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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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** It's another RANDOM ATTACK of the DUzy awards! ** (Updated)




No, this is not a celebration.

Well, ok, maybe just a little.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition, either by responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line or by sending me a PM. The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer using the account "The DUzy Awards" - The account has been passed on to hootinholler for the time being. I didn't want to have to check two different mailboxes and I sometimes forgot which account I was using, which led to people asking why "The DUzy Awards" was reccing a thread. The DUzy Awards is not an official position here on DU, and personally I like it that way.



So, if you want to PM a link, I would recommend sending it to both me and to "The DUzy Awards", just to make sure.


On an OP by babylonsister  

"... We're down to blood relatives and paid staffers."





Motown_Johnny

1. and the paid staffers are lying to the pollsters.

hatrack  

9. And who made it so? Why, YOU, Senator, when you picked the Quitting Quitter of Quit.


Nice work!


ficuswoman   

10. John McCain should go home.


And weave baskets.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023850138



On an OP by displacedtexan   

Anyone else as freaked out as I am that Luke Russert sounds smart today?

I have ridiculed that little spud since Daddy passed & Baby got a cushy TV gig because of his last name. But today, he's sounded rational, informed, and totally tuned in. 

Am I crazy (due to republican-insanity overload)?

Hassin Bin Sober  

1. Even a blind chicken can pick up a seed or two.

rug  

8. The more people agree with me, the smarter I consider them.


displacedtexan  

9. But that's just because you're brilliant!

grantcart  

12. I agree with you 100%.

 rug  

10. I always considered you one of the brightest lights on DU.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023857056



On an OP by CatWoman  

John Boehner Reportedly Tells Harry Reid He Will Move Quickly


The office of Speaker Boehner told the office of Majority Leader Harry Reid's on Tuesday night that they would be willing to send them a "message" so that the procedural process of getting a debt limit and government funding bill could move faster. 

The communication between the two was first reported by Salon's Brian Beutler and was confirmed by an aide to the Huffington Post. The aide said that the news was delivered after House Republican leadership failed to move their own bill to resolve the dual matters. 

A message is a legislative vehicle that if sent from Boehner to the Senate would allow Reid to skip one cloture vote. This would ensure that if one Senator wanted to gum up the works, he or she could only force 30 hours of consideration. 

A request for comment to Boehner's office was not immediately returned, though if the news is true, it is a signal that the Speaker knows the time for staring down the Senate is up. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/john-boehner-harry-reid_n_4103938.html

onehandle  

2. ...To The Spray Tan Booth. nt

Springslips  

7. These rules


That govern our Houses of legislation are strange and ridiculous. They seem randomly complex for no apparent reason. As if I am watching some Dungeon and Dragon game played by 180-IQ slackers in their mother basement. I am sooo glade 'Boner' is floating the Message Card to Reed giving him one Cloture Vote for free...unless Cruz flips the Toad The Wet Sprocket card which in combo with Jim Jordan's Lucy Luo Magic Wand invalidates the message card and thus.... 

I swear this can't be a mature, reasonable world.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023858664



On an OP by malaise  

Bwaaaaaaaaah! ReTHUGs, Amazing Grace and how Gerry Connolly nailed it


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/house-republicans-amazing-grace_n_4101319.html 

<snip> 

When reports surfaced that House Republicans sang "Amazing Grace" during a Tuesday morning meeting, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) responded with a laugh. 

"Isn't that usually sung at funerals?" he joked with reporters. 

"I hope they understand the derivations of those lyrics," Connolly said. "It was written by a slave trader who came to be filled with remorse for his actions. His words say, 'I was blind but now I see' ... He is remorseful for his past and takes responsibility for those actions and sees the saving light of grace, even for a wretch like himself." 

"I'm not saying my colleagues are wretches," he added. "But I hope what that indicates, the symbolism of singing that beautiful hymn that all Americans share, is that there's some saving grace here." 

Asked what he thinks Democrats will sing in their next caucus meeting, Connolly thought for a second. Then he sounded a note of optimism, given the recent progress toward a bipartisan Senate fiscal deal. 

