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Mitch McConnell has already promised more hostage-taking.  Now, there is not a damn thing we can do about the response the Dems or President would have to such an act.  But maybe we can make a statement of our own.  Maybe WE can shut down the government with our very numbers.

Looks like the next time the House and Senate will be in session will be September 6th.  I propose that for the next month we organize a massive call-in on that day.  For maximum effect, we should space our calls out into hourly blobs, so that as each hour approaches, a totally new group of angry citizens jams up the switchboard.  That way we can keep a sustained level of traffic on the Capitol Hill switchboard and just shut it the fuck down. And we should also shut down our Congressmen and women's offices with the same thing.  We should start on September 6th and keep it up for as long as we need to.  Get their cell phones.  Get their Twitter accounts.  Get their servers.

And we tell them one thing:  WE WILL NOT SIT STILL FOR ANOTHER SHOWDOWN LIKE THIS.  Make it IMPOSSIBLE for them to do business of any kind for several days running.  And let them know that ANOTHER SHOWDOWN will lead to ANOTHER SHUTDOWN.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, Sark Svemes, jacey

    Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

    by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:00:29 AM PDT

  •  I was unhappy with the debt deal (4+ / 0-)
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    sewaneepat, boophus, vcmvo2, jacey

    But sanguine enough to realize there was no real way out of it.  The GOP appeared to be more than willing to shoot the hostage.  And y'all can criticize Obama all you want but I don't think he wanted that hostage shot.  

    However, WE HAVE POPULAR SUPPORT for the notion that this kind of infantile shenanigan is a major piss-off to the public.  I think if the GOP gets the idea that the public will start looking for pikes to put their heads on if they pull this stunt again, we might be able to make them back the fuck down.

    Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

    by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:02:35 AM PDT

  •  Replace McConnell (2+ / 0-)
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    True North, vcmvo2

    with a Democrat.  Draft Bruce Lunsford to challenge McConnell again in 2014.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:22:43 AM PDT

    •  Replace McConnell with a hatrack (3+ / 0-)
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      sunbro, vcmvo2, jacey

      at least it would serve a useful purpose

      It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

      by Murphoney on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:28:28 AM PDT

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    •  Does He have a Real Chance? Is There Discontent (1+ / 0-)
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      sunbro

      with him in Kentucky?  KY Kossacks?  What say you?

    •  Argh, anybody but Bruce (2+ / 0-)
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      sunbro, VClib

      I had this argument with another out-of-stater last election cycle. You people DO NOT UNDERSTAND LUNSFORD'S PROBLEM.  He SINGLE-HANDEDLY WRECKED ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPANIES IN THE STATE and EVERYONE KNOWS HE'S SCUM.  This guy was RICK FUCKING SCOTT'S DISCIPLE in the looting and wrecking of large healthcare companies.

      Plus, I guarantee you I'll never fucking vote for him.  I USED TO WORK FOR BRUCE.  HE LIED RIGHT TO MY FACE.  I WOULDN'T CALL FOR HIM.  I WOULDN'T DONATE TO HIM.  I WOULDN'T EVEN VOTE FOR HIM AGAINST MCCONNELL -- HE IS THAT GOD-DAMN BAD.

      So, draft ANYONE ELSE.  Bruce DOES NOT NOW AND NEVER WILL HAVE A CHANCE.

      Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

      by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:55:08 AM PDT

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      •  Okay, who would you suggest? (0+ / 0-)

        Who has a chance vs McConnell in Kentucky?

        -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

        by sunbro on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:59:44 AM PDT

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        •  I do not know, but it sure as FUCK isn't Bruce (0+ / 0-)

          Bruce lied to a lot of people here.  He fucked our 401k's.  He is not popular.  He is not well-liked.  He's not a viable candidate for anything.  

          I don't know what good ole boy zombie club keeps dragging him out for this or that political office, but he's tried twice for Governor and in neither case did he even survive the primary.  His Senatorial campaign was a fucking joke.  The man runs for political office out of vanity.  His leadership at Vencor was that of a cult leader, and he deliberately drove the company over a cliff by selling its assets off to a company that he just coincidentally had formed.  The whole reason for doing so was to avoid the Medicare Cliff in 1997-98 or so.  

          But there seem to be a strange legion of Kossacks who have never been to or read about Kentucky or even looked into Bruce's dismal, pathetic record and taken the time to understand that he WILL.  NEVER.  BE.  ELECTED.  DOGCATCHER.  IN.  THIS.  HERE.  TOWN.

          Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

          by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:03:23 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, I'm convinced. (0+ / 0-)

            Well, I hope we identify the challenger by 2012, at least two years in advance.

            -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

            by sunbro on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:12:40 AM PDT

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            •  Unless you move to KY, join the Party (0+ / 0-)

              And start removing the Good Ole Boy from the superstructure of the party, fat chance.  They'll run some KY Democratic zombie against him.  And he's not on the ballot in 2012.  You have to wait until 2014 to get him out of there.  His last election was 2008 -- and Barack Obama's coattails were not long enough or strong enough to catch a dead-ender loser like Lunsford and unseat Mitch.  If you're intersted in solving this problem I welcome you to it.  Just do me a favor:  FUCKING FORGET BRUCE LUNSFORD.  he is not the answer to ANY PROBLEM Democrats have.  He is a CORPORATE RAIDER/LOOTER.   And he has never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever EVER WON an election.

              Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

              by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:24:15 AM PDT

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      •  OK. Is There a Decent Dem Who has a Chance... (0+ / 0-)

        of defeating the Turtle?  Is there dissatisfaction with him in KY?

        •  I'd say McConnell pretty much oozes under (0+ / 0-)

          the radar around here.  I do not know anyone who is particularly fond of him, but the KY Democratic party has a terrible good-ole-boy problem themselves.  The most progresssive Kentuckians in politics that I am aware of are John Yarmuth and Jack Conway . . . and Conway has managed to get state attorney, after being narrowly defeated by Northup in 2002, and refusing to run again in 2004 (and I couldn't blame him.  The Cult Of Bush is strong here).  He also got owned by Rand Fucking Clown-for-brains Paul in 2010's Senate race.  So I think he's a good guy, but even his own party attacks him.  

          There's not a lot of real progressivism here.  It's all centered in Louisville as far as I know, which is reliably liberal and it's Louisville's district that Yarmuth represents.

          I actually live across the river in Indiana now.  I don't even know what kind of sad state IN's Democratic party is in down here, but I do remember that the district I live in pretty much is traded off between Barron Hill (another Good Ole Boy Democrat) and whatever Republican they throw at it from time to time.  The rule of thumb that larger population centers trend progressive means that if southern IN keeps growing like it has, maybe we can put some true blue progressives up there in another decade.

          But again, I'm trying to do something else entirely which is stop the GOP congress in the next 18 months from more shenanigans.  I'd like to think that will make more of an immediate difference than trying to unseat a bunch of conservatives with a bunch of good ole boys.

          Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

          by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:10:44 AM PDT

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  •  I think we should shout about the FAA situation. (4+ / 0-)
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    True North, vcmvo2, slippytoad, Vatexia

    nearly $1 billion month in lost revenue- which the airlines are keeping for themselves.

    4000 FAA workers furloughed.

    70,000 construction workers laid off.

    No work on new control towers, runway, airport improvements.

    For what? Union busting provision.

    That's what I'm going to be calling about.

    And those asses are taking a 5 week vacation. I hope there will be town hall meetings during that time so we can take this fight to them.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:24:58 AM PDT

    •  Question about FAA (1+ / 0-)
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      Vatexia

      If the FAA isn't collecting taxes during the shutdown, then are those taxes/fees lost forever? When the FAA is back, can they just collect the back taxes (as it were) then?

      •  I don't know but I doubt it. (1+ / 0-)
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        True North

        Would it not be an ex post facto law if they tried to collect taxes that were not in force?

        But I am not a lawyer so my opinion is worth not all that much on this issue. I'll try to find out. Or better yet, someone might know.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:57:42 AM PDT

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      •  From what I have read, this is lost revenue (1+ / 0-)
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        True North

        because the FAA's authority to collect it has expired.

        The Senate is in session til the end of the week and apparently they just need to pass the House version.

        Orrin  Hatch  is the one holding it up apparently to get the union busting language in. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is leading the fight on the Republican side to get the House version passed, believe it or not. Good for her.  I think the House version has cuts to airline subsidies but maybe not the union busting language, but I am not totally sure. Obama has said he will veto a bill with the union busting language.

        So calls to Hatch and Hutchinson would be good. Googling the specific House bill would be good to make sure it does not have the union provision in it.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:10:14 AM PDT

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      •  Well, crap, (1+ / 0-)
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        True North

        Just had a chance to look up some more and apparently the Senate is going to pass the House bill which cuts subsidies to rural airports and has the union busting language in it.

        So ignore what I wrote above.

        Crapola!

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 12:54:31 PM PDT

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      •  My understanding is they are lost forever (1+ / 0-)
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        True North

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 05:41:35 AM PDT

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    •  I'll call about that too! (2+ / 0-)
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      sewaneepat, Vatexia

      I've been giving my rep Roscoe Bartlett(Repug) hell about this so-called budget deal for weeks.

      Cardin & Mikulski will hear from me especially about the FAA!

      That union busting of the FAA was one of Reagan's first acts as President.

      In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

      by vcmvo2 on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:51:52 AM PDT

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  •  So sticking to the topic (2+ / 0-)
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    Vatexia, jacey

    I'm looking for people to sign onto organizing a call-in on September 6th.  If I can get say 100 people or so to join me from this or another diary, we can start an online petition.  I'll contribute what I can to help buy Google ads.

    It is time for some grassroots ass-kicking to take place.

    Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

    by slippytoad on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 10:56:59 AM PDT

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