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...they didn't need to shut down the government to get it.

I'll keep this short and sweet.  According to a rec'd diary "breathlessly" citing only RW sources, the shutdown was about getting the "grand bargain" that some progressives have been pissed off about from the beginning, even if it was discussed in abstract terms.

This fails the logic test.



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"The world is made for those who aren't cursed with self-awareness."
-- Annie Savoy, Bull Durham
Well, this is rich.  Buried in a front page Washington Post article this morning is this little nugget.  In the GOP's mad scramble to find a way to avert a government shutdown but still placate their tea party base, John Boehner floated an idea:
Another Boehner ally, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), predicted that Boehner would instead seek to add a measure that would eliminate subsidies for members of Congress to buy health insurance — although some Republicans complained at the morning meeting that such a move would create an economic hardship for their families, GOP aides said.
To which the response should be: Are you freakin' kidding me?!?
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Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM PDT

If Death is Death...

by wmtriallawyer

no matter the delivery mechanism...then I have a few suggestions for practices that I think need to be brought back into common practice.

Death is it shouldn't matter, in terms of capital punishment, whether you die by lethal injection, shooting, hanging, or are drawn and quartered.  Who cares? Death is death.

Death is let's just legalize chemical weapons already.  Hell, guarantee them under the 2nd Amendment.  If I have a right to stand my ground, I should be able to do it with sarin gas.  Better not come after me,'ll get yours.  And why should you care? Death is death, after all.

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Remember when right wingers and gun enthusiasts chided the President for exploiting the tragedy in Newtown and the memories of those children for political purposes?  Yeah. Well. In another instance in the continuing saga of "It's OK If You Are Republican," the tables have turned in Anne Arundel County, Maryland:

The 8-year-old Anne Arundel County boy who was suspended for biting a pastry in to the shape of a gun received standing ovation and a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association Wednesday night.

At a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Republicans, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the membership, which cost $550, during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into pistol and gun safety tips.

Oh, how cute.  How droll.  How...disgusting.  Below the fold are more details.
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Hidden in the Obama Budget, something not getting as much attention as chained CPI, is a provision that slaps federal workers in the face...benefit and pay cuts for federal workers:

President Obama is expected to propose $35 billion in federal retirement program savings in the fiscal year 2014 budget plan he will release next week...

While the details of the $35 billion in federal retirement savings for FY 2014 were not specified, in September 2011, the White House proposed saving $21 billion, from 2013 through 2021, by increasing employee defined benefit contributions and another $16 billion, from 2014 through 2021, through other federal retirement cuts. The White House, in 2011, recommended increasing the employee contribution to their retirement by 1.2 percentage points over three years, while cutting the government’s share by an equal amount.

That's just swell.
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:47 AM PDT

It's Not About Chained CPI

by wmtriallawyer

I'll repeat that: the kerfuffle over the President's budget proposal isn't about chained CPI, benefit cuts, means testing of entitlements, etc.

It's about something potentially much more damaging to progressives and the Democratic Party brand.

The President's budget proposal communicates a simple fact: that the Administration has wholly accepted the Republican frame that deficit reduction matters more than stimulus and job creation.  It's that simple.

That's not what Democrats ran on in 2012.  And that does not bode well going forward.

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This will be short.

I suppose after Newtown, we just come to expect it.  And I suppose on this day, with the resignation of a Pope being big, big news, we can't be blamed if we miss it.

But in case you did...There was another mass shooting today in Delaware.  In a courthouse, no less.

Now I know that "only" 3 people died, and one of those was the shooter, but what fascinates me is the following...

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT


by wmtriallawyer

"Arithmetic!" It was the signature line of President Clinton's speech to the DNC a month ago as he explained what the great secret formula was to balancing the budget.  Democrats got a kick out of it, deriding Republicans for not knowing basic math.

And yet, it seems within the past few days, due to a few lousy polls and a poor debate performance by the President, a few critics from the left need a lesson in remedial math, as they fear the election is absolutely doomed.  Or conversely, excuses are being made for a bad debate or polls that look skewed.

Chill, people.  See below the fold for why.

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM PDT

You Always Double Down on 11

by wmtriallawyer

In the mid-90s cult hit "Swingers", protagonist Mikey heads out to Vegas with playboy buddy Trent for a night of debauchery, starting with the blackjack tables.  Trying their best to look like whales, Mikey changes out $300 at a table...not realizing it's at $100 minimum.  When the cards are dealt, he gets 11...and Trent urges him to double down, because you always double down on 11.  Mikey is unsure, because $200 is "blood money".  He doubles down, loses, and ends up at the low stakes table with the rest of the dregs:

Doubling down is playing out in our Presidential campaign, except this time, Mitt Romney is playing the Mikey role, and Trent is Paul Ryan, the Tea Party, movement conservatives, etc., urging Mitt to push all his chips to the center.

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Oh, the Washington Post blared the headline today. Brian Williams called it one of the worst "fleecings of America" last night on the NBC Nightly News.  Seems as though the GSA got caught in a big ole mess, and the heads rolled right out of Washington:
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception.
All bad, too be sure. (Although as a side note, one would think the GSA could afford better, 'er, "entertainment" than a clown and mind reader...particularly in Vegas.  But I digress.)  With all the bleeting of the media, you'd think this is the worst waste of money ever by the United States government.  $1 million for a team building morale conference? Yikes.  Then again...
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Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM PST

Vote Against FDR in '44

by wmtriallawyer

Executive Order 9066 is a crime against our constitution. It allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens by the military inside the US - without a trial. It is the worst law ever handed down by a President and it was done with nary a peep of opposition. I'm positive that a huge percentage of the population is not even aware of it, partly because the establishment media didn't even bother covering it, and partly because most people don't give a sh*t about Japanese-Americans.

But it appeared for a while that maybe, just maybe, the Supreme Court would stand up and end the law.  Then that bastard FDR packed the Court and they went ahead and upheld the law because they wanted FDR to have even more executive power, not less. This president has been a disaster for civil liberties. But if that's not bad enough, his New Deal sucks too.


You voting for FDR this time around?

69%215 votes
16%51 votes
14%44 votes

| 311 votes | Vote | Results

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Great news out of the Free State.  After a week of goofy wrangling, delegates backpedaling, then recommitting, the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee advanced the Civil Marriage Protection Act to the full House of Delegates by a 12-10 vote.

Those who have been following know that the more conservative Maryland Senate passed the bill last week by a 25-21 vote.  The thought was that the more liberal House had an easier path for passage, but this week, two delegates held up the bill in Committee, and a third wavered.

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