"Here Comes The Sun," he said. 
------------------------ 



Too good

Tanuki  

4. The Repugs should have sung "Nearer my God to Thee", famously played


by the orchestra on the sinking Titanic.

calimary  

15. "I'm not saying my colleagues are wretches." Well, then, I will, Congressman Connolly!


I'll be glad to. They're wretches! They're WORST than wretches! They're seditious, spoiled, selfish, short-sighted, proudly and willfully ignorant, mean-spirited, even downright treasonous, and they have NO BUSINESS anywhere near government!!!!

malaise  

20. That's an insult to wretches




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023860060



On an OP by Orrex  

In all the shutdown confusion, I've totally lost track of Benghazi


And what about IRS-gate? 

How long until we can we get back to the issues that really matter?

pinboy3niner  

13. At last report, it was still in Libya


Where did you think it had gotten to? 


FSogol  

5. Benghazi!



TheCowsCameHome  

7. What about the hours spent hunting for the birth certificate?


Doesn't that mean anything? Or is that all for naught? 


kentauros  

8. Don't you know?


The birth certificate was kept "safe" at the diplomatic building in Benghazi. 


randome  

11. In the Ark of the Covenant, which is in the basement.


Guarded by Bin Laden. 

Tommy_Carcetti  

18. Dr. Sheldon Cooper is on the ball.


















http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023860497



On an OP by n2doc  

Toon: Rebranded GOP




Xipe Totec  

2. If they really want to save face, they need to put the grenade between their legs and pull the pin.


Can't say what will happen to their nether parts, but the face should survive intact. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023857329



On an OP by bluesbassman  

Dershowitz throws the Constitution, figuratively, at Ted Cruz


Source: Yahoo News

But when it came to the shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, Dershowitz made his case. 

“I think it raises very serious constitutional questions of the kind that Ted Cruz should be interested in. Could you imagine Hamilton and Madison sitting around and drafting the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. They’re talking about how the government has to pay its debts, how it has to secure the credit of the United States, how the House of Representatives to originate bills on revenue. Nobody in a million years would have contemplated the power of Congress to shut down the government, to create doubts about our creditworthiness,” he said. 

“I think you can make a very strong argument that what Ted Cruz is doing is deeply unconstitutional. Whether a court would accept that or say it’s a political question is another issue, but Cruz is a principled man. He ought to look at the Constitution and look into his heart and ask himself, ‘What would Alexander Hamilton have done,’” Dershowitz said.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/dershowitz-throws-constitution-figuratively-ted-cruz-141406725--politics.html 


More to hang around Cruz's neck during the next election.

DinahMoeHum  

3. Unfortunately, Cruz is not up for re-election until 2018.



lastlib  

16. I'll be waiting.......








okaawhatever  

19. We now have an explanation as to Cruz & Mike Lee's whereabouts during the lunch absence. Cruz having


been challenged to "look into his heart" by Dershowitz, was confused as to the instructions. He called on his friend Mike Lee to explain what the "heart thing" was. Lee, familiar with the term but uncertain of it's exact location, was unable to expedite the process. After two hours of searching they concluded it was a joke being pulled on Sen Cruz by Professor Dershowitz akin to a snipe hunt. Cruz was overheard saying to Lee, "that Dershowitz, he's getting up in years. He also used to tell me I looked like McCarthy. Silly man, It's McCartney and I don't look anything like a Beatle".

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014622525



On an OP by bluedeathray  

McConnell - Tough shit...


A provision in the Federal funding bill includes $2.918 billion in funding for a dam in Kentucky. He's walking away from this debacle with lots of your tax dollars for a project that's over budget, and won't be completed until 2024. 

http://news.yahoo.com/congressional-deal-includes-nearly--3-billion-for-kentucky-dam-project-001012679.html 

Orsino  

9. Because only the Dems give a dam about governing.




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023869267



On an OP by spanone  

local gannett newspaper running this picture on front of webpage - wtf?




elehhhhna  

1. punching himself in the face or the nuts?


it's a poll.

eShirl  

5. both, alternately

Brigid  

8. Nancy took the gavel away from him.



bluesbassman  

2. He was doing Rock-Paper-Scissors with the Prez. He lost.




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023867444
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Oct 18, 2013, 05:47 AM (15 replies)

* A mini DUzy thread for your Tuesday morning... *



Ok, so… I have free time on my hands due to a mini break-up with my girlfriend (she does not approve of me wasting my time on DU, and I do not approve of her disapproval of me!)

