Sine Die Open Thread

“Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

44 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MADCO says:

    It’s my soap, and my shower and I’ll was whatever I want for as long as I want and if that results in playing soapy games with myself, so be it.

  2. Libertad says:

    What’s this I hear, leaders are considering calling a special session on payday loans? Why? Why destroy more access to credit, why cripple the micro-finance services that so many have come to depend on under Obama?

    The senate trashed it’s own majority bill on redistricting, then trashed the house majorities bill? It’s clear the Democrat plan was to go to court at any cost. That’s really sad too, because their tactical approach to present radical redistricting maps has been seen as abusive to the rights of most Coloradans and a failed approach to compromise. It’s clear there was no intent by Democrats to find common ground.  

    • JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

      Any time I see you suddenly on a state legislature talking points tear, I know somebody on your side has gotten desperate. Or maybe it’s just you in your mom’s basement.

      Either way, you’re a great barometer for right wing angst. Just thought you’d like to know.

      • Libertad says:

        The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12

        You know the source…Rassmussen

    • Cordelia Chase says:

      The special session would be to pass the rules bill the the Republicans added their payback payday language into.  The rules bill has to be passed by May 15.  

  3. SSG_Dan says:

    A political battle has begun as lawmakers scramble to save a military health insurance program that the Defense Department says is too generous to doctors and retirees.



    The House Armed Services Committee is poised to do the Pentagon’s bidding.

    Committee chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., will propose Wednesday that Medicare-eligible military retirees be barred from enrolling in the U.S. Family Health Plan beginning Oct. 1, 2012. This move, requested by the Defense Department, would leave the Tricare insurance option open for active-duty families and for working-age retirees and their families, but prevent new patients from enrolling once they reach age 65. Medicare-eligible retirees already in the plan would not be forced to drop coverage.

    http://www.militarytimes.com/n

    Ok, full disclosure – that was my ‘tad-like misleading post for the month. This actually makes sense to restructure the payments to what Docs get for Medicare.

    But here’s my ‘tad red-meat statement of the month -

    Why do Republicans and Conservatives hate the Military and Veterans?

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      Boener refusing to allow the House to issue a proclamation of appreciation for the military’s spectacular bin Laden mission? Oh, that’s right: Repubs were elected to focus on serious and meaningful issues. (Like relegating women and gay people to second-class citizenship and subjugating old people and poor people to the power of their rich corporate buddies.) What the hell–might as well flip their middle fingers at our men and women in uniform too. Repub scorn just spreads and spreads.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    What’s latin for: “return to your village (idiots) and NEVER COME BACK!”?

  5. SSG_Dan says:

    Court orders major overhaul of VA’s mental health system

    A federal appeals court Tuesday lambasted the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to care for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered a major overhaul of the behemoth agency.

    Treatment delays for PTSD and other combat-related mental illnesses are so “egregious” that they violate veterans’ constitutional rights and contribute to the despair behind many of the 6,500 suicides among veterans each year, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 2-1 ruling.

    Noting that an average of 18 returning service members commit suicide each day, the court directed a district judge in San Francisco to order sweeping reform of the VA’s mental healthcare system.

    The appeals court took nearly two years to issue its decision, in part because the court attempted to force the government to negotiate with the two veterans’ groups that sued over mental health care and benefits that had been delayed or denied.

    Citing the court’s inability to order the government “to work faster,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski had urged lawyers for the VA and the veterans groups to use the court’s mediation services to work out a plan for meeting the wounded veterans’ needs. The talks deadlocked and no settlement was reached.

    http://www.latimes.com/health/

    Folks, we need to get this shit working and NOW. Over two million men and women have deployed globally on the “war on terror” but slightly more than 200K have separated from service….and that 10% of our warriors is overwhelming the system now. Imagine what happens when the rest get out.

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      so how horribly fucked up the VA must have been before. It’s a souce of shame that just seems to go on and on.

      • SSG_Dan says:

        …he appointed the Head of the DAV at the time (Jess Brown) to turn the agency around. He got a good start, but it’s like carving Mount Rushmore with an eyedropper.

        One thing this lawsuit will do is let the VA provide vouchers for SOME mental health care. The experts still work at the VA, but I work with two private mental health providers who do pro-bono therapy with PTSI vets thru GiveAnHour.org. If they got paid by the VA, they’d help out even more with the backlog.

  6. Libertad says:

    The source is via an email I received this morning…..so most of the radical leftist nutjobs that blog here probably haven’t thought about this fact. No wonder the TP folks are still pissed and Rep Ryan continues to get traction for his plan.

    BitingВ the bullet – cutting expenses. I HOPE YOU WILL PARTICIPATE AND DO YOUR PART

    The President ordered the cabinet to cut $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget.

    I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it’s time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.

    I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio, 1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2000 a month; I’m going to have to cut that number by approx.В six cents. Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about. I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries.

    (Did the president actually think no one would do the math? Please send this to everyone on your list so people understand what a load of lies this is — as if they didn’t already know)

  7. Snead says:

    So desperate for campaign support from predatory lenders they are willing to blow up a rules bill. It’s really disgusting but also a little refreshing to see the connection in plain light.

  8. sxp151 says:

    But it’s unfair to say so.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo

    House Republican freshmen admit that their so-called “MediScare” attacks on Democrats helped them win a big majority in 2010. Democrats had voted for the health care law, which included $500 billion in “cuts” to Medicare — primarily slashing overpayments to private insurers — and Republican challengers never let them forget it.

    Now, they say, it’s time to let bygones be bygones.



    On Tuesday, Kinzinger and 41 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to rein in Democratic attacks on GOP members who voted for the House budget, which includes a plan to privatize Medicare and cap spending on the program.

    • WitnessProtectionForGeeks says:

      I thought the GOP was the party of tough guys.  Maybe it is tough talk–no walk.

    • EmeraldKnight76 says:

      You know, the platform that uses “elite” synonymously with “educated” and then bashes the so called elites. These are the same assholes who used ridiculous rhetoric and flat out lies to claim Dems had voted for “death panels” during the heathcare debate.

      Now they want some sort of “gimme” on the most damaging vote they have or probably will cast? Now they want the President, the same guy they crucified in their campaigns, to keep Dems from telling the truth?

      These freshman sure do have some balls on them.

  9. TheDeminator says:

    Hey All,

    I’ve seen the other new Polly Baca Ad but does anyone have a link to his new attack ad on Hancock?

  10. americus says:

    Any bets on how many (Dem) bills will die on the calendar in the House?

  11. SSG_Dan says:

    John Boehner says Bush tax cuts created 8 million jobs over 10 years

    During an interview on NBC’s Today show, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered some job-creation statistics to cast a favorable light on the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003.

    Host Matt Lauer said to Boehner, “You talk about creating jobs. When the Bush era tax cuts were passed in 2001, unemployment in this country was 4.5 percent. Today it’s at 9 percent, just down from 10 percent. So why are the Bush era tax cuts creating jobs?”

    Boehner responded that the tax cuts “created about 8 million jobs over the first 10 years that they were in existence. We’ve lost about 5 million of those jobs during this recession.”

    Several readers suggested that we check Boehner’s statistics. So we did.

    Rather than spoil the surprise at the end, please just follow the link and test the Orange Man’s grasp of math…

    http://www.politifact.com/trut

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