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"There's Nothing "Partisan" About Trashing the Selfish Extremists Who Just Shut Down Our Government"

From By Henry Blodget originally in Business Insider, reprinted in Slate.

Some excerpts:

"This shutdown, importantly, is not just symbolic. It is forcing hundreds of thousands of Americans to stop working, inconveniencing millions of Americans who depend on government services, hurting the already fragile economic recovery, and disgracing the country in the eyes of the world."

"It is not "partisan" to point out how outrageous and anti-American this behavior is. If a group of extremist Democrats shut down the government over one of their pet issues—gun control, for example, or a non-poverty minimum wage, or universal health care—the country would be justifiably outraged. And what the "Tea Party" Republicans are doing is no different."

"To be clear: The "Tea Party" Republicans are no longer even creating a pretense that their anti-American behavior is about debt or government spending—the issues they staked their last hijacking campaign on. Now, the "Tea Party" hijacking is based solely on their dislike of one law that many other Americans think doesn't go far enough."

Whole article here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_tea_party_republicans_are_to_blame.html

"Most media coverage focused on Cuccinelli's tongue-tied difficulty to distance himsef from Cruz."

From a Slate article by By David Weigel, titled, "In Virginia, A Quick Round of Blaming the Other Guy for the Shutdown"

"The moment at last week's Virginia gubernatorial debate that really sent eyebrows raising came when Ken Cuccinelli was asked about Ted Cruz's filibuster (of sorts) of the continuing resolution to fund the government. He was baited by his Democratic rival, Terry McAuliffe, who bellowed that "gridlock, driven by the Tea Party, is once again risking a government shutdown that would be devastating to the Virginia economy." (Democrats are pretty confident that the Tea Party is now a loser for Republicans. Cuccinelli may have been the movement's first winning candidate -- his victory at the 2009 Virginia GOP convention was celebrated by activists waving Gadsden flags.) Most media coverage focused on Cuccinelli's tongue-tied difficulty to distance himsef from Cruz."

Whole article here:

He ends it with "It's my favorite example of the transmogrification of shutdown politics, and of how Republicans now work so hard to promise that they would never force a shutdown for ideological reasons because hey don't look over there at Congress!"

Government shutdown threatens romantic wedding by the Jefferson Memorial

"They wanted to marry in the place where they first began to fall in love. So Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le, classic young Washington strivers who have worked on Capitol Hill and on major political campaigns, scheduled their nuptials for the site of their first date on July 19, 2009: the west lawn of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Their 130 guests were already starting to fly in from all over the country for the ceremony this Saturday when they received an ominous e-mail from the National Mall and Memorial Parks permit management office on Monday morning. If the federal government shut down and remained shuttered by the wedding’s 5:30 p.m. start time on Oct. 5, Cassesso and Le and their family and friends would be barred from stepping foot on the property."

Whole WAPO article here:

This is the type of thing that Gingrich didn't expect in 1995 and the type of thing that Cruz, Boehner and company are ignoring now. Americans like their government and parks and want them to operate correctly. This is the type of drip, drip that will kill the tea party in the next few weeks during their grandstanding shutdown.

The GOP's shutdown sham

From a Los Angeles Times Editorial:

"Republicans are holding the government hostage in their battle against healthcare reform.

House Republicans' irresponsible brinkmanship may finally lead to the government shutdown that some of its members have been coveting since they took control of that chamber in 2011. This time, though, the fight hasn't been a battle over spending on federal agencies. It's been a symbolic one over the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. And it's been a sham.

The inconvenient truth for the GOP is that "defunding Obamacare," as the House tried to do, wouldn't stop most of the major provisions of the healthcare law, some of which have already gone into effect. That's because the new insurance rules, premium subsidies and many other features of the law don't rely on discretionary dollars; they're on fiscal autopilot."

Rest of the editorial here:
Warning: Link contains a picture of a petulant Eric Cantor. Beware!

Raving bigot E.W. Jackson is holding a fundraiser tonight with ANOTHER raving bigot, Allen West

Somehow this rally (which happened last Thursday) escaped my notice. Saw it today on DailyKos:

Favorite quote:
"As D. Leslie Schreiber writes at Bacon's Rebellion: "The persistent support of the candidacy of E.W. Jackson is indicative of a sickness in [the Republican] party not seen since the rise of the America First-ers protesting American participation in the European war against Germany. The silence of the leadership of the G.O.P. in this state raises significant questions about their political motivation and courage.""

The Last Comic Strip About a Mass Shooting Tragedy You'll Ever Have to Read

From Ruben Bolling's "Tom the Dancing Bug"

Even More Gun Control Proposals

From Brian McFadden:

LOL at the Caution Armed Manchildren sign. Need to print up a few of those.

"What Ted Cruz is doing is not technically a filibuster. It's simply a case of an asshole who won't

sit down or shut up." - Frank Conniff

NFL, M.I.A. in “secret legal war” over Super Bowl halftime show

"The NFL does not take kindly to superstars who provide Super Bowl halftime that isn’t wholesome and it wasn’t particularly happy when M.I.A. made like Bud Adams and flipped the bird during Madonna’s February 2012 show."

"M.I.A., her lawyer told THR, “plans to launch a public war on the mega-powerful football league.”

“She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident,” Howard King said, “while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to.”

M.I.A., whose given name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, is English and Sri Lankan.

“Of course, the NFL’s claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious, in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars,” King said, “the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams.”"

The NFL is trying to get $1.5 million from her. Laughable.

Whole article from Washington Post's Cindy Boren here:

Browser plugin that adds NSA-trolling keywords to the URLs you load

"Flagger is a browser add-on that automatically puts red flag keywords (like bomb, Taliban and anthrax) into the web addresses you visit. Install Flagger and help us send a message: government surveillance has gone too far. "

Boing Boing describes this as: "This is one of those ideas that sits on the threshhold between clever and dumb. You decide which for yourself."

Link: http://boingboing.net/2013/09/18/browser-plugin-that-adds-nsa-t.html
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