Having nothing better to do with my time tonight, I thought I'd fill it with a mini DUzy thread (hootinholler has bravely attempted a DU-it-yourself DUzy concept, but it remains to be seen whether that will work out in the long run.)

In the mean time, with no apologies for the past and no promises for the future, here's a DUzy thread for y'all!


Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition, either by responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line or by sending me a PM. The DUzy's could not ever happen without you!



On an OP by Drunken Irishman  

Bette Midler is pissed the fuck off...


https://twitter.com/BetteMidler 

@BetteMidler 
The real wages of workers on factory floors are lower than in the early ’70s. Richest 10% of Americans get over half the income US produces. 

‏@BetteMidler 
So....@tedcruz? Blame Canada! 

@BetteMidler 
.@tedcruz pushes this country to the brink. "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its pants." 

‏@BetteMidler 
Looks like it might be the end of @tedcruz. Dumb is dumb, and it's becoming clearer every minute... 

@BetteMidler 
What's the term for a Congress that votes against gun control, and shuts down the gov't over affordable healthcare? Oh yeah...fucked up. 

@BetteMidler 
The New Normal: USA held hostage by right wing extremists. Osama Ben Laden couldn't have done it better.

Spitfire of ATJ  

13. Check out how the Right twists things....


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/07/31/bette-midler-america-it-s-easier-take-life-get-health-insurance 

Let's look at the facts, shall we? 

In 2011, there were about 14,000 homicides in our nation. That year, 48.6 million Americans were uninsured. 

That means about 261 million people in our country had health insurance that year, or 18,643 times the number of homicides. 

Midler might be a Divine singer, but her intellectual capacity is anything but.


Oh sure, let's take the number of people WITH insurance and compare that to the number of people killed by guns and then say the numbers are wildly different and then have the nerve to claim intellectual superiority. 

It's like watching Bush give a mangled press conference and exit the stage thinking, "nailed it!"

cui bono  

14. LOL. What does that even mean???


Huh??? That made my brain crash. 

Spitfire of ATJ  

18. It's like asking "If a hen and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half then,..."


....how long will it take a rooster sitting on a brass doorknob to hatch a hardware store?

cui bono  

22. Did you know that...


that is an actual math question on the official Tea Party candidate qualifying exam? 

The correct answer is "Obama is a socialist". 

Spitfire of ATJ  

24. I thought it was "Obama is a Kenyan Communist Muslim Terrorist Fascist Dictator".

Mnemosyne  

41. He's a Muslin, dammit, get the spelling right! nt

Heather MC  

35. Ted Cruz is somewhere right now gleefully jumping up and down, pissing his pants, & singing


Bette Medler Knows my name!!!!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023798384



On an OP by xfundy  

Betty Crocker is a pro-homo, anti-christian socialist homofascist communist librul traitor 2 Murkkka


Can't wait to see how this plays among the "Let us Prey" crowd.

(Mass pun-demonium ensued, DUzy awards to all who parsnip-itated!)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023833748



OP by Gidney N Cloyd  

OMG, it's Frank Burns and Hotlips Houlihan 2.0






amb123  

6. "Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders . . .


unless we follow our leaders blindly, there's no possible way we can remain free!" 

- Frank Burns, MASH Episode: 'The Novocaine Mutiny' 

rustydog  

33. Isn't it odd both of them are having difficulty


feeling a heartbeat?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023845340



On an OP by WilliamPitt  

"DEFEND ARE VETERAN'S"




From the DC Tea Party riot yesterday. Yes, this is real. 

The apostrophe-s is what makes it art. 

What we're up against, folks.

(Original credit, and therefore a Duzy award, for this image goes to hexola)

pinboy3niner  

6. As hootinholler observed in another thread...


...they spelled "DEFUND" wrong.

(DUzy to everyone else who said the same thing throughout the thread)

KurtNYC  

8. this is what happens when you "Defund are skool's"

maryellen99  

13. Too bad Obamacare doesn't cover spelling lessons nt

L0oniX  

18. All your tea are belong us.

bullwinkle428  

21. "I CAN TYPING" hits the road!!



