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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!

Applying government shutdown logic to the baseball playoffs

But just because we couldn’t score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to relinquish the title — and worse, they won’t even discuss it, LA’s stubborn refusal to even talk to us about reversing the results of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American. But there is an answer: If the Dodgers won’t listen to the cries of average Americans like you and me, then Congress should outlaw Major League Baseball until the Dodgers cave.


President Obama: 'You know what, we're not going to do that again'

Obama says the two sides should've struck their grand bargain in 2011. "When I see John Boehner to this day I still say, you should've taken the deal that I offered you back then."

In 2011, I entered into good-faith negotiations with John Boehner. He had just won the speakership... deficits were high. People were concerned.

"I thought it was my obligation to meet him halfway... At that point at least, nobody had any belief that" the government would risk default, Obama says.

"The truth of it is, if you look at the history, people posture about the debt ceiling... but it wasn't a situation in which you know, 'if I don't get what I want'" there will be a default.

"As a consequence I said, 'You know what, we're not going to do that again,' not just for me, but because future presidents... should not be in a position."


On a chilly fall day up there on my TV-Obama was talking in a place called DC

On a chilly fall day
up there on my TV
Obama was talking
in a place called DC
He explained to the people
that the wingnuts were lying
and spinning and sliming
with the orange one crying

About how our debt
is important to stop
(despite that it’s been
on a long, steady drop)
“We must wreck the whole country
to stop it!” they’re saying
but if they do that, then
we better start praying

from a comment at:

Obama: We Can't Make 'Extortion' A Part Of Our Democracy

Source: Talking Points Memo

President Barack Obama on Tuesday decried Republican obstruction over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling this month as nothing more than hostage taking, arguing that Democrats were right in resisting negotiations over Obamacare because it would set a dangerous precedent for the nation going forward.

"If reasonable Republicans want to talk about these things again, I am ready to head to the Hill," Obama said at a White House press conference. "I'll even spring for dinner again. But I'm not going to do it until the more extreme parts of the Republican party stop forcing John Boehner to issue threats about our economy.

"We can't make extortion routine as part of our democracy," he added. "And this is not just for me. They shouldn't have to pay ransom for me. We have to put a stop to it."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-we-can-t-make-extortion-a-part-of-our-democracy

The president Also said the following:

Think about it. The only reason that the Republicans have held out on negotiations up until the last week or so is because they thought it was a big enough deal to force unilateral concerns out of Democrats and out of me. They said so. They basically said, “You know what? The President is so responsible that if we just hold our breath and say we are going to threaten default then he will give us what we want and we won’t have to give anything in return.” Again that’s not my account of the situation. You can read statements from Republicans over the last several months who said this explicitly. And so for them not to say well it won’t be a big deal if it happens, that’s not how they have been acting over the last couple of month. If it is not a big deal then why would I give them concessions now to avoid it? It is a big deal. And nobody should be getting concessions for making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is retained.

more plus video:


Ford lets cars find parking spots - New tech will slide vehicle into space without driver present

Ford lets cars find parking spots


New technology will slide vehicle into space without driver present

Ford’s technology introduction is the latest example of one-upmanship among automakers, who are racing to create production-ready autonomous vehicles as early as the end of the decade. While several automakers already offer cars that can park themselves, some — including Ford and Volvo — are testing more advanced self-parking systems.

Here’s how Ford’s Fully Assisted Parking Aid works: Ultrasonic sensors can detect an open parallel, diagonal or perpendicular parking space ahead while a vehicle is traveling up to 18 miles per hour, with enough lead time that the driver doesn’t overshoot the space.

The driver can then brake, shift to neutral, and press and hold the Fully Assisted Parking Aid button in the car. At that point, parking-aid software will maneuver the vehicle into the parking space by taking control of the steering, forward and reverse motion, braking and guidance. Disengaging the button will override the parking process.

If the parking spot is really narrow — with little room to open the car door and exit — the driver can get out of the car and guide the whole parking process by remote control.


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131008/AUTO0102/310080019#ixzz2h9LBz4Dz

SPINE SPOTTED-Dems Tell GOP: NO "Supercommittee"-"Stop letting the Tea Party tail wag the elephant"

House Democrats Pan GOP Proposal For Another Supercommittee


Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Cali.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that a supercommittee was unecessary for solving the current fiscal impasse.

"We don't need a supercommittee," he said at a Capitol Hill press conference. "We don't need a sequester to tell us how to vote."

Becerra placed blame on the Tea Party, and called on House Republicans to end the shutdown.

"Stop letting the Tea Party tail wag the elephant," he said at the conference. "Get up in the morning and do what you're paid to do."

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