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Cheney, in regards to his own death, should that ever happen

“If this is dying, I remember thinking, it’s not all that bad,” Cheney writes in the book, according to the New York Times. “I believed I was approaching the end of my days, but that didn’t frighten me. I was pain free and at peace, and I had led a remarkable life.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/dick-cheney-goodbye-heart-surgery_n_4116851.html



http://www.artofmarkbryan.com/

Congratulations America - We Are #1 At Creating Really, Really, Really Rich People



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/super-rich-americans-chart_n_4115576.html

and herein lies the elephant in America today, mho...kp

'It took Cruz 16 days to improve the Dems position by 5 points-Imagine What He Could Do In 6 months'

Steve Lombardo @Steve_Lombardo
It took Ted Cruz 16 days to improve the Democrats position on the generic ballot 5 points. Imagine what he can accomplish in next 6 months


https://twitter.com/Steve_Lombardo/statuses/390874310748807168


More from Daniel Larison (THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE):

… Cruz is capable of recognizing when he has reached a dead end, but he is indifferent to the damage done to anyone but himself. Anyone who wants to follow a leader like that should be prepared to be ill-treated and misled from start to finish.


http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/cruzs-preposterous-spin/
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/10/17/open-thread-mr-popularity/

"Dinner for Schmucks" (25% off the price of your dinner ticket - for 53 lucky duckies)

Dinner for Schmucks
posted by DAN SAVAGE on WED, OCT 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

This just popped into my inbox...

We're down to the final 53 tickets for our 2013 Reagan Dinner with Senator Ted Cruz on Friday, October 25th in Des Moines! That's it. Just 53 tickets left and then we're sold out.

Have you reserved your ticket? If not, click here to do so as we may sell out shortly.

And as a special bonus for being a supporter, use promo code "Cruz" at checkout to save an extra 25% off the price of your dinner ticket or off the price of a table.

Our event will be held at the beautiful Iowa Events Center in Des Moines with Ted Cruz, along with special guests including Senator Grassley and Governor Branstad.


If the Republican Party of Iowa actually expected to be sold out "shortly" they wouldn't be discounting tickets to this dinner for and with schmucks.

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/10/16/dinner-for-schmucks

What America learned from the government shutdown (best article of the day...)



What America learned from the government shutdown
Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
14 hours ago

WASHINGTON —






























Comment: Best written article all day!

http://news.yahoo.com/what-america-learned-from-the-shutdown-024030995.html

GOP TRAINWRECK -Distilled

GOP TRAINWRECK -Distilled
by Captain Pants

(Dunning-Kruger Effect + Abilene Paradox) x Hate x Greed = Republican Party



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/17/1248265/-GOP-TRAINWRECK-Distilled

Barf Alert: Cruz stages photo op outside Capitol greeting visitors after government reopens

MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Thursday showed a clip of what seemed to be a staged photo op of Cruz shaking hands and welcoming visitors back into the U.S. Capitol with the building’s dome strategically framed behind him.



“Sen. Ted Cruz is standing outside of the Capitol building greeting visitors. Interesting PR tactic,” Fulbright Fellow Jonathan Rice tweeted.


Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Cruz, was quick to note that the senator was “meeting WWII honor flight vets, I think.”

“Fair enough,” Rice replied. “Still, considering that the TV cameras were at the ready, interesting.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/17/cruz-stages-photo-op-outside-capitol-greeting-visitors-after-government-reopens/

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and let us NOT forget:

162 (144 in the House and 18 in the Senate) Repukes
just helped Ted Cruz orchestrate the single most expensive presidential campaign kick-off in world history.

Biden Greets Returning EPA Workers: 'I Brought Some Muffins!




Vice President Joe Biden showed up at the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters bearing muffins Thursday morning, and greeted employees as they returned to work after the 16-day government shutdown.

“I brought some muffins!” Biden said when he arrived, placing few containers of “Coffee Cake Bites” on the EPA security desk, per a White House pool report.

The vice president spotted a sign on the desk that read, “All visitors must be escorted at all times.” Biden announced: “I’d like to be escorted!”

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“Would you like a muffin? The vice president brought some muffins,” McCarthy said, per the pool report. A line formed, and Biden worried aloud: “I didn’t bring enough muffins!”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/photo-biden-brings-muffins-for-returning-epa-workers

Elizabeth Warren (once again) speaks for me: "So I'm Relieved, But I'm Also Pretty Angry"

I'm glad that the government shutdown has ended, and I'm relieved that we didn't default on our debt.
But I want to be clear: I am NOT celebrating tonight.

Yes, we prevented an economic catastrophe that would have put a huge hole in our fragile economic recovery. But the reason we were in this mess in the first place is that a reckless faction in Congress took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end.

According to the S&P index, the government shutdown had delivered a powerful blow to the U.S. economy. By their estimates, $24 billion has been flushed down the drain for a completely unnecessary political stunt.

$24 billion dollars. How many children could have been back in Head Start classes? How many seniors could have had a hot lunch through Meals on Wheels? How many scientists could have gotten their research funded? How many bridges could have been repaired and trains upgraded?

The Republicans keep saying, "Leave the sequester in place and cut all those budgets." They keep trying to cut funding for the things that would help us build a future. But they are ready to flush away $24 billion on a political stunt.

So I'm relieved, but I'm also pretty angry.

We have serious problems that need to be fixed, and we have hard choices to make about taxes and spending. I hope we never see our country flush money away like this again. Not ever.

It's time for the hostage taking to end. It's time for every one of us to say, "No more."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/elizabeth-warren-government-shutdown_n_4114818.html

REICH: President has scored significant victory over extremist Republicans-But fight will continue.

Here, I fear, is where the President is likely to cave.

He’s already put on the table a way to reduce future Social Security payments by altering the way cost-of-living adjustments are made – using the so-called “chained” consumer price index, which assumes that when prices rise people economize by switching to cheaper alternatives. This makes no sense for seniors, who already spend a disproportionate share of their income on prescription drugs, home healthcare, and medical devices – the prices of which have been rising faster than inflation. Besides, Social Security isn’t responsible for our budget deficits. Quite the opposite: For years its surpluses have been used to fund everything else the government does.

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The real problem is the rising costs of healthcare, coupled with the aging of the post-war boomers. The best way to deal with the former – short of a single-payer system — is to use Medicare’s bargaining power over providers to move them from “fee-for-services,” in which providers have every incentive to do more tests and procedures, to “payments-for-healthy-outcomes,” where providers would have every incentive to keep people healthy. (The best way to deal with the latter – the aging of the American population – is to allow more young immigrants into America.)

More generally, the President has been too eager to accept the argument that the major economic problem facing the nation is large budget deficits – when, in point of fact, the deficit has been shrinking as a share of the national economy. The only reason it’s expected to increase in future years is, again, rising healthcare costs.

Our real economic problem continues to be a dearth of good jobs along with widening inequality. Cutting the budget deficit may make both worse, by reducing total demand for goods and services and eliminating programs that lower-income Americans depend on.

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http://robertreich.org/post/64282449366
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