponsible,”

    “Take a vote,” Obama urged Boehner in his speech. “Stop this farce and end this shutdown right now.”

    It might not be so simple, however. Moderate Republicans have said they think they could provide enough votes to join with minority Democrats and push a bill through the House reopening the government with no restrictions on the health care law.

    http://news.msn.com/us/day-3-obama-lays-blame-for-shutdown-on-boehner

  15. Alex Jones Is Already Calling Shots At U.S. Capitol A False Flag Attack

    Jones comments in gobbledegook:

    JONES: Shots fired, U.S. Capitol. Oh, they’re – they’re pulling a big distraction on us. We’re going to go to break, I just cancelled our guest coming up so I can get to everybody’s calls. Frank, I appreciate ya. We’re going to get to everybody else and cover these shots when we come back.

    But, look for ’em to stage a bunch of stuff. Pieczenik, who’s really got his ear to the ground, he says the Navy Yard was a staged event, and he has sources. So, look for more of that to happen very very soon to change the subject because everything the globalists do is falling apart right now.

  16. I wrote this this morning: “Point being, an extended “slimdown” will lead to gun violence and people getting killed.”

    and now we have a woman in D.C. shot dead, apparently trying to ram the Whitehouse gates, with a child in her car.

    and a Republican immediately blamed Obama & the Democrats.

    This stuff is sickeningly predictable.

    • I love the analogy he makes to the construction workers.
      If you just stopped working in the middle of the day, and say to everyone, I just want something out of this, don’t know what that is, but I’m gonna shut this down until I get whatever that is…you’d get FIRED!
      Hopefully the nation will wake up from this nucking fightmare in November 2014 and kick these jackasses to the curb.

  17. Grab the Barf Bag Part 2:

    WASHINGTON — The politics behind the government shutdown reached a new level of absurdity on Thursday as a group of conservative House Republicans — the same ones refusing to fund the government unless Obamacare is delayed or defunded — pleaded with Democrats to pass a bill only funding services for children with cancer.

    Dressed in lab coats, members of the Republican Doctors Caucus made the case that pediatric cancer research trials at the National Institutes of Health deserve to be funded, even if the rest of the government is not.

    “There are times that the private sector cannot be reasonably expected to do the research and development needed because the issue, the syndrome, the disease, might be so rare that it is economically prohibitive,” said Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), whose son suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder.

    “I ask the president himself to stop this nonsense,” said Rokita. “Let us help people. Let us help children. Please.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/house-republicans-cancer_n_4037378.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

  18. I’d like to take a short break from my reports in Iceland to discuss tomorrow’s launch of Obamacare.

    The last wealthy nation in the First World without some kind of national health care is about to get a watered down version of what other nations just assume is the mark of a successful and developed society. And the vested interests — big medicine, insurance companies, and the politicians they employ — are screaming like mad and spending a fortune to stop it. Ads and campaigns of confusion are not directed at my state, but at poorer and less educated states where affordable health care is needed most and people are easiest to frighten and manipulate. (In my state, libraries can direct people to information to understand the new law. In many states, librarians are actually forbidden to provide this service.)

    It’s amazing to me that in our great nation, about a fifth of the citizens are unable to afford health insurance, need to go to the emergency room for routine medical needs, and are terrorized by the specter of one serious accident or sickness wiping out their family financially. And, just as amazing, half of our country thinks that’s OK and is fighting mad about the possibility of change. Even more perplexing, many of the people who think this is the best America can afford are the very people who need help the most.

    Someone recently asked me, “As a businessman and an employer, what do you think of Obamacare?” My response was that, as a businessman, I don’t think of it at all. I employ 80 people. I imagine my health-care costs might go up a bit. But this is a community issue. My response to Obamacare is as an American who wants to be proud of my country. It is an embarrassment that so many Americans are brutalized by health-care costs. Europeans and Canadians — who spend far less per person on health care, like their care, and have options for rich people to get all the private VIP service they like — marvel at how so much of America is hell-bent on maintaining our status quo.