Oilwellian  

25. Geez Louise


They don't even have a basic grasp of three-letter words. Here's another one where they confuse "our" with "are"... 


Ghost in the Machine  

63. He was part of my "FReeper Sign" I made years ago....



louslobbs  

80. Apparently their "Windows" system doesn't have spell check. n/t


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023846601



On an OP by elleng  

*News Conference w Boner now,


MSNBC, fwiw

Liberal Veteran  

16. Transcript


Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do 
I have another puzzle for you 
Oompa Loompa doom-pa-da-dee 
If you are wise, you'll listen to me 
Who do you blame when your party's a brat? 
Pampered and spoiled like a Siamese cat 
Blaming the voters is a lie and a shame 
You know exactly who's to blame: 
The President of the Country. 

AllenVanAllen  

40. How apropos...




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023821090



OP by ashling  

Breaking: Astrophysical Shutdown threat



LiberalEsto  

1. Tell Pluto to


blow it out Uranus 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018494749



Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 06:26 AM (25 replies)

* A mini DUzy thread for your Tuesday morning... *

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023851995
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 06:05 AM (2 replies)

"We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol..."

We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol in the RSN Reader comments section. There is a fine line between moderation and censorship. No one likes a harsh or confrontational forum atmosphere. At the same time everyone wants to be able to express themselves freely. We'll start by encouraging good judgment. If that doesn't work we'll have to ramp up the moderation. General guidelines: Avoid personal attacks on other forum members; Avoid remarks that are ethnically derogatory; Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity. Remember that making the world better begins with responsible action.


http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/

(Good advice for any forum, no?)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:17 AM (3 replies)

Gentle nudge to a young RWer on facebook

This 30yo pot smoker is way too young to be a conservative, imo. Sure surprised me when he started in on Obamacare etc. So today he showed up to sing karaoke at my show, and puts in for "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty. One of his favorite singers and one of mine as well.. So, I post the following to his wall:

http://m.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-got-chills-when-democratic-national-convention-played-wont-back-down-20120906

Tom Petty 'Got Chills' When Democratic National Convention Played 'Won't Back Down'



From Silversun Pickups to Twisted Sister, artists have been lamenting the use of their music by Republicans in the 2012 presidential campaign. Tom Petty can relate. "I've been on the wrong side where I've had to tell some candidates to stop using my music," he told Rolling Stone on the MTV VMAs red carpet.

But Petty was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday night, when his song "I Won't Back Down" played as President Obama walked onstage at the Democratic National Convention, after former President Bill Clinton's speech. "I got chills," said Petty. "They knew it would be okay. I've had a chance to meet the President and talk to him about the music he listens to."


I look over at him a few minutes later and I can tell he just got it on his phone... he grins, and I grin back.

Who knows... maybe someday, he'll change his mind.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 02:43 AM (1 replies)

Oh hey, remember that discharge petition?

Looks like that could happen tomorrow.

"Miller's consistent position, and the Senate's consistent position, has been that we should open the whole government now," Albright said. "And we will be able to if members of Congress from both parties sign the discharge petition this Saturday morning on the House floor."


http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201310100114
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:49 PM (5 replies)

INCOMING!!!

Facebook and other social media are about to blow up.

Here's just the first taste of it:

-----

Me:

Don't let the Gov't shutdown distract you from the real news of the day: Today is the first day for those who are uninsured to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare.")


Pothead:

Obamacare is a joke. (Like · 1)


Likely Fox News Viewer:

A much older gentlemen came up to me today, "Hey Larry, my coverage i use to get for free will now cost me under the ACA plans." ...................This gentlemen is a senior, veteran, and is losing his paid coverage. ACA good point?


Guy with at least a few properly working brain cells:

I'm with you on that one...Go sign up!


Me:

Ah, Pothead... You say that now. My girlfriend just racked up $53,000 in hospital costs for an emergency appendectomy -Obamacare would have prevented that situation for her. It may not be perfect but it is only the beginning. It will be improved upon - but in the mean time if I were you I'd get signed up just in case your appendix bursts too (or anything else happens - it's really a question of when, not if).


