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It's Friday, and you know what that means.

Which means I don't have to tell you. So, great! I'm done! Bye!

OK, fine. The House Republican are expected to vote on jumping off the fiscal cliff-that's-no-longer-referred-to-as-the-fiscal-cliff, with their continuing resolution that purports to defund the ACA. That'll be debated and voted on during the show this morning.

We still need to squeeze in another look at the Detroit bankruptcy, that helium reserve thingy, and more. Plus there's always some new and outrageous GunFAIL to discuss, and other easy ways to distract ourselves from the fact that we're handcuffed to a gang of lunatics.

Woohoo! Weekend!

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:30 AM PDT.

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  •  good morning (3+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, skillet, enemy of the people

    Ignatius sums up Villager attitude:

    The mystery is why this outcome in Syria is derided by so many analysts in Washington. Partly, it must be the John McCain factor. The Arizona senator is in danger of becoming a kind of Republican version of Jesse Jackson, who shows up at every international crisis with his own plan for a solution, sometimes through personal mediation (as with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt), other times demanding military intervention (as in Syria). Because McCain is a distinguished figure, he commands respect even when his proposals have no political support at home.

    Not so Obama. He can propose what the country wants, succeed at it and still get hammered as a failure.

    NYT:
    Seizing on a perceived flexibility in a letter from President Obama to President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s leaders are seeking quick relief from crippling sanctions, an adviser said.
    David Sanger/NYT:
    President Obama is facing two unexpected diplomatic initiatives with the United States’ biggest adversaries in the Middle East, Syria and Iran, each fraught with opportunity and danger.
    But... but... we already decided he's feckless and incompetent. Just ask John McCain.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:18:24 AM PDT

  •  Villager speak at its worst (3+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, skillet, enemy of the people

    NYT:

    Fed Front-Runner Faces Confirmation and Policy Hurdles

    The White House is worried that Janet L. Yellen could be a target for criticism before a formal nomination, and if she does lead the Federal Reserve, she must manage a stimulus easing in a weak job market.

    if only Larry Summers were nominated, those problems would go away...

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:21:20 AM PDT

  •  ... (3+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, skillet, enemy of the people

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:03:47 AM PDT

  •  Cruz Filibuster? (1+ / 0-)
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    enemy of the people

    Since we know the House CR will pass and go to the Senate, and Reid will propose an amendment to rip out the prohibition on ACA funding, the question has come up as to whether Senate rules allow Cruz to filibuster the Motion To Proceed and final passage of this amendment?  It is my understanding, as well as McJoan's, that Budget Reconciliation rules would not apply in this case, and that he can, and force at least two cloture votes.

    Could you weigh in with the straight poop on the subject during the show?  I will listen tonight since my work blocks my access.

    Also, do you have any guesses as to how many Republican Senators will buck Cruz and vote for cloture on an amendment to continue ACA funding?  Any names?
     

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:03:19 AM PDT

  •  Since the effort to defund Obamacare is (0+ / 0-)

    obviously futile and unworkable, how are these ads featuring Ted Cruz and Mike Lee that are designed to bilk followers out of funds not considered fraudulent by the FTC, FCC, or whatever agency is tasked with enforcing truth in advertising standards?

    Do these standards still exist?  Are they enforceable?  I am continuously frustrated by the appearance of these ads, especially on cable news outlets like MSNBC and CNN.  I have tried emailing these outlets directly to question their complicity in these scams, but have obviously gotten no response.

    I'd be interested in hearing your take on this.

  •  David your story about the insurance affecting (0+ / 0-)

    the Gun show in Idaho caught my attention for two reasons.  As you know, I have a background in the insurance industry.  First, it is entirely reasonable for a municipality to require increased liability coverage for an event, especially given the shooting incident the prior year.  As you've mentioned in past shows the medical expenses resultant from accidental shootings are usually quite high and largely uninsured.  That means that there is definitely a liability exposure for the municipality as a victim's attorney searches for deep pockets to compensate the victim or victims.

    As far as pricing such coverage is concerned, there probably isn't a great deal of actuarial data available to accurately calculate the probability of an occurrence. This is especially true since the information is not always easily obtained or centrally compiled except by you and a few others.  Even you admit that your data is anecdotal and by no means complete.  

    Actuaries generally like to base their formulas on comprehensive verifiable data.  In the absence of that the pricing of such coverage is somewhat arbitrary.  The company may pull a figure out of the air or base it on some other seemingly unrelated criteria like number of attendees.  The closest thing I can come up with would be "hole in one" coverage for a golf tournament.  The occurrence is relatively rare and can be expensive if a prize is attached, which is common.

    Secondly, I am a strong advocate of making liability coverage for gun ownership mandatory under the owner's homeowners policy.  This would address several issues.  It would give victims some private recourse for reimbursement for injuries or wrongful deaths by firearms, rates could be set based on various factors such as training, experience, criminal history, etc.  This is a "private sector" solution to a public health problem so right wingers should love it.  What do you think?  Ha ha!

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