    We’re living through a tsunami of desperate media and political action to help us avoid relatively modest progress in national health care. Think of the toll Presidents Clinton took back in the 1990s and Obama is taking today by standing up to the torrent of media and political flack. Think of the patrons and allegiances of the politicians who fight against affordable health care. Follow the money. What motivates the talking heads, the commercial news services, and the politicians who are working overtime to convince us this is a bad thing? They are captives of the industries (who advertise and donate) that will take a hit when poor and struggling Americans have access to affordable health care.

    Those opposed to Obamacare have a powerful and well-funded voice. I believe it’s the slickest marketing initiative money can buy. Those who need the Affordable Care Act don’t have these special interests speaking out in their favor. Study the issue carefully. Ask yourself what motivates the loudest voices pulling out all the stops to shape your opinion: compassion or greed?

    • Follow the money. Yes
      If we survive another few decades as a democracy, historians will look back on this dark time as the Feudal Revival of the Oligarchy. Control the legislatures, control the media, control the ignorant, get them to outnumber the informed by legislating dumbed down education.

  19. Awwww… shit! The local “librul media”, who I will not link to because I don’t want them to have more hits, are dancing to Batscat Bachmann’s tune. From a single article:

    “Rep. Bachmann told supporters that she is ‘celebrating the government shutdown that will, by Divine intervention, finally result in the repeal of Obamacare'” and that “President Obama and the Senate Democrats forced this shutdown on America'”.

    Needles to say; the author of the article did not see fit to point out that these are contradictory statements. The almost funny part is that they also included this bit from Batscat. “The Democrat lapdog media is trying to blame the Republican caucus for the shutdown that has hurt countless veterans and Americans”.

    Sigh… Not a hint of irony or hypocrisy or even self-awareness.

  20. Let’s file this one under Irony – Rich
    Tropical storm looms in Gulf; snowstorm builds in Rockies
    Key excerpt:
    “In anticipation, the White House said it would recall employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who have been placed on furlough because of the federal government shutdown.

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency on Thursday afternoon in response to the storm forecasts. Under the declaration, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is authorized to carry out any steps necessary to prepare for the storm and respond to emergencies resulting from it. ”

    BoyoBoy, having the gummint shutdown when you really need them must suck, Hey Bobby J? The administration is going to have to bail you out in spite of your Republican brethren who’d prefer your constituents to go without Federal assistance.

  21. http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/10-remarkably-stupid-right-wing-statements-about-shutdown-and-obamacare

    1. Tex. Gov. Rick Perry: Implementing Affordable Healthcare is a Criminal Act

    “If this heath care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price. And that, I suggest to you, reaches the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective.”

    The Lone-Star Gov. may need a wee bit of schooling in criminal law.

    2. Betsy McCaughey, conservative “thinker”: Obama Wants Your Sexual History

    The so-called Liberty Belle wrote in a column for the New York Post: “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?’ Be ready to answer those questions and more next time you go to the doctor.”

    Someone needs to tell her that that is what doctors do. Already. And that, yeah, sexual history is part of health care.

  22. Have you seen this jagoff:

    ‘Republican Congressman Tim Griffin (R-Ark) is in hot water after condemning leading Democrats, including Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, for “violent rhetoric” in a tweet published during the Capitol Hill lockdown on Thursday.

    Later, after deleting the tweet, he told BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray that he “tweeted out of emotion,” and conceded that “the timing [of his comment] was not helpful.”‘

    But finally, he issued this: The victims and their families are in my thoughts and prayers,” Griffin said in a text message to BuzzFeed. “The shooting today is a terrible and inexcusable tragedy and an act of terrorism. No one but the shooter is to blame.”

    Dafuq?? This is too funny. The woman was unarmed. The shooter was from the Capitol Police. And this was NOT terrorism. Also, the woman who caused all this was the only real victim. I think he understands what happened today about as well as he understands the ACA.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/tim-griffin-capitol-lockdown-tweet_n_4039052.html

    • And the stupid trolls are spreading across the internet to proclaim that “it’s Obama’s fault”. I expect that inSeannity and others will take up the cause and assert that the GOoPers initiated the shutdown to get “librul capital police off the streets where they can harm real Americans”.

