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Mike Luckovich Toon: The Washington Orangeskins

House adjourns, full focus now on Senate

The House of Representatives adjourned for the weekend on Saturday without voting on a measure to re-open the federal government or raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Attention is now focused squarely on the Senate where negotiations between leaders are on-going and several proposals are being considered.

A frustrated House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an afternoon press conference that he would not ask House Democrats to stay in town over the weekend unless votes are called. None were expected and a spokesperson in Hoyer’s office confirmed that Democratic members were leaving Washington.

The next scheduled votes in the House are set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted that the Senate “will…be in session tomorrow.”

“We aren’t going anywhere till we get this worked out,” McCaskill said.


Jeez, it's not like there are any matters of urgency to be dealt with....

Toon: Exit Strategies

Rush Limbaugh: Defeat Is Victory (and Obama Being Black Complicates It)

Why have some conservatives been so supportive of the GOP focus on defunding Obamacare even though there was never any realistic prospect of success?

Rush Limbaugh explains:

Now, I happened to glom onto the Cruz-Lee defund effort, and whether it had a chance of succeeding or not ultimately was not a reason to avoid it, to me. The defund effort, to me, happened to be attractive because it was led finally by somebody who could articulate conservatism. Ted Cruz. I said, lo and behold, we got somebody who can articulate conservatism; somebody who can explain to the American people what's wrong with Obama, Obamacare, and the Democrat Party.

I thought there's value in that. The effort to defund had valor in it. It was a great objective.

Which isn't to say he's conceding failure! Sometimes, he argues, failure is success:

If we never did things because it's said they're impossible, I shudder to think what wouldn't have ever gotten done in this country. You never know until you start. And sometimes when you have an objective and you lay it out, maybe the defund people—I don't know. Maybe there's a point where it's considered successful even if they don't reach that specific goal.

In fact, he continued, the GOP has already succeeded no matter what the evidence says



ignorance is strength!

Oregon GOP Party Chair Sells Pro-Slavery Novel, Tied To Theocratic Movement

By Bruce Wilson

On Saturday August 10, 2013, Oregon biochemist and global warming skeptic-turned Republican politician Art Robinson was elected head of the Oregon Republican Party.

Back in 2010, I wrote a story titled Oregon GOP Congressional Candidate Sells Racist Book Suggesting Africans Are Like Retarded Children. The issue was subsequently raised by a moderator in a debate between U.S. Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) and Republican Arthur Robinson, who was running for DeFazio's congressional seat in the 2010 election.
Again vying for DeFazio's congressional seat in the 2012 election (and backed by the Koch brothers-funded group Americans For Prosperity) Robinson sought to rebut the suggestion of racism - by claiming that the G.A. Henty book in question was in fact anti-racist, in his autobiographical book Common Sense in 2012: Prosperity and Charity For America that pre-2012 election was mailed in mass quantities to Oregon voters.

In response, in a September 2012 extended analysis, I addressed broad patterns of racist content both within the Robinson-published G.A. Henty novels and also in Robinson's Christian homeschooling curriculum which includes, as I described,

"two entire books of constitutional justification for the American South's succession from the Union, as well as two written by unrepentant Southern supporters of slavery - one of those a pro-slavery advocate whose writing has helped inspire some of the most virulently racist, white separatist movements in contemporary America.



Being gay in Algeria: ‘I’ll never live with the one I love’

Thursday was the seventh national LGBT day in Algeria, a country in which homosexuality is illegal. FRANCE 24 spoke with Amelle, an Algerian lesbian who hides her sexual preference rather than risk prison time and familial shame.

By Assiya HAMZA (text)

Under Algerian law, Amelle* is guilty.

Her crime: a sexual preference for women.

In order to avoid the risk of a fine or prison sentence, the 27-year-old long ago decided to renounce her right to a love life.

Alouen, a gay rights association in Algeria, marked the seventh consecutive “LGBT day” on Thursday, October 10, calling for Algerians at home and abroad to light a candle in support of homosexuals in the North African country.

“It’s to show that we’re there, that we exist,” Amelle told FRANCE 24.



Louie Gohmert Says Don't Listen to John McCain, As He 'Supported Al Qaeda'


Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said Sen. John McCain "supported al Qaeda and rebels" in Syria while speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. Gohmert accused the Vietnam veteran of supporting the enemy to explain why Republicans shouldn't listen when McCain says the GOP can't win the government shutdown. (Recent polls show the GOP is being crushed in the government shutdown.)

"I heard just before I came some senator from Arizona," Gohmert said, a slight referring to McCain that brought out some audience laughter. "A guy that liked Qadaffi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that's been to Syria and supported Al-Qaeda and rebels." Finally, he gets to his main point. "But he was saying today 'The shutdown has been a fool's errand.' And I agree with him. The President and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down," he said to applause.



Postal Service to issue Harvey Milk stamp

Thirty-five years after Harvey Milk made history as California's first openly gay elected leader, he's closing in on another historical first.

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday that the late San Francisco supervisor and civil rights leader will join the likes of John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson by being recognized with a commemorative stamp - an honor that had apparently never before gone to an openly gay politician.

It may not be Milk's biggest victory, but it was an important one for his nephew Stuart Milk, who co-founded the nonprofit Harvey Milk Foundation, and a number of civil rights organizations who sought the recognition for years.

The Postal Service selects only about 20 subjects per year for a stamp from among thousands of proposals reviewed by a citizen advisory committee.

"We're excited," Milk said. "We think this will represent my uncle's message, which is hope and courage and authenticity, very well."



Disturbing Stuffed Animal Truck IS The Work Of Banksy

Banksy just posted photos of his latest piece... which IS the stuffed animal truck we were wondering about yesterday. The truck—which had the street artist's 1-800 number on it—was spotted around South Brooklyn yesterday afternoon—around 1 p.m. a tipster had told us, "It was so loud. Not sure but i think someone was in the truck banging as if the animals were trying to escape." Disturbing indeed—he calls the piece The Sirens Of The Lambs.

more, with video


Jason Collins, Openly Gay and Still Unsigned, Waits and Wonders

Published: October 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Since making the announcement last spring that he is a gay professional basketball player, Jason Collins has been widely praised, received much support and made many new friends. But with training camp for a new season under way, he has been waiting for a call from an N.B.A. team. Any N.B.A. team.

When Collins, 34, a 7-foot center, wrote his coming-out cover story for Sports Illustrated — “my declaration,” he said — he proudly spoke of having been called a pro’s pro for his team-first, lunch-pail style. Never a star, he has nonetheless had a career spanning 12 years and 6 teams after four years at Stanford, where he played with his twin, Jarron.

“That’s how I still consider myself,” he said Wednesday in his first interview since N.B.A. training camps opened last month without his participation. “Sure, I’ve picked up another title. But I feel that’s always who I’m going to be — that person who sets a good example, who represents the sport and is an asset to my team and a role model for other players.”

The question Collins has to ponder is why he has not been signed as a free agent. Is it because he is at best a marginal player with modest career statistics (3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game) nearing the end of his career, one who would cost more than a younger player based on the league’s collectively bargained pay scale? Or is there something more sinister at work related to the new role he would play?

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