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The fact that Congress is less popular than dog poop is now forever in the Congressional record.


The fact that Congress is less popular than dog poop is now forever in the Congressional record.

If dignity means what is the dictionary says it means—the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect—then surely the honor and worthy of honor or respect of this house has been called into question. When only seven out of 100 Americans approve of what we do, the lowest approval rating ever, then surely our dignity has been diminished and is actively being called into question. If we are to be called obstructionists, practicers of partisan petulance, if we are called an establishment that is rotten to the core, if we are leaving Americans wondering why there is so much poison in the system, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we’re accused of willingly provoking crises that suspend public services and decrease economic growth, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we cause international media outlets to refer to us as politically bankrupt and responsible for breaking America’s dignity, as a body, as a House, is being called into question— Alan Grayson

Speaker pro tempore Steve Womack's (R-AR) fuse grew shorter. And that's when Womack decided he couldn't handle the truth any longer, and gaveled Grayson out.

"The chair has heard enough," Womack said, brushing off Grayson's protestations.



TSA Considers Letting Passengers Fly With Marijuana

Source: Think Progress

TSA Considers Letting Passengers Fly With Marijuana

The Transportation Security Administration, grappling with legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in 22 states, may decline to enforce federal marijuana laws at the airport.

Normally, if TSA agents spot drugs while screening for weapons and liquids larger than 3.4 ounces, they call local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Agency to deal with the contraband. Philadelphia Eaglers quarterback Michael Vick was famously stopped by TSA agents in 2007 for trying to carry pot in a secret compartment of his water bottle. Even a card-carrying medical marijuana user was barred from flying in 2001.

But TSA screeners are increasingly relaxing their response to people carrying small amounts of marijuana. As TSA is meant to focus on national security, not drugs, agents have discretion over whether or not to call the police on drug offenders. According to the New York Daily News, passengers with legal medical marijuana prescriptions say they have been allowed onto their flights, even though TSA does not officially recognize state drug laws, as a federal agency. In 2011, Denver International Airport agents allowed rapper Freddie Gibbs to keep a small bag of pot found in his luggage, simply leaving him a note saying, “C’mon son.”

TSA has been struggling with the marijuana question since last November, when Colorado and Washington legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. The agency was quickly confronted with questions asking if passengers flying between the two states could legally carry pot. TSA spokespeople explained at the time that agents do not screen specifically for drugs and suggested that marijuana would probably be tolerated, depending on the case.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/10/09/2754211/tsa-marijuana/

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, Too

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, Too
Posted on 10/09/2013 by Juan Cole


The primary concern of the Tea Party is that the working poor not benefit from Obamacare in getting access to health insurance. (Many of the poor already have access to Medicaid; the Affordable Health Care Act mainly benefits workers who aren’t paid very well and don’t get insurance via their employers). The reason that the Tea Party doesn’t want Obamacare is because they are convinced that it is ultimately a transfer of wealth from the white rich and middle classes to the minorities. This allegation is untrue, since in recent decades 3/4s of the working poor are white. Since the program is a government mandate that individuals buy private health insurance, moreover, it doesn’t actually cost the government much. Indeed, it very possibly will save the state money in various ways.

Of course, the Tea Party is a tool of rich backers such as the Koch brothers, and the billionaires at the center of the conspiracy to destroy the American social safety net probably don’t care much about the white poor, either. But I suspect that the rank and file of the movement is so easy to manipulate on this issue because of racial anxieties. Those anxieties are misplaced.



'Braveheart' GOP Lawmaker Says Republicans are Prepared to Lose House

GOP Lawmaker Says Republicans are Prepared to Lose House

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) told Roll Call that Republicans were "absolutely" prepared to lose the House to extract concessions from President Obama and he said the White House is "missing the determination of the Republican Party."

Said Gingrey: "I mean, they seem to think that we will miss this opportunity for a 'Braveheart' moment to do the right thing for the American people and that we'll back down for fear of losing the House and not gaining control of the Senate."


New report: NC officials edited out information that proves Medicaid isn't "broken" after all

WED OCT 09, 2013 AT 07:05 AM PDT
New report: NC officials edited out information that proves Medicaid isn't "broken" after all
Christian Dem in NC

North Carolina was one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid in order to prepare for the implementation of Obamacare, partly due to claims by Governor Pat McCrory and officials in his administration that Medicaid was "broken." But an investigation by North Carolina Health News, a nonprofit newsroom that covers health care issues, reveals that McCrory's people edited out information from the Department of Health and Human Services' response to an audit that shows the state Medicaid program wasn't "broken" at all.

Documents obtained by North Carolina Health News through a public records request show that in January, incoming Sec. Aldona Wos and Medicaid head Carol Steckel eliminated detailed explanations of alleged high administrative costs, management problems and budget overruns in past years.