Pothead:

If you say so... If it's so great, why is everyone in government office exempt from it? It's a complete sham! Obamacare is not the same as universal healthcare.


Me:

Everyone who already has insurance through their employer - whether government or not - is exempt from signing up. The point of the law is to make health insurance available to those who could not get it before. Yes, I know it's not the same as Universal healthcare and I know it has problems that will need to be worked out. I also know, however, that a self-employed person such as myself who could never hope to afford health insurance can now get it.


Pothead:

It's a government sham. It's about population control.


(Me: Screw it, I'm not arguing with Pothead anymore - as fond as I am of him, it's just not worth my time.)

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Add your own experiences below in this thread!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 04:25 AM (0 replies)

The Tea-Partiers really do hate Government. Here's why:

Why do the Tea Partiers hate government? The answer is very basic, primal, and evil: Social Darwinism. That's why they say they're afraid people will "get hooked" on Obamacare - what they really mean is, people who should really be dying will live.

Yes, this would be thanks to the government, and they oppose that -- people should be standing on their own two feet, the logic goes, and it's really bad for people to develop an unhealthy reliance on government to do for them what they should be doing for themselves.. that's what they say. But deep down inside they just wish people who can't make it in this world without help - any help whatsoever - would just die and be out of their sight.

Now, of course, if you're part of a rich family or a Christian (white) congregation that will raise money for you if you're in need, that's ok. You can accept that help. The rest of the masses, however, should really just die (and shouldn't even be in this country in the first place anyway.) The government is getting in the way of that dream becoming a reality, and that's why they hate government.

It's not an accident that the Tea Party was created by the Koch brothers, and it's been said that the Tea Partiers are being played by the Koch brothers and that it's all about money. This misses the point as well. It's not about money - the rich have all they need and more already. It's not about greed, it's about lust - the lust for ever more power, the desire to be further exalted above the rest of us by pushing us further down and getting rid of those of us who are superfluous to them.

Like the game of Monopoly which arose out of the Depression era (and which many people I know refuse to play), it's not enough to simply become rich - they must also bankrupt everyone else.

Meanness, to put it in a single-word nutshell, is the driving force behind the desire to kill Obamacare, and everything else the Tea Party wants.

The fear behind their desperation is not that the public will discover that government is not evil after all; it's not even that the public will discover that the Tea Party wanted them dead.

The real fear is that the country they don't want to exist - the multicolored one with people in it they'd rather not have there, including you and me since we oppose their goals - will continue to exist and even thrive.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Sep 30, 2013, 02:48 AM (12 replies)

My 29 yo girlfriend's appendix has horrible timing. 3 weeks later, the cost: $53,000.

Yep. And that's just the bill from the hospital - there could be others in store. She's otherwise pretty healthy but 3 weeks ago, out of the blue she was suddenly in excruciating pain. I took her to the ER and they admitted her. Even a simple appendectomy would have been bad enough, but in this case they wouldn't release her because her white blood cell count was still high. A few days later they finally did another CAT scan and determined that she had a pocket of fluid which needed to be drained. Long story short, she was in the hospital for a full week and then had to go back for 2 follow-up visits.

She's unemployed, at home taking care of her mother who is on kidney dialysis and can barely get around. She applied for financial assistance from the hospital and they just sent the application (which is supposed to be turned in within 14 days, so does that mean it's now too late?) back to her with "missing information." She says, "I filled it out the best I could, I just don't have a lot of the stuff they're asking for."

This is the kind of situation Obamacare will protect many people from. I'm only 45 but I can remember when $53,000 could buy you a nice house.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Sep 26, 2013, 03:15 PM (19 replies)

1,000 posts for the second time...

The first time was on DU1 as FlyingSquirrel (no space) - I used the occasion to remember Molly Ivins.

This time around, I think I'll give a shout-out to Warren DeMontague, whose sole complaint about DU is the lack of DUzy awards.

Can it only be a coincidence that he made this comment on the same day I reached 1,000 posts?

Only time will tell... but I'm gonna give teh DUzy awards one more try.

Gawd help us all.


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Sep 25, 2013, 03:21 AM (7 replies)
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