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“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#870813 Mar 8, 2013
The Postal Services created a stamp with a picture of President Obama on it.
The Postal Service noticed that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes.
This enraged the President, who demanded a full investigation.
After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special
Presidential commission presented the following findings:

1. The stamp is in perfect order.
2. There is nothing wrong with the glue.
3. People are spitting on the wrong side

“Plays well with others.”

Since: Jun 07

LIVING WELL*THE BEST REVENGE

#870814 Mar 8, 2013
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#870815 Mar 8, 2013
What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate. Sort Of.

It's hard to negotiate with people who don't even bother to understand the issue you're negotiating about.

Like any number of liberals, I have from time to time complained about the difficulty of having substantive arguments about politics when your opponents refuse to acknowledge plain facts about the world. It's hard to have a discussion about what to do about climate change, for instance, if the other person refuses to believe that climate change is occurring. It's hard to discuss how to handle market failures in health insurance when the other person holds that markets are always perfect and government health insurance is always more expensive. As frustrating as those kinds of impasses are, at least you're talking about complex systems that require at least some investment of time to understand.

But there's a rather incredible dance going on right now in the dispute over the budget that takes every stereotype liberals have about know-nothing Republicans and turns it up to 11. To sum it up, Democrats are being forced to negotiate with a group of people who are either so dumb they can't figure out what the White House's negotiating position is (unlikely) or so incredibly irresponsible that they don't care enough to find out, when doing so would take them about 30 seconds (probable). It's hard to find words to describe this kind of behavior. The Republican position is that this negotiation is of vital importance to the future of the country, indeed, so important that they may be willing to shut the government down and let the full faith and credit of the United States be destroyed if they don't get what they want; but they also can't be bothered to understand what it is the other side wants. And these people hold our nation's fate in their hands.

A brief explanation: President Obama is proposing a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to bring down the deficit. Republicans want only spending cuts. But Republicans are also insisting that President Obama has not, in fact, proposed any spending cuts, and wants only tax increases. Now, you may imagine that as a tactic of negotiation or public persuasion, politicians sometimes publicly take a position slightly more extreme than the one they sincerely hold, or temporarily pretend that something doesn't exist when it does. And you'd be right. But in this case, many Republicans—even those actually involved in budget negotiations—seem to be genuinely unaware of the administration's position. It's simply mind-boggling.

http://prospect.org/article/what-we-have-here...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#870816 Mar 8, 2013
And it isn't like we're talking about some obscure provision buried in a 1,000-page bill. Head on over to whitehouse.gov , and right up top there's a button reading "See the Plan." And it takes you to Obama's proposal, which includes—now pay attention here—$930 billion in spending cuts! It may not be all that detailed, and maybe you disagree about where the cuts should come from or how big they should be, but no one could look at it and say the President hasn't proposed cutting spending. Yet Republicans have been saying, and even often shouting, that the President hasn't proposed any spending cuts. In this incredible segment on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly flies into an apoplectic rage when guest Alan Colmes insists that Obama has in fact proposed cutting spending. He challenges Colmes to name a program Obama has suggested cutting, and when Colmes answers Medicare and Medicaid, O'Reilly screams (yes, screams), "That's not a specific program!"

Now even Bill O'Reilly doesn't want to look like an outright fool, though he may be less concerned about it than most of us. And you'd think that if he was going to do a segment on the budget debate, he'd at least make some effort to understand that debate. But I guess not. What's more incredible is that the legislators who are doing the actual negotiating are just as ignorant. As Ezra Klein tells us, Obama's dinner with Senate Republicans last night was partly about massaging their considerable egos, and partly because they are so clueless that they didn't realize the President had proposed cuts until they heard it from him personally. NBC reported that "one senator told us that he learned, for the first time, the actual cuts that the president has put on the table.[GOP Senate] Leadership hadn't shared that list with them before." Really. And it's happening on the House side too; in that post, Klein relates a conversation with a high-ranking House Republican who said that if the President were to support the use of chained CPI to cut Social Security benefits, that would be a serious proposal; informed that the President has in fact said again and again that he supports the use of chained CPI, the Republican laughed and said, "I'd love to see it."

You can argue that Obama hasn't done enough personal, one-to-one outreach to the other side. But how on earth can we run a government when members of Congress can't be bothered to learn even the most basic facts about the things they're deciding on? And we're not talking about just a bunch of backbench wingnuts here, this is senators and House leaders, the people whose cooperation we'll need if we're going to avert catastrophe. It's just unbelievable.

http://prospect.org/article/what-we-have-here...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/sequester/th...

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#870818 Mar 8, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure. Plus Feinstein was just re-elected.
Her only threat is the Grim Reaper.
I agree the Grim Reaper is her only threat but I didnt know that she just got re-elected again but it just tells me that California's majority is still Ultra Liberal which has to be for Mitt Romney to live there besides Mitt Romeny aligns with Dianne Feinstein's Views especially on the attack of the 2nd amendment.
NUT surpriZed

Pompano Beach, FL

#870819 Mar 8, 2013
Not Surprized wrote:
<quoted text>
Clever deduction genius. Another impressive display of your "Ivy League" education and superior intelligence. Troll.
RejectWomanLowlifeWelfareFoods tampLeechBottomfeedingObamaWor shipperForSure say what? NOT SURPRIZED! ROTFLMAO!
Cway

United States

#870822 Mar 8, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
By the looks of her face, the Grim Reaper has already smacked her there with the Scythe.
By the remarks I see in your posts, I'd say that blade has also hacked off most of your brain.
Cway

United States

#870823 Mar 8, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
The Postal Services created a stamp with a picture of President Obama on it.
The Postal Service noticed that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes.
This enraged the President, who demanded a full investigation.
After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special
Presidential commission presented the following findings:
1. The stamp is in perfect order.
2. There is nothing wrong with the glue.
3. People are spitting on the wrong side
Well, now that you know which side to lick, maybe your mail will get delivered.
Cway

United States

#870824 Mar 8, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
Politics is being commandeered by an unholy consortium formed between the Entertainment Industry and the White House.
Oh No!

