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Open Thread - 10/22/2013

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Gloria p (304)
Friday November 22, 2013, 3:40 am
Birds of a feather!

Arielle S (313)
Friday November 22, 2013, 6:19 am
"I’m working harder than a hooker at a Republican family values convention." ~ you are so funny, Tom!

Every time I see Ford, I think of Limbaugh, too - very much the same in so many ways.

And YES!!!! Harry Reid, you finally did it! Whine away, Republicans.... we can't hear you....

Lona G (80)
Friday November 22, 2013, 6:45 am
Rush Limbaugh must have been addicted to more than strong painkillers to have such severe memory-loss. And he obviously hasn’t looked in the mirror for a decade or more. He’s so stupid he thinks people don’t know what he looks like because he’s on radio and not TV. It’s a good thing the double picture had name tags underneath otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to tell them apart. The man is getting rather sad, really.

Of course the five SCOTUS members who ruled against the emergency application to block the new Texan abortion bill knew full well that if the law is repealed because it’s unconstitutional, it doesn’t matter because all the clinics have closed and the and medical staff run out of the state. The four more liberal members were powerless again against the extremist religious gang of five. Sickening.

I couldn’t agree more, TomCat, Democrats have been laying low far too long. Only when prodded hard enough by the GOP were the slip out of their deep blue funk for a moment or so. If only a small majority of Democrats follow Liz Warren’s lead and moved back to the left again where they belong, and acted on their own principles instead of reacted to those of the GOP, things could change. But it is imperative they do it now. They should not let Liz Warren do all the thinking and talking and wait to fall in until she has made headway. They should do it united and do it now, or they need not bother.

After the filibuzzards got nuked, the GOP/TP apparently declared war in the House. So Reid better get those ObamaBalls hurricane proof, the storm is coming.

Karen Chestney (112)
Friday November 22, 2013, 6:46 am
......Yup.....Pot callin' the kettle black....Old Rush is starting to totally loose it. ......Roberts' Court is ...I think trying to stay out of's like saying "No Comment"........Watched Sen. Warren's interview with Rachel...Very good......Also called both my Senators and my Rep. all 3 support raising Social Security !!! ...Proud of Sen.Reid today.

Robert B (60)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:23 am
Now we have to break the grip of the TeaBaggingBrownshirts. They WILL hold up everything from here on if they are allowed to run free.

JL A (281)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:57 am
With 93 court vacancies to fill, and the end to the fillibuster on nominees, there should be a cadre of qualified people serving in these courts for future SCOTUS nominees to restore balance when the time comes (can't help hoping vacancy will be because Roberts emulates Reid and enforces ethical standards).

Pat B (356)
Friday November 22, 2013, 8:55 am
Daily Kos: I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, wasn't he in trouble (?) a few years back on being addicted to pain meds? He's got a lot of room to talk. What a narcissistic man.
MSNBC: Got that right on about Ms. Warren and Ms. Maddow, excellent video.
Take good care, Tom, thanks and I'm happy about your move.!!!

Kit B (276)
Friday November 22, 2013, 10:50 am

Suddenly just requiring the Senate to do their job is the majority ganging up on those poor little guys in the minority. Oh, how quickly they forget.

"Democrats, led by Reid and Sen. Jeff Merkley, have been pushing back into debate the question of amending the Senate rules through a majority vote in order to stop the ability of the minority party to block nominees through a filibuster. This so-called “nuclear option” last was seriously considered in 2005 when Republicans controlled the Senate and President George W. Bush’s nominees were being held up by Democrats.

In that instance, the imposition of the rule-change option was put at bay by the “Gang of 14” senators, equally divided between the parties, who agreed to allow some of 10 stalled nominees through but also agreed to allow the filibuster rule to stand so long as nominees were only filibustered for “extraordinary circumstances” — an undefined phrase that has led to much debate in the eight years since."

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
----John F. Kennedy

I think we have a right to demand that the Senate do their job to, "Advise and Consent" not play games with nominations that do nothing but play for camera time. I don't care who is doing this, and I realize that both parties have played ridiculous games with nominations for various offices, this has gone too far and enough is enough.

Total number of nominations blocked for All other presidents - 86

Total number of nominations blocked against Obama - 82

Kit B (276)
Friday November 22, 2013, 10:52 am

I think that Rush would have to have "had it" before he could lose it - the man never had it. Unless one means a foul mouth and being a liar par excellence, now those he has.

Deb E (63)
Friday November 22, 2013, 11:01 am
Rush is a perfect example of the Republican Party at this point in time. Perfect example. We could be telling all of them to "practice what you preach" ... but they all feel we should "do as they say and not as they do" and ... they have no ability to see themselves for what they are because they are ALL a bunch of narcissists.

Elizabeth is not only a good person who cares about others, she's also a great politician. She is really good at answering questions with a non answer statement of the point she wants to make, but 2016 might be a little too soon for her to go for President.

Reid waited way too long and the Nukes didn't go far enough. I'd say this country has had enough filibustering of the last 2 elections, and it is time to push them all into the pavement with an asphalt roller.

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday November 22, 2013, 11:21 am
"I’m working harder than a hooker at a Republican family values convention."...ROFLMBAO Cat Daddy....and if you did work one, please remember to take SM equipment, you know....the whips, chains and razorblades.....some are so into that....oh, and, of course the prerequisite little costumes they so adore.....

Rush.....not gonna say it because I like coming here.

Love me some Liz and Rach. The Dems better get off the pot because the time to defecate is now over. They need to staple some ObamaBalls to their privy parts and get with it. Unfortunately, I don't have over 180+ pair of solid Titanium ones in my well-worn little blue bag by my chair or I'd send them all a pair.

The Fascist Fundy SCROTUMS can all bite me. Scalia and his bunch of lap dogs all need to (redacted)...well, y'all know how I feel about THEM. Nuff said.

Gene J (290)
Friday November 22, 2013, 12:23 pm
I absolutely love that woman. Well both of them but I meant Elizabeth. She was on Rachel's show so much last year, I felt like I got to know her. We NEED her in the Senate, wisdom, courage and strength like that, she can do so much good there. But I would also love to see her become our first female president in 2016. Torn between the two ideas, really. But since she won office in 2012, she could test the waters in 2016 while retaining her Senate seat. However that works out, she is exactly right on Social Security. Brilliant woman, both really. I'd vote for Rachel for anything too. :^)

Past Member (0)
Friday November 22, 2013, 12:29 pm
Thanks TC. Sending good vibes for your move.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday November 22, 2013, 1:25 pm

6:29 – It stonewalled me today.

"I’m working harder than a hooker at a Republican family values convention." First I LOL'ed, and then – I LOL'ed some more. Perfect comparison.

Limbaugh and Ford – hard to tell them apart, especially from those two pix. What are Ford's politics like?

Maybe Scalia will die before the end of 2016. Although he is so full of poison you'd think he would have died of it by now if he was going to. Almost enough to make one seriously consider that there might be people who have signed pacts with the devil..

Yes, isn't it funny that the people who are complaining the loudest about America eroding are the very people who have been eroding it?

James Maynard (84)
Friday November 22, 2013, 3:18 pm
"I’m working harder than a hooker at a Republican family values convention."

You crack me up TC!
Gonna need a plumber for that
puzzle - oof!

David C (133)
Friday November 22, 2013, 3:37 pm

Birgit W (160)
Friday November 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
Noted, thanks.
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