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The Tea Party Plantation

if you're part of the 1%, life has never been better

if you're not part of the 1%, you're a jealous whining taker

REMINDER: If you need to be negotiated out of destroying the economy, you want to destroy the economy.

Follow the $$$:
The billionaires -- the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch -- want no taxes and no regulations. They're financing this hayride, and they're doing a good deal of the planning. Brother Cruz just hopped onboard because it allows him unlimited self-aggrandizement and lots and lots of time on-camera.


tidbits i found, here and there...
peace, kp

CBS Host To GOP: You Can't Shut Down The Gov't Every Time You Don't Get Your Way

MON OCT 07, 2013 AT 09:23 AM PDT
CBS Host To GOP: You Can't Shut Down The Gov't Every Time You Don't Get Your Way
by Heavy Mettle

In a measure of just how far beyond the pale the GOP has gotten themselves into with the government shutdown fiasco (not the least of the results being dissension among their ranks and indecision about what they're now fighting for, as well as desperately looking for a face-saving way out), the host of CBS's Sunday talk show, Face the Nation has demolished Sen. John Cornyn's 'argument' for the shutdown.

Cornyn's contention is the notion as he puts it, that 'there should be a negotiation', however host Bob Schieffer dismantled that line of reasoning, by asking why not use normal legislative procedures, such as, you know, passing some laws.

You can't do that, you can't say I won't fund the government unless I get the one thing that I want"

Isn't there something wrong with saying 'I won't fund the government unless I get my personal wish list?

Nope. Not if you're today's GOP.


“shitting on Obama’s carpet and calling him a poor housekeeper.”

Intelligence and rational decisions are a threat to the country's continued moranic behavior. Got it?

I once watched a reality show on the BBC (on vacation) where they took a single street in the suburbs of London and cut off ALL government services, and returned the tax money in exchange. In about 2 weeks these people were FREAKING OUT about how to get rid of garbage, clean up graffiti, pay for an elderly man’s nurse care, help poor neighbor’s with their rent, light the streets at night, etc. I would like to repeat that exercise with most of the red states. Or at least send everyone a “bill” showing what they get for their taxes.


Homer: You know, Mr. Burns, you're the richest guy I know. Way richer than Lenny.

Mr. Burns: Oh, yes. But I'd trade it all for a little more.

A political crisis - by Tom Tomorrow - "Obama Made Us Do It"

Three buttons, one image, same GOP lie on healthcare throughout the century!

David M. Perry @Lollardfish

Three buttons, one image, same GOP lie on healthcare throughout the century! By John Sherrfius.

4:38 AM - 7 Oct 2013


9-year old boy sneaks onto plane, flies to Las Vegas

- 9 year old is smarter than airport security, gets on plane to Las Vegas. In this case, what happens in Vegas, definitely doesn’t stay there.

FULL REPORT: 9-year-old sneaks onto plane at Minneapolis-St, Paul airport (KARE 11)

Pat Hogan, spokesperson for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), confirmed the incident to KARE, but says it wasn't the result of an airport shortcoming.

"At this point, this is a Delta and TSA issue," Hogan tells KARE. "This is a rare incident."

MSP officials say they've reviewed security footage and at this point do not believe he was carrying a boarding pass.


Tell me again how "religion is a good thing in society."

4 Saudi men accused of dancing naked sentenced to prison, lashes
By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 11:10 AM EDT, Sun October 6, 2013

Three men sentenced to between 3-7 years and 500 to 1,200 lashes

One man received the harshest sentence -- 2,000 lashes and 10 years

A video of the men dancing was posted to social media, but has been removed

(CNN) -- Four Saudi men accused of dancing naked on the roof of a car and posting a video of the incident online have been sentenced to as many as 2,000 lashes and up to 10 years in prison, and fined thousands of dollars, a newspaper reported this week.

A criminal court in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia, handed down the verdict on Wednesday, according to the newspaper al-Sharq.
Three of the men were sentenced to three to seven years in prison and 500 to 1,200 lashes, and one man received the harshest sentence -- 10 years and 2,000 lashes.

The fines came to 50,000 Saudi riyals ($13,000), the newspaper reported.


Wingnut Corn

Wingnut Corn

by digby

And to think, all he had to do to keep it open would have been to allow 20 million people to continue to go without health insurance:

But wait. There's a mistake there. John Aravosis helpfully fixed it for them:


Pride? GOP Rep: 'Pride' Is Why Republicans Won't Budge On Government Shutdown

“Republicans have to realize how many significant gains we’ve made over the last three years, and we have, not only in cutting spending but in really turning the tide on other things," Ross told The New York Times. "We can’t lose all that when there’s no connection now between the shutdown and the funding of Obamacare."

"I think now it’s a lot about pride," he added.


"Why is this park closed?" "Because you closed it, Congressman."

Gary Hart
The Last Act in Alternative-Reality Land


If you live in a vacuum-packed world of talk radio, right-wing dominated town halls, and campaigns financed by anti-government billionaires, and if that's the only Kool-Aid you drink, it must be a shock when you confront the real world. "Why is this park closed?" "Because you closed it, Congressman."

If the "big government" you oppose is not the one that creates and operates revered national monuments, but is one that provides food stamps, unemployment compensation, breakfasts for poor school children, and rent subsidies and you can't actually say that's what you are against, because you believe, wrongly, that it's mostly people with darker skins who benefit, it makes real-world politics difficult to deal with.

So what's a Congressman operating in a closed-circuit vacuum, who only hears his own echoes 24/7, to do? What does he do when he finds out that his gerrymandered solid red district dominated by a minority is neither the real America nor the real world? You intimidate your Speaker and you threaten -- or more likely have others threaten -- your wavering, moderate colleagues with a primary campaign by a fire-breathing, alternative-reality version of yourself.

There is only one way three or four dozen alternative-reality Congresspersons can shut down the United States government: fear. Fear of what? Fear of not being a Congressperson. Fear of losing your job. Fear of not having a staff to look after your every wish. Fear of not being cheered at the next town meeting composed of people you're already afraid of. Most of all, fear of returning to everyday life back home. But, of course, there is always the lucrative alternative of lobbying, where you can stay in Washington, go to all the parties and fundraisers, write the checks instead of taking the checks, and hobnob with all those other former members of Congress who, like you, decided not to go home.

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