The resulting document accepts the criticism in Wood’s assessment wholesale and paints the health care program that covers 1.6 million North Carolinians as “broken.”

The criticisms contained in the audit have yielded talking points used by Wos, Steckel and McCrory for the past eight months as justification for turning down a federal expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act and proposing to privatize the program.



Nat'l Journal: Republicans Close to Violating the Constitution

Republicans Are Awfully Close to Violating the ConstitutionWho cares if President Obama has 14th Amendment obligations? The critical sentence in that block of text should be read as instruction for lawmakers first, and last.

National Journal asks: "Have Republicans forgotten that they too must abide by the Constitution?"

The 14th amendment is explicit in its instruction to America's federally elected officials: "The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned."

"This is not some arcane biblical reference that needs to be translated from scraps of parchment. In fact, its purpose and intent are fairly well documented. The amendment is the product of a post-Civil War Congress that wanted to be sure the country would not be saddled with Confederate debt, and that the debts of United States would be honored. Then, as now, this promise written into the Constitution offered creditors confidence that lending to America - indeed, investing in America - would be safe."


Andrea Mitchell ON FIRE roasts GOP congressman over denial of death benefits to US troops

Here are some excerpts:

Andrea Mitchell: But the larger point, Congressman Duffy, is these mini CR s– mini continuing resolutions — that’s the whole question of taking little pieces of the government. The issue is not that this is a small matter, it’s a very big matter, but so is the matter of the kids in Head Start.

So is the problem of the single moms who aren’t getting food stamps and aren’t getting their help.

So down the road are the survivors benefits and that fund is going to run out in weeks if not months.

So you can’t take this piecemeal, Congressman. Isn’t the issue that someone has to sit down and figure out what to do about the stalemate that has led to this disgrace?….


Then Duffy went on a rant blaming the media for, well, everything. That didn't sit too well with Andrea Mitchell.

MITCHELL: We've asked questions of both sides. that's not fair.

But Duffy kept ranting and browbeating.

Mitchell: With all due respect, this is about military death benefits to kids, 19-year-old kids who died in Afghanistan and who are not returning home, this is about what their families are entitled to by law and what they are not getting.

This is not about what you want in Obamacare and not about what the president wants on the debt ceiling.

Duffy: Don't spin that on me.

Mitchell: You consider it a small ask that he gets rid of the central part of his health care plan that was upheld by the vote, of a presidential election and the United States Supreme Court?

Duffy: Andrea, hold on. That's your spin.

Mitchell: That's not spin.


WOW ACA! - I know why GOP running scared

WED OCT 09, 2013 AT 04:58 AM PDT
WOW ACA! - I know why GOP running scared
by agkhalil123

Hi All - My son and I were able to get on Healthcare.gov yesterday around dinner time to buy him health insurance. Yes it took a bit of time but so what! I've waited for hours to eat at the Cheescake Factory and to get tickets to concerts. Hell - I've seen people wait in the cold on Thanksgiving day so they can get bargains on Black Friday.

Anyway - we live in PA and my son was able to get rates starting at 45$ and up. We are now comparing different Blue Cross Silver Plans but the subsidies were awesome. Also, I contacted the 800-318-2596 and got some assistance and they were very helpful and polite. We're going to reach out to Blue Cross to get a bit more info but we was very pleased. Blue Cross has a Tier system at the Silver level and above which provides my son with access to almost all hospitals in the region but out of pocket costs will vary depending on the Tier he uses.

GOP is scared and threatening a coupe because ACA is changing the US for the better. Stand with President Obama - the future of our wonderful nation is at stake.


seems Boehner got Obama's message...

SHUTOUT! - Obama Stiffs TV Reporters Entirely During Press Conference (just added Great pic)

sit down, jon karl

TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary
Photo of the Day: President Obama ignoring GOP-fake-Benghazi-emails-shill @jonkarl .... delicious:
1:08 PM - 8 Oct 2013
Bigger pic HERE:

Oops. Not the President's job to call on Chuck Todd and company. Can you say shutout?

It was like the feeling when a crowd figures out that a pitcher hasn't given up a hit in 5 innings: during President Obama's press conference on Tuesday, everyone suddenly started noticing that he wasn't calling on any television reporters.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/obama-tv-reporters-press-conference_n_4065799.html?utm_hp_ref=media Link

So Mr. Todd. You say it's not your job to do your job? Well, I guess then the President will just have to answer questions from real journalists who thinks that being a journalist is their job.

Oh and stop with this BS the damn shutdown is the fault of everyone. Start reporting that fact correctly.


Found this on twitter:

Obama refuses to call on any TV network reporters at press conference, leading to nationwide false equivalence shortage.


Serve the bastids right!
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