  23. Perfect template for email/letter/phone call to you congresscritter…

    “We are extremely disappointed that you and your colleagues have shut down the US government for the purpose of withholding affordable health care for the poorest of your constituents. The Affordable Care Act has already been passed by the Congress and Senate, signed into law by the President and upheld by the US Supreme Court. Now 800,000 hardworking Americans are locked out of their jobs. There must be a good reason to cause this much harm to the people you represent.

    • Damnit. Take 2….

      “We are extremely disappointed that you and your colleagues have shut down the US government for the purpose of withholding affordable health care for the poorest of your constituents. The Affordable Care Act has already been passed by the Congress and Senate, signed into law by the President and upheld by the US Supreme Court. Now 800,000 hardworking Americans are locked out of their jobs. There must be a good reason to cause this much harm to the people you represent.

      Please explain to us in detail which specific aspects of the Affordable Care Act that you find harmful enough to put millions of hardworking Americans out of work.

      Is it the prohibition against refusal to provide health insurance due to pre-existing conditions?

      Is it the provision that allows children to remain on their parents’ health care insurance until age 26?

      Is it the lifting of lifetime maximum limits on healthcare?

      Is it the fact that the Affordable Care Act mandates the same coverage at the same costs for both men and women?

      Is it the fact that 14 million Americans, including many of your own constituents, will finally be able to obtain affordable health care?

      As our elected representative, I expect you to solve problems, not create them. Therefore, please explain how you would improve the Affordable Care Act.

      We need to understand your reasons. We want you to convince us that we should support your position.”

      • Thankfully; my congresscritter is a fairly progressive Democrat. So? She doesn’t receive even a small percentage of the coverage that Batscat Bachmann, who “represents” a district mere blocks from my home, gets. Betty just does her job while Batscat frantically moves from venue to venue trying to get her batscat in print.

  24. Been off working in the field today and have found such wonder things happened today. They made me sort of nostalgic. When I was a kid I had an aunt who loved to use the phrase “Can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” and though she is gone now I can’t help but wonder if she would have modernized it to “Can’t make a budget purse from a pig’s ass”.

    The other is watching the Republican’s means of dealing with the mess they created. An old gf’s daddy once commented that my late bloomer 17 year old self trying to grow a mustache was like trying to pound a wet noodle up a bobcat’s ass. Reading the stuff coming from the Right today, it just came to mind.

  25. Time for a teeny rant. It has been inspired by the House’s efforts to try and pass funding patches for just a couple of hits their crap has shown America. Like funding the WWII memorial part of the Park Service because it is in DC and has embarrassed them and pissed visitors off. Or maybe some funding for cancer research because it has been pointed out that some kids are going to suffer.

    Back when Glass-Steagal was dropped and the capitalists were finally allowed to shake off the shackles of regulation, it led to the collapse of 2008. When that happened, who stepped in and not only bailed their failed businesses out but didn’t make them make good on their losses? Whenever God decides to take a dump somewhere in America, trashing huge portions of the nation, does he turn around and offer help to fix it? Does he lack the resources? Two of the greatest sources of destruction in America seem to be unregulated capitalism and God yet neither are what one would call forthcoming with the wherewithal to repair the damage they do.

    The entity that does step up, on a daily basis, to deal with the messes people create, is the government. And over the last two centuries has done what it can to keep the messes from happening so it doesn’t get stuck with the holy shit bills. And the people who think this is evil are the ones who are most responsible for making the messes that require the clean ups. Well, accept for God but even he says he doesn’t do money.

    The end result is we don’t need huge, too big to fail, entities who refuse to pay their bills and expect the government to bail them out. Nor do we need those who think that having a government that covers your back when the fit hits the shan is a bad thing.

  26. Reading about the car chase today in DC:

    “Frank Schwing, a Washington resident who was near the area, said officers “came out with their guns drawn” and approached the suspect’s vehicle.”

    Srsly, Frank Schwing.

  27. Now that the farmers markets are over, and I’m doing an inventory of my soaps, I realize I really, really need a better organization system. 😐

  28. Hurricane Karen is throwing a wrench in the Tea’s party. I just escaped having my name be associated with death and destruction as my tropical storm is fizzing out in the Atlantic!

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