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Sunday Open Thread || October 20, 2013

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138 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || October 20, 2013

      • I think Walker would be great for a VP candidate. He’s a quiet man which would be quite a contrast with Cruz, and Wisconsin would be a good state to turn red. Not sure if Cruz will make it to 2016 because there is so much animosity toward him from the establishment. But maybe Cruz sees himself as a Moses type figure who will lead us up to the promised land. Right now he is being a lightening rod for the conservative movement. I’d vote for him at the drop of a hat.

  1. Re the “Government Shutdown”: I am loving the stories about how the congressional gym stayed open (gotta love the roundheels), how all the signs from the NPS were professionally pre-printed, etc. What I haven’t read yet is whether the SEIU was out in pre-printed t-shirts.
    And, about the “medical teams” standing by: please tell me it’s not out of the DC police, who have not been acting honorably these days.

  2. CNN’s State of the Union. Sens McCain vs Sen Cruz vs GOP “brand”.
    ol’John thinks he’s the face of Repubs, TexasTeddy thinks he’s the face of the new Repubs, CNN panel thinks they’re out of touch, a disaster, and just bad people.

    MrsSillybus says the Obamacare rollout was more “rocky” than they would have liked….really?
    What a way to start the day. I must be nuts.

      • Sorry, I wasn’t clear. They showed a tape of MrsSillybus talking to someone, who knows who, about the rollout.

        btw, it’s less a disrespect, and more I don’t remember how to spell her name. It’s her fault; she should have changed her name before stepping out in public. Smith, or Jones, maybe.

        • I didn’t take it is disrespect…more a clever, phonetical spelling of a name. I have a very odd name, so am quite accustomed to phonetic spellings/pronunciations and take no offense.

          • But I will voice the opinion that she has exceeded her managerial capabilities. Frankly, the issue libs will face is this…they are all talk and very little to no walk….this rollout required great, professional expertise in leadership, time management, technology, etc., etc., etc. The rollout results tell the tale…the truthful tale. Perhaps the lack of even the most adequate security scared people from attempting to enroll. Perhaps those that are eligible apart from Medicaid are just too darn lazy to do anything for themselves…

          • Agree, wholeheartedly.
            IMO, what happened………….
            The bill was put together by committee that added parts of Hillarycare, Romneycare, and wishes from the insurance industry. They knew it was politically unpopular from the start, that no Repub supported it and a weird bunch of citizens were gathering to fight the whole thing.
            No1 thing in their minds was to put out something that everyone would like…adults could stay on their parents insurance policies, and existing conditions could not prevent the purchase of a health insurance policy.

            Butt, like all government projects, everyone wanted input and wanted to include this or that or exclude this or that. When it was revealed how intrusive the act was, thousands of political friends wanted waivers and got them, and worst of all, the 20 somethings that the law needed to enroll were ensconced on Dad’s policy..
            Now, the insurance pool is getting smaller and smaller, prices were sky-rocketing, insurance execs were shouting alarms, and it all required secrecy so that MrObama’s re-election wouldn’t be affected by this monster.

            They couldn’t hire qualified outside coders to set up the internet exchange, they might talk to reporters or to, gasp, the Repubs about all the problems. The coding was done in-house, in secrecy, and the result is a bad as it can get; it doesn’t work.
            The ACA is, IMO, forever tainted, and will not be a success in any form.
            What happens next, who knows.

          • Like you said earlier, SrDem, the real fun will come when they actually ship some completed apps to companies (not name ones, ones like Magellan, which had a bad rep here for its state mental health program), and they come back and say, well, how much should we charge Joe Jones–the subsidy, ah! Well, Joe says he probably is going to lose his job next year, so he may have no money…that may or may not be true–but the IRS says, well, let’s see…

            You get where I am going times how many people actually finish the app.

        • I like the name you gave her, and Mrs. Sillybus will end up under Obama’s bus while the architects of Obamacare like Rahm Emanuel’s physician brother will skate. This frequently happens to women in the Obama administration.

        • Well, there was a famous composer with her name–I wonder if she claims kin.

          You watch CNN? Well, I can trump that. I watched Secy Ew on MTP! SNAP! (When I got DirecTV many yrs ago, I never memorized number for CNN and never see it–for better or worse.)

          Come on, people–battle of the WHD masochists!

  3. Sarah Palin has an inspirational piece in Breitbart this morning. She talks about Alaska’s CBC and how the Washington D.C. GOPe is looking awfully similar to the bunch of crooks she helped send to prison. I particularly like her message to the GOP establishment that it is their choice whether the Republican party splits, because we who identify with Tea Party principles will “…never give up the fight for freedom. Never. Never. Generations of our sons and daughters sent off to war to protect our freedom have paid too high a price for us to ever give up the fight.”

    • A favorite line of poetry of mine is by the Englishman Herbert Read on the Battle of Britain during WWII: Who fights without hope, fights with grace. I’m not saying we’re without hope–I don’t think that at all. What I think the line means is that some battles must be fought even though the outcome may seem hopeless. You have no choice but to fight. That will be true for us–and as victorious–as it was for that outnumbered band of young Spitfire pilots.

