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During the Defending Our America episode, co-host Del Wilber said, "When I was growing up, part of the curriculum at high schools was firearm safety and marksmanship. And we didn't have 'Columbines' or 'Newtowns' because kids were taught to respect firearms, they were taught how to handle them safely and taught what their purpose was for, and that's been long gone."

so there it is:

Lest We Forget: Boehner PERSONALLY handed out tobacco industry campaign checks on House floor


Like Jesus, all the carpenters are now Democrats.

Furious Boehner allies lash out


A fired-up House Ethics Committee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), speaking not long after Boehner dropped the bombshell at a Friday conference meeting that he’ll leave Congress at the end of next month, ripped into hard-line conservatives.

He accused them of opposing Boehner at every turn, and noted they have “never had a horse of their own.”

“Any jackass can kick down a barn door. It takes a carpenter to hang one. We need a few more carpenters around here. Everybody knows it,” Dent said off the House floor.

Leadership allies are frustrated by what they see as a repeated exercise in futility.


Oh Dear, the NYT Visits the Outer Provinces Again

They don't even pretend to care to bother.

Maggiano, an upscale Italian restaurant in Philadelphia’s Little Italy, hosted a Paint the Pope party last Saturday, where patrons paid $65 for wine, a dinner and an art class where they tried to paint Pope Francis.

Maggiano's Little Italy is a chain Italian restaurant, not really what one thinks of as "upscale." Philadelphia has no neighborhood called "Little Italy" and while there is an Italian-American neighborhood, it's nowhere near Maggiano's Little Italy. That is simply in the name of the chain restaurant, which has approximately 50 locations across the country, apparently creating "Little Italy" neighborhoods throughout the country.

(ht RB)

"Jesus H. Christ in a Fiat, my son, these people crazy. Get out while you can."

​Mother of mercy, Papa Francesco gets results.​

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown. Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning. The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker's gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.

​Way I figure it is this. In their private chat yesterday, Boehner explained to the pope the problems he was having with the flying monkey caucus, and Papa Francesco who, after all, heads a bureaucracy with a long history as a seething cauldron of ambition, scandal, murder and betrayal, as well as a unique tradition of crazy institutional proceedings (See: Cadaver Synod), listened to Boehner's plight and said, mildly, "Jesus H. Christ in a Fiat, my son, these people crazy. Get out while you can." That's the way I'm going to figure it, anyway.


The Pope's Recent Visit


Lawrence Wilkerson foretells the demise of the United States Empire

Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson (born 15 June 1945) is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN.


Boehner Gossip Anyone?

GOP Candidates Welcome Boehner's Exit at Jubilant Summit
The House speaker's resignation filled the Values Voter Summit with applause and standing ovations as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio celebrated the beginning of new era in Congress.

FRI SEP 25, 2015 AT 10:04 AM PDT
News About Boehner Resignation

The reason for writing it is that on Thom Hartman just now, Bob Ney was on.

Bob Ney got sent up the river for dirty dealing while in congress. When he got out he wrote a book, Sideswiped, about his years in congress and told some interesting tales out of school, including some about Boehner.

He still has alot of friends and contacts in the congress and talked with them about the resignation:

Apparently, there was a deal struck a few weeks back that Boehner would resign after the Pope came and spoke to congress.

He did not have the votes to ride out this latest uprising.

If he lost his speakership and remained in congress, his protection against crimes he's committed, dirty deals, ect., would come back to haunt him.

He has some huge enemies in the party, not just the tea party. The speakership protected him against corruption charges. Without the protection he's without any real help to beat them.

There are 4 people seriously being looked at for speaker. Steve Scalise, Jeb Hensarling, Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan.

If Kevin McCarthy, one of the infamous Young Guns, gets it it will only be with alot of concessions to the extreme wings of the party.

Jordan and Hensarling are members of the 'Freedom Caucus'. I don't know about Scalise but, I would think so because it is the extreme conservative, tea party caucus.

McCarthy is considered 'moderate and establishment'.

Hensarling is part of a group of republicans who's main cause is impeaching Obama.

Scalise is a racist and tea partier.

Ney does not think Jordan will get the spot but, if he does, he is a real reactionary.

Either way, look for alot of shut downs, alot of emotional, reactionary laws, behavior and the house in total chaos.

The one bright light is that these clowns may be the true unmasking of the republican party and their masters. One that even the corporate press cannot ignore.


Spot the difference?


PELOSI: GOP Is "Now A Political Party At War With It's Own Government"

"Public awareness is the strongest, strongest opportunity we have for keeping government open. Shutting down government is drastic. In our caucus this morning, we had read to us by our ranking member Nita Lowey all the things that will happen if they shut down government—who are affected in terms of our veterans, who are affected in terms of children and nutrition. It is a stunning array. One of the things that people have said is, if we only let government shut down for one day but really did not mitigate for the damage, then the American people would really know how bad this is.
("When the 2013 shutdown came)we lost at that time 25 billion dollars in our economy, it curtailed the growth of our GDP, it put people out of work—at least 30 percent of the federal workforce are veterans—are veterans—and we all profess to worship at the shrine of our veterans. And yet, they will very casually shut down government, having various degrees of impact on our federal workers.

"This all comes down to the fact that the Republicans in Congress, if you take some of the issues we talked about, are anti-governance—not government. The degree of government has been the debate in our country for a couple hundred years. How much government? How much federal, how much local and state? So that's a legitimate place of where you are on the spectrum. But anti-governance—shut it down and celebrate—that is unacceptable. And President Washington, as he was leaving office, cautioned against political parties of which were at war with their own government. And that's really what we're seeing evidence of now—a political party at war with its own government."

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