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On the 7th Day Reid will rest and take pleasure in what he has crafted.

Reid alters the laws of space and time...

The first day of the Senate will technically last until January 22nd to allow for filibuster reform. You see, Harry Reid has obtained the amulet from an underground Mesopotamian tomb, which can bend the laws of time and space itself. Or not.

WaPo: "The middle ground in this debate has been given the name 'the constitutional option': It argues that on the first day of a new session of Congress, you only need 51 votes to change the Senate rules, as each Congress has a constitutional right to make its own rules. That's the approach various Democratic senators are taking in their effort to reform the filibuster. But Thursday was the first day of the 113th Congress. And it came and went without filibuster reform. So is filibuster reform dead? Nope. Majority Leader Harry Reid is just making the first day of the session last far longer than the typical 24 hours."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/03/the-date-for-filibuster-reform-january-22-probably/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/05/open-thread-6/#comments

Luckovich: "Tails you lose."

Boehner Needs to Sober Up or Go Home

Boehner Needs to Sober Up or Go Home
by BooMan
Sat Jan 5th, 2013 at 11:14:44 AM EST

Late on Election Night, President Obama attempted to call Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, but was told that both were asleep. During the evening of New Year's Day, John Boehner refused to take phone calls from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Back during the negotiations over the debt ceiling in 2011, John Boehner refused to answer the president's phone calls, leading the president to complain to Bob Woodward.

"I was pretty angry," Obama told Woodward. "There's no doubt I thought it was profoundly irresponsible, at that stage, not to call me back immediately and let me know what was going on."


Alcoholism is a sickness that should warrant people's sympathy rather than scorn. If John Boehner would ask for help or adopt a contrite attitude like Sen. Mike Crapo, it would be easy to lay off the criticism and not make such an issue of Boehner's drinking. But he can't do his job and his isn't available to come to the phone in the evenings.

He was so visibly hammered during his speech at the Republican National Convention (a tradition that goes back at least as far as the 1996 convention in San Diego) that Michael Savage played his whole speech on the radio in order to mock his drunkenness. He was absolutely plastered on election night in 2010 (a year in which Joe Scarborough called him a "lazy drunk" on the air). For years people have been speculating that Boehner weeps so often in public because he is drunk so often in public.

Personally, I wouldn't care about Boehner's drinking if her were just a congressman. But he's third in line to the presidency and he's blotto half the time. He can't answer phone calls from mayors and governors or even the president if those phone calls come late at night.

MORE:
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/5/111444/9941

Obama: No More Compromises

“One thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up,” Obama said in his weekly address. “If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. The last time Congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again.”


http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-debt-ceiling-fight-20130104,0,807190.story

The Media Circus



“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” ~ Noam Chomsky


http://savagemike.com/post/39690172268/cartoonpolitics-the-smart-way-to-keep-people

TeaParty Has Fallen & "They" Can't Get Up

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Insults Nancy Pelosi's Appearance ‘There’s No Facelift With John Boehner’

Republican Congressman Insults Nancy Pelosi’s Appearance: ‘There’s No Facelift With John Boehner’
By Scott Keyes on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

An outspoken Republican congressman castigated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s looks during a radio interview Friday.

Speaking with guest host Larry O’Connor on the Dennis Miller Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was functionally equivalent to Pelosi because both held one-on-one backroom negotiations with the president. Gohmert then went on to deride Pelosi’s appearance: “Well, let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner.”

O’CONNOR: So basically John Boehner became Nancy Pelosi without the charm?

GOHMERT: For the last two years. Well, let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is.

O’CONNOR: Oh!


http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/05/1399331/gohmert-pelosi-facelift/

HS Teacher Surrenders Military-Style Rifle, Is Placed On Mental Hold After Disturbing Behavior

WNYT reports that Steven Davis, a popular math and science teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, is being held for psychiatric observation after increasingly concerned family and neighbors called police. Neighbors saw Davis putting the Bushmaster into his car, which led them to call police.

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette told the Bennington Banner newspaper that the rifle was in a case and police also seized two high-capacity clips loaded with ammunition for the rifle. Davis told police he bought the gun -- the same one used in the Newtown, Conn., massacre in which 20 children and seven adults were killed -- in 2009 and had never fired it. He said he put it into the car because he was going to take it to a storage unit.

After police conducted the welfare check Sunday night, his wife took their two children to stay with a relative and got a restraining order the next day. She told police she had no idea he owned a weapon and was concerned because his behavior had changed in the last month, the Bennington Banner reported.

After submitting voluntarily for a mental health evaluation, he now is being held on an involuntary basis.

MORE:
http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_4167.shtml

Be a Cock

A Connecticut Cop Halts Gun Shows After Newtown

Source: Talking Points Memo

A Connecticut Cop Halts Gun Shows After Newtown

Michael Gugliotti, chief of police in Waterbury, Conn., decided to stop issuing gun show permits on the day after the nearby Newtown massacre.

“I was just sitting home, really just thinking about what I need to do as a police chief during this type of crisis to ensure that our citizens are feeling safe and comfortable,” Gugliotti told TPM on Friday.

It happened that the day before, one of his aides had a scheduled meeting with a representative of Westchester Collectors Inc., which wanted to hold a firearm and knife show in Waterbury on Jan. 12 and 13. (According to The American-Republican newspaper, the company planned to hold the show at the convention center of the CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel on East Main Street.) Waterbury, a city of 110,000, is about 20 miles northeast of Newtown.

“Out of respect and honor for those 26 folks that lost their life in Newtown, I made the decision then and there to send the promoter a message that I would not be signing any permit for any gun show until further notice,” Gugliotti said

Read more: Link http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/waterbury_ct_gun_show_permits.php?ref=fpbto source
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