      • We are in a fight, unlike any other this country has seem since its inception. We fight not against an enemy foreign, as we have this past century, but an enemy from within our own doors.

        We stand on the eve of St. Crispen’s Day, and we must be willing to stand together in the battle. A battle for the very soul of this country.

        Henry V’s speech on the eve of St. Crispen’s Day –

          • Julie and Comrade Spook–Sparked me to look for it. Thanks.

            “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

          • Sorry, didnt mean to tease :-)
            -“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is know and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the basness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

          • lol. I think they all mean well, and start out with good intentions, butt something happens when they get to DC.
            The water, the air, money to be made?

          • Or money to be raised–they have to start thinking fundraiser on day one. It is not as easy as some people think–there are events almost every evening, yes, they have a gym, but there are also miles of halls, miles to even get to the underground subway betw buidlings, hearings to run to, then to the floor for a vote, back to committee, back-to-back appts with constituents, and yes, lobbyists, many of whom do backgrounding and fact-finding on issues despite what you might think of that system, of course, many also race over to studios to be on the noon shows, morning shows, Sunday shows, meetings with staff to decide what do actually do and how to vote, etc. And all with either two yrs or six yrs to go before a reckoning, and an expensive one. I am not defending all members, but this is a physically tough job and maybe a little mentally tough, too. It’s easy to sit here and call names and write off this jerk or that jerk.

          • Plenty of them are not–though I agree the long-standing ones rarely leave poor. Some, though, the TPers in many cases, did not move their fams to DC and even live in their offices. I always thought that was tacky.,

          • Tacky ?
            Tacky how ?
            Not moving their families to D.C. is intelligence on a large scale.
            What’s wrong with living in your office ?
            Most of these teat suckers take every advantage to fly back to their mansions, transportation funded by US, while maintaining high end apartments in D.C.

            Tacky ?
            How about sensible ?

          • People who don’t make a commitment to their job (Obama did not move to DC, remember) either think they can solve everything in a couple of yrs or don’t think they will be sent back. Some members also live in group homes with each other like in college.

          • I went to look this up since you got it started–and there are a dozen house mems with neg net worth–BUT I saw that McCaskill is worth more than $15M!!! Oooo–I am on your side now!

          • Davy Crockett was a congressman and stood in front of the congress pleading for money and troops to defend the Alamo.
            They said no.
            He told them to go to hell,…I’m going to Texas.

  4. Call your medics now–when you get your new insurance, the ambulance fee will be killah! And let me tell you, those ambulance companies want their money–they will call until you scream for mercy! Then send a collector to call. They prob also send buffed out hunks to collect in person, but I never got to that stage. Only get in an ambulance if someone puts you in unconscious!

  5. In regard to the “Washington Redskins” renaming debacle:

    Although I am not an American Indian, I believe that what our government has done to them is despicable. A prime example of what happens when the government says, “We are here to help you?”

    Personally, I find names like McCain, Graham, Grayson, Schumer, Pelosi, Ried, Peter King, et al, much more offensive than “Redskins,” but won’t insist that those names be changed. I will, however, do everything within my limited power to see that they are not re-elected.

  6. The thrill is gone.

    As the White House was gearing up to sell ObamaCare to the American people last summer, Valerie Jarrett, the president’s pointwoman on a host of issues, phoned Oprah Winfrey.

    She invited the Queen of All Media to join celebrities, including Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, to meet with President Obama and discuss how they could generate publicity for his health-care law.

    Oprah refused.


    “But Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go. It wasn’t like she had to think it over. It was an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no.”

    Instead, Oprah sent a low-level rep from one of her talent agencies, which was regarded as a insult. Obama had been counting on Oprah’s immense persuasive powers to help enroll millions in ObamaCare. But as the rollout turned into a disaster, Oprah didn’t lift a finger to help.

    The story of why Oprah has changed her tune and gone AWOL on ObamaCare goes well beyond mere gossip. It speaks volumes about the convergence of celebrity and politics under Obama and about a president who thinks nothing of using and then discarding his most loyal supporters.


  7. Since this is an open thread, I just want everyone to read the story of ten black youths beating up a white couple in Brooklyn while hurling racial epithets at them. I hope you read it because
    the story will not have legs in the MSM and this may be your only chance.

      • As long as the _resident continues to stigmatize and attack white people, this will continue and worsen. And now he’s beginning on the HIspanics, characterizing whites (and esp. Republicans) as anti-brown.
        Below is from a Canadian list of ten stupid things about Americans:
        “9) Only
        in America … could people claim that the government still
        discriminates against black Americans, when they have a black President, a black
        Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is
        black, while only 14% of the population is
        black. Forty + % (40+%) of all federal
        entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go
        to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!”

    • I’ll never forget the gang of African-American kids who made plans on their moms’ Obamaphones to ambush my son at the public park a couple of years ago. He got smart and curled into a ball when 12 of them started kicking him. He screamed he was having an asthma attack. They stopped, and rode off on their bikes. One of his two buddies stayed with him and the other ran to get me, and I called the cops.

      The cops caught one, and he refused to drop a dime on the other kids. I pressed charges against him, and once I heard about his horrific family life, orchestrated with the DA and court to get him into a psychiatric hospital for a full mental examination.

      Why did they jump him? Because, after being called “honky” and “cracker” repeatedly, my son called one of them a “bitch”.

      We never went back to the park.

        • My son had played with kids at that park for years and years. Despite the attack, he still wanted to go, but I held firm.

          I just hope that one kid got some help. His dad and mother are both in prison, and he was being raised by his grandmother who had been attacked by his paranoid-schizophrenic uncle. Really messed up family.

  8. The President is hosting an event tomorrow in the WhiteHouse, uh, celebrating or something the Obamacare rollout. They must have found someone who actually enrolled in an insurance plan.

    Politico says that the WhiteHouse called in some of their favorite techs to help fix the website. Awww, they’re waving the white flag of defeat out of the Oval Office.
    Let’s hope MrsSillybus is wearing some bubblewrap, because she’s about to be thrown under the bus.
    If independent computer techs are right, no amount of “fixing” will make it work. They claim that only starting over will help make this fiasco fly, maybe. Every state, every insurance company has to be on the same platform to make it efficient, otherwise, well, dead in the water is a good term.

    • The website can’t be fixed. It has to be totally redone. No amount of additional server space is going to make up for architectural flaws.

      Some other insurance broker was able to put up a site within a week that actually works. But then that site was designed to sign people up for insurance. The government website is designed to do much more than that. With 90+ applications running, getting people signed up to a policy was just an afterthought. The main impetus is information gathering. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that one of the apps checks names against a list of Obama donors so that favorable adjustments can be made regarding subsidy qualifications and amounts.

      • It’s a “Tech Surge” because the Resident is so cool and all. And all the best, coolest, most famous techies are going to be involved, and, and , and it’s just going to be such a, such a, such a Moment! Yes, that’s is a Moment in History when another part of Barack Obama’s legacy will be secured.

        Whatever. Even if they fix the site, they can’t fix the problem. No one wants the government between themselves and their doctor, and it is not economically sustainable.

        About that economically sustainable part, I saw/read/heard something about a taxi tax to help cover obamacare. I think it’s a union thing and a New York thing. I don’t really see the point of chasing this with particulars — New York, Unions and tax says it all.

      • Just read a review of a tell-all on Johnny Carson–apparently he was a big drunk, bad friend and worse husband. I remember one time I interviewed someone who had worked with John Walsh of MOST WANTED fame. I admire him, I said–he had suffered and had helped us after our crime–our his org did. She hesitated and said, “Well…” I have no one! This all goes back to what my dad (shrink) used to tell us, “You have no idea what anyone else is thinking.”

    • They’re getting to put Obama aside and bring out the new one. Martha Raddatz slobbering over Hillary Clinton today. I think the Democrats and Hillary herself especially want to avoid a primary season. I picture them saying how unified they are (under a Hillary coronation) and look how disorganized the Republicans are with establishment and conservatives fighting tooth and nail for the nomination. The saddest thing is anticipating how this would play out with the public. They’d probably fall for it hook, line, and sinker.

  9. Texas Republican Ted Cruz is riding high after his budget battle with the Obama administration and moderates within the Republican Party.

    His campaign reported having over $1 million on hand, including a recent $1,000 contribution from veteran political strategist Mary Matalin, who worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

  10. Just finished watching CSPAN History — Director of Nixon Library – Tour of Watergate Gallery. Excellent. Interesting to revisit grounds for impeachment and all the “protective ” legislation that resulted. Interesting National Archives used to be under GSA — which would have allowed destruction of tapes after 5 years. Now not.

    Say what you will about Nixon — for whatever reason — he spared the country and allowed an orderly transition.

    Undecided as to whether today’s progressives and media should be barred from the wing or made to go and attend the Director’s tour.

  11. Eight suicide bombers Sunday targeted police and local officials in Rawa, northwest of Baghdad, killing six people in the second major attack in the area in less than a month.


    With the latest attacks, more than 440 people have been killed so far this month, and over 5,150 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

    Thank, FCMABBHO!

  12. The National Security Agency (NSA) has a division for particularly difficult missions. Called “Tailored Access Operations” (TAO), this department devises special methods for special targets.

    That category includes surveillance of neighboring Mexico, and in May 2010, the division reported its mission accomplished. A report classified as “top secret” said: “TAO successfully exploited a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain within the Mexican Presidential network to gain first-ever access to President Felipe Calderon’s public email account.”

  13. Saul Alinsky
    Cloward and Piven
    Keyensian philosophies.
    Hillary care
    Hillary Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    Chelsea Clinton.
    That is what we are looking at if she is voted into office.
    Personally, I don’t think she will run.
    Bill Clinton is worth 110 million dollars, mostly from speaking fees.
    Between them, they probably have more connections than the server bank at Google.