Evil hollywood actors out to take over.

It's a conspiracy!

Quick, Shiny. Put your saucepan helmet over your head, grab your squirrel gun and head for the hills!
Patriot

Boulder, CO

#870825 Mar 8, 2013
3/8/2013 -- Large plume event -- Entire state of Georgia - into MS, AL, SC, NC

Looks like the entire edge of the craton is burning. Can't be wildfires (too well timed).. and control burns across millions of acres all at once? hmm. could be possible, but unlikely over that large of an area / that many states.

Cway

United States

#870826 Mar 8, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
The deeper you dig your hole, the more it smells, Dood. Come on out and take a shower.
Wiki - Ford Model A (1903–1904): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_A_%28...
Wiki - Frod Model T(September 1908 to October 1927): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_T
Wiki - Ford Model A (1927–1931): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_A_%28...
I see Sherlock is still trying to score points on Ford trivia.

Pret-ty pathetic.
Cway

United States

#870827 Mar 8, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks, son of Waxturd!!
That's the most vile insult in the book.

I bet Jimmy felt like he'd been napalmed.
Neutral Party

Louisville, KY

#870828 Mar 8, 2013
So you trust the government? I believe that corporations know that if they don't meet my needs I will spend my $ elsewhere. The government doesn't have that requirement. They take, steal and waste. BTW, I don't believe I said trust a business instead of the government. I said there are fools that trust the government even though they are the largest monopoly there is.

So you trust the government? Naive liberal you are.

You sound like the low information voter that believes everything a politician says.
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Spoken like a true right whiner.
Tell me, how did the tearing down of the walls between banks & financial investment houses work out for America? Thank you Republicans Gramm, Bailey & Leach.
How does Republicans fighting for loopholes that help send jobs overseas working out for America.
Right whiners think we can trust corporations to do what is best for America. This is how fricken stupid you are. How many near financial collapses, how many Enrons, how many Bernie Madoffs do you need?
You evidently think Corporate America gives a rat's ass about you? My God, they only care about how much short term profit they can make regardless of people or this country.
Cway

United States

#870829 Mar 8, 2013
Anonymous of Indy wrote:
<quoted text>I agree the Grim Reaper is her only threat but I didnt know that she just got re-elected again but it just tells me that California's majority is still Ultra Liberal which has to be for Mitt Romney to live there besides Mitt Romeny aligns with Dianne Feinstein's Views especially on the attack of the 2nd amendment.
Oooh, "Ultra Liberal" Californians.

Sounds ominous.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#870830 Mar 8, 2013
Cway wrote:
<quoted text>
By the remarks I see in your posts, I'd say that blade has also hacked off most of your brain.
Considering your brain's location being hidden to the rear of your Hermaphrodite sex organs, it is most improbable that you could credibly judge other brains with any degree of accuracy.

You risk losing your mind with each bowel movement.

A Half-Wit cannot properly sit in judgement of Ingenuity.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#870831 Mar 8, 2013
Cway wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, now that you know which side to lick, maybe your mail will get delivered.
Lick? Nobody licks stamps anymore.

Do you lick your Obama stamps on the front?

You have problems, Dood. Larry Sinclair type.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#870832 Mar 8, 2013
Cway wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh No!
Evil hollywood actors out to take over.
It's a conspiracy!
Quick, Shiny. Put your saucepan helmet over your head, grab your squirrel gun and head for the hills!
During the next electrical storm, find shelter beneath a flag pole, Dood. You need something to light up your dull life.
Cway

United States

#870833 Mar 8, 2013
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
The Democratic Governors Association vacuumed up $11.6 million in contributions -- mostly from corporations and unions -- during the second half of 2009. For the year, DGA raised $23.1 million, a record.
The contributors included hefty checks from nearly every top lobbying firm in Washington and from such multi-national giants as Exxon Mobil which pitched in $50,000.
...Democrats catering to corporations "to some extent" is an understatement.
Carol,

A rather ugly side to the way your side "debates" is to dance away from the facts you can't answer.

I refer to the arrangement the Bush Administration made with pharmaceutical companies, where reprsentatives of the latter were allowed to participate in DEA evaluations of new drugs produced by the same companies!

This is a clear case of conflict of interest.

But even worse, it shows the extent to which Republicans not only fail in their obligation to be a watchdog over the private sector, but actually allows corporations to co-opt the watchdog function and bring in line with their goals.

We saw this again with MME, which allowed oil companies to actually fill out the government inspection reports of their safety standards. The BP diaster followed.

This underlies the true nature of the Republican Party which is to betray the public trust to corporate profit.
Cway

United States

#870834 Mar 8, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
Considering your brain's location being hidden to the rear of your Hermaphrodite sex organs, it is most improbable that you could credibly judge other brains with any degree of accuracy.
You risk losing your mind with each bowel movement.
A Half-Wit cannot properly sit in judgement of Ingenuity.
Hey, how's it going mental midget?

Still trying to be funny and not succeeding.

Some things never change.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#870835 Mar 8, 2013
Cway wrote:
<quoted text>
I see Sherlock is still trying to score points on Ford trivia.
Pret-ty pathetic.
Scoring has nothing to do with it.

Telling the truth does.

It's in my blood.

You haven't learned the concept yet being in Boy Messiah Mode:}

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