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I just saw a FaceBook post on this piece from Thomas Sowell on the question of who is responsible for the shutdown.  The basic premise is this...

There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for Obamacare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.
As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
A perfectly logical explanation to someone searching for any thread of hope that perhaps this somehow isn't the fault of GOP after all.  My counter below the fold...
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Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:32 PM PDT

Reasonable Discussion About Guns

by tandrews

Someone, in the comments of a diary somewhere on this site, asked why there is no reasonable discussion from the "RKBA" contingent on this site. While I don't consider myself much of a member of the RKBA contingent, I do find myself commenting on diaries here and there mainly out of frustration over what I interpret as a massive experience gap between gun owners and non-gun owners... and even between subsets of gun owners.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that my experience very closely resembles the experience of the vast majority of gun owners.  These are the folks from whom you will never hear.  These folks think nothing more of the gun locked safely away downstairs than you do about the tennis racket you take out twice a year.  They don't kill other people, they don't do stupid things with their guns.  Everything about their experience with guns is boring and non-sensational.  If we got rid of every gun owner but these folks, you would still have a shit-load of gun owners, but nothing much to talk about with respect to guns in this country.

So you can probably imagine that it can be a touch irritating to be a member of this site and read things that just don't make a ton of sense, or are simply not true when it comes to gun owners in general.  

So rather than try to follow the diaries of others and mount a defense comment-by-comment, I'll simply spell out my thoughts here and then leave well enough alone.

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The right-wing really does have it figured out.  The problem with health care has nothing to do with insurance premium costs growing faster than worker's earnings, or drug companies with pockets full of legislators and piles of money for advertising, it has nothing to do with Doctors or Hospitals jobbing a flawed system by prescribing expensive but unnecessary procedures for maximum payback.  No, no, no my dear friends... it's because we have failed to release the health care system into the loving clutches of the free market system.  When the finest health care providers in the world are forced to compete for your hard earned dollar, only then will we realize the solution to this crisis.

In fact, I'm so convinced that this is the case that I offer the logical extension to this argument for your perusal...

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Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 07:24 PM PST

Coleman Claims Victory

by tandrews

Talk about pitiful.  You would think that when the vote difference is less than 500, each party would want to be sure that the automatic recount goes ahead to make sure there is no question about voter intent...

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Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 06:23 AM PDT

Fred Flintstone... Obama Supporter?

by tandrews

The controversy o'-the-day over in wing-nut land is the recent scrap over the credit card donation practices of the Obama campaign.  The claim is that all AVS processing in their system has been deliberately turned off and that this allows the donator to easily enter credit card information with completely false name and address information.

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Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 08:30 PM PDT

Forget about Joe

by tandrews

The wingnuts are prognosticating that Joe the Plumber will be the October surprise that they've all been waiting for.  Repeated attempts to shove ACORN and Ayers down the throats of Americans have resulted in nothing more than ... well ... ACORN and Ayers flavored vomit back in their collective faces.

I sincerely doubt, after watching the original exchange, that Joe the Plumber will do anything more than reinforce what we already believed we knew about the Obama plan.

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 10:09 AM PDT

Constitutional Knowledge Bowl...

by tandrews

Biden goofed when he stated last night that Article I of the Constitution defined the Executive Branch.  Article II does that job.  Not a huge goof... but a goof nonetheless.  So I'm sure many wingnuts will grab that thread and pull it as far as it will go.  But do they really want to take that road?...

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Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:55 AM PDT

Making the world safe for hypocrisy...

by tandrews

So now the Baby Mama controversy has reached the front pages.  The same site that brings us classics like Old Jokes and "yellow teeth" spends this sort of time and energy over an equally inappropriate characterization of one of our own.

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Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 07:20 AM PDT

Another Miranda Exchange...

by tandrews

Maybe you are sick and tired of Miranda communiqués and maybe you aren't.  I received the following email from him and felt like posting the transactions that followed:

Original Miranda Email...

Today LIVE from 3 to 4 Eastern on RighTalk.com...

I will answer questions I received from last week's show on Memogate (see
www.mirandafund.com), including Bill Pickle's sorry role; Orrin Hatch's
self-serving betrayal; and what the White House knew and when did they know
it?  And why the liberal newspapers, like Roll Call, dropped the
journalistic ball; and the effect on Hill writers of the Stockholm Syndrome.
We will also discuss the confirmation debates on Brown and Pryor, and the
looming storm over others.  Finally, I will tell you what I know about
whether we will have a S. Ct vacancy.

Remember, you can call in.  And you can listen to my broadcast at any other
time later today on RighTalk.com.

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Fri May 06, 2005 at 01:56 PM PDT

Democrats Causing Delays in Courts?

by tandrews

From FactCheck.org today:


Contrary to a pro-Bush TV ad, Republicans share the blame for "empty courtrooms," and delays are shorter now than they were before Bush.

A multimillion-dollar ad campaign blames Democrats for the fact that "courtrooms sit empty." In fact, there are now half as many judicial vacancies as when Bush took office. And of the 46 federal judgeships that remain vacant, Bush has named only 16 replacements.

The ad also says cases are being delayed in federal courts for "thousands of Americans." Actually, official statistics show cases typically being decided more quickly now than they were in 1999, when it was Republicans opposing Clinton's judicial nominees.

If only everyone would bother to check a few facts